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Lifting the Sky: Dinner | Live Auction | Dance Party | Art Experiences

November 4 @ 4:00 pm - 11:59 pm

Saturday, November 4, 2023 from 6 pm – midnight

Join us for Lifting the Sky, an evening of dining, dancing and inspired experiences at PEM! For this year’s annual fundraising dinner and party, we’ll be honoring Robert N. Shapiro, Trustee Emeritus and former President of PEM’s Board of Trustees, and Marie Watt (Seneca and German-Scots), artist and PEM Prize recipient.

There are two ways to join us for the evening:

Dinner + Dance Party
Dinner, Live Auction & Paddle Raise
6:00–8:30 pm | 8:30 pm–Midnight

Join us for dinner, a live auction, raffles and more as we come together to raise funds for PEM programs, exhibitions and initiatives. You will not want to miss this evening of creative community and artistic expression!

Dance Party Only
8:30 pm–Midnight

Dance the night away amid the stars at PEM’s party of the year! Immersive art experiences await throughout the museum as we lift the sky together. Walk through the clouds with us and enjoy themed food stations, sky-inspired cocktails, pop-up performances and live music from Booty Vortex. There will also be a few special surprises you will not want to miss.

This year’s theme of Lifting the Sky is drawn from a story Watt first heard from Upper Skagit elder Vi Hilbert. The story continues to inspire Watt’s jingle cloud forms today. As the story goes:

The sky was starting to press down on the people. Overwhelming the world with darkness, it became incumbent on the people — who spoke different languages and didn’t necessarily understand one another — to find a common vocabulary, even just one phrase, that would allow them to work together. The word they found was yəhaw̓, which means to proceed, to go forward, to do. Working together using sticks and saying that one word, yəhaw̓, with group effort, they pushed up the sky. These clouds are lifted together, hoisted by many hands just as they were created by many hands. They are first steps in a rhythm of healing and gathering, of being and hearing together.

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November 4
4:00 pm - 11:59 pm
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