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.