We believe that one of downtown Salem’s best kept secrets is our growing cultural arts scene. Just take a stroll around the downtown Salem, Oregon area and you will find that it is rich with history and creativity.
We take great pride in our local artistic venues – public art exhibits, beautiful galleries, top notch theatre, music and dance performances. The nearby galleries and museums such as the Hallie Ford Museum of Art and the Salem Art Association’s Bush Barn Art Center are a must see and feature an exceptional array of work. As part of our commitment to support public art and Oregon artists in our community, The Salem Convention Center is a big supporter of The Oregon Artist Series, an exhibition that introduces Oregon art to thousands of hotel guests, conference attendees, Salem residents and many others who might otherwise not be familiar with the art of our region. Works from this series are on exhibit throughout our building and include the magnificent sculptures in our courtyard.
As enthusiastic supporters of the arts & cultural movement, we were thrilled when the City of Salem’s Public Art Commission announced the installation of two new murals in downtown Salem this summer! Artist Damien Gilley will begin work on the “Mirror Maze” mural on the short, rounded wall in the alley between Commercial and Liberty Streets NE. The 560 square foot mural will be unveiled on July 5, 2017 as part of the First Wednesday event.
Artist Blaine Fontana will begin his “Waldo Stewards” mural on the Chemeketa Parkade’s east stairwell on July 10. This 1,819 square foot mural will wrap the parkade stairwell and will be finished the week of July 24th.