About the Exhibition
Artists teaching artists—this generous practice has served as the foundation for PAAM’s vibrant creative learning community for over 100 years.
In 2008 PAAM extended the tradition with the launch of a series of youth programs, including Art on the Edge (AOTE), a free studio program taught by professional artists to support the development of young artists who reside in the nine towns along Outer Cape Cod. Since AOTE’s inception, hundreds of 11-14 year olds have worked in PAAM’s LOWF Museum School. Semester-long studio classes include art history presentations, visits to PAAM’s galleries, the creation of individual and collaborative works of art, and exhibitions in the Museum School and galleries of PAAM.
In 2010 The Reaching Forward Student Mentor Program was launched to dovetail with AOTE, providing professional development in the arts for teens and young adults. Student Mentors learn from contemporary artists, develop leadership skills, deepen their own art practices, and serve as role models for younger peers in a studio classroom setting. Mentors often participate in PAAM’s Art Reach program for high school and college-age students and/or have been AOTE students themselves. Iris Caliri, Hannah Capra, Mathew DeFelice, Emma Fillion, and Nicole Murphy are the 2017-18 Student Mentors. The 2016-17 program has been taught by Lead Artist-Teachers Michael Gillane and Megan Hinton; Visiting Artists Cheryl Carlson Perrow, Traci Harmon Hay, Vicky Tomayko, Becky Selinger; and Curator of Education Lynn Stanley.
The 2016-17 Art on the Edge Student Artists are: Charlette Aussant, Princess Barnett, Emma Casey, Cacey Desruisseaux, Emeline Dickinson, Kylie Doherty, Christina Egeli, Booker Erskine, Sasha Fettig, Mariana Field, Sienna Gamsey, Bailey Harris, Alanna Hartsgrove, Bella Hay, Yana Kichukova, Natasha Kryszkiewicz, Callie Larsen, Taylor Peirce, Anna Shantz, Deora Starobin, Alexandra Terziyska, Emma Tichnor, Mia Varricchio, Brielle Whalen and Amanda Whitcomb. They attend elementary, middle, and high schools from the following districts: Provincetown Schools, Nauset Public Schools, Monomoy Regional Schools, Dennis-Yarmouth, and the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School.
Art on the Edge is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency; the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod; Ted Jones and Peter Petas; 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 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, and Cape Cod Regional Technical School to provide accessible creative education programs of the highest caliber.
Image: Callie Larsen, untitled