Youth Education


PAAM’s commitment to accessible arts learning opportunities for young people dates to the 1920s.

Now, over a century later, PAAM’s Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Museum School upholds that commitment with an array of award-winning Youth Education Programs. Taught and facilitated by local and visiting professional teaching artists, PAAM Youth Education provides high-quality holistic arts learning opportunities, which cultivate creativity, inspire curiosity, and empower the next generation of engaged, innovative young people.

The Programs

Art Reach

Art Reach is PAAM’s premiere award-winning program for youth. Designed to support the growth and development of students over time, from beginner to advanced learner, peer mentor, and teaching artist, Art Reach is comprised of four integrated programs: Art on the Edge (ages 9-12), Art Reach 101 (ages 13-15), Art Reach Studio (ages 15-19), and Art Reach Teaches (open to all participants).

Reaching Forward

Reaching Forward is a youth employment program for those advanced participants (ages 16-22) interested in developing their skills as peer leaders and teaching artists. Mentors participate in an array of training, and with support from professional teaching artists and PAAM Education Staff, serve as peer leaders working directly with youth in both Art Reach and Summer Programs. Training and professional development take place throughout the program.

Little Artists

Our program for those ages 9 and under, Little Artists offers a creative, engaging space for early learners to dig into the sensory experience of art-making. A wide variety of media and projects are explored and programs are offered both in the summer (ages 4-9) and throughout the school year (ages 3-5).

Summer Programming

Outdoor artmaking at PAAM during summer vacation.

School Vacation Weeks

PAAM Youth Education is pleased to offer workshops for youth during February and April school vacation breaks. Students will have the opportunity to explore and complete individual projects in a variety of media.

PAAM’s youth programs are supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency; the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod; the National Endowment for the Arts; Ted Jones and Peter Petas; the Aeroflex Foundation; The Anthony Family Fund of the Cape Cod Foundation; The Bilezikian Family Foundation; and Stop & Shop Provincetown, in memory of John Michael Gray. 

Get in touch!

For more information contact:

Tessa Bry Taylor

Curator of Youth Education

508.487.1750 x 13