About the Salem Arts Festival: For three days each June, this FREE family-friendly festival transforms downtown Salem, MA, into an opportunity for the arts community to showcase their talents. Now in its sixth year, the festival boasts attendance numbers in the thousands and celebrates all the arts: painting, photography, sculpture, dance, music, writing, film, new media, performance, theatre, poetry, culinary, and more!
Here’s everything you need to know:
- Festival Schedule
- Visual Artists
- Street Fair and Art-Making Activities
- Around Town
Join us for our kickoff reception – Friday, June 6, 6 pm to 9 pm at Old Town Hall!
The Salem Arts Festival is looking for 4 to 8 local painters interested in participating in a plein-air painting activity on Saturday, June 7 and/or Sunday, June 8 at the entry points of the festival in downtown Salem. Paintings will be auctioned off by silent auction over the course of the weekend. 50% of the proceeds from the auction sales will go to the Salem Arts Festival. Artists have the option of participating for one or both days. This activity is dependent on weather.
The Salem Arts Festival is organized by Salem Main Streets and a collaboration of Salem organizations which provide support for the festival, including the Salem Arts Association, salem state university center for the creative and performing arts , SOCIAL PALATES, and salem collective of artists and musicians.
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Special Thanks to Lucas Custer for his design of the festival logo.
The Salem Arts Festival is a project of Salem Main Streets – funded in part by the City of Salem, Kimberley Driscoll, Mayor and the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development. The Salem Main Street Initiative is a preservation-based, volunteer driven strategy for commercial district revitalization. The Initiative is modeled on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Program. Main Streets works because it involves all interested stakeholders in the downtown and provides a comprehensive strategy of work, tailored to local needs and opportunities of the community.
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