Produced by the Salem Art Association (SAA) as its annual fundraiser, the Salem Art Fair & Festival highlights the work of more than 200 fine artists and craftspeople from across the U.S. and Canada. The Salem Art Association (SAA) is a non-profit corporation with an annual operating budget of one million dollars, with fifteen full or part-time employees. Although there are other sources of revenue, the primary fundraiser for SAA is the Salem Art Fair & Festival.
SAA is valuable to Salem and its surrounding communities because it:
- Sponsors the Salem Art Fair & Festival.
- Provides art instruction in regional schools (over 11,000 local children served annually) through its School Programs.
- Provides the area with a High School Intern Program.
- Provides an Artists’ Services Program for regional professional artists.
- Operates the Bush House Museum and preserves Oregon pioneer culture and history through exhibits.
- Provides exhibitions and programs in the galleries of the Bush Barn Art Center.
- Participates in downtown initiatives through Project Space.
- Provides a “voice at the table” on discussions about art and cultural issues in the city of Salem.
Other attractions include:
- Live music and performances on two stages.
- Hands-on art-making activities for kids.
- Tours of the historic Bush House Museum.
- Art exhibits at the Bush Barn Art Center.
- Food fare and gourmet goodies in two food courts.
- Northwest wines and micro brew beers in two wine and beer gardens.