April 9, 2019

Artopia 2019 – After Hours Celebration

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ARTOPIA at Peabody Essex Museum

Saturday, April 13, 2019 – 8 pm–midnight


Free for members, Salem residents, Creative Collective members and college students with ID – Nonmembers $15 – Age 18+

-This event is co-produced by Peabody Essex Museum and Creative Collective.

Artopia returns! Join us to celebrate art and dance to the funky sounds of Boston’s Glitter Boys. Dress to impress for our photo booth, experience unexpected dance and music moments in our galleries and help enviro-artist Maia Mattson work on a public art project for 11th annual Salem Arts Festival (June 7-9). This is one party you do not want to miss!

Community Art Making | Studio 1, Create Space

The 11th annual Salem Arts Festival is around the corner! Before they take over downtown Salem June 7–9, they are at Artopia to kick off their community art-making project. Be the first to contribute to this one-of-a-kind piece with artist Maia Mattson.

Maia is a multi-disciplinary artist and designer based outside of Boston. She hates generic events and predictable design. Committed to the anti-ordinary, Maia works hard to prevent forgettable events and boring backdrops. She creates site specific work that makes an impact, engages imagination and emotion.

Lord Hobo Lounge | South Spine

Looking to quench your thirst? New Creative Collective member Lord Hobo Brewing is here to give you a taste of their popular brews. Grab a full can at the cash bar!

Proudly brewed in Massachusetts, Lord hobo brings the New England beer experience to thirsty fans everywhere. They relish in the connection and find sanctuary in the beers that unite us. — Lords and Hobos alike, we all deserve to drink like royalty.

Lord Hobo Brewing

Projection Mapping | Atrium

Watch Black Math transform the Atrium with an evolving animation created just for Artopia. Black Math designs, develops, illustrates, codes, writes, shoots, creates, builds, composes, edits and animates stuff that serves their clients’ needs and makes them feel cool.

ROOT Pop Up | Atrium

ROOT North Shore offers snacks to keep you fueled for a full night of dancing. The menu includes Fried Plantain Chips with Black Bean Sauce, Spicy Asian Noodle Salad, Pork Bahn Mi Sandwich and more.

Root offers a rigorous 12-week, 200 hour, workforce training program that uses food preparation and service as its vehicle for a teaching career and life skills. In the kitchen at Root, and those of our partner restaurants, hotels, and caterers, Program Partners learn and practice safe food preparation and handling, and many other direct skills that they will need to succeed. They attain industry-certified credentials that give them a sense of accomplishment – and an advantage in seeking employment. In Root’s classroom, they learn professional preparation and develop maturity and life skills that will help them to secure and thrive in their first and subsequent jobs.

Wearable Art Display | Atrium

Ahead of their debut at the 2019 Salem Arts Festival Fashion Show Fundraiser, view incredible pieces of wearable art created by members of the Salem Arts Association.

Don’t have your tickets to the fashion show yet? Not a problem! Swing by the SAF table in the Atrium.

Salem Arts Association highlights from the 2018 Fashion Show.

8–10 pm

Screen Printing | Studio 2, Create Space

Looking for Artopia swag? GRIMDROPS and Octocog each designed an original poster for the night. Stop by to print and illustrate your own copy.

OctoCog Marketing & Design helps Food & Beverage industry leaders with brand awareness, online presence, social media marketing, and creative services. OctoCog’s number one priority is to help bars, restaurants, and breweries grow and let business owners, managers, & chefs focus on what they do best. 

Mike Grimaldi/GRIMDROPS was raised in Gloucester, MA. He holds his BFA in illustration from Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA. and has years of experience in the creative field. He’s held a number of positions in the field including patent illustrator, graphic designer, character designer, surface designer, apparel designer, and screen printer. He has a strong interest and eye in the use of illustration, hand lettering and typography in his work.

8:30–10 pm

Dance & Music | Atrium & Select Galleries

Watch as dancers from the Betsy Miller Dance Projects and musicians from Black Sheep Contemporary Ensemble collide in our galleries. Look for the moving “colors” in the Atrium and follow them into the galleries for a unique experience.

Betsy Miller Dance Projects

Want to get involved in the fun? The Musary has you covered. Experiment with brass, wind and percussion instruments to add to the atmosphere!

The Musary

A native of Ohio, Betsy Miller is a dance artist, educator, and facilitator currently based in Salem, Massachusetts. Her choreography, described as “haunting, spunky and full of imagination.”

Black Sheep Contemporary Ensemble is an innovative new music group based out of Boston. Focused on collaboration, the ensemble works to redefine the boundaries between different artistic disciplines while engaging all types of audiences. 

The Musary is a recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organization that works to motivate, cultivate and inspire people in our community to get involved in – and to stay involved in – music. Through our one-of-a-kind instrument borrowing program, we lend people the musical instruments they want to play and to give them access to the instructors who will help them learn how to play them.

9–9:30 pm & 10–10:30 pm

Guided Tour of Nature’s Nation | Dodge Galleries (Level 2)

No trip to an art museum would be complete without a gallery tour! Students from Montserrat College of Art developed tactile tours of our Nature’s Nation exhibition, which is on view through May 5.

Don’t skip out on the only after-hours tour of this exhibition!

Alexandre Hogue’s “Crucified Land” is part of “Nature’s Nation: Art and the Environment” at Peabody Essex Museum.

Laser Show | Atrium – 10:30–10:45 pm

Retonica has created a laser show that will not disappoint! Retonica transforms spaces into works of art.  From concerts to weddings, our designers create and control a complete design and production.  Lighting can change magically change throughout the event, or simply paint the space in beautiful light of any color imaginable.  Browse through and see some of the work we’ve done, and contact us to let us bring your ideas (or ours) to life.

Live Music | Atrium

Table Manners DJ Set | 8–9:15 pm

Boston Music Awards 2018 “Best DJ of the Year” nominee DJ Slipwax brings his DJ team “Table Manners” to PEM.

Othership | 9:30–10:30 pm

The Othership has landed at PEM to give you funk and soul for your funky soul. Rooted in the traditions of Funk and Soul legends with a penchant for improvisation, The Othership provides audiences a healthy blend of B-side funk and soul numbers coupled with original material that truly speaks for the party animal that lies within all of us. 

The Glitter Boys | 10:45–midnight

DJ trio The Glitter Boys wrap up the night with their vinyl, dirty funk, disco and rock and roll sounds. Get ready to shake that ass! Spinnin’ down and dirty disco, funk, rock n’ roll, and dance records from the 70s and 80s, the Glitter Boys’ level of high energy will have you dancing longer than you ever thought you could!


Save the Date for our next after-hours party! A Pride Kiki at PEM

Saturday, June 1 | 8 pm–midnight – Free to All

Join us as we kick off Pride Month with the legendary Ana Matronic of the Scissor Sisters and host of Dance Devotion on BBC Radio 2! The night opens with Ana and Siddhartha V. Shah, Curator of Indian and South Asian Art, in a conversation about the history of the dance floor as a celebratory space of inclusion and diversity. Then head to the dance floor as Ana spins some of the greatest disco and house music hits. This is the Pride party of our dreams!