PEM Rolls out 2015 Evening Party Series

Popular PEM/PM Program Celebrates Community and Creativity

SALEM, MA -- The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is pleased to announce a full schedule of its PEM/PM evening party series for 2015. Visitors can tour galleries with a professional Art Oracle, dress like a lumberjack, play kickball, see unique films, learn new dance moves, sip cocktails and make new friends. The whole museum is open late during PEM/PM, which takes place the third Thursday of every month from 6 to 9 pm. Learn more at

To organize these evenings, PEM has hired a new programming coordinator, Doneeca Thurston, who has a strong background in community networking and partnership building.

“For 2015, our goal is to engage the region’s thriving art and culture scene as much as we can,” said Thurston. “Whether it’s working with Salem Theatre to create a living tableau, bringing in the area’s best bartenders and mixologists or partnering with Go Out Loud to celebrate the North Shore’s LGBT community, PEM/PM will continue to delight and surprise in the year ahead.”

Photos 1,2: © 2014 John Andrews/Social Palates/PEM

 Photo 3: © 2014 Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Kathy Tarantola



January 15: Art, Off the Wall -- Enjoy an evening of unconventional experiences that allow you to get up close and personal with art. Watch pieces of our collection come to life as the Salem Theatre Company creates tableaux vivants! Follow an oracle into the galleries for a unique opportunity to get answers to some deeper questions about the artwork and your life.

February 19: I’m a Lumberjack -- Spend a winter night in the North Woods while celebrating the art of trees andBranching Out. See the works of a chainsaw artist. Sample cider from the local company Far From the Tree and get to know their unique process. Contribute to a felt-art installation and have your picture snapped in our photo booth. Don’t forget to wear your boots and flannel plaid!

March 19: Artopia -- Spend the evening with folks from the Salem Arts Festival and Creative Salem and celebrate our region’s vibrant arts and culture scene. Learn how to incorporate art into the every day, from drawing and poetry, to theater and dance. The possibilities are endless!

April 16: Strike a Pose: Art & the ‘80s -- In partnership with Go Out Loud we travel back to the 1980s! Help us celebrate the decade that produced some of the most iconic artists, questionable fashion trends and best dance crazes. Vogue, anyone?

May 21: Run & Play -- Get outside and enjoy an evening of fun and street play. Channel your inner child for a game of foursquare or kickball, build your own fort or join Salem’s Wicked Running Club for its weekly No Rest for the Wicked 5K.

June 18: Culture Shock -- Take a tour around the world, no passport needed. Learn salsa or Bollywood-inspired dance, sample the flavors of international cuisine, listen to the sounds of reggae and soca and explore today’s cultures and identities. Co-sponsored by the Point Neighborhood Association and the North Shore Community Development Coalition.

July 16: Anti-Boredom -- Discover wild new ways to banish boredom this summer. Make ice cream with nitrogen, join in a game of quidditch or disc golf, borrow a book from our pop-up library, make some tie-dye inspired art and help us break a Guinness World Record.

August 20: Silver Screen -- Spend an evening appreciating the art of film with an international pop-up film festival, screenings of animated shorts and 1930s classics and more. Try your hand at some gourmet popcorn recipes while you’re at it!

September 17: Strandbeest -- Help celebrate the arrival of Theo Jansen’s kinetic Strandbeest sculptures. Learn all about the engineering behind the beests, watch them in action and help construct a brand new one.

October 15: Off the Scale -- Celebrate all things great and small from the world of Alice in Wonderland to alternate universes and Tiny Houses. Take a photo in our larger-than-life photo booth or add your own unique illustration to the story of Alice in Wonderland. Inspired by PEM’s newest Art & Nature Center exhibition, Nature of Scale.

November 19: What’s Your Type? In partnership with Dribble, the international graphic design community, delve into the creative world of type, fonts and lettering. Form human letters, learn chalkboard and hand-lettering techniques, experiment with creating your own font and get an inside scoop on graphic design with PEM’s Creative Services team.

December 17: Wassail! Join a midwinter feast celebrating light in the darkest part of the year. Sample ancient festive beverages, search out art from many cultures featuring light and fire and drive out the darkness with music and dance.

 Photo 1: © 2014 Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Kathy Tarantola

Photos 2,3: © 2014 John Andrews/Social Palates/PEM

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PEM’s evening parties -- with music and dance performances, food tastings, lectures and art-making stations -- kicked off in the Asian Garden the summer of 2011 and have grown in popularity ever since. On the third Thursday of each month, activities have included a celebration of romance in PEM’s Chinese House, dancing with Nick Cave’s Soundsuits and lessons in Indian cooking techniques.


The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is one of the oldest and fastest growing museums in North America. At its heart is a mission to transform people’s lives by broadening their perspectives, attitudes and knowledge of themselves and the wider world. PEM celebrates outstanding artistic and cultural creativity through exhibitions, programming and special events that emphasize cross-cultural connections and the vital importance of creative expression. Founded in 1799, the museum’s collection is among the finest of its kind boasting superlative works from around the globe and across time –– including American art and architecture, Asian export art, photography, maritime art and history, as well as Native American, Oceanic and African art. PEM’s campus affords a varied and unique visitor experience with hands-on creativity zones, interactive opportunities, performance spaces and historic properties, including Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House, a 200‐year‐old house that is the only example of Chinese domestic architecture on display in the United States. HOURS:Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am–5 pm and the third Thursday of every month until 9 pm. Closed Mondays (except holidays), Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. ADMISSION: Adults $18; seniors $15; students $10. Additional admission to Yin Yu Tang: $5. Members, youth 17 and under and residents of Salem enjoy free general admission and free admission to Yin Yu Tang. INFO: Call 866‐745‐1876 or visit our Web site at

Thumbnail photo: © 2014 Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Kathy Tarantola