Timeline for the Outside the Box Event

Here is a summary of all the due dates, drop off dates, auction dates and other key dates.

DayDate (2021) Description
ALLApril–June 27 AiA Members and area artists create or embellish one or more boxes to donate for the AiA Outside the Box annual fundraising auction.
SATMay 1Official “Outside the Box Call to Artists” published on AiA website.
SUNMay 2OTB Call invitation posted to social media, message sent to AiA newsletter subscribers, and press release date.
TUEJune 1Start date for artists to provide details about their box(es) using the “Outside the Box Participation/Donation Form” on the AiA Website. No images required.
MONJune 28End date to complete the “Outside the Box Participation/Donation Form” on the AiA Website.
Artists please note: We prefer that you use the online OTB Donation/Participation Form. However, you may instead print/complete the PDF version, and bring it with you when you drop off your box(es).
TUE–SATJune 29–July 3 10:00–5:00 Drop off finished boxes at Art Department, 254 Commercial St NE, downtown Salem.
MON–TUE July 5–6On-location photoshoot of boxes. AiA is conducting; artists DO NOT need to take photos.
WED–THR July 7–8Production of auction listings for the boxes (their details and photos).
FRIJuly 9Auction site goes live for PREVIEW one week prior to the start of bidding. Allows artists to pre-promote the event with friends and followers and gives bidders the opportunity to review the box listings to see which works of art they find interesting.
FRI–SUNJuly 9–2510:00–5:00Boxes displayed for in-person, public viewing at Art Department, 254 Commercial St NE, downtown Salem.
Please note: Bids will be processed ONLY via our online auction site; in-person bids cannot be accepted.
FRI–SUN July 16–258:00 AMOutside the Box Auction The on-line auction runs for TEN days at artistsinaction.betterworld.org.
FRI–SUN July 16–25Salem Art Fair & Festival The virtual fair runs for the same TEN days here.
SUNJuly 258:00 PMAuction ends; final day to bid. Last day of fair.
MONJuly 26Winning bid notifications and fulfillment communications sent via email.
TUE–SAT July 27 31 10:00–5:00Local bidders pick up purchased boxes at Art Department, 254 Commercial St NE, Salem
WEDJuly 28Shipping begins for out-of-state box purchases.