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2330 17th St Ne
Oregon 97301

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The Friends enrich Salem by providing affordable art classes and studio workspace at our Willamette Art Center, and by promoting public interest in the arts at outreach events (like the Artisan?s Village at the Oregon State Fair). We encourage lifelong learning and exploration of the arts as a vital ingredient for the health of individuals and communities.Examples:1) Every year we invite local potters to come to our ceramic studio and make "Empty Bowls," which are sold as a fundraiser for the Marion Polk Food Share. On Nov. 17, 2007, we will be hosting a gala at the studio to sell these bowls.2) Working with a budget of $2000 and a hardcore group of volunteers, we restored the hands-on Artisan Village to the Oregon State Fair in August, 2007. People from around the state enjoyed demonstrations and hands-on projects in the arts from painting to glassblowing, blacksmithing to coopersmithing, beadmaking to gemstone polishing. 3) We have applied for grants to offer free after-school Art Classes for Title I schools in our neighborhood, and hope to begin that program in January, 2008.4) We continue to partner with the Salem Outreach Shelter, offering art projects and opportunities to enjoy and learn for the homeless children who stay with them, in exchange for handyman services from their volunteers.

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Many of the reviews that are posted here are from people who get free studio time in exchange for a minimal amount of "work". While there is good instruction and the facilities are good, the organization is cliquey and people who aren't accepted by the clique are treated badly. The board members ... more »
The Willamette Art Center in Salem, Oregon has become a great place for many people in Salem. The center is for anyone who is interested in working with both clay and glass. It works for artists who are deeply interested in their craft, for those who just want to take a class to find out if it is ... more »
The people at the Willamette Art Center are friendly and helpful. I have been in several Classes at the art center and have enjoyed them so much, the instructors are Great and I have learned so much from them. It's also a great place for the kids to learn and become budding artists... more »
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