About SAA

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Our Mission

To actively engage the community in the appreciation of the arts through contemporary art exhibitions, events and education.

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Our Vision

The Salem Art Association envisions a vibrant and connected community that harnesses the power of the arts and heritage to expand creativity and improve lives.

Founded in 1919

in Salem, Oregon, the Salem Art Association is a 501c3 non-profit arts organization serving the mid-Willamette Valley and is one of the largest community arts organizations in Oregon. SAA achieves its mission through the educational programming below.

COMMUNITY ARTS EDUCATION

CAE engages more than 7,000 students, administrators, teachers and parents and provides regional artists with professional development opportunities.

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Salem Art Fair & Festival

SAA is the proud organization behind the Salem Art Fair & Festival, the largest art festival in Oregon 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 family activities and offerings, the art fair features the work of over 200 artists as well as live music, local craft beer, wine and cuisine and also serves as SAA’s largest fundraising event.

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Support SAA

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.