“Walking through the door of Bush Barn Art Center to volunteer in the galleries is like a creativity espresso shot. The exhibits and gift gallery offerings are ever-changing, ever-inspiring and the staff and artists are a blast. It’s an addictive experience and I highly recommend it.”
Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer at the Salem Art Association!
Founded in 1919 in Salem, Oregon, the Salem Art Association is a 501c3 non-profit arts organization which has served the mid-Willamette valley for nearly 100 years and is one of the largest community arts organizations in Oregon. SAA achieves its mission through the educational programming below.
Bush House Museum
The Bush House Museum offers tours to the public and preserves and interprets the heritage of the Bush House and Bush’s Pasture Park to illuminate Oregon history and culture associated with the lives and legacy of Salem’s Bush Family. Volunteers assist the Museum Director with ongoing projects, research and archiving. Volunteers also have the opportunity to facilitate tours of The Bush House Museum.
Bush Barn Art Center
The Bush Barn Art Center features three galleries and a gift gallery exhibiting and interpreting works of 20th and 21st century fine art and crafts by artists living or working in the Pacific Northwest and beyond who, through their creative modes of expression, enrich our community and foster a deeper understanding of the value of visual art. Volunteer opportunities might include special events, merchandising, hanging and arrangement of artwork, inventory, and decorating during various seasons and holidays.
Community Arts Education (CAE)
SAA’s Community Arts Education program (CAE) provides arts programming built in collaboration with community partners to support a broad range of arts activities in the community and seeks to provide dynamic art projects that address specific needs in Marion, Polk and Yamhill Counties.
Salem Art Fair and Festival
With a variety of different family activities and offerings, the Salem Art Fair & Festival features the work of over 200 artists as well as live music, local craft beer, wine and cuisine. The Art Fair also serves as SAA’s largest fundraising event. Volunteers might assist behind the scenes by sitting in for artists at their booths, moving merchandise from The Bush Barn Art Center to associated merchandise locations, working within the galleries, setting up and taking down event signage, tents and fencing.
The Gallery Guides have enthusiastically supported the Salem Art Association and our local arts community since 1965. The most important duty of Gallery Guides members is to act as docents in The Bush Barn Art Center’s main interpretive space, the A.N. Bush Gallery. Docents answer questions and provide educational information about the exhibit to visitors. Gallery Guides participate in SAA’s fundraising events throughout the year including Clay Ball, Salem Art Fair & Festival and the Holiday Gala. Members also provide support for the Community Arts Education program and host receptions for the exhibiting artists at The Bush Barn Art Center.