Creative advocacy and having a voice on committees is a very important part of what Creative Salem does. Creative advocacy includes marketing specific initiatives, events, businesses, and individuals with the goal of growing the communities knowledge of happenings and sharing the messaging with all of New England. Creative Salem has also created a very successful C2B (Creative to Business) and B2B referral network.

Creative Advocacy Examples

Introduce PEM Galleries to Public in a fashion that is more personal to Salem.

Artist Row Consultation

Creating a Collaborative Workspace – The Creative Salem offices house 6 other businesses which all have access to tools, space, and resources in Downtown Salem.

Creating a thorough website that features local artists, creatives, businesses, festivals, and events.

Created a local writing calendar and writer spotlight series on our website. 

Launched Creative Salem Podcast series which showcases local creative community leaders.

Built podcast studio that is available to all of our partners to use.

Built a referral network for the less traditional creative businesses ie mural artists, illustrators, social videographers, lighting specialists etc

Work with ALL organizations that bring culture and arts to the city even the less known ones that don’t have large staffs or budgets. The Wreckshop movement which uses Hip-hop to buy clothing for the homeless and also hosts a two-day festival at the Willows for Heritage Days, Feminists of Salem who host a monthly fundraiser at Koto featuring feminist artists and creatives. The sketchbook collective, Chiptunes Community etc.

Committees we participate in

Salem Arts Festival

Public Art Commision

Salem Jazz Fest

Salem Cultural Council

Imagine Salem

Artist’s Row Visioning

Artist’s Row Tenants

Honorary – Mass Poetry


Phoenix School – Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem – Salem YMCA – Beyond Walls – Northshore CDC – Root North Shore – LEAP for Education – Salem Education Foundation – Salem Main Streets – Salem Chamber – Peabody Essex Museum – NAGLY – Plummer Youth Promise – Salem Arts Association – Salem Historical Society – Historic Salem INC – House of the Seven Gables – Salem Cultural Council – Salem Jazz and Soul Festival – Salem Film Festival – Ma Poetry Festival – Salem Literary Festival