Pioneer Foundation is an organization striving to
make art accessible to all people, regardless of formal education or income. Knowing art
should become the standard - rather than a luxury.
Provincetown Artists’ Village
We will build a center where artists of all ages and backgrounds can learn or share their
knowledge, exchange ideas and freely express themselves. In order to do this, we will
purchase land, design and build a facility where visual artists, musicians, filmmakers,
and other talented and gifted individuals can feel encouraged to produce and promote
their art. This campus-style location will include art studios, classrooms, media labs
and accommodation facilities. Our ‘students’ will benefit from quality lectures,
demonstration and art classes. They will be able to attend courses taught by famous
artists or university professors and will have access to all the center’s resources. The
courses will be accredited and all students will be awarded a certificate of participation.
We will have both full-time faculty and guest lecturers, all living on location, so as to
facilitate dialogue among students and teachers. Affordable housing will be provided for
students and artists who are going to work and create in the colony.
Helping the Community
Art has always been a part of Provincetown’s charm and appeal. The people who live in
Provincetown and the tourists who every year decide to spend their holidays here
appreciate and deserve great art. The Pioneer Foundation supports artistic expression in
all its forms, values creativity and innovation, encourages artistic development and
strives to make artistic excellence available to the public.
We believe the Artists’ Village will benefit not only our artists but also the town as a
whole. By supporting and encouraging the development and understanding of art in
Provincetown, the Artists’ Village will enhance the quality of life for both locals and
tourists, will stimulate economic growth and educational advancement and will fuel
public interest by re-emphasizing the town’s artistic heritage. Local business will benefit from the flow of tourists this establishment is sure to attract. Moreover, local artists will surely appreciate the opportunity to take classes with famous artists and the greater visibility such a center will most likely provide.
A symbol of creativity, determination and freedom of expression, Provincetown has a
long history of innovation in art. Recognized as the oldest continuous art colony in
the United States, the small seaside village is linked to some of the most important
names in American art. Milton Avery, Charles Hawthorne, Blanche Lazzell, Oliver
Chaffee and Agnes Weinrich are among those who found their inspiration on
Provincetown’s beaches, among its dunes or on its quaint streets. Impressionism has
been flourishing in Provincetown ever since 1899, when Charles Hawthorne opened
the Cape Cod School of Art here. Hawthorne encouraged its students to use
Provincetown’s amazing light to the fullest by painting outside. Printmaking also thrived in Provincetown in the 19th century, aided by the opening of the Modern School of Art. Bror Nordfeldt, one of the founders of the school, is acknowledged as the inventor of the while line woodblock print, an original style of printmaking developed in Provincetown. It is, therefore, no wonder we chose this eclectic town as the perfect place to launch our first project - the Provincetown Artists’ Village.