About SAF


Photo by: Rafael Campos

The Salem Arts Festival promotes the arts in downtown Salem through a collaborative festival for residents and visitors providing opportunities to highlight the existing artist community and encourage general community participation in the arts. The festival regularly draws over 5,000 visitors. The festival is looking for art and performance for the sophisticated art patron as well as for the art novice including interactive events for children. It will engage participants of diverse backgrounds and ages by reaching out to current art patrons, local students, and the community at large.

The 2017 Salem Arts Festival, running from Friday, June 2 through Sunday, June 4 will celebrate the arts in all its forms: painting, photography, sculpture, installation, dance, music, writing, film, new media, performance, theater, poetry, culinary, visual art and more. The 2017 festival will consist of a gallery of juried artists’ work in Old Town Hall, performance in an outdoor stage venue, indoor performances, a street fair, and opportunities for the community to actively participate in the arts.  Individuals are welcome to contribute at multiple venues and events.

The Salem Arts Festival is organized and planned by Salem Main Streets and many members of the community volunteering their time.  Salem Main Streets’ goal is the revitalization of downtown Salem as a vibrant, year-round, retail, dining and cultural destination through business recruitment, retention and the promotion of downtown Salem.  Salem Main Streets operates with the support of Mayor Driscoll, the Salem Chamber of Commerce, Destination Salem, and local financial institutions and real estate companies/developers.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Salem Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

The Salem Arts Festival is offered free to all!  We rely on volunteers to bring this wonderful festival to the community.  If you are interested in helping with the organization of the 2016 Salem Arts Festival, contact Kylie Sullivan at kylie@salemmainstreets.org or (978)744-0004 x15.

The SAF Organizing Committee:
John Andrews, Creative Salem
Kate Babcock, Creative Salem
Stan Franzeen, Salem Film Fest
Karen Gahagan, Salem State University
Ellen Hardy, Salem Arts Association
Leslie Levesque, The Phoenix School
Claudia Paraschiv, Salem Public Space Project
Joel Richardson
Karen Scalia, Salem Food Tours
Kylie Sullivan, Salem Main Streets
Doneeca Thurston, Peabody Essex Museum
With support from
Kate Ferris, Salem Jazz & Soul Festival
Kate Fox and Stacia Cooper, Destination Salem
Emily Wellman, Salem YMCA

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A project of Salem Main Streets:

SalemMainStreets_FINAL_olSalem Main Streets’ goal is the revitalization of downtown Salem as a vibrant, year-round, retail, dining and cultural destination through business recruitment, retention, and the promotion of the downtown district.  Salem Main Streets is funded in part by the City of Salem, Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, and the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development.

For more information about the Salem Arts Festival or Salem Main Streets, contact: Kylie Sullivan at kylie@salemmainstreets.org or call (978)744-0004 (x15)