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. 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. Local schools that have participated in the program include: Provincetown Schools, Truro Central School, Wellfleet elementary. Nauset Regional Middle and High schools, Harwich Middle and High schools, Stonybrook and Eddy elementary and the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter school. Over the past twenty-two years PAAM has presented over 90 student and educator curated exhibitions in the Museum’s galleries. The program has been awarded the Massachusetts Gold Star award and the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod’s Collaborative Arts Program of the Year.

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; Shirl Roccapriore and Oils by the Sea Gallery; The Cape Cod Five Foundation; the Provincetown Community Compact & Provincetown Swim for Life; Keith Hayes and Teresa Townsend; and Sean McCabe & the Provincetown 10K. 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.

2013/14 marked the beginning of the third decade of the Student and Educator Curating Program and with it PAAM announced the unveiling of the newly endowed, Lenore Ross Curating Program.

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 featured the work of her gifted brother, the artist Alvin Ross; local students interpreted Ross’s paintings in pastel drawings and creative writing. The exhibition inspired Lenore to bequeath an endowment to the program. We are thrilled to honor Lenore’s generosity through the launch of the Lenore Ross Curating Program.

In celebration of PAAM’s one hundredth birthday, the Lenore Ross Curating Program partnered with local schools and cultural organizations in 2013-14, and mounted student and teacher exhibitions at educational venues and cultural organizations along Cape Cod. Still to come are exhibitions curated by Art Teacher Carl Lopes and his students at Barnstable High School; Art Teacher Ginny Ogden and her Advanced Portfolio Class students at Nauset Regional High School; and the students and educators of Provincetown Schools.


Figuration: Barnstable High School Interprets the PAAM Collection
A Collaboration between the Barnstable High School Fine Arts 4 – Honors Level Class, Art Teacher Carl Lopes, the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, and the Cultural Center of Cape Cod

In 2014, PAAM worked collaboratively with Barnstable High School (BHS) Art Teacher Carl Lopes BHS Fine Arts Honors Level Class students, Visiting Artist Don Beal (whose work was also featured in this exhibition) and the Cultural Center of Cape Cod to realize this project.

Art Teacher Carl Lopes:
“My students have been able to view, discuss and critique quality art with professionals in a beautiful museum setting. The program has given them exposure to aesthetic decision-making, personal inspiration, and leadership in curating, along with the opportunity to create a professional art exhibit for their school and community. As an art educator, my hope is that students will always remember this as an empowering experience that will continue to instill confidence and inform all their future artistic endeavors.”

About the process:
In September 2014 Lynn Stanley and Don Beal presented lectures to the students at BHS, followed by a day-long art-making and curating session at the museum and museum school in October. BHS Students were asked to consider paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures that feature the human figure. Of these works, the ten pieces chosen by students were on view in the BHS Gallery through January 8, 2015. The exhibition in the school gallery allowed students to continue to engage with original works of art as they prepared for their own exhibition, which opened to the public at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod on January 29, 2014.

Visiting Artist Don Beal:
“I was greatly pleased by the openness and enthusiasm that these Barnstable High School students brought to this project. I was also touched and deeply impressed by the depth and high level of sophistication of their responses to my own work. I think we adults can underestimate what goes on in the hearts and minds of teens; when given the opportunity to act creatively and speak freely they have a lot to say. The Curating Program can foster lasting relationships with the arts that enrich the ways in which participants experience the world they live in and, as residents of Cape Cod, a greater understanding of their cultural inheritance of our region.”

This collaboration, between BHS, the Cultural Center of Cape Cod and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, was the first of its kind in the 21 year history of the Curating Program. As the Provincetown Art Association and Museum celebrated its centennial year, we were thrilled to have the opportunity to inspire and engage emerging artists on Cape Cod and to extend the reach and riches of the Curating Program to greater numbers of Cape residents and visitors alike through the Barnstable High School and Cultural Center of Cape Cod collaboration.

The BHS Student Curators:
Victoria Agnew, Hannah Andres, Morgan Bilodeau, Ciara Bruning, Hannah Carlon, Julia Corbett, Rachael Crossley, Katherine Doherty, Abigail Duguay, Stephanie Griffin, Danielle Johnson, Lindsay Partin, Katie Quilty, Gabrielle Riley, Elizabeth Sibbio, Zachery Steele, Meaghan Still, Hannah Tamash, and Kendelle Wilkenson.

BHS_PAAM_Curating_Brochure 2014