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BIG EVENT: Celebrate PEM Prize Opening Day and the Salem Arts Fest (Free admission!)

June 8 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Celebrate culture, creativity and community at PEM Prize Opening Day and the 16th annual Salem Arts Festival on Saturday, June 8! At PEM, this event will celebrate the reveal of the finished Jingle sculptures by PEM Prize Awardee Marie Watt (Seneca Nation), created especially for PEM and built with the community. These sparkling large-scale works sing to us from the liminal space between sky and earth. As part of this family-friendly event, you will have the opportunity to dance with the finished jingle sculptures and activate them through movement. Hear from Marie Watt about her work and inspiration, see a Jingle Dance performance by world champion dancer Acosia Red Elk (Umatilla Nation) and enjoy a themed brunch in the Atrium Café. Outside the museum and throughout the downtown area, the Salem Arts Festival offers art making, dance performances, live music and more. Don’t miss the live mural slam on Artists’ Row! Arts and culture are an integral part of day-to-day life in Salem, and this annual festival has become a source of pride and inspiration for the city. Join us as we support and celebrate the creative community in Salem. PEM is proud to partner with Salem Main Streets and the Creative Collective. The PEM Prize recognizes artists whose work explores the catalytic relationship between creativity and civic engagement. The museum has commissioned these works to honor Marie Watt, an interdisciplinary artist and PEM Prize recipient whose work draws together aspects of history, community engagement and Indigenous teachings. Schedule Brunch in the Atrium Café 10 am–4 pm Interconnectedness Scavenger Hunt 10 am–4 pm Pick up an all-ages clue sheet at our table in the Main Atrium and search for objects around the museum! Once the museum closes, we encourage you to visit the Salem Arts Festival. Festival events run until 6 pm. You can also check out our drop-in nature weaving activity on Essex Street, outside the museum’s Main Entrance.


June 8
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Peabody Essex Museum
East India Square, 161 Essex Street
Salem, MA 01970 United States
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