Outside the Box AiA Annual Fundraiser

About Outside the Box

Artists in Action Members and Salem-area artists are encouraged to think ‘Outside the Box’ and create fantastic embellished boxes for a AiA’s annual fundraising auction. Its a festive showcase of creativity, held during the Salem Art Fair & Festival in July.

One-of-a-kind, weird and quirky boxes are what the public has come to expect and appreciate at this event. Mediums and techniques have included painting, carved wood, assemblages, metalwork, fiber arts, glass, tile mosaics, ceramics and more. Artists graciously donate their box creations and sale proceeds directly support AiA to help our artist community continue to thrive.

The Salem Art Association made their fair a virtual one in 2020. AiA took our event to the internet as well and held a successful online auction. In 2021, the virtual-ness continues for both Outside the Box and the Salem Art Fair & Festival. The events run concurrently for ten days! Of course, we all hope to get back to the park in the future.


Call for Bidders – Auction July 16–25!

The online auction is closed. It was held for ten days, Friday, July 16 thru Sunday, July 25, 2021. All proceeds directly benefit our artist community.

Bidder’s Guide

Outside the Box Auction Site


Art Department to Host Boxes

Downtown Salem’s go-to for creativity supplies, Art Department, 254 Commercial St NE, has enthusiastically agreed to be our central location for artists to drop off their boxes. They will also display the boxes in their shop during the auction so be sure to see them in person! Winning bidders will pick up their new treasures there as well.

Visit Art Department Online


Auction Site Powered by Better World

AiA will again conduct its auction online using Better World which is a non-profit organization that offers online fundraising tools to other non-profit orgs free of charge. The site provides a secure, easy way to place bids.

About Betterworld.org


Salem Art Fair & Festival

The Salem Art Association is the organizer of the Salem Art Fair & Festival which has been held in July for 72 years. This year’s fair will be virtual and run for ten days – Friday, July 16 thru Sunday, July 25, 2021.

Visit the Salem Art Fair Website


Call to Artists

The Call to Artists for Outside the Box closed on July 3. Thank you to all participating artists. Please let you friends and followers know about the fundraising auction.

Timeline for Outside the Box


Box Galleries – See Past Creativity

2020 Outside the Box Gallery

2019 Outside the Box Gallery