Community Arts Education

The Salem Art Association’s Community Arts Education program (CAE) aims to support a broad range of dynamic, local arts projects. CAE engages more than 7,000 students, administrators, teachers and parents and provides regional artists with professional development opportunities.


Artists in the Schools

Salem Art Association’s Artists in the Schools (AIS) program is a collaborative effort between principals, artists, teachers and parents who respond to the need to include the arts in our children’s basic education.

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Art Workshops

Learn some new skills, or hone existing ones with Salem Art Association art workshops. A range of artistic practices are covered, and are taught by established artists. See below for a list of upcoming art workshops and a link to register online.

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High School Art Mentorship Program

The Salem Art Association’s High School Art Mentorship Program brings 10-15 high school students from the Salem area together for a full academic year experience.

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Arts & History Immersion Project

The Arts & History Immersion Project is an educational collaboration between the Salem Art Association and the Bush House Museum. Each year, this program provides a unique educational experience to more than 1,000 underserved fourth-grade students attending some of the most challenged Title I schools in Marion, Polk, and Yamhill counties.

These all-expenses-paid field trips include an educational tour of the Bush House Museum, and the chance to view an art exhibit and engage in relevant hands-on art activities at the Bush Barn Art Center. The activities are not only fun for students but help teachers enhance their curriculums by supporting state standards. For 76% of students, the Arts & History Immersion Project is their first visit to a history museum or an art gallery.

This project is made possible through support from:

Bush House Museum Endowment
Marion Cultural Development Corporation
Oregon Cultural Trust
PGE Foundation
Salem Foundation
Walton Charitable Trust