To bring art, in all its forms, to the community and bring the community, in all its diversity, to the arts in Salem, Massachusetts.
The Salem Arts Association, Inc. is an entirely volunteer-run nonprofit arts organization.
In our mission statement, the stress is on the arts, plural. Artists working in all media and all disciplines are welcome, as are arts lovers, enthusiasts, and patrons.
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Since incorporating as a non-profit corporation on August 31, 2007, the entirely volunteer-run Salem Arts Association has produced close to 40 exhibits, events, and workshops, all free of charge to Salem’s residents and visitors. To date, SAA programming has reached close to 20,000 people. This has been made possible in part through collaborations with numerous local businesses and organizations, including the Art Corner, the City of Salem, the North Shore Writers Group, the Parlor, the Peabody Essex Museum, the Salem Chamber of Commerce, and Salem State University.
In its first collaboration, in the summer of 2007, the SAA partnered with Salem State’s Campus Center Arts Program to launch sass:C – a collaborative gallery of art and craft as part of the City’s Artists’ Row program. In 2008, the SAA expanded on this idea and, going it alone this time, successfully operated the Salem Arts Association Gallery, again in Salem’s Artists’ Row, increasing sales, memberships, and volunteer commitments. In recognition of these auspicious beginnings, the Salem Chamber of Commerce nominated the Salem Arts Association for the 2007 Community Service Award, and the Salem Cultural Council named the SAA Artist of the Year in 2008.
SAA membership has grown from 12 individuals who met in March of 2007 to discuss the formation of an association, to 32 when we approached ARTSalem to join us in this endeavor in May of 2007, to more than 200 members by June 2009. The SAA now also offers Associate Memberships for people who wish to support the mission of the Salem Arts Association but do not consider themselves to be artists.
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