CALL TO ARTISTS AND DESIGNERS – Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

CALL TO ARTISTS AND DESIGNERS – Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

Temporary public art installation in Salem, Massachusetts, Summer 2015 

Salem, MA - The City of Salem and the Salem Main Streets Program seek qualifications from artists and designers interested in creating a three-month site-responsive public art installation in the heart of downtown Salem during the summer of 2015. The public art project will be a prominent feature in the kick-off of the Salem Arts Festival, an annual three-day celebration of all the arts that will begin June 5, 2015.  Artists and designers working in any media, including light, are encouraged to submit qualifications.

Salem is a growing, culturally diverse city with a rich literary, architectural, maritime, and immigrant history, including its role in the 17th century Salem Witch Trials.  In the 19th century, it was one of the most important seaports in the country.   Today it is lively destination that draws people from around the world. 

The Salem Arts Festival public art project is an opportunity to create a unique experience for the thousands of visitors and residents who enjoy downtown Salem in the summer.  In addition to the Salem Arts Festival, several other festivals, as well as a weekly farmers$B!G(J market on Derby Square Plaza, mark the season and draw crowds to the City.

Full details here including stipend and timeframes

How To Submit:

Submissions should be emailed no later than December 19, 2014 to Deborah Greel, Public Art Planner, City of Salem,

Mayor's Night Out 2014 Information via City of Salem - October 3 2014

Via City of Salem



FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2014– 3:00PM

Salem residents, with Photo Identification (youngsters may use school i.d., bus pass or library card), are admitted free to the attractions listed below. Parking in the Museum Place Mall and South Harbor garages is free for Salem residents after 4:00 pm. Residents are also welcome to come enjoy the downtown shops and restaurants that evening. For more information, please call 978-745-9595 x5676



Gallows Hill Museum/Theatre

7 Lynde St.

Free for Salem Residents 3pm-7pm


New England Pirate Museum

274 Derby Street

Free for Salem Residents 3pm-5pm


Peabody Essex Museum

East India Square

Always Free for Salem Residents

Open until 5pm


The Salem Museum

Old Town Hall – 32 Derby Square

Always Free for Salem Residents

Open until 5pm


Salem Time Machine

131 Essex St.

3-D Haunted Adventure

1/2 Price for Salem Residents 3pm to 5pm


3-D Haunted House

1/2 Price for Salem Residents 5pm to 9pm


Salem Wax Museum

Frankenstein's Laboratory

288 Derby Street

Free for Salem Residents 3pm-8pm


Salem Witch Museum

19 ½ Washington Sq. North

Always Free for Salem Residents

Open until 10pm


Witch Dungeon Museum

16 Lynde Street

Free for Salem Residents 3pm-5pm


Witch History Museum

197 Essex Street

Free for Salem Residents 3pm-5pm


Witch House

310 Essex Street

Free for Salem Residents 3pm-5pm

 (For those of our residents observing the Jewish High Holiday of Yom Kippur on Friday October 3rd, a voucher can be obtained in the Mayor’s Office that will be honored by all of the above attractions on Friday, October 10th during the same time periods listed above.  May you have an easy fast and may you be inscribed and sealed (in the Book of Life) for a good year.)



Kids come trick-or-treating with Mayor Driscoll.  Meet us at the East India Fountain at 5:30pm. We will trick-or-treat up and down the pedestrian mall, through the shops at Museum Place Mall and beyond.  Trick-or-Treat Bags will be provided.  Costumes are encouraged.  


Pedestrian Mall Businesses


Peabody Essex Museum

Witch Tees

Turtle Alley


New England Dog Biscuits (7 Central St.)

Trolley Depot

Pagan Moon

Mud Puddle Toys


For Kids Only Afterschool

Angels Landing

Coven Cottage

Red Line Cafe

Witch City Ink


Witch Mansion


Village Tavern

Remember Salem (127 Essex St.)

Wynott's Wands   (127 Essex St.)


Inside Museum Place Mall


Witch Tees

Salem Vintage Photography

Silver Moon Comics

Thai Place

Lotus Gifts

A Sacred Place Wellness Center

Big Sal’s Barber Shop

Essex New York Deli & Pizza




Caffe Graziani       (133 Washington St.)

Naumkeag Ordinary (Lappin Park)

HEX                      (246 Essex St.)

Life Alive              (281 Essex St.)

Roost & Company (40 Front St.)

Maria's Sweet Somethings  (26 Front St.)

Salem Collective of Artists & Musicians (Artist Row – Front St.)

Salem Witch Museum  (19 ½ Washington Sq.)

Also make sure to visit PICKERING WHARF

Brodies Seaport


The Picklepot

RJ Coins and Jewelry


Crafter's Market



Scarlet Letter Press

Ocean Chic Boutique

Edward John Home Decor

Don't forget to stop down at the Pumpkin Painting Party at Artist Row that the Salem Collective of Artists and Musicians will be having from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. with snacks, music, and surprises. 

Thank you to all our participating merchants

and to the Salem Witch Museum for donating the trick or treat bags. 

Free Book Swap - September 20

Free Book Swap Saturday September 2010 am – 1 pm

On Saturday September 20, help yourself at a Free Book Swap! This is the eleventh book swap sponsored bySalemRecycles, the City of Salem’s Recycling Committee. The event will take place at the Senior Center at 5 Broad Street on Saturday September 20 from 10am – 1pm. 

The book swap is a great way to recycle any of your unwanted books, greeting cards; and commercial CDs, DVDs and videos. Take home a whole new selection of commercial media items, cards and even some bestselling books.  All books are accepted—even text books. No swap is needed--you can donate materials, take materials, or both!  Drop off will be held Friday, September 19, from 5:30-7 pm, or just bring your books between 9:45 am and noon on Saturday. 


Back by Popular Demand: SalemRecyclesBook Swap!


When:                   Saturday September 20, 10 am until 1 pm


**Please no book dealers or more than two bags per swapper before noon**


Where:                  City of Salem Senior Center


                             5 Broad Street


Why:                    To promote re-use and recycling of books, greeting cards and other commercial media items (CD’s, DVD’s and videos).


Drop-Off:             Friday, September 19, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm at the Senior Center at 5 Broad Street, or Saturday September 15, during book swap hours. Volunteers will be available to help.

Bring your excess books, greeting cards, and commercial CDs, DVDs and videos.  Items will be loosely categorized to help you in your hunt for free entertainment. All ‘unswapped’ items will be reused or recycled.

SalemRecycles is the City’s volunteer recycling committee which works to increase recycling and encourage positive recycling practices through educational outreach and special events.  Through the last eleven Book Swaps, SalemRecycles has hosted over 3,700 participants; recycled an estimated 40,000; books, and avoided almost 20 tons of landfill disposal.  For more information about SalemRecycles or the Bo

Museum of Science Welcomes Salem MA Residents for Fifth Annual September Salem Days

Via City of Salem

—Salem Residents to Receive Free Exhibit Halls, Planetarium, and Omni Theater Passes

Thanks to the Norman H. Read Trust—

This September, Salem residents will have the opportunity to transport themselves through the solar system, fall in love with pandas, explore an exhibition that will revolutionize how you engage with your biology and manage your health, stand before one of the world’s most complete Triceratops fossils, and much more, all free of charge, when the Museum of Science hosts September Salem Days. This program, generously funded by the Norman H. Read Trust, will allow Salem residents to explore more than 700 exhibits, four Planetarium shows, and three giant-screen films in the Mugar Omni Theater. This is the fifth year that the Norman H. Read Trust is providing this exclusive opportunity for Salem residents at the Museum of Science.

"We are thrilled to welcome Salem visitors free of charge this September, thanks to the generosity of the Norman H. Read Trust," said Joan Hadly, the Museum’s senior vice president of advancement. “September Salem Days offers Salem residents an opportunity to embark on an exciting science adventure, and this year, for the first time, explore more than 70 interactive components in the Hall of Human Life."

The Norman H. Read Trust will also subsidize two free MBTA train rides to and from North Station. The first train ride will take place on Saturday, September 6. The second train ride, led by Mayor Kimberley Driscoll and family, will be held on Saturday, September 27. Both train rides will depart from Salem and the offer is only valid for the 10:38 a.m. North Station bound trains on each day. Museum of Science staff and volunteers will accompany passengers on both train rides to provide interpretive and hands-on science activities during the rides. Museum of Science volunteers will guide train riders from North Station to the Museum of Science.

"As a Trustee of the Norman H. Read Trust, I am thrilled to be part of this, the fifth year of the remarkably successful and unique program, September Salem Days. Designed for residents of Salem of all ages, this Program in partnership with the Museum of Science, allows for those students and families of Salem to enjoy free admissions to the Museum as many times as desired for the entire month of September,” said Trustee Dr. Nile Albright. “I am especially thrilled that Salem residents will have free admission to all exhibits, including the Museum’s newest permanent exhibit, the Hall of Human Life, in addition to the Charles Hayden Planetarium and the Mugar Omni Theater. We also are pleased to offer two free train rides to Salem residents on Saturday, September 6 and 27. The Read Trust is an innovative supporter of science education city wide also with Science Discovery Centers in all the city schools and Salem High School. The donor, Norman H. Read, who loved science, would be pleased to know the entire community of Salem is benefiting from this Program. This Program offers unparalleled opportunity for our community."

“I would like to thank Dr. Nile Albright and the Norman H. Read Trust for funding this initiative that benefits all of Salem's residents,” said Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll. “This is a wonderful opportunity for parents to experience a fun day of learning with their children."

Norman H. Read was a close friend and colleague of Museum founder Bradford Washburn. It was Dr. Albright who joined Read and Washburn for an expedition to the summit of Mount McKinley in 1955 to research who made the first successful assent of the 20,300-foot mountain in 1907.

September Salem Days Program Information

The program includes free Exhibit Halls, Planetarium, and Omni Theater passes for all Salem families, individuals, and children. Passes have been mailed to each Salem household and will admit up to four individuals. To obtain additional passes, residents can visit one of three distribution centers, which include Salem City Hall, Salem Public Library, and the Salem Parks and Recreation Department. Passes will also be distributed in classrooms at the Salem charter and public schools. Exhibit Hall passes can be presented at the Museum entrance with a valid Massachusetts driver's license or identification card indicating Salem residence. Charles Hayden Planetarium and Mugar Omni Theater passes must be exchanged for a timed ticket with valid identification. Salem residents must obtain passes in the mail or from a distribution center prior to arriving at the Museum. The Museum of Science will be closed on Tuesday, September 2.

Throughout the month of September, the Charles Hayden Planetarium will show Magic Tree House: Space MissionWonders of the Night SkyExplore the Universe: Live!and Moons: Worlds of Mystery. The Mugar Omni Theater will show Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk, Journey to the South Pacific, and Pandas: The Journey Home. Exhibit Halls highlights include the brand new Hall of Human Life, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center presentations, design challenges, and much more. For more information the public can call 617-723-2500 or visit

About the Museum of Science, Boston

One of the world's largest science centers and Boston's most attended cultural institution, the Museum introduces about 1.5 million visitors a year to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) via dynamic programs and hundreds of interactive exhibits. Founded in 1830, the Museum was first to embrace all the sciences under one roof. The Hall of Human Life, a groundbreaking 10,000-square-foot exhibition drawing from the latest discoveries in the life sciences engages visitors in their own biology and health. Other highlights include the Thomson Theater of Electricity, Charles Hayden Planetarium, Mugar Omni Theater, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, the Butterfly Garden and the new 4-D Theater. Reaching over 20,000 teens a year worldwide via the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network, the Museum also leads a 10-year, $41 million National Science Foundation-funded Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network of science museums. The Museum’s “Science Is an Activity” exhibit plan has been awarded many NSF grants and influenced science centers worldwide. Its National Center for Technological Literacy®’s engineering curricula have reached over 76,700 teachers and 6.1 million students nationwide. The Museum has also: been recognized by Boston and Cambridge for energy and sustainability efforts; named an Employer of Choice by Work Without Limits, a Massachusetts disability employment initiative; is Yankee Magazine's "Best of New England Readers' Choice" for Cultural Attraction in Science and "Best of New England -- Editors' Choice" for Best Sky Show; and is El Planeta's Best Tourist Attraction for the Massachusetts Latino population. The Museum's Undiscovered Worlds was recognized as the “Best Immersive—Fulldome Program” by the Jackson Hole Science Media Awards. Visit Follow the Museum of Science on Twitter at @MuseumOfScience or Facebook at