Welcome SAA

ART UNITES US IN ACTION

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. 

ART IN THE EVERYDAY: Quarantine Creations

Welcome to ART IN THE EVERYDAY: A Virtual Experience that Connects and Inspires. Each week we invite you to JOIN US in CREATIVE COMMUNITY and IGNITE ” Art in YOUR every day”.

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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.

Stay tuned for at home K-12 at home lesson.

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(ONLINE) Salem Art Fair & Festival

The cancellation of this major fundraising event creates a severe financial strain on our organization that forces us to cut/reduce many of our programs. The Salem Art Fair & Festival provides revenue for SAA to run its core programming, including arts education to K-12 students, many attending Title I schools. As the region’s community arts organization, we are looking for alternative ways to adapt our programming to continue to meet the needs of our constituents. 

Stay tuned for updates!

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. The organization has just celebrated 100 years of service, and we expect it to be here another 100 years from now. But during this time of uncertainty and isolation, please keep in touch through email, social media, phone, and the internet. Leaning on our connections with each other, is what will bring us through these unprecedented times.

So stay safe, stay healthy and especially stay connected as we navigate this increasingly complex and escalating situation.

Sandra Burnett
Executive Director

EMERGENCY FUNDING APPEAL

The Salem Art Fair & Festival provides revenue for SAA to run its core programming, including arts education to K-12 students, many attending Title I schools. The cancellation of this major fundraising event due to the COVID-19 pandemic creates a severe financial strain on our organization and will result in unprecedented losses.

As the region’s community arts organization, we are looking for alternative ways to adapt our programming so that we can continue to best meet the needs of our constituents. Offering a virtual learning component is one of the ways that the Salem Art Association is striving to ensure that kids stay connected to the arts.

To ensure that arts learning can continue for students, the Artists in the Schools program has developed the following virtual art resources:

  • Out of the Box: Art Activities for Kids via social media and on our website
  • 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

We are actively working to ensure that our community continues to have quality arts experiences during these challenging times. We know that art has the power to elicit the best in all of us and that art has the power to unite us in action.
We need your help in moving forward and pivoting to the new ‘normal’ as we stand together to bring about the most equitable and safest future for all of us. We are asking you to support SAA with a donation to our emergency fund. Your donation supports art as a means to human connection, and we cannot do this work without you. Please invest in art in our community today

So stay safe, stay healthy and stay connected. Leaning on our connections with each other will bring us through these unprecedented times.

Sandra Burnett
Executive Director