The Lenore Ross Curating Program

The Lenore Ross Student and Educator Curating Program welcomes local students, teachers, and school administrators to PAAM to engage with works of art chosen from the Museum’s permanent collection, and to create exhibitions in response to collection artwork.

Participants may work with visiting artists and the Curator of Education and focus on a particular movement or type of work—such as white-line woodblock prints, portraiture, or Abstract Expressionism. Participants are guided to interpret and respond in a variety of ways to this work, including creative writing and art-making in the Museum’s galleries and school studios. Each participant’s artwork and writing is displayed alongside collection works in the Museum’s galleries. Off-site exhibitions in school galleries and other venues may also be arranged. Lectures focusing on the history and context of works of art may be presented as part of the curatorial experience.

Engaging children and youth in the cultural life and creative history of the region is a cornerstone of PAAM’s mission. Since the program’s inception in 1992, PAAM has presented 100+ student and educator-curated exhibitions in the Museum’s galleries, cultural institutions, and school galleries. The program has been honored with the Massachusetts Gold Star Award and the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod’s Collaborative Arts Program of the Year Award.


An artist as well as a business owner in Provincetown, Lenore Ross was a longtime supporter of PAAM and an advocate for the arts and arts education. In 2008, a student-curated exhibition featuring the work of her gifted brother, the artist Alvin Ross, inspired Lenore to bequeath an endowment to support the continuation of the program. In honor of her generosity and commitment to education, the Lenore Ross Curating Program was launched in 2014.




Art Teachers from Provincetown to Sandwich worked with teaching artist Jo Hay to create work inspired by portraits in the museum collection.  The day-long session included creative writing in the galleries, a lecture and introduction to Jo’s work, and a painting session in PAAM’s Museum School.  Images from the day and shots from the exhibition installation are below.

Jo Hay was born in England and earned a degree in Graphic Design from Middlesex University. She was a fashion magazine art director in New York City before painting at The Art Students League of New York. Hay moved to Provincetown to focus on her painting development and has since had five solo exhibitions. In 2010 she was awarded the Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation Grant from PAAM and in 2011 she received the New York Academy of Art Masters program portrait scholarship.




Since 2003, Nauset Regional High School (NRHS) and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM) have collaborated to create student and teacher exhibitions.  This rich and evolving creative partnership has included exhibitions both at PAAM and in the NRHS gallery.

For the exhibition Provincetown Prints: Then and Now, Art Teacher Ginny Ogden and students from her Printmaking II class attended a workshop at PAAM, which focused on the history of the white-line wood block—also known as the Provincetown Print, which was developed in Provincetown more than 100 years ago.

The workshop, led by Curator of Education Lynn Stanley, also explored the recent developments in the historic narrative of the white line print. NRHS students watched the documentary Packed in a Trunk, which focuses on the life and work of the (until recently) forgotten painter and printmaker Edith Lake Wilkinson. The screening and history lesson were followed by the presentation of original artwork from the museum collection, and an introduction to white-line printmaking in PAAM’s museum school.

Students were inspired by PAAM collection prints and created woodblocks of their own—the first steps to creating work for the exhibition.  Interpretive work continued back at school with Ginny, and the final projects, along with each participant’s creative writing, and images of PAAM collection work were featured in the NRHS Gallery in the fall.

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; 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, Fine Arts Work Center, and Cape Cod Community College to provide accessible, creative education programs of the highest caliber.