The Salem Art Association relies on contributions and generosity of individuals and businesses who are interested in sustaining the arts in our community and who support our mission to actively engage the community in the appreciation of the arts through contemporary art exhibitions and events, and arts education for youth and adults.

You can help support Salem Art Association by donating online, by mailing in a check, or calling our office at 503-581-2228 to use a credit card over the phone.


Salem Art Association has great plans for 2023! 

With the help of our members, partners and supporters, we are moving into the New Year with great programming and a rejuvenated belief in the power of art and art related programming. To keep this momentum going, we need your support. 

Every dollar you contribute directly supports programming like this:

Expanding Art Education Opportunities

Art is more than a painting on a wall or a sculpture on a pedestal. Art heals, art communicates, art entertains, art intrigues, art challenges. Increasing educational opportunities for students and young artists is a major priority for us at SAA – we believe that when children engage with art they are better equipped to help build a world where all can thrive. To that end, SAA places art teachers in our schools, hosts summer art camps, and provides free backpacks filled with art supplies to under-resourced children in our community.

Diversifying Programming and Exhibitions

We’ve been working hard to curate shows that engage, inspire, and challenge our visitors and we are committed to exhibiting, highlighting, and supporting artists from across a diverse range of experiences, perspectives, and studio practices. We’re thrilled to announce our 2023 Exhibition Calendar (enclosed!) and to invite you to all of our programs, events, and exhibitions. 

We are asking for your year-end support so that we can expand SAA’s impact in our community and our region.

Your gift supports artists and exhibitions, children and educational programming, and a year full of extraordinary events from lectures to concerts to Art Fair. 

Thank you, in advance, for stepping valiantly into 2023 with us. We look forward to seeing you next year. 

Warm regards,

Matthew Boulay
Executive Director


Sponsor Special Events

Each year, national, regional, and local businesses sponsor 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

Like many non-profit arts organizations, sponsorships and membership fees only cover a portion of the Association’s budget. We rely on donations from the community and fundraisers to help us fulfill our mission and vision of a vibrant and connected community that harnesses the power of the arts and heritage to expand creativity and improve lives.

SAA provides arts programming via our Community Arts Education Program which engages more than 7,000 students, administrators, teachers and parents each year. We’re always looking for new ways of reaching our community with meaningful programs, workshops, camps, and classes.

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

For more information, please contact Matthew Boulay, Executive Director, at 503-581-2228 x303 or

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 often 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 or 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 Matthew Boulay, Executive Director, at 503-581-2228 x303 or

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Mail your contribution to:

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

Please make checks payable to Salem Art Association.


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