Salem Arts Association is pleased to announce our 2023 Art School Scholarships applications are open to graduating high school seniors to apply. These scholarship awards are an important part of our program to encourage young artists to pursue their creative talents and support art education.
The Salem Arts Scholarship Program began in 2014, and has awarded 14 scholarships totaling $14,000 to deserving young artists over the past 8 years.
In 2023 Salem Arts Association will award THREE scholarships totaling $3000 to student artists. In addition to our annual memorial scholarships honoring Ellen Hardy and Paula Beaulieu, we are offering the “Creative Collective Innovation Award” that encourages inclusive innovation in any creative efforts. Each award will offer $1000.
This year applicants graduating from any North Shore school may apply.
Applications are due by Monday May 1, 2023 at midnight.
$3000 in Awards from Salem Arts Association
Salem Arts Scholarships are awarded each spring to Class of 2023 graduates attending any Massachusetts North Shore school (public, charter, or private), and is pursuing arts education either through a university program or accredited art school in the fall following their graduation in 2023.
Three Scholarship awards will be offered in 2023
Creative Collective Innovation Award: Award of $1000 to a graduate who demonstrates creative innovation in visual arts, performance, and multi-media.
Ellen Hardy Memorial Scholarship: Award of $1000 to a graduate who demonstrates creative achievement in visual arts, performance, or multi-media.
Paula Beaulieu Memorial Scholarship: Award of $1000 to graduate who demonstrates creative achievement in the visual arts.
Applicants do not apply for a specific scholarship. Our Scholarship committee will review all scholarship applications and award based on eligibility and other criteria.
-Please complete the application form and provide the required information.
-Editable forms are available on our website at https://salemarts.org/scholarship
-A personal artist statement and 5 samples (JPG images or media files) representing your creative work are required with the scholarship application.
-Recommendations from your teachers are acceptable but not necessary.
-Apply online, via email, or postal service.
-Applications Due Monday May 1, 2023
Visit our website at https://salemarts.org/scholarship to fill out the online form and upload images of artwork and other attachments.
Apply via email:
Email your application to scholarship@SalemArts.org. Please include all required files as attachments to your email.
Apply using Mail:
Mail your application and images to:
Salem Arts Association Art Scholarships
159 Derby Street
Salem MA 01970
Creative Collective Innovation Award
The Innovation Award is sponsored by Salem Arts Association and provided by Creative Collective. Creative Collective was created to support the critically important intersection of economic development and the creative workforce. It is a community of makers, artisans, creators, small businesses, and economic development strategists. The Collective fosters growth, sustainability, and scalability for small businesses, creative thinkers, organizations, entrepreneurs, and innovators.
Be Bold! This award encourages inclusive innovation in any creative effort and celebrates student achievements that take their talent to new places through interdisciplinary work, collaborations, breaking systemic boundaries, and creating outcomes beyond the traditional.
Award Purpose and Eligibility:
The Creative Collective Innovation Award will offer one scholarship of $1000 each spring to a senior-year student attending any Massachusetts North Shore school (public, charter, or private), and is pursuing arts education either through a university program or accredited art school in the fall following their graduation. visual arts, graphic design, performing arts, film, music, acting, writing or other areas of creative expression will be considered.
Ellen Hardy Memorial Scholarship Award
Ellen Gibson Hardy (May 18, 1952 – June 18, 2017)
An artist at heart, Ellen forged a career in the Art, Graphic Design, and Publishing world. She founded her own company, Hardy House, which was a full-service Art and Design business of which she was the proprietor for over 19-years working with the likes of MIT, Harvard, Yale, and many other educational and professional organizations. During the years as president of Hardy House she began to exhibit her own artwork at galleries throughout New England and taught Graphic Arts at the Cambridge Adult Center for Education and at Phillips Academy where she also served as Director of Publications for over 14 years.
Ellen Hardy was a profound influence on the Salem artistic scene through her involvement with the Salem Public Arts Commission, the annual Salem Arts Festival, and Salem Arts Association, which she advocated heavily for. Ellen served for several years as a member and president of Salem Arts Association. She was also a prolific artist and performer herself. We are honored to offer this scholarship program in her memory.
Award Purpose and Eligibility:
The Ellen Hardy Memorial Scholarship will award one scholarship of $1000 each spring to a senior-year student attending any Massachusetts North Shore school (public, charter, or private), or a student artist member of the Salem Arts Association, and is pursuing arts education either through a university program or through an art school in the fall following their graduation. visual arts, graphic design, performing arts, music, acting, or other areas of creative expression will be considered.
Paula Beaulieu Memorial Scholarship Award
Paula Frances Beaulieu (May 28, 1947 – January 24, 2014)
Paula obtained her B.S. degree from Lowell State University before obtaining her M.S. in Arts & Education at Florida Atlantic University. Her career included teaching grades 2 and 5 at Pearl St. School in Reading, Mass., author of children’s educational books, counselor, and educational toy developer to name a few. Most notably, Paula was an art educator, running her own business teaching people of all ages to “Connect with Their Creativity” for over 15 years. Paula was an artist throughout her life, a legacy she brought forward from her mother Rita Casey.
After growing up in Methuen, Mass., Paula resided in Hollywood, Florida and Reading, Mass. (where she raised her two sons Dan and Matt) before moving to Salem, Mass., where she spent her remaining years. “Creativity occurs in the moment, and in the moment, we are timeless.”
—The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron
Paula Beaulieu was an active artist in the Salem Arts Association and taught young and old alike through her program “Connect with Their Creativity.” Her family has chosen Salem Arts Association and Salem High School as beneficiaries of any donations made in her honor.
Award Purpose and eligibility:
The Paula Beaulieu Memorial Scholarship will award one scholarship of $1000 each spring to a senior-year student attending any Massachusetts North Shore school (public, charter, or private), and is pursuing visual arts education either through a university program or through an art school in the fall following their graduation. All media of visual arts will be considered.
If you would like to contribute funds to our scholarship programs, you may specify which scholarship you would like to support in your donation comments. Donations are tax-deductible.
About Salem Arts Association
Salem Arts Association is an entirely volunteer-run nonprofit arts organization that brings art, in all its forms, to the community and brings the community, in all its diversity, to the arts in Salem, Massachusetts. Since incorporating as a non-profit corporation in 2007, Salem Arts Association has produced hundreds of exhibitions, events, and workshops for our Northshore community and visitors.
Salem Arts Galleries and Shop are located at 159 Derby Street in Salem MA. Regular gallery hours are 12-6 on Saturdays and Sundays.