Special Event Sponsorships


“Kettle® Brand, a division of Diamond Foods, Inc., is a proud supporter of the Salem Art Association as the organization behind the Salem Art Fair & Festival – the largest fundraiser for the arts in the Salem community. The Salem Art Association depends on contributions from businesses for this community-building event which provides great support for arts education.”

-Bruce Bechtel, Director of Product Commercialization & Ambassador of Action | Diamond Foods, Inc.

Salem Art Fair & Festival

SAA is the dedicated organization behind the nationally ranked Salem Art Fair & Festival which is both our largest annual fundraiser and the largest festival of its kind in Oregon. Each year, the Art Fair attracts over 30,000 visitors from all over the nation and is committed to upholding the importance of fine arts and crafts by providing access to a range of artistic mediums appealing to both art appreciators and art collectors alike. With a variety of different activities and offerings, the art fair is an experience the whole family can enjoy.

Over the course of three days, the art fair features:

  • Over 200 local, regional, national and international artists
  • Two entertainment stages
  • Two craft beer and wine gardens
  • Two food courts
  • A Kids’ Court providing art activities for the whole family

For over 60 years, the Art Fair has grown to become nationally recognized and is celebrated as a significant part of Oregon’s culture. Collaborations with the business community allows us to continue this time-honored tradition for generations to come.

Clay Ball

SAA’s second largest annual fundraising event is the Clay Ball. Each year, nearly 500 guests support SAA as well as local and regional artists and businesses at this highly-anticipated event. The formal evening features a three-course served dinner, fine wines, live musical entertainment and both live and silent auctions of fine art and exclusive experience packages.

Holiday Gala

The Holiday Gala is SAA’s annual kick-off event to the holiday season. This fun and festive event attracts 250 guests who come to support SAA’s Galleries Program and preview the extensive selection of unique, hand-made gifts, exclusively sold at the Bush Barn Art Center. The Holiday Gala is a themed event which offers craft beer and wine as well as local cuisine and prizes for best costume.

Art Fusion

Art Fusion is our most recent event which strives to provide a fun and sophisticated atmosphere for the young professional in Salem to  experience art, culture and get connected with local businesses and community partners. On average, 200 guests attend Art Fusion to enjoy live, contemporary music and to sample craft beer, wine and local cuisine. They also have the opportunity to take part in a progressive community art project and become a member of SAA. Art Fusion happens twice a year on Friday evenings and is held at the Bush Barn Art Center from 6-9 pm.

For more information about the benefits of sponsoring SAA, please contact Stephanie Patterson, Events Director, at 503-581-2228 x305 or stephanie@SalemArt.org.

We thank you for your interest in supporting the Salem Art Association and its educational programs!