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.
The Lenore Ross Curating Program is supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency; the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod; and in partnership with the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, and the Provincetown, Nauset and Monomoy school systems.