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March 2019

Saturday, Mar 9
The Pod: Opening Day Celebration
10:00 am

Feed your curiosity and help the Peabody Essex Museum celebrate the opening of our redesigned Art & Nature Center space. Discover installations, art and creative…

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Monday, Mar 18
Attached Agendas: Kim Mimnaugh, Don Springer and Robert Thurlow
10:00 am

Three Salem State art faculty provide a visual exploration of the attached agendas that construct and condition our humanity and influence our understanding of reality….

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Thursday, Mar 21
Film Series and Climate Cafe: Racing Extinction
6:30 pm

Inspired by the environmental awareness in American art as seen in the ‘Nature’s Nation’ exhibition, the Peabody Essex Museum and Mass Audubon have teamed up…

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Friday, Mar 29
Salem Film Fest Kick-off Party
5:30 pm

Salem Arts Association, located at 211 Bridge Street in Salem, plays host, as two of Salem’s most energetic cultural organizations join forces to honor film…

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April 2019

Saturday, Apr 6
Colours of Her Heart
7:30 pm

What do women across the world share as experiences? In Colours of Her Heart, Mallika Sarabhai — dancer, activist, choreographer, columnist and speaker; and Samia…

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Saturday, Apr 13
Sustainable Fashion Day
10:00 am

From water pollution to toxic chemical use and textile waste, the growth in the fashion industry has come at a huge cost to the environment….

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Saturday, Apr 13
Artopia: After-Hours Party
8:00 pm

Artopia is back! Join us to celebrate art and dance to the funky sounds of Boston’s The Glitter Boys while enjoying creative cocktails and light…

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Saturday, Apr 20
Wes Sam-Bruce’s Earth Day Celebration
11:00 am

11 am–3 pm | The Axelrod Walkway, just outside the Peabody Essex Museum’s main entrance Join in a variety of hands-on activities in Wes Sam-Bruce’s…

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Friday, Apr 26
transpARTation – Salem
3:37 pm

We’re activating transpARTation from station to station in this unique regional transit experience! Rush Hour can be enjoyable when you’re riding through waves of art….

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Saturday, Apr 27
Mandala Stones Drop-in Art Making at the PEM
11:00 am

Join us for a special ArtWeek event! Meet artist Valerie Jaros, owner of StoneSpirations, and create an art rock. Jaros collects beach stones from the…

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Saturday, Apr 27
“Exploring Your Own Backyard” an Essex Heritage ArtWeek Event
1:00 pm

Did you know that all of Essex County is considered a very special place? Essex County is a National Heritage Area, which are regions known…

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Saturday, Apr 27
The Ghosting of America’s Past
1:00 pm

Join us to consider how a history of America’s past affects the present and the future. Panelists include ‘Nature’s Nation’ artists Valerie Hegarty and Cannupa…

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Sunday, Apr 28
ArtWeek: Instameet at The Gables
9:00 am

Bring your phone behind the scenes for an Instagrammers morning meetup event at The House of the Seven Gables. This is an ArtWeek event. There are…

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May 2019

Sunday, May 5
Freaks, Antiques, & Uniques
12:00 pm

Prepare to have your mind blown and your soul shaken! The Freaks, Antiques, and Uniques dark art market is back with another amazing event offering…

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Friday, May 10
Opening Reception: ROOTS Exhibit at Old Town Hall
5:00 pm

In conjunction with the Salem Arts Festival, Salem Arts Association presents an exhibition exploring the meaning of “Roots”, one of the themes of the Festival….

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Friday, May 10
Bakers Island Light Sip & Paint Night
7:00 pm

Join Essex Heritage and local, award-winning artist, Judi Jorge for an evening of fun to support Bakers Island Light. This is a perfect way to…

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Saturday, May 11
IM|MIGRATION

IM|MIGRATION is from May 11 – 19, 2019 – visitors to Punto Urban Art Museum will engage with immigration and migration storytelling through light, sound,…

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Saturday, May 11
Opening Day Celebration: A Passion for American Art
10:00 am

Join the Peabody Essex Museum for art making, conversations with curators and more as we celebrate the spectacular Lynch collection – honoring the artistic creativity,…

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Saturday, May 11
IM|MIGRATION Picnic in the Park
6:00 pm

Join us at the Peabody Street Park for a neighborhood picnic featuring music, food and dance of the cultures of the point.

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Saturday, May 11
IM|MIGRATION Exhibit Opening
8:00 pm

A Harbor Voices audio-visual experience featuring laser lights, the stories of 100 immigrants past and present from the Point, and a special augmented reality in…

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Wednesday, May 15
Art in the Park Receptions
5:00 pm

Calling all art and history lovers! Join us May 15th, to celebrate Salem Maritime’s new temporary art exhibit – Maritime Legends; The Many Faces of…

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Saturday, May 18
Kids to Parks Day: Painting to Save the Sea
9:45 am

On this day, join the 1-million + people at hundreds of national, state, and local parks, and public lands across the country taking part in…

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Saturday, May 18
The Salem Flea
10:00 am

The Salem Flea will feature a juried selection of vendors of vintage and up-cycled furniture, vintage clothing, collectibles, antiques, architectural salvage as well as a…

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Saturday, May 18
Fiesta de Arte
9:00 pm

Join us in North Shore CDC’s historic loft gallery for on of the most fun evenings on the North Shore: a performance art party featuring…

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June 2019

Saturday, Jun 1
Pride Party at PEM
7:00 pm

Join the Peabody Essex Museum to kick off Pride Month with the legendary Ana Matronic of the Scissor Sisters and host of Dance Devotion on…

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Friday, Jun 7
Salem Arts Festival

The 2019 Salem Arts Festival, running from Friday, June 7th through Sunday, June 9th, will celebrate the arts in all its forms: painting, photography, sculpture,…

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Friday, Jun 7
Salem Arts Festival Kick-Off
7:00 pm

The annual big bash and kick off to the Salem Arts Festival. Arts, culture and creativity bursting at the seams on Derby Square, Artists’ Row…

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Saturday, Jun 8
2019 Mural Slam!
11:00 am

Sponsored by Finz Seafood and Grill and Salem Public Art Make sure and come down and see the artists in action and vote on your…

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Saturday, Jun 8
Salon des Refuses
12:00 pm

In 1863 the most prestigious exhibition in Paris, the Paris Salon, rejected art work in the new Impressionist style. Manet, Courbet, Whistler and Pissaro were…

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Saturday, Jun 8
Works En Plein Air
12:00 pm

“Works En Plein Air at The House of The Seven Gables” 7th Annual Artists’ Residency with Salem Arts Association Members Exhibition may be viewed at…

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Wednesday, Jun 12
Pink Wine & Peonies at The Cheese Shop of Salem
7:30 pm

Let’s toast summer together with a night of wine tasting and flower arranging at The Cheese Shop of Salem! Join us as we collaborate with…

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Saturday, Jun 22
Solstice Saturday
11:00 am

Included with admission to the Peabody Essex Museum. Celebrate the summer solstice, a time of great momentum in the natural world, as well as the…

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Monday, Jun 24
Glassblowing Demos at Salem State
5:30 pm

Although there is still a chill in the summer air, things are hot, hot, hot in our glassblowing studio! The 2019 Rosenberg Institute for Passionate…

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Saturday, Jun 29
Abilities Dance Boston
7:30 pm

Abilities Dance Boston presents an evening of movement pieces that highlight its mission to break down barriers and drive the value of inclusion through dance….

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July 2019

Tuesday, Jul 9
Gravestone Girls Pop-up at Hive & Forge

The Gravestone Girls will be at Hive & Forge July 9th – July 21! Creating decorative artwork using the beautiful and primitive images carved on…

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Wednesday, Jul 10
Roses on The Roof!
6:30 pm

Kick back on The Roof, at The Hotel Salem, and enjoy spectacular views of historic Salem while you create a beautiful flower arrangement! Sip on…

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Friday, Jul 12
Artists’ Reception: Featuring David LaChapelle and Grimdrops
5:00 pm

FEATURED ARTISTS! Reception: Friday, July 12 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm Exhibit July 6 – 28 David LaChapelle David LaChapelle is an oil painter and…

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Saturday, Jul 13
In Conversation with Olivia Parker
11:00 am

Enjoy this unique opportunity to hear celebrated photographer Olivia Parker discuss her extensive career. Led by PEM Assistant Curator Virginia Myhaver, the conversation will explore…

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Saturday, Jul 27
PEM Summer Block Party
3:00 pm

Everyone’s favorite outdoor party is back for the third summer in a row! Enjoy live music, food trucks, and a beer garden! Be sure to…

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August 2019

Saturday, Aug 3
Biomimetic Origami
1:00 pm

SPECIAL DROP-IN ART MAKING Saturday, August 3 & Sunday, August 4 1–3 pm | Peabody Essex Museum | Create Space Studio 1 Join master origami…

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Saturday, Aug 10
Notch Art Riot
7:00 pm

It’s that time of the year again, come one come all to the third annual Art Riot! Located at Notch Brewing in downtown Salem Mass,…

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Wednesday, Aug 21
En Plein Air Painter’s Workshop at Bakers Island
10:00 am

We are pleased to offer an exceptional opportunity for beginner to intermediate level painters to capture the beauty of Bakers Island Light Station through the…

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Sunday, Aug 25
Victorian Hairwork with Courtney Lane
11:00 am

Learn how to work, weave, and sculpt human hair into sentimental works of art in the Victorian fashion. This course will give you a strong…

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Sunday, Aug 25
All of the Arts are Sisters
12:00 pm

Nietzsche wrote that “all of the arts are sisters.” We invited artists to submit work about or inspired by dance, music, theater, poetry (or any…

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September 2019

Friday, Sep 6
Punto Pils Release
5:00 pm

In collaboration with Punto Urban Art Museum, Notch has brewed and canned a Caribbean Lager to help celebrate, promote and support the museum’s mural installation…

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Wednesday, Sep 11
NO SHAME Theatre Open Mic
8:30 pm

Join us every 2nd Wednesday of the month for NO SHAME Theatre Witch City, a fringe open mic night/ learning lab that offers performers (and…

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Friday, Sep 13
The Art of Taste
7:00 pm

Join Siddhartha V. Shah, PEM’s Curator of Indian and South Asian Art, in conversation with author and television personality Ted Allen (Queer Eye and Chopped)…

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Sunday, Sep 15
Crafting at the Witchery

Stop by the Witchery anytime to make some witchy, crafty creations! We have projects for all ages and skill levels! Walk-ins welcome, but reservations are preferred. To…

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Sunday, Sep 15
Picturing America – Salem Art Association’s 13th Annual PEM Inspirational Exhibit
12:00 pm

Salem Art Association presents an exhibition by local artists inspired by the Peabody Essex Museum collections of art and the exhibition of “A Passion for…

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Sunday, Sep 15
Photo Noir Exhibition
12:00 pm

Salem Arts Association presents and exhibition of photography that celebrates black & white photography and Film Noir. It will complement the 13th Annual PEM Inspirational…

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Monday, Sep 16
Anchor Drop at the Peabody Essex Museum
2:00 pm

In coordination with the opening of its new wing, the Peabody Essex Museum invites the public to join Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll and the museum’s…

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Thursday, Sep 19
Veterans 10-Minute Play Festival
7:30 pm

This inaugural play festival features the work of eight writers from across the United States. The goal of this festival is to cultivate a supportive…

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