Artists and Supporters are welcomed!
Joining Salem Arts Association entitles you to many benefits. You can participate in our exhibits, receive discounts on workshops and events, even save at local businesses.
All are invited to join! Artists performers, writers, art lovers too. No matter how you define your creative spirit there's a membership for you.
Support The Arts
We need your support now more than ever.
Due to current restrictions we are unable to host events where most of our operating costs are collected. Please consider donations of any amount. In January, after 13-years, we moved into our new home in the Derby Street Historic District.
Your support ensures we thrive in our new galleries.
The Salem Arts Association is closed from December 18, 2022 through March 2, 2023 and will not be showing new exhibitions until March. However, we will be hosting special artist-focused events in January and February. See our Upcoming Events for details.
Salem Arts Association invites its members to create figurative or abstract works of visual storytelling in their chosen medium and style. We encourage you to think beyond the traditional definition of “narrative art” and embrace the diverse ways in which we all “tell our stories.”
The artwork in this exhibit will be on display in our galleries at 159 Derby Street and social media.
Drop Off Submissions: Sunday, February 26, 2023, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Reception: Friday, March 3, 2023
Exhibition Dates: March 4 to April 1, 2023
Gallery Hours are every Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Hosted by Sue Grillo and Beki Ferrari of Drawn Together
Sunday, February 19, 2023, 6:30-9:00 PM
Space is limited to 15 people. Registration is required. $10.00 for Salem Arts Association members; $15.00 for non-members.
Pay online or when you arrive to the event.
Drawn Together and the Salem Arts Association invite you to an evening of life drawing in Salem Art’s historic galleries. Our model, Pixie, is a photographer’s model who specializes in cosplay and scene work. She will pose for various durations between 7:00 and 9:00 PM. There will be no instruction.
We welcome Salem Arts Association Members of all artistic levels and mediums to discuss their artwork in a safe and supportive environment. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn new techniques, get to know your fellow Salem Arts members, and spend time together as a community.
Please bring a snack or beverage to share with the group and artwork to discuss.
The Monthly Members Critique Circle takes place on the last Thursday of every month. The next critique circle is on Thursday, March 30, 6:00-8:00 PM.
REGISTRATION IS SUGGESTED. This event is only open to Salem Arts Association Members.
Your Gift Helps Us Make a Difference!
Please consider a contribution to the Salem Arts Association as a tax-deductible donation to the continued growth and cultural provenance of the City of Salem. We are very grateful for any help to make this a bigger, better creative place to be! When you donate you may choose to support our mission or let us know in your comment if your donation is specifically for the Paula Beaulieu Memorial Scholarship or the Ellen Hardy Memorial Scholarship.
Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Salem Arts Association is committed to our values of of inclusivity, diversity, and respect for all people! We welcome everyone in our community and offer a safe and prejudice-free environment in which every individual is respected, understood, and appreciated for who they are and how they identify.
Salem Arts Association reminds our visitors, volunteers, and artists to hold each other accountable, take care of one another, and be kind.
So join us. Join us as a member. Join us as a visitor. Join us as a supporter. Come share your creativity - all the arts. Come share your thoughts. Come share you with us.
The Salem Arts Association stands in solidarity with Ukraine and all Ukrainians here and abroad. Our organization’s building has a direct connection to the Ukrainian population here in Salem. By the late nineteenth-century, Polish and Ukrainian immigrants settled the area. Driven out of their homeland by various wars, famines, and political shifts, the Poles and Ukrainians came to Salem to work in the shoe and leather factories, and in other industries.
Derby Street and the surrounding area was the home of Salem’s growing Slavic population. Our organization has a connection to the Ukrainian population here in Salem. Our building at 159 Derby Street was the location of the John Franco Society, Assembly 703 of the Ukrainian’s Workingmen’s Association, later the John Franco Ukrainian Society (1921-1934). St. Joseph’s Hall at 160 Derby Street and the Ukrainian’s Workingmen’s Association at 159 Derby Street provided newly arrived immigrants with community, housing, and job placement.
These organizations provided the structural network that newly arrived immigrants needed in order to survive (SAA: 159 Derby Project https://salemarts.org/159-Derby-History ).
In honor of our legacy, we urge you to donate to a charitable organization that directly supports Ukraine and Ukrainians. All the listed charities are registered in the USA and are 501(c)(3) Not-for-Profit organizations. Donations and gifts are tax-deductible to the full extent allowable under IRS regulations.
159 Derby Street History Project
Do you know about the amazing history of 159 Derby Street? This historic location has included ship builders, sail makers, distillers, even a paper stamper. Did you know the property dates to 1653? Or that is was once home to Benjamin Hawkes? Ever heard of Tuckers Wharf? How did Kosciuzco Street get it's name? Maybe your grandparents attended the Ukrainian Working Man's Association?Click To Learn More
North American Reciprocal Museums Program Benefits
Salem Arts Association Members, Artists and Friends, may now receive extra benefits of our participation with the North American Reciprocal Museums Program known as NARM. Enjoy access to 1,000 museums through the North American Reciprocal Museums (NARM) program. Join our "Artist Master Circle" or as a "Friend of Salem Arts" at Steward or above and receive NARM Benefits PLUS 10% off at our shop and more from local merchants. See a list of NARM Members where you can get free admission and discounts, including here in Salem at PEM and House of the Seven Gables.