PEM’S APRIL SCHOOL VACATION WEEK CELEBRATES RETURN OF SPRING AND EARTH DAY

Tuesday, April 21, through Thursday, April 23 | 10:30 am-4 pm

SALEM, MA -- The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) invites you to spread your branches and celebrate the return of spring and Earth Day during April School Vacation Week: Let it Grow! Inspired by our interactive exhibition Branching Out: Trees as Art, this exciting lineup of festivities gives children the hands-on experience of creating, painting, planting, reading and more withBranching Out exhibition  artists. As always, kids 16 and under are admitted to the museum for free.

Branching Out: Trees as Art -- on view in PEM’s Art & Nature Center -- explores the often surprising ways in which contemporary artists use trees as an inspiration, as well as a medium, for their art. Made with bark, wood, roots, seed pods, leaves and biosignals, more than 30 varied works and a selection of hands-on interactive opportunities ask us to consider our relationship with trees as a vital natural force. From Diego Stocco's music compositions made with trees and leaves to Joseph Wheelwright's figurative root sculptures, this exhibition celebrates the varied ways in which people are connected to and creatively inspired by trees.
 

APRIL SCHOOL VACATION WEEK SCHEDULE

STORY TIME

The Leaf Men | Tuesday10:30-11 am | meet at information desk

Who are the mysterious Leaf Men and can they save the backyard from the evil Spider Queen?

The Great Kapok Tree | Thursday10:30–11 am | meet at information desk

Will the animals of the rainforest be able to save the Great Kapok Tree?

PEM PALS

Wednesday10:30-11:30 am | Bartlett Gallery | Suggested for caregivers with children up to age 5

COLLABORATIVE ART MAKING

Bark Building |Tuesday and  Wednesday10:30 am-1 pm | outside the museum
Join Branching Out artist Kyle Browne to create a forest mural along the front of the museum.

DROP-IN ART MAKING 
Seedling Pots | Tuesday11 am-2 pm | Create Space
Decorate a seedling pot and be ready to plant for spring! Early participants also get an evergreen tree seedling to take home.

Leaf-Litter Paper | Wednesday11 am-2 pm | Create Space
Get hands on with nature to create some beautiful paper made from natural materials.

Seed Balls | Thursday11 am–2 pm | Create Space
Get ready for the growing season by shaping a ball of local wildflower seeds to plant by tossing!

ARTIST DEMONSTRATIONS
Tree Eavesdropping | Tuesday and Wednesday,  1-3 pm | outside the museum
Meet Branching Out artist and Maker Lounge Artist-in-Residence David Yann Robert and learn how to eavesdrop on the inner life of a tree, then create an original artwork.

Birch-Bark Art | Thursday,  11 am–1 pm | Atrium
Find out how Branching Out artist David Moses Bridges works with the properties of birch bark to create baskets, canoes and more!

DROP-IN ART MAKING
Leaf Carpet | Tuesday through Thursday,  1-4 pm | Atrium
Compose patterns and original designs with laminated leaves, inspired by the work of Branching Out artist Joan Backes.

WORKSHOP
Birch-Bark Etching | Thursday2-3 pm | Create Space 
For ages 9 and up with an adult | Reservations by April 20
Create an original etched birch-bark panel with Branching Out artist David Moses Bridges.

ABOUT THE PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM

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-Sunday10 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 www.pem.org