Educating and Preserving
The Salem Art Association is a 501c3 non-profit organization serving the mid-Willamette Valley since 1919.
ART UNITES US IN ACTION
Due to the impacts of the pandemic, Salem Art Association is closed until further notice. However this organization remains committed to building community through the arts and this is something we bequeath to the future.
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.
Upcoming Events, Workshops, & Artist in residency
Through this platform, we will be serving our artists and community with opportunities and interactions in the arts while respecting the need to keep everyone safe doing the current pandemic.
We invite you to peruse these pages and enjoy gifts that will be cherished, artworks that inspire and uplift, and beautiful items for everyday use. Through this platform, we encourage you to support local artists and keep the arts thriving in our communities.
SHOP FEATURED JEWELERS
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
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
SAA’s programs would not be operational without the support from the art fair and our other fundraising and community-building events including the Clay Ball, a formal auction and banquet including local and regional art and experience packages; and the Holiday Showcase & Gala, celebrating the opportunity to experience and purchase original, hand-crafted holiday gifts and preview SAA’s upcoming art exhibitions.
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
Braemar Charitable Trust
Bob & Marypat Hill Family Foundation
William S. Walton Charitable Trust
Special thanks to our generous sponsors