Art Reach, the free, multidisciplinary program at Provincetown Art Association and Museum, got off to a rocky start ten years ago. With seed money from a Youth Reach grant from Massachusetts Cultural Council and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Lynn Stanley, the curator of education at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, launched Art Reach and Art on the Edge in 2008 — in the middle of a global financial crisis.
“Successfully making it through that first winter felt like a miracle in itself,” Stanley says.
Art Reach is PAAM’s award-winning after-school program for youth aged 13 and up, and Art on the Edge is its middle school counterpart. Both provide instruction, transportation and materials free of charge to young people in Provincetown and beyond. The programs have grown and evolved over the last ten years, inspiring new projects along the way, such as the new Art Reach 101, which launches Oct. 3.