Released October 07, 2013




SALEM, MA --The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) hosts its annual gala on Saturday, November 9, celebrating creative expression in all of its many forms. Join the museum for the Future Creativity Gala, a one-of-a-kind evening featuring art and culture, delicious food, cocktails, inspiring entertainment and dancing to help fund the museum's education initiatives, school outreach programs and special exhibitions. Tickets are now on sale at

The community is invited to celebrate the creative spirit and be transported to a futuristic party  made up of immersive stations, creativity labs and surprising experiences at every turn. Enter the museum awash in simulated full moonlight, make your way to a chef station of adventurous culinary creations and cross to the dance floor as it becomes a hub of activity. Enjoy creativity labs, spontaneous performances, intimate seating cocoons and micro-environments, a creativity lounge, silent auction stations and the feel of an exclusive night club.

PEM is pleased to debut a bold, new take on its annual gala by experimenting with a new format for the evening and by offering a broader range of ticket prices.

"This is the first year we've offered gala tickets at a range of price points, allowing us to be more inclusive and welcoming to a younger generation and to those new to PEM," says gala co-chair Susan Robie. "This is also the first time we've focused on providing such a unique experience.  We're tweaking the gala format and offering a fresh take. We're embracing the past, but experiencing the future through all five senses. That's pretty ground breaking."

Co-chair Ana Colmenero agrees. "This gala celebrates a wide array of arts. Like the artists PEM features, with this gala we're doing something a little risky and different. What makes this institution so exciting is the personal feeling we experience here. The museum reflects the community, the geography and history of this place, but also the way forward."

A sampling of the evening's Creativity Labs:

PEM's Composer-in-Residence Matthew Aucoin composes a new work in real time in the Bartlett Gallery as his collaborators, musician Keir Gowilt and visual artist Nick Pope, react to and interpret his composition through music and visual arts. Guests will be invited to participate and influence the work as the night progresses.

The museum's  Korean Gallery will feature Janice Wang, a MIT Media Lab researcher, who brings cognitive psychology into the kitchen by designing multi-sensory dining experiences. Utilizing taste, touch, sound, sight and smell, she will explore various ways we experience food.

The Creativity Lounge offers a respite from the activity as gala goers relax amid entertainment inspired by technology.

Ticket options:

$200 per person for the 7:30-Midnight Gala

Pre-Gala Patrons' Party at 6:30 pm -- Enjoy cocktails and a future-themed plated dinner, followed by brief toast  from the museum's director. Performers will beckon diners downstairs to join the already in progress dance party.

Supporter $1,000 for two seats, plus Gala
Patron $5,000 for a table of 10, plus Gala
Benefactor $10,000 for a table of 10, plus Gala and 10 additional general admission Gala tickets

For tickets, contact or contact Lauren Fairweather at 978.542.1658.

IMAGE CREDIT: PEM Gala 2012, photo courtesy Michael Blanchard.

PUBLICITY IMAGES: High-resolution publicity images of past galas available upon request.

The Future Creativity Gala is sponsored by:


Participating sponsors include First Republic Bank and Windover Construction. Additional support provided by Be Our Guest, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and Port Lighting.


Founded in 1799, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) presents outstanding works of artistic and cultural creativity in ways that transform people's lives. The museum's collection is among the finest of its kind, showcasing an unrivaled spectrum of American art and architecture as well as outstanding Asian, Asian export, Native American, African, Oceanic, maritime and photography collections. In addition to its vast holdings, the museum offers a vibrant schedule of changing exhibitions and an interactive education center. The museum campus features numerous parks, period gardens and 22 historic properties, including Yin Yu Tang, a 200-year-old house that is the only example of Chinese domestic architecture on display in the United States. Currently, a comprehensive $650 million Campaign is underway to advance PEM's mission, fortify its endowment, improve infrastructure and build a 175,000-square-foot expansion. HOURS: Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am-5 pm, and the third Thursday of every month, 10 am-9:30 pm. Closed Mondays (except holidays), Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. ADMISSION: Adults $15; seniors $13; students $11. Additional admission to Yin Yu Tang: $5. Members, youth 16 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 website at

PR Contacts:

April Swieconek  -  Director of Public Relations  -  978-745-9500 X3109  -

Dinah Cardin  -  Press Officer / Special Projects Writer  -  978-542-1830  -

Whitney Van Dyke  -  Director of Communications  -  978-542-1828  -

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