PEM Partners with Dress for Success Boston

Released November 07, 2016

PEM Partners with Dress for Success Boston
for Shoe Drive to Empower Women

Wednesday, November 16
Sunday, November 27


Event Coincides with Headlining Exhibition
Shoes: Pleasure and Pain

The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) announces a partnership with Dress for Success Boston for a two-week shoe drive during the exhibition Shoes: Pleasure and Pain. The nonprofit organization Dress for Success Boston empowers women to be economically independent by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help them thrive in work and in life.

The drive for professional women's shoes runs from Wednesday, November 16 through Sunday, November 27, during regular museum hours, with the support of PEM's Fashion Visiting Committee.

In an elegant boutique-like setting, Dress for Success Boston provides disadvantaged women with professional attire for job interviews. Clients work with volunteer stylists to select suits, blouses, bags, jewelry and shoes for job interviews, all at no charge
. About 100 women walk through their doors each month and leave emboldened with confidence about their  futures.

"The women start to see themselves in a whole d
ifferent light,” says Nancy Schneider, co-founder of the nonprofit organization."The clothes build confidence and they begin to believe that they can achieve what they set out to do.

Once hired, clients are invited to return to select additional outfits and support until the first paycheck arrives. The organization also offers help with resumes and job coaching, and runs a professional women's group for clients who have recently entered the workforce, some for the first time
Recently, Lynda Roscoe Hartigan, PEM’s James B. and Mary Lou Hawkes Deputy Director, and Chief Philanthropy Officer Amanda Clark MacMullan invited members of PEM's Fashion Visiting Committee to tour the Dress for Success Boston facility on Commonwealth Avenue.

"I am so personally and professionally gratified that we have been able to build this partnership,” said Hartigan, coord
inating curator of the Shoes exhibition."PEM has a mission to pro­vide experiences that transform people's lives.I do believe museums also have a social responsibility and when an exhibition can make these connections, I think it is very important for us to get involved.”


Donated shoes should be appropriate for clients' job interviews. The organization cannot accept open-toe shoes, slingbacks, mules or stiletto platforms. Solid colors are best. Please visit the museum and bring your shoes to the Atrium where a volunteer will assist you. We will take your shoes, provide a tax-exemption form and share information about Dress for Success Boston. Please contact Kerry Schneider, Development Officer for Development Communications, with any questions:


Explore the creativity of footwear from around the globe through more than 300 pairs of shoes, ranging from elaborate vintage designs to those by contemporary makers. This exhibition considers the cultural significance and transformative capacity of shoes and examines the latest developments in footwear technology creating the possibility of ever higher heels and dramatic shapes. Examples from famous shoe collectors are shown alongside a dazzling range of historic shoes, many of which have not been displayed before. The exhibition is organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.


Kim Todd, Dress for Success Boston Executive Director; Jacqui Budd, Dress for Success Boston Board Chair; Lynda Roscoe Hartigan, PEM's James B. and Mary Lou Hawkes Deputy Director; and Nancy Schneider, co-founder of Dress for Success Boston, talk about the organization's mission. Photo by Kathy Tarantola/PEM.


Over the last 20 years, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) has distinguished itself as one of the fastest-growing art museums in North America. Founded in 1799, it is also the country’s oldest continuously operating museum. At its heart is a mission to enrich and transform people's lives by broadening their perspectives, attitudes and knowledge of themselves and the wider world. PEM celebrates outstanding artistic and cultural creativity through exhibitions, programming and special events that emphasize cross-cultural connections, integrate past and present and underscore the vital importance of creative expression. The museum's collection is among the finest of its kind boasting superlative works from around the globe and across time -- including American art and architecture, Asian export art, photographs, maritime art and history, Native American, Oceanic and African art. PEM's campus affords a varied and unique visitor experience with hands-on creativity zones, interactive opportunities and performance spaces. Twenty-four noted historic structures grace PEM’s campus, including Yin Yu Tang, a 200-year-old Chinese house that is the only such example of Chinese domestic architecture on display in the United States, and the Phillips Library, which holds one of the nation’s most important museum-based collections of rare books and manuscripts. HOURS: Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am-5 pm, and the third Thursday of every month until 9 pm. Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. ADMISSION: Adults $20; seniors $18; students $12. Additional admission to Yin Yu Tang: $6 (plus museum admission). 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

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