Youth Education


The Provincetown Art Association and Museum’s commitment to accessible arts learning opportunities for young people dates to the 1920s.

A century later, PAAM Education upholds that commitment with an array of award-winning Youth Education Programs. Taught and facilitated by local and visiting professional teaching artists, PAAM Youth Education provides high-quality holistic arts learning opportunities, which cultivate creativity, inspire curiosity, and empower the next generation of engaged, innovative young people.

Acknowledging both our roots in the Provincetown Art Colony and the challenges facing young people on the Outer Cape, PAAM Education aims to contribute to the sustainability and vitality of our unique communities by encouraging youth to COLLABORATE with one another and their surroundings; COMMUNICATE their strengths, needs, and wishes through their art-making; and CONTEMPLATE the history and future of their home and the critical role they play within it as young artists who CREATE.

All PAAM Youth Education is built upon three foundational pillars:


Providing a space for youth to develop their skills as artists, and thus refine and sharpen their capacity to reflect, inquire, and observe; to use their own natural sense of creative and critical thinking; to express and articulate what they think, see, and believe.


Providing a space for youth to be their own independent selves, develop their understanding of self-advocacy and personal voice, and recognize their capacity to actively contribute to the well-being of their communities.


Providing a space for youth to develop their skills as original artists and thus refine and sharpen their capacity to understand and express intention and message, form and substance, feeling, purpose and meaning through an artistic medium.




Art Reach is PAAM Education’s premiere award-winning program for youth. Designed to support the growth and development of students over time, from beginner to advanced learner, peer mentor, and teaching artist, Art Reach is comprised of four integrated programs: Art on the Edge (ages 10-13); Art Reach 101 (ages 13-15); Art Reach Studio (ages 15-19); and Art Reach Teaches (open to all participants).


Reaching Forward is a youth employment program for those advanced participants (ages 16-22) interested in developing their skill as peer leaders and teaching artists. Mentors participate in an array of training, and with support from professional teaching artists and PAAM Education Staff, serve as peer leaders working directly with youth in both Art Reach and Summer Programs. Training and professional development take place throughout the program.


Our program for those ages 9 and under, Little Artists offers a creative, engaging space for early learners to dig into the sensory experience of art making. A wide variety of media and projects are explored and programs are offered both in the summer (ages 4-9) and throughout the school year (ages 3-5).


The Lenore Ross Student and Educator Curating Program is a multidisciplinary arts integration program, in which students, teachers, and school administrators engage with works of art chosen from the PAAM’s permanent collection, and create exhibitions in response to collection artwork.


Throughout the summer months, PAAM Education offers an array of workshops in Museum School studios. Workshops for youth cover a variety of media and run over days, weeks, or the duration of the summer.


PAAM Youth Education is pleased to offer workshops for youth during common school vacation breaks in the months of February and April. Students will have the opportunity explore and complete individual projects in a variety of media.

PAAM’s youth programs are supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency; the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod; the National Endowment for the Arts; Ted Jones and Peter Petas; the Aeroflex Foundation; an anonymous donor; The Bilezikian Family Foundation; and Stop & Shop Provincetown, in memory of John Michael Gray. PAAM collaborates with the Provincetown, Nauset, and Monomoy School Districts, Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School, Cape Cod Regional Technical School, and Cape Cod Community College to provide accessible, creative education programs of the highest caliber.