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Director Dru Holley will be at the event to answer questions after the presentation, along with Zachary Stocks, Executive Director of the Oregon Black Pioneers. The screening is free and open the public.
“Buffalo Soldiers: Fighting on Two Fronts” was recently named Pacific Northwest Best Documentary at the Tacoma Film Festival, winning the Audience Choice Award.

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We have joined forces with World Beat to bring you an extraordinary evening of music and entertainment. We’re calling this special event Encore! because we know you’ll want to return to it year after year!

Encore! features Grammy-nominated Americana/alt-rock musician Amythyst Kiah as the headliner, with local musicians Pachanga giving the evening a Latin music flair. Opening the concert will be musical land acknowledgment from Jan Michael Looking Wolf and Robin Gentlewolf, and Ellie Niver, a soprano performing an opera piece. We’re thrilled that Bend artist/musician MOsley WOtta will be emceeing the event.

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we’re having special extended hours from 5 – 8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 31, and Wednesday, February 1 for people to come to see Willie’s amazing show “Hattitude.” At 6:30 p.m. on both days, there will be a short program where we’ll share stories about Willie and her impact on SAA and the community. There will be an opportunity for you to share your stories about Willie, too. “Hattitude: Hats from the Hatboxes of Willie Richardson” is on display now in the A.N. Bush Gallery through February 26.

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Two light artists create captivating installations at the Bush House Museum. The Bush House Museum welcomes artists Kathryn Cellerini Moore and Pamela Hadley for the exhibition Past is Prologue.

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The SAA Artist in Residence program is intended to offer: An experimental space for artists to develop their work and collaborate. An opportunity for the community to engage with working artists. The Studio is generally viewable by the public during SAA open hours. A sliding wall can either open or enclose the space for public viewing/access. General professional development support for artists. An exhibition in SAA’s Focus Gallery for one month.

All artists, of any medium, may apply for the February/March and June/July openings..

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The Bush Barn Art Center & Annex are open to the public Wednesday-Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

As things slowly get back to normal, our hours are limited so that we can ensure the health and safety of all of our staff and visitors. You can visit our galleries Open Wednesday-Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunda. We encourage visitors continue to wear masks and maintain social distancing when enjoying the art in our galleries. To help protect our staff and visitors, we hope that everyone who enters our galleries has received a COVID-19 vaccination. For more information on how to get the vaccine, visit Oregon Health Authority’s vaccination site (

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Educating and Preserving

The Salem Art Association is a 501c3 non-profit organization serving the mid-Willamette Valley since 1919.

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We stand together and know that art in our lives is absolutely pivotal in understanding one another, in finding common ground, and in imagining creative solutions together. Art brings us together and unites us in our humanity. It enhances our natural instinct to overcome obstacles and to care for each other – to remember what it means to be human, especially during the most challenging times of this pandemic.

Upcoming Events, Workshops, & Artist in residency

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Community Arts Education (CAE)

Virtual Arts Programming for Students and Adults:

SAA’s Community Arts Education is continuing to look for alternative ways to adapt our school programs that include arts education to K-5 students in Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties, especially to those attending Title I schools. Offering a virtual learning component is another way that the Salem Art Association is striving to ensure that kids stay connected to the arts.

  • Out of the Box: Art Activities for Kids via social media and on our website
  • Art for Kids YouTube videos
  • Art Boxes with lessons and material lists available online
  • Teaching Artist YouTube videos for more in depth art making
  • Teaching Artist Anecdotes that are fun, yet share with all of us the value of making art

Learn more About CAE

Call for Artists

Call for Artists opportunities for the Bush Barn Art Center take place throughout the year. Click the link for a current list of ways to get your art out into the world through the Salem Art Association

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Thank you to the following supporters whose generous contributions support the Salem Art Association in making art experiences possible for everyone in our community.

Compton Family Foundation

Michele J. Patterson

Janet Neuburg

Braemar Charitable Trust

Harvest Foundation

Bob & Marypat Hill Family Foundation

Autzen Foundation

William S. Walton Charitable Trust


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