Willamette Art Center: A Place to Learn and Grow in the Arts
The Willamette Art Center is an artists’ oasis tucked amidst the oaks of the Oregon State Fairgrounds. It is Salem’s only community art center for hands on activities in art, with a primary focus of ceramics. The Willamette Art Center’s programming, services and activities revolve around three main areas: art education and promotion, art opportunity and the betterment of the community through art. These services and activities are accomplished by offering exciting classes, workshops and camps to children and adults, studio workspace for the independent artist, the Oaks Gallery, the Artisan’s Village at the Oregon State Fair, Family Clay Sundays, and the Empty Bowls sale to benefit Marion Polk Food Share.
The Friends encourage lifelong learning and exploration of the arts as a vital ingredient for the health of individuals and communities.
- To support the financially feasible operation of a community arts center.
- To contribute to the on-going viability of a community arts center through promotional and financial support.
- To make available to the community opportunities for self-expression in the visual arts by offering enrichment and training classes in applied and fine arts.
We offer art classes, events and fun for all ages at the WAC…
- Take an Art Class
- Make Ceramics
- Throw a Birthday Party
- Paint your own Pottery
- Children’s Art Camps
- Try Raku Firing
- Enjoy a project at Family Clay Sunday with your kids
- Visit our Sales Gallery
- Make some Art, with daily or monthly passes
- Host a Corporate or Club “Arty Party”
- Join us at the Artisan’s Village during the Oregon State Fair
- Celebrate Graduations and Anniversaries
We’re always looking for members, students, and donors. If you love hands-on art and would like to see Salem continue its long tradition of offering quality art classes to one and all, then come on over and see what we’re all about. Have some fun at the WAC!
The Friends of the Visual Arts d.b.a. The Willamette Art Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and a member of the Oregon Cultural Trust. Donations are tax deductible.