Outside the Box AiA Annual Fundraiser

About Outside the Box

Artists (both members and non-members) are encouraged to think ‘Outside the Box’ and create fantastic embellished boxes for a fundraising auction at the AiA booth during the Salem Art Fair & Festival annual art fair in Bush Pasture Park in July. (In 2020, the auction and fair were held online). This is a festive showcase for members’ creativity and a great venue for community networking.

One-of-a-kind, weird and quirky boxes are what the public has come to expect and appreciate at this event. Mediums and techniques include, but are not limited to, carved wood, assemblages, metalwork, fiber arts, glass / tile / ceramics and paint. Proceeds directly support AiA and its membership to help our artist community continue to thrive.


Outside the Box 2020 Has Wrapped

2020’s Outside the Box fundraising auction ended on the evening of Sunday, July 19. A big thanks to the participating artists for your contributions; your time and creativity is truly appreciated. And thank you hugely to the winning bidders for your support. We hope you enjoy the creations as much as we enjoy making them.


See the Galleries of Artful Boxes

2020 Outside the Box Gallery

2019 Outside the Box Gallery


Runaway Art & Craft Studio

Runaway Art & Craft Studio, 311 Commercial St NE, Salem, graciously agreed to host/display the boxes in their shop window during the 2020 auction and provide a place where local winning bidders could pick up them up. A must-go-to for Salem’s creative spirits, Runaway offers supplies and instruction in papercrafting, mixed media, memory arts, scrapbooking and related creative activities.

Visit Runaway’s Website


Salem Art Fair & Festival

In 2020, the Salem Art Association presented a Virtual Art Fair to commemorate the third weekend in July during which the Salem Art Fair has been held for 70 years to date.

Visit Salem Art Association


Better World (Auction Site)

The 2020 OTB auction was conducted online using Better World. This non-profit organization offers online fundraising tools to other non-profit orgs free of charge. Check them out.

Go to Betterworld.org


We hope to see you in 2021 at our booth in the park!