, Salem, MA

July 24, 2013

Letter: Salem Arts Festival a great success

The Salem News

---- — To the editor:

On behalf of the Salem Arts Festival committee, we would like to extend our appreciation to everyone who made the fifth annual festival (June 7 to 9) a huge success! It was a wonderful weekend that started with fabulous food during our Old Town Hall opening reception donated by 62 Restaurant & Wine Bar, Adriatic Restaurant & Bar, Brodie’s Seaport Cafe, Capt’s Waterfront Grill and Pub, Flying Saucer Pizza Company, Gulu-Gulu Cafe, Naumkeag Ordinary, Rockafellas and Victoria Station. Old Town Hall showcased our juried arts show. Whatever you experienced and however you participated, we hope you had a great time!

The activities and entertainment continued throughout the weekend with music and entertainment on both Derby Square and Museum Place Fountain Stage. We were delighted to see young and old creating art in the community art space room within the Museum Place Mall, and people contributing to a group painting Sunday at the Salem Collective of Artists and Musicians’ space on Artist Row.

Organized by Salem Main Streets, the festival is a collaboration of Salem Main Streets, the Salem Arts Association, Salem Chamber of Commerce, Salem Collective of Artist and Musicians, the city of Salem, and the Center for Creative and Performing Arts at Salem State University. Additionally, this event was supported in part by a grant from the Salem Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Eastern Bank, Salem State University and the Peabody Essex Museum.

The Salem Arts Festival comes to fruition by a hardworking, all-volunteer festival committee. The Arts Festival would also like to thank all the volunteers who helped make the weekend a success, our supporters and most importantly, the artists and performers who donated their time and talent to make this event possible.

Matt Caruso

Salem Arts Festival