“So, what’s the story?”, asked another lookey-loo, peering through the darkened storefront of Pop Up on First Wednesday. “This is an exhibition-only space for local artists.” I explained patiently, expecting the usual response of confusion toward the concept.
“That’s great, the art is wonderful and these doors are awesome! I wish I could have one,” she exclaimed, noting that there’s nothing like this in her home town. “Oh, where are you visiting from?,” I asked, finally realizing that she had yet to succumb the effects of Salem blasé.
“Corvallis. I commute daily and think downtown Salem is beautiful.” Her manfriend agreed and they happily donated $75 to Salem Creative Network for their choice of a door to drag home to Corvallis. They selected the letter P and plan to put it in their kids room.
So today’s door is the letter P, for patronage, the lifeblood of any creative endeavor. Salem Creative Network actively seeks new patrons, especially within Salem. One of our most challenging goals is reducing blasé attitudes about Salem that only exist in the minds of Salemites themselves. The world outside the city limits is puzzled by our So-lame self-fulfilling prophecy, especially when they explore heritage and culture downtown.
Are you concerned about the ever-increasing lack of creative opportunities downtown? Donate to Salem Creative Network and support four more years of social innovation education provided by programming like Pop Up Art Gallery, Solarize Salem, Creative Pub Crawl, Willamette Valley Wine Walks, Ignite Salem, Cherry City Music Festival, Megawatt Project, Hospitality Zone Assessment and many more to come. We welcome the patronage.