Artists' Row

Welcome to Artists’ Row, a City of Salem arts space initiative! 

Artists’ Row consists of four artist ‘stalls’, a restaurant, and a public restroom and is centrally located in historic downtown Salem at 24 New Derby St., across from Old Town Hall and Derby Square. This area, at the heart of the City, was originally built as a marketplace and continues to be a thriving public plaza and pedestrian way as well as home to a roating cast of Artists and other Creatives.  The City of Salem believes that bringing diverse individuals together through the Arts allows us to collectively and more effectively address the issues that face our communities.

The Artists’ Row initiative is a seasonal program that provides space for artists and artisans looking to build their audience and/or business through daily engagement with residents and visitors to Salem. Participation in the Artists’ Row program is envisioned as a springboard opportunity for creatives wherever they are in their career that can help take them to the next stage/level in their unique professional development journey. It is very much a shared space for artists and visitors alike, where creativity happens, and unique arts-related goods and activities can be experienced in an animated public place.

The City of Salem is currently looking to fill two (2) studio/retail space stalls, each with a two-year tenancy agreement, as well as two (2) paid positions for Public Artists in Residence, each lasting for a term of 8 months.
The City is interested in uses that will contribute to the vibrancy of the Artists’ Row community and this important gateway to Salem’s bustling downtown. The variety of activities/uses considered for Artists’ Row spaces include, but are not limited to, original uniquely produced or handcrafted artworks and products, performances, art ‘happenings’, art ‘interventions’, art making, and temporary public art installations.

Click here to read the Full Call for Proposals!

Staff Contacts

Name Title
Julie Barry Senior Planner - Arts & Culture