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Salem Arts Festival calls for artists

Posted by  March 21, 2014 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by the Salem Arts Festival: 

The Salem Arts Festival has announced an invitation to local artists to submit their work for festival participation consideration. The deadline for submission is set for April 4th. 
"Salem is busting at the seams with visual artists, musicians, poets, dancers, and more," said Kylie Sullivan of Salem Main Streets. "We want our festival to reflect the diversity of artists and artistic organizations in our community.  We’re especially committed to having increased community involvement and representation this year." 
Now in its sixth year, the Festival will take place from June 6-8, 2014.  Thousands are expected to attend this free family-friendly festival which lights up Salem’s downtown corridor with an art show, street fair, and live performances. All events take place in downtown Salem, within walking distance of public transportation.
The 2014 festival will consist of:

·         a gallery of juried artists’ work in Old Town Hall

·         outdoor stage venues for performance and dance at Derby Square and Artists’ Row

·         a juried street fair on Essex Street Pedestrian Mall and Derby Square

·         a collaborative public arts project – HulaArt

·         a separate gallery space for student art and community projects

·         film screenings

Artists selected for the Old Town Hall gallery will have an opportunity to sell their work at (with 10% of proceeds going to Salem Arts Festival). 


For the first time, the Arts Festival will have a central theme – the theme of this year’s festival is SPICE!  “Applicants do not have to reflect ‘spice’ in their work,” Sullivan explains, “but we hope that artists and performers might be inspired to explore the theme and how it connects to Salem’s identity.  We are specifically accepting suggestions for collaborative community activities that play with the idea of spice as a theme.”

Applications should be completed and submitted by April 4th.  Applications can be found and submitted via the Salem Arts Festival website, While the festival prefers electronic applications, applicants are welcome to pick up and drop off hard-copies of the form at Salem Arts Festival/Salem Main Streets, 265 Essex St., Salem, MA 01970.

The Salem Arts Festival is organized by Salem Main Streets and a collaboration of Salem organizations which provide for the festival, including the Salem Arts Association, Salem State University’s Center for Creative and Performing Arts, the Kensington-Stobart Gallery, and Salem Collective of Artists and Musicians.  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.
For more information, please see or contact Kylie Sullivan at or (978)744-0004 (x15).

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