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  • November 09, 2013 - November 09, 2013

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 www.pem.org/support/gala.

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.

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 gala@pem.org or contact Lauren Fairweather at 978.542.1658.


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