Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Salem Arts Festival Call for Proposals

This just in from Salem Main Streets...

Salem Arts Festival Extends a Call for Proposals due April 15, 2009

Salem Main Streets along with representatives of many of the city’s cultural institutions are in the final planning stages for the first Salem Arts Festival. The festival is to take place from June 5-7, 2009.

A Call for Proposals has been released. The Salem Arts Festival is looking for participation from artists and performers in a diverse range of media for this three day event. The Festival will celebrate painting, photography, sculpture, dance, music, writing, film, new media, performance, theatre, poetry, culinary, etc. The event will support local artists by providing them a free venue to interact with the community. Many of the activities are planned to take place in downtown Salem.

The Call for Proposals is available by calling Jennifer Bell at the offices of Salem Main Streets at (978) 744-0004, ext. 15. The proposal is also available for download on the Arts Festival website at www.salemartsfestival.com. The deadline for all entries has been extended to April 15, 2009. Artists and performers – in all genres – and especially those from Salem, are encouraged to apply. The festival also wants to encourage applications from artists interested in guiding children’s activities. Acceptance of proposals will be dictated by time and space requirements, as well as appropriateness to the festival’s goals. Art will be juried by a representative of the Peabody Essex Museum.

The Festival organizers are thrilled to have received a most generous $1,500.00 grant from the Salem Cultural Council to help organize and publicize this inaugural event.

About the Salem Arts Festival

The Salem Arts Festival will promote 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 will run Jun 5-7, 2009 in Salem at a variety of venues throughout the downtown including a juried art exhibit street fair, gallery shows and live performances. The Festival will include elements 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 Salem Arts Festival is being organized by Salem Main Streets, the Salem Arts Association, Salem State College, Gordon College, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem Film Fest, American History and Music Festival™ and Salem Sounds along with input from Salem High School Arts Department and the Salem Common Neighborhood Association.

About Salem Main Streets

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.

For more information:
Jennifer Bell, Salem Main Streets, (978) 744-0004, ext. 15 jennifer@salemmainstreets.org

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