Headspace: Art Reach Turns 10

April 6 - April 29, 2018

Curated by:
Lynn Stanley
Opening Reception:
Friday, April 13, 6pm

About the Exhibition

PAAM’s youth program, Art Reach, for 13-year-olds and up is turning 10!  The program launched in the fall of 2008 and since that time PAAM has provided:

  • 2878 hours of free instruction and training with 30+ gifted teaching artists
  • 14 exhibitions, including one at the Massachusetts State House!
  • 11,750 miles of free transportation to and from PAAM
  • $14,500 in healthy snacks
  • $25,336 in art supplies and equipment

What have we received in return?  The privilege of working with innovative and imaginative young people from Provincetown to Marstons Mills; thousands of original works of art; and the joy of witnessing participants grow into accomplished, generous, and hard-working individuals.  About 60% of Art Reachers join for 2 or more years, many of whom start in our middle school program Art on the Edge.  Classes are small to ensure one to one attention. With this level of support and instruction, the program has transformed lives.  Art Reacher Hannah Capra, who has participated in PAAM’s youth programs for 6 years, says “PAAM is my second home –it’s made me the person I am today!”

This year Art Reachers continued to work in both traditional and digital media. Among the digital projects, taught by artist Skip Wrightson and graphic designer Chris Kelly, are coded games built with GameMaker Studio 2; a variety of animation shorts; music composition; zines, and graphic design projects.  In artist Vicky Tomayko’s classes students worked on figure drawing, a flag project, dry point etching, and a linocut wallpaper project.  Students also worked with visiting artists Mark Adams in conjunction with his exhibition at PAAM, Expedition; Susie Nielsen on a zine project; Janice Redman on a 3-D project using repurposed books; and with PAAM Education Curator Lynn Stanley on a card design project.

WHAT’S NEXT?

The 10th anniversary celebrations will continue with an inaugural workshop program, Art Reach Teaches (A.R.T.),  offered by seasoned Art Reachers the weekend of May 12-13th.  Painting, dry point etching and life drawing are some of the classes that will be on offer.  The program is specifically targeted to serve elders in the community and will be free-of-charge, including materials, thanks to an Amplify grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and a grant from the Bilezikian Family Foundation.  Art Reach participants are eager to share what they’ve learned and to dispel negative stereotypes about young people. A.R.T “allows us the opportunity to show what PAAM has taught us by teaching others; and we hope to unite adults with the younger generation by giving them the opportunity to learn from us!” There will also be a musical performance by the band Great Days. For more information on the workshop program or to be put on the registration list contact Lynn Stanley lstanley@paam.org

THE 2017/18 ART REACH STUDENTS

Sophia Aussant, Nathan Balk-King, Liam Baker, Hannah Capra, Lakota Gunsalus, Baylie Hartford, Sienna Knight, Natasha Kryszkiewicz, Bianca Lewis, Maeve Noone-Price, Landon Parr, Erika “Casey” Phillips, Kestrel Powers, Hannah Richardson, Spencer Richardson, Molly Shafnacker, Deora Starobin, Sam Starobin, Keith Taylor, and Russell Vujs.

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; an anonymous donor; Shirl Roccapriore and Oils by the Sea Gallery; Stop & Shop Provincetown, in memory of John Michael Gray; and Keith Hayes and Teresa Townsend. 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.  For more information on youth programs at PAAM visit www.paam.org/youtheducation

IMAGES, L-R: HANNAH RICHARDSON, MOLLY SHAFNCKER, LANDON PARR, SIENNA KNIGHT, AND SAM STAROBIN