Working together to support creativity! PAAM’s seeks out partnerships and collaborations with schools, non-profit organizations and businesses, which are all vital to the success of our youth education programs.

For more information on recent collaborations with the Provincetown, Nauset and Monomoy school systems, Dennis-Yarmouth and Barnstable High Schools, Truro Central School, Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School, Shirl Roccapriore and the Oils by the Sea Gallery, and the Cape Cod and Islands Art Educators Association see below or contact


PAAM’s partnership with the Monomoy Regional School District reaches back over a decade, when art teacher Bernadette Waystack conceptualized the curriculum From Hawthorne to Hofmann: the Provincetown Art Colony and Its Impact on Your World.  Since that time Bernadette has brought 100s of 8th grade students to visit PAAM’s galleries and work with local artists.  We’ve also worked with artist-teachers Catherine Moye, Deb Donovan and Liane Biron through PAAM’s Lenore Ross Curating Program. Recently, Liane brought a group of National Art Honor Society students to PAAM to learn about the work of Clare Leighton and create plates in the Museum School.


Recent collaborations with Nauset Public Schools include professional development sessions with art teachers; the creation of an exhibition with Nauset High School art teacher Ginny Ogden’s and her students; a printmaking project with Wellfleet Elementary and Meghan Swanson’s 5th grade art class; and a plein air project with Eastham Elementary and Molly Driscoll’s 3, 4, and 5 grades.

Of her experience working with PAAM Molly Driscoll says, “For years now I have envisioned my students painting outside, “en plein air,” with their own easels once the weather warmed.  With Lynn Stanley’s help, along with funding from PAAM, we were able to achieve that goal this spring.  Lynn was instrumental in connecting me with local artist Rob Dutoit, who came in to demonstrate his craft.  PAAM provided the funding to compensate Rob for his time.  My students also benefited from being able to see original works from PAAM’s collection and a thoughtfully prepared Power Point on plein air painting, as preparation for their own work drawing and painting outside.  It was lots of fun and a perfect way to approach the end of the school year in the art room.  We are so lucky to live in a place with such a rich history in the arts. Connecting with institutions that support art education for our children is essential for keeping this history alive.”


Provincetown Schools and PAAM have enjoyed a special and enriching partnership for decades, including the co-founding of the Student Curating Program in 1992, which was created to engage local elementary and high school students in the rich cultural history of the Outer Cape.  In 2005 the Curating Program expanded to include exhibitions created by school administrators and educators.  Fittingly, the inaugural Educator Curating Program featured the work of 11 Provincetown teachers, working across a variety of disciplines. Over the past 3 decades, Provincetown Schools and PAAM have mounted 60+ student and educator exhibitions in the museum’s galleries.   Recent collaborations include the Harvesting the Land and Sea exhibition, and regular visits to museum’s galleries.  From a recent visit: members of Provincetown’s kindergarten class are pictured with Art Teacher Michael Gillane.


One on one connections with innovative educators are the foundation of all PAAM’s school collaborations.  Our partnership with BHS began with art teacher Carl Lopes, whose commitment to arts education included establishing a permanent gallery space in the high school.  PAAM partnered with Carl and his students in 2014, along with the Cultural Center of Cape Cod to mount two student curated exhibitions, featuring PAAM collection artwork and original student work.  Since Carl’s retirement, PAAM has worked with BHS Art and Applied Technology Director Matt Kemp and Art/Art History teacher Abby Fay.


CCLCS’s partnership has included multiple exhibitions in PAAM’s galleries, featuring both student and educator works of art.

Of her experience working with students in the Curating Program Art Teacher Debby Greenwood has said, “PAAM provided my students with the chance to experience art in a meaningful way through the Curating Program. They had the opportunity to respond to authentic works of art by participating in creative writing and studio activities that extended their capacity to think creatively! Lynn Stanley was an outstanding guide through the process of aesthetic inquiry and this program enabled my students to leave with a respect for the creative process and empowered them to feel inspired and motivated. They made an important connection between the verbal and visual, as they used language to create written responses and drawing materials to illustrate what their writing inspired. Thank you for this wonderful day!”  A recent visit with Debby and CCLCS’s Art Spark group yielded wonderful dry point etchings with Artist Vicky Tomayko.


When the Curating Program expanded to include other school districts, Truro Central, with Art Teacher Kim Possee, was the first to come aboard.  Since that time TCS, Kim and PAAM have worked together on a variety of projects, including the creation of multiple curating exhibitions.  A recent visit with TCS’s 5th and 6th grade classes working in PAAM’s Museum’s School is pictured.


PAAM’s partnership with the Fine Arts Work Center (FAWC) to support youth education on the Outer Cape continues.  The START program, which has been funded by an anonymous donor, provides P/T employment to current FAWC Fellows, through the development of creative workshops for middle and high school students, 13 and up, and a visiting artists in the schools program. Classes in a range of media take place in PAAM’s Museum School studios on Saturday afternoons, late October-December and January-March, and in local classrooms in collaboration with schools systems along the Outer and Mid-Cape. Transportation, instruction, materials provided free-of-charge. For more information contact or visit


The Cape Cod and Islands Art Educators Association (CCIAEA) was established to foster and advocate for creative, academic and social regional visual art education programs that provide opportunities for educators and students, while strengthening liaisons within the community. Recent collaborations with the CCIAEA include a workshop funded by the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod and taught by Artist Zehra Khan in PAAM’s studios in 2016; and the exhibition Double Take, created by CCIAEA members and other school educators in 2017, as part of the Lenore Ross Curating Program.  More information on CCIAEA can be found at

Youth Artist Program: Artist and owner of the Oils by the Sea Gallery, Shirl Roccapriore, has collaborated with PAAM since 2014 to benefit our youth programs and celebrate young artists in our community.  Since 2015, student artists from PAAM’s Art Reach program have been celebrated in summer exhibitions at Shirl’s gallery that coincide with Provincetown’s week-long Family Week events and activities.  Of her reasons for the exhibition program Shirl says, “I had the good fortune of having a mentor at a very young age, who gave me opportunities that validated my love and pursuit of art. My intention is to follow the students I choose over a 5 year span; this select group will have another opportunity to come back to the gallery and show their latest work.”  Art Reach students Hannah Capra, Kaleigh Mason, Allegra Martin and Sam Starobin have participated in the Youth Artist Program to date.


Working with contemporary artists and making meaningful connections to over 100 years of artmaking on the Outer Cape is an important part of the PAAM experience. Art Teacher Maureen Kessler of Dennis Yarmouth High School brought a group of students from DYHS to PAAM to learn about the artist Edith Lake Wilkinson, and create white line woodblock prints in PAAM’s Museum School with artist Lennie Alickman.  She said of her experience: “We had a wonderful time attending the workshop with you. The students were really moved by the story of Edith and I found it made the experience much more personal to each of them. I think it was important for students to see the documentary, (Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson  ) in order to have an understanding of the rich history of Provincetown and our arts community. I can’t thank you and Lennie enough for your generosity and time!”