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.
Saturday and Sunday
Noon to 6:00 PM
(Monday Holidays and by appointment)
Salem Arts Association
PO Box 226
Salem MA 01970
Visit Salem Arts at 211 Bridge Street. Please find our gallery entrance located on Ash Street.
In 2017 Salem Arts Association celebrated 10-years of delivering our mission to the community of Salem Massachusetts.
Since incorporating as a non-profit corporation on August 31, 2007, the entirely volunteer-run Salem Arts Association has produced more than to 100 exhibits, events, and workshops, all free of charge to Salem’s residents and visitors. To date, Salem Arts programming has reached over to 60,000 visitors. This has been made possible in part through collaborations with numerous local businesses and organizations, including many local businesses the the City of Salem, the Peabody Essex Museum, the Salem Chamber of Commerce, Salem Main Streets, 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 Salem Arts Association as Artist of the Year in 2008. Salem Arts operated seasonally on Artists' Row through 2014.
In 2015 Salem Arts moved to a space on Salems Essex Street Walking Mall. In this space, known as the Salem Art Center (SAC), we shared exhibition space with another Salem art group and offered expanded retail, gallery, and educational opportunities to the community of Salem and visitors from around the world.
In 2017, our tenth year, Salem Arts found a new home at “The Bridge at 211” in Salem, MA. This facility provides the Salem Arts Association with excellent gallery exhibition space, a gallery shop, workshop area, and event facilities. This new facility offers Salem Arts members, and the public, unprecedented exhibition and learning opportunities. Plus our new home allows Salem Arts to take advantage of performance and event space available at “The Bridge” and better deliver our mission “To bring art, in all its forms, to the community and bring the community, in all its diversity, to the arts in Salem, Massachusetts.”
Salem Arts President Mary Szeman Best says “This is a very exciting time for the Salem Arts Association. On our tenth anniversary, we look forward to helping make The Bridge at 211 a must-see cultural destination. We also anticipate a very active and creative year for our organization.”
While this is a new location for the Salem Arts Association, the 19th century building is a Salem landmark that was previously home to the First Universalist Society of Salem. Now known as “The Bridge at 211”, the former church, this new nonprofit organization has set out on a mission to become a hub for artistic, cultural and social events.
Dale Yale, Executive Board member of The Bridge at 211 welcomes Salem Arts Association to help deliver on their combined mission. “As someone who’s been emotionally connected with the 211 Bridge Street building since the early 50’s, I am excited to join forces with such an important member of the community as the Salem Arts Association as “The Bridge” turns a new corner. We’re eager to share our repurposed “hub” with them, celebrate their upcoming 10th anniversary, and move forward together in partnership.”
The Bridge at 211 is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to create a hub for artistic, cultural and social events in a 19th century Salem landmark. Our board is planning programming to entertain, engage, educate and enrich the community, in music and the arts, while honoring the building's rich heritage and forming partnerships with like-minded organizations. That programming will include continuing to provide a home to a number of community service groups.
Salem Arts membership has grown from 12 individuals who met in March of 2007 to discuss the formation of an association to currently serve over 200 members, including more than 100 regional artists who will exhibit their artwork in our galleries and shop. Salem Arts also offers Memberships for people who wish to support the mission of the Salem Arts Association but do not consider themselves to be artists.
When visiting the Salem Arts Association at 211 Bridge Street please find our gallery entrance on Ash Street. Admittance to the gallery is always free.