For Educators

Engaging children and youth in the cultural life and creative history of the region is a cornerstone of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum’s mission. See below for specific opportunities to get involved.

PAAM is committed to providing welcoming and supportive learning environments throughout the Museum galleries and the Museum School. The Museum presents over 30 revolving exhibitions in five galleries each year. Exhibitions feature works from PAAM’s permanent collection, the work of contemporary artists, youth program exhibitions, and works on loan from other museums and private collections. The outdoor sculpture garden may also be visited, weather permitting. 

Teachers are welcome to bring groups of students to view exhibitions on their own free-of-charge during regular museum hours ($1 per student at other times). Reservations are required and groups should include at least one adult chaperone per 10 students. Maximum group size: 40 students. We can suggest ways to prepare your group and discuss ways to integrate your visit with your curriculum.

Students and educators participate in a tour of current exhibitions in the Museum galleries, facilitated discussions and interactive experiences such as drawing and creative writing. Lead by PAAM education staff. $25 per school group; 30 student maximum. Activities for larger groups can be arranged for an additional fee.

Customized sessions may be designed for your school group based on: current exhibitions; to address a specific medium, such as printmaking; a stylistic movement; one artist’s work; or to explore aspects of the Museum collection. Sessions may be facilitated by a Museum School teaching artist or a PAAM educator. All materials will be supplied. Art making sessions in the Museum School should be scheduled 3-6 weeks in advance. Financial aid available for selected activities.

1.5 hour session with Museum Educator: $5 per student, 25 student maximum
2 hour session with a teaching artist: $10-$20 per student, 12-25 students

PAAM works collaboratively with educators and students to create exhibitions in the Museum’s galleries. The exploration of age-appropriate themes, writing, and art-making activities are part of the exhibition process. Visit the Lenore Ross Curating Program page for more information.

Professional development opportunities are available through the Lenore Ross Curating Program. Activities may be customized for groups or individual teachers.

Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is a research-based teaching method that improves critical thinking and language skills through discussions of visual images and works of art. VTS is utilized in both school and museum environments worldwide. Groups of students /teachers may participate in VTS discussions, facilitated by PAAM educators. To learn more about VTS, visit