Spring Session!


OUR SPRING CLASS SESSION STARTS MARCH 25.

ENROLLMENT TO OPEN MARCH 5.

Become a Member!

Join the WAC and help us continue to deliver on our mission to encourage lifelong learning and exploration of the arts. Your membership is a great way to support our programs and outreach, and it gives you an opportunity to be a part of our dynamic art community.

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Hours

Monday-Thursday
10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Friday
10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday
12 p.m. – 3 p.m. (Family Clay Sunday only)

Salem’s Community Arts Center

The Willamette Art Center (WAC) is located at the Oregon State Fairgrounds. We offer exciting art classes and workshops, studio space for artists, and just plain fun for all ages. The WAC operates as the public face of the Friends of the Visual Arts which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving our community through art and art access — we are a place to learn and grow in the arts!

Thank You

The Willamette Art Center thanks all of our volunteers, students, and donors for your support. Your participation in classes, volunteering at events, and financial support is the reason the WAC thrives and has grown tremendously since opening to the Salem community in 2006.

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Smiles happen every day at WAC

  • Looking for a fun family activity for all ages? Family clay at the Willamette Art Center is the place to be. New Projects each week featuring new skills that will bring your clay dreams to life. Come and see us today from 12-3pm.
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  • Due to ice we will be closed on Wednesday 1/17/24. Stay safe.
    1 month ago
  • Due to the forecasted freezing rain, we are closing Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024.
    1 month ago
  • We will be closed on Monday, January 15, 2024. Stay tuned for further updates.
    1 month ago
Looking for a fun family activity for all ages? Family clay at the Willamette Art Center is the place to be. New Projects each week featuring new skills that will bring your clay dreams to life. Come and see us today from 12-3pm.
Looking for a fun family activity for all ages? Family clay at the Willamette Art Center is the place to be. New Projects each week featuring new skills that will bring your clay dreams to life. Come and see us today from 12-3pm.
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Due to ice we will be closed on Wednesday 1/17/24. Stay safe.
Due to ice we will be closed on Wednesday 1/17/24. Stay safe.
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Due to the forecasted freezing rain, we are closing Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024.
Due to the forecasted freezing rain, we are closing Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024.
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We will be closed on Monday, January 15, 2024. Stay tuned for further updates.
We will be closed on Monday, January 15, 2024. Stay tuned for further updates.
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announcements

Empty Bowls Throw-a-Thon

All the efforts of hours of volunteer work has resulted in the best glazing opportunities for the next several weeks. We are now pretty much up to the inventory levels we were targeting for the Empty Bowl sale the week before Thanksgiving. Your generous hard work, creativity and energy has us coming into the home stretch of glazing all our pieces.

The next three Sundays: October 8th, 15th, and 22nd will be dedicated to finishing up everything that has accumulated over the last couple of months. We have about 200 pieces that need some TLC glazing and decorating to complete the inventory. Please join us on these Sundays from 1pm to 5pm for this last push of effort to make our Empty Bowl sale the best ever – again. We will have experienced glazers on hand to help with the process. Come on in and learn some different techniques or combinations of glazes. This is the last, and probably for most of us, the most challenging part of the process.

Let’s learn something together, have some fun, have some snacks and GET THIS DONE!!

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