Beyond Reach: Art Reach at 15

In 2008, after nearly a century of youth education, PAAM launched Art Reach, its most comprehensive youth program to date.

PAAM’s commitment to youth programming extended as far back as the 1920s, but it wasn’t until the addition of four studio classrooms in the Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Museum School in 2005 that our capacity for serving Cape Cod youth year-round was firmly established. Under the leadership of then Curator of Education Lynn Stanley, and with significant support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, National Endowment for the Arts, and committed donors, PAAM’s youth programming expanded to include Art Reach, Art on the Edge, and the Lenore Ross Curating Program and went on to receive regional and national recognition.

The exhibition offers a glimpse into the creative trajectory of some of the students and teachers that have participated in this program, while recognizing the impact of youth-driven creative programming. By connecting local youth, and by extension their families and extended communities, with its Museum School, teaching artists, and permanent collection, PAAM is upholding its 103-year old organizational mission to “promote and cultivate the practice and appreciation of all branches of the fine arts.”

“PAAM is so fortunate to have such an impressive group of former students back to share their artistic journeys with us once more. This exhibition is a special opportunity for alumni to show where their creativity has taken them since their time in Art Reach and to re-engage with the teachers and peers who helped shape them as artists and as young people,” writes Grace Emmet, PAAM’s Curator of Community Education.