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The Salem Art Association, like other non-profit organizations, relies on contributions from individuals and businesses who are interested in sustaining the arts and who support our mission:

To actively engage the community in the appreciation of the arts through contemporary art exhibitions and events, arts education for youth and adults, and the preservation and interpretation of our shared cultural heritage.

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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

The Arts & History Immersion Program that offers 4th-grade students attending Title I schools free field trips to the Bush House Museum and the Bush Barn Art Center has also developed a virtual learning component. A guided virtual tour of the Bush House Museum and YouTube videos of art activities are currently available on the BHM website so that all students can engage in their community’s cultural resources. 

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 especially stay connected as we seek solutions in this increasingly complex and escalating situation. Leaning on our connections with each other will bring us through these unprecedented times.

Sandra Burnett
Executive Director

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GIVING OPPORTUNITIES

Sponsor Special Events

Each year, national, regional and local businesses sponsor the Salem Art Association’s fundraising and community-building events which help sustain SAA’s year-round arts programming. Click here to learn more about sponsoring special events.

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General Operating Support and Donations

As is typical for non-profit arts organizations, sponsorship and membership only covers a portion of the Association’s budget.

SAA provides arts programming via our Community Arts Education Program which engages more than 7,000 students, administrators, teachers and parents each year.

SAA features three galleries and a gift gallery exhibiting and interpreting works of 20th and 21st century fine art and crafts by artists living or working in the Pacific Northwest and beyond who, through their creative modes of expression, enrich our community and foster a deeper understanding of the value of visual art.

SAA preserves and interprets the heritage of the Bush House Museum and Bush’s Pasture Park to illuminate Oregon history and culture association with the lives and legacy of Salem’s Bush Family.

For more information, please contact Sandra Burnett, Executive Director, at 503-581-2228 x303 or sandra@SalemArt.org.


Planned Giving

You have the power to make a lasting impact on the Salem Art Association through a planned gift. Planned giving is often called “customized philanthropy” because each gift is designed to meet the association’s strategic goals for the future while many times providing benefits to you today.

A well-planned gift communicates your legacy; it tells a story of what you hold as most important and valuable in your life and community. Whether you want to benefit SAA after your lifetime, or start making an impact today, we can help you find the charitable plan that meets your needs. Click here to learn more about planned giving opportunities.

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Endowment Opportunities

Through an endowment, funding for critical staff positions, one ore more of SAA’s three galleries, or scholarships for working artists and interns is permanently secured, allowing money previously allocated for salary/benefits, budgeted costs to run the galleries, or costs to administer the scholarship/internship programs to be redirected to other organizational expenses.

Donors, meanwhile, have the wonderful opportunity to support areas of personal interest within SAA. The names of donors or honorees may be carried forward into the future through associations with important leadership, scholarship, and educational activities. Named endowment funds are not just for those who have passed on – they are also a meaningful way to honor and recognize a donor while alive.

For more information, please contact Sandra Burnett, Executive Director, at 503-581-2228 x303 or sandra@SalemArt.org.


Major Gifts

Major donors are the Salem Art Association’s most generous patrons. Gifts of $1,000 and more help fund the association’s year-round arts programming.

Benefactor | $1,000 – $2,499

  • A complimentary membership
  • Invitations to exclusive events, including the Clay Ball (SAA’s annual benefit auction and dinner) and the Holiday Gala (Holiday Showcase preview party)

Cornerstone | $2,500 – $4,999

  • A complimentary membership
  • Invitations to exclusive events, including the Clay Ball (SAA’s annual benefit auction and dinner) and the Holiday Gala (Holiday Showcase preview party)
  • A private director’s tour for you and 5 of your friends with wine and appetizers at the Bush House Museum (by appointment) OR a private director’s tour of Project Space (SAA’s contemporary seasonal art gallery in downtowns Salem) for you and 5 of your friends with a wine & cheese tasting

Executive Club | $5,000+

  • A complimentary membership
  • Invitations to exclusive events, including the Clay Ball (SAA’s annual benefit auction and dinner) and the Holiday Gala (Holiday Showcase preview party)
  • An invitation to join us for Appetite for Art – an intimate dining and art experience in the A.N. Bush Gallery. Enjoy an evening of fabulous food, art and discussion led by the Gallery Director

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Mail

Mail your contribution to:

Salem Art Association
600 Mission St. SE
Salem, OR 97302.

Please make checks payable to Salem Art Association.

PHONE

Call SAA directly at 503-581-2228 to make a contribution by credit card over the phone.