Youth Education

ENGAGE   EXPLORE   CREATE

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

Nearly 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:

AESTHETIC INQUIRY

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.

CREATIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

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.

ART MAKING

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.

THE PROGRAMS

ART REACH

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 the Reaching Forward Mentor Program (ages 16-22).

START

START in partnership with the Fine Arts Work Center is now entering its third year! Designed to provide new, exciting, and concentrated media classes, START students, ages 13-19, work with Fellows from the Fine Arts Work Center during Saturday afternoon sessions over a 6 week period.

THE LENORE ROSS CURATING PROGRAM

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.

SUMMER WORKSHOPS

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.

SCHOOL VACATION WEEK PROGRAMS

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 Bilezikian Family Foundation; the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod; Ted Jones and Peter Petas; the Aeroflex Foundation; an anonymous donor; Shirl Roccapriore and Oils by the Sea Gallery; Cape Cod Five Foundation; Stop & Shop Provincetown, in memory of John Michael Gray; and Keith Hayes and Teresa Townsend. 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.