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SALEM, Mass.—The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is pleased to announce it has been selected one of the “Ten Best Art Museums for Kids” by Child Magazine.

Child made the announcement after a four-month survey of art museums across the nation. The results appear in the March 2006 issue of the magazine, on newsstands nationwide on Feb. 14, 2006.

“We are delighted to be listed among the top 10 art museums in the nation for children by Child Magazine,” said Dan Monroe, director and CEO of the Peabody Essex Museum. “Dramatically sharpening our focus on families and children has been an essential part of the total transformation of PEM over the last several years. Since opening the new museum in mid-2003, the number of families and children we serve increased by more than 300 percent,” Monroe noted. “Children are the audiences of the future for art museums—it’s an honor to be named as a leader in this arena of national art museums.”

“Exposing children to art at an early age is so important,” added Miriam Arond, editor-in-chief of Child magazine. “It inspires their creativity and imagination and fosters an appreciation of color, beauty, and all the visual possibilities.”

Child cited the Museum’s popular Art & Nature Center as one of the highlights of PEM’s family offerings. The 2,000-square-foot exhibition space features art with dynamic interactive stations that highlight the connections between art and nature. The Museum also offers a wide range of programs, publications, and amenities for families, comfortable places to sit, read and talk, as well as free admission for those 16 and under.

“All of these programs and services contribute to families feeling welcome as they explore the international art collections at PEM. This award sends a message to families that PEM is a great art museum––one they can call their own,” said Deputy Director of Interpretation and Education Vas Prabhu.In rating art museums’ family friendliness, Child established criteria that included the depth and variety of family and children’s tours and classes, educational programs for school groups, and staffing. Each institution was asked to submit publications and other materials designed for families. Child drew its pool of institutions directly from the Association of Art Museum Directors, eliminating facilities that were closed for renovation, were revamping their children’s program or offered no family activities. Child sent the remaining 100-plus museums a 42-question survey, which was developed with the support of an advisory board.

About Child and Meredith Corporation

With a circulation of 825,000, Child (www.child.com) is the magazine for "Raising Kids with Smarts and Style." Published by Meredith Corporation (www.meredith.com), Child is a fast-paced, confident and contemporary lifestyle magazine celebrating today's families. Child offers over five million readers the latest news and research that stimulates, inspires and provokes thought.

Meredith is one of the nation's leading media and marketing companies with businesses centering on magazine and book publishing, television broadcasting, integrated marketing and interactive media. The Meredith Publishing Group features 25 subscription magazines-including Better Homes and Gardens, Family Circle, Ladies' Home Journal, Parents, Child, Fitness, and American Baby--and approximately 150 special-interest publications. Meredith owns or operates 14 television stations, including properties in top-25 markets such as Atlanta, Phoenix and Portland, and an AM radio station.

Education Programs at PEM

Over 40,000 children and families experience educational programming at the Peabody Essex Museum every year. The Museum has initiated the development of new models for museum education and interpretation, such as a paid internship program that introduces students to careers in the museum field and Atrium Alive, a weekend series that offers music, dance, art making, and more. PEM also offers unique program spaces such as the Idea Studios, the Art & Nature Center, and the Yin Yu Tang center. In addition, the Museum works with elementary and secondary schools to incorporate art and culture into the classroom.

The Art & Nature Center
The Art & Nature Center is an innovative exhibition space for families and K–6 school groups that features art with dynamic interactive stations that highlight the connections between art and nature. Rotating theme-based installations and an exploration zone celebrate New England’s natural heritage while referencing the global influences nature has had on artists, art, and culture. Programs for children and families include art making, story time, and workshops with artists and scientists



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PR Contacts:

April Swieconek  -  Director of Public Relations  -  978-745-9500 X3109  -  april@pem.org

Whitney Van Dyke  -  Senior Press Officer  -  978-745-9500 X3228  -  whitney_vandyke@pem.org

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