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The Salem Arts Festival, running this year from June 5 through June 7, invites the community to participate in the festival’s 12th year.

Over 8,000 people regularly attend the family-friendly festival, transforming downtown Salem into an opportunity for the arts community to showcase a wide range of talents. The festival includes a gallery of juried artists’ work in Old Town Hall, outdoor stage venues for performance and dance, an artist and artisan street fair, a collaborative public arts project, and much more.

“Salem is busting at the seams with visual artists, musicians, poets, dancers, makers, and creative individuals of all types. It’s one of the many reasons people love living and visiting here,” said Kylie Sullivan, Executive Director of Salem Main Streets and co-organizer of the Salem Arts Festival. 

The festival, initially run as a project of Salem Main Streets, will continue to run in collaboration with Creative Collective. Creative Collective LLC is a program invested in creative professionals with the mission of fostering the sustainability of the creative industries and supporting creative workforce development. John Andrews, Creative Director, shared his thoughts about this partnership. “I am very excited to partner on another project with Salem Main Streets and expand the impact that the festival has on Salem and support the more than 300 artists, performers, artisan vendors, and creatives that participate in this dynamic event.” 

Applications for performers, street fair vendors, and the annual mural slam are now live at, with a deadline of March 13. The juried gallery will be selected by an on-site review process again this year, to be held the weekend before the festival, May 29 through May 31. Artists interested in the gallery should complete an Intent to Apply online at in order to receive the most up-to-date information about the gallery process. 

For the 7th year, a community-built public art installation will be included as part of the festival, and the committee is currently in search of proposals from locally-based artists for this year’s project. The festival is looking for a project that will create community buzz, engage with a relevant issue in the community, and relate to this year’s festival theme, “Vision.” The deadline for proposals is March 1. More information is available at

Support for the Salem Arts Festival is provided by the City of Salem, Salem State University, Salem Food Tours, the Phoenix School, and the Peabody Essex Museum, the title sponsor of the 2020 festival. The festival also relies on the gracious support of its other creative partners, including Retonica Event Lighting, The Scarlet Letter Press, and Octocog Marketing and Design. 

For more information about the Salem Arts Festival, visit or call 978-744-0004.