About the Exhibition
What does it mean to jump down the rabbit hole within the context of a kids’ art program? For the students of Art on the Edge and Reaching Forward Mentors, transformation is central to a journey that includes new forms of expression, creative risk-taking, and the development of skills necessary to succeed. Each year local elementary to college-age students choose to jump all the way in, with courage and commitment, making work that is “radiant, amazing, and terrific” as one student described the projects featured in the 2019 exhibition.
Art on the Edge (AOTE) launched in 2008 as a free studio art program taught by professional artists, with the goal of providing accessible, high-quality creative programs to young artists residing in the nine towns along Outer Cape Cod. Since its inception, hundreds of children and teens have worked in PAAM’s Museum School; semester-long studio classes in the fall and winter include art history presentations and discussions, visits to PAAM’s galleries, the creation of individual and collaborative works of art, and exhibitions in the Museum’s galleries. Its sister program, Reaching Forward Mentors, followed in the fall of 2010, and employs local high school and college-age youth to support younger students. Mentors develop leadership skills in arts education and administration, while connecting with PAAM’s creative community. The programs are donor and grant funded and provide instruction, materials and transportation free-of-charge.
This year four AOTE alum who joined the program as 12-year-olds—Hannah Capra, Peyton Flanagan, Maeve Noone-Price and Sam Starobin—are serving as mentors, along with Landon Parr and Eleni Larned. Hannah has also distinguished herself as the first mentor to conceptualize and teach a full program session in AOTE—a dry point printmaking self-portrait project. Eleni, Landon, Maeve and Sam attend Nauset Regional High School and will graduate this year. Hannah attends Cape Cod Regional Technical School and is also a senior; Peyton is a sophomore at Cape Cod Community College. The 2018-19 program has been taught by Visiting Artists Wilder Alison, Cheryl Carlson-Perrow, Rob DuToit, Traci Harmon-Hay, SV Randall, Vicky Tomayko, Lead Teacher Kiah Coble, and Curator of Education Lynn Stanley. Painting, drawing, pastels, origami, printmaking, bookmaking, and mixed-media assemblage will be on display.
The 2018-19 Art on the Edge Student Artists are: Kathryn Barker, Simon Blood, William Caolo, Emily Carr, Helen Carrier, Hugo Ceraldi, Drea Coulter, Alyanna Dennis, Reilly Donahue, Jake Edwards, Issy Hartsgrove, Tiffany Hitchcock, Gigi Hopkins-Lisle, Saffron Jalbert, Willa Leighton, Jullia Lemos, Yulia McCoy, Iona McKenna-Kaplan, Edy Metois, Adrianna Morgan, Ava Needel, Ivy Pavick, Nora Powers, Coletta Slivka, Noah Thrasher, Alyia Vasquez, Niev Witnauer, and Calie Wotherspoon.