Dec 032013


Stakeholders interested in discussing marketing strategies for downtown Salem convene today to discuss the impact of the economic improvement district (EID) and other efforts to improve commerce for downtown business and property owners during two workshops scheduled for noon and 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 3 at UpSalem Social Innovation Center, 365 Ferry St SE.

Summit participants will be presented with the history and current status of the downtown marketing and promotion efforts, assess the effectiveness of various marketing implementations and develop a strategy for positive growth in the absence of an EID.

The summit revisits the Mobilizing Stakeholders to Create a Sociable City meeting conducted by the Salem Creative Network in 2011 and will assess the other core elements necessary for a healthy downtown; entertainment, public safety, venue safety, multi-use sidewalks, transportation and quality of life.

The downtown marketing strategy summit is open to all interested stakeholders and free to participants.

 December 3, 2013  Posted by at 10:19 am events, update No Responses »
Nov 182013

Salem Creative Network educates thousands of people every year about the value of social innovation in meeting local community challenges by developing programming about renewable energy, arts and culture, heritage and economic development.

Our large annual events, Cherry City Music Festival and Mix-n-Mash, feature hundreds of artists sharing their creativity in live venues and broadcast environments. The Solarize programs gives homeowners and businesses the tools to invest in renewable energy. Pop Up Art Gallery and the Storefront Art Projects confront downtown blight and revitalization head-on, by providing exposure for artists and attracting new tenants for property owners.

And this year we’ve expanded our educational outreach to support creative small businesses by offering workspace and workshops at a convenient downtown location. Part event center and teaching facility, UpSalem Social Innovation Center is located at 365 Ferry St SE and houses Pop Up Art Gallery. We conduct social media workshops and help small businesses develop innovative products and services in our 3000 ft. facility.

The demand for creative solutions has never been greater in Salem and we need your help. 2013 has seen a flight of creative people and businesses give up and leave Salem in frustration. We need your help to reverse that trend. Your donation to Salem Creative Network will help stop the creative flight from Salem by providing more opportunities through our educational services and programming.

And it’s tax-deductible! Salem Creative Network is a 501c3 charitable organization, so up to $500 of your donation may be deductible from your federal taxes (please consult your tax advisor) and will end up staying in the community to support innovation. Please give today!

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Nov 072013
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Here’s some footage of last month’s fashion event at UpSalem. We’ve added a few twists for tomorrow night’s event, so come early at 7:00 p.m. and enjoy the hospitality of Salem Ale Works and Fresh n’ Local refreshments. The show starts at 8:00 p.m. All-ages, $10 suggested donation.

The Salem Clique, Klu Klux Klan and Volksfront are are explored during Secret Societies Downtown Heritage Tour 4:00 p.m., Saturday, November 9, starting at UpSalem, 365 Ferry St SE. The 90-minute walking tour visits sites important to secret societies donwtown. The Salem Clique headquarters, the origin of the KKK’s resurgence and small businesses threatened by the Klan. $10 or $7 for groups of 3 or more. Please dress for the weather.

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Nov 042013

UpSalem adds some color to First Wednesday, November 6 with Outside Inside, a large-format, graffiti-style exhibition of more than a dozen Salem and Portland artists, led by Matt Kenitzer and Chris Casarez. An artist reception, held 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., will feature participating artists, a skateboard demonstration and refreshments. Here’s the Facebook event.

Salem creatives take center stage during boho chic fashion event at UpSalem on Friday, November 8th. Last month’s Valleylicious Style Show during Mix-n-Mash gave us a taste of our growing local talent pool, as designers, models, aerialists, parkourists and fencers performed to an original composition by Ivan de Prume, former drummer for White Zombie. The most common response from the audience was “I didn’t know anyone did this in Salem.” This month’s show will be even better with stage fighting, belly dancing and boho chic style. Salem Ale Works is pouring and Fresh n Local refreshments are available starting 7:00 p.m, with the show starting at 8:00 p.m. The event is all-ages with a $10 suggested donation.

Property and business owners interested in increasing their social networking potential and ways to attract more customers during the holidays are the subject of classes scheduled during November.
$10 suggested donation per workshop.

10:00 a.m. Monday, November 4 Social Networking bootcamp – Small Business
Hear 3 easy ways to multitask social media for increased traffic to your web site.

12:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 5 Social Networking bootcamp – Facebook
Learn the 7 best features of Facebook for your business during the holidays.

2:00 p.m. Thursday, November 7 Social Networking bootcamp – Twitter plus
See 5 essential social media sites that aren’t Facebook.

10:00 a.m. Monday, November 11 Holiday Prep – Window decorations
Experience interactive lighting demonstrations, storefront art exhibitions and other suggestions for the holiday season.

12:00 p.m.Tuesday, November 12 Holiday Prep – Event sharing
Amplify your message by sharing calendars with other businesses.

2:00 p.m. November 14 Holiday Prep – Social Media
Create and share a campaign of storytelling to drive your brand.

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Sep 232013


Doctors diagnosing over the internet. Online newspapers achieving global reach. Salemites saying no to boring and chasing yes. These stories and more will be shared at Ignite Salem 5 on October 10 to kick off Mix-n-Mash, a 3-day festival celebrating innovation.

Are you willing to share your passion? There’s still time to get on stage.

Fill out the form HERE because today is the deadline for Ignite Salem 5 submissions.


So, maybe you’d rather share your passion on a more personal level. BarCamp Salem has you covered there, too. Bring your expertise to share with other motivated people in a user-generated, unconference environment. From noon-midnight on Saturday, October 12, Salem Creative Network will facilitate a BarCamp at 365 Ferry St SE in downtown Salem. Never heard of a BarCamp? Essentially, you bring the topic, create the schedule and engage in sessions of your choice. Open source, web development, transportation, health care, Salem startups, any subject is game if enough people want to participate.

Still unsure about opening up? Observe from a distance as a volunteer! Here’s a form for that!

Don’t forget to stop by the Social Innovation Center at 365 Ferry St SE, First Wednesday, October 2, for a Pop Up Art Gallery artists reception.

 September 23, 2013  Posted by at 2:40 pm events, update No Responses »
Sep 062013

F.A. Wiggins launched automobile advertising and sales in downtown Salem with this ad placed in the September 13, 1903 Capital Journal. George Graves purchased a Rambler to become Salem’s second automobile owner, after Otto Wilson and his Oldsmobile. Find out more interesting stories about transportation in Salem during Autoists Attack! a special, free Salem Sunday Streets Downtown Heritage Tour starting at 2pm in front of Salem’s Riverfront Carousel.

For thousands of years, people living in the Salem area relied on walking and water transport to get around. Later, a horse and travois sped things up a bit but only when the wheeled wagon creaked across the prairie did Salem see another burst of activity. The Barnum and Bailey Circus brought the first auto to Salem in addition to the novelty zebra pictured above.

Water still played the main role after the refinement of Fulton’s Folly and steam-powered sternwheelers enabled Salem to become an international leader in wheat, wool and hops exports. In this photo, the “City of Salem” (built in Portland), is loaded up on the riverfront dock.

Rail travel displaced the sternwheelers and provided passenger and freight travel straight to the heart of downtown Salem. The recently uncovered and covered tracks in the photo attest to the popularity of of rail transport downtown.

Bicycles returned mobility to a human scale, if only for a few years, until the automobile began its evolution. Stock up on crash suits and we’ll tour Salem in leisure Sunday, September 8.

 September 6, 2013  Posted by at 3:37 pm events No Responses »
Aug 272013

When the first car in Salem trundled down State Street leading the 1898 Barnum and Bailey Circus parade, few people could imagine the imminent danger to pedestrians, bicyclists, skaters and equestrians that the horseless carriage would bring. Autoists Attack! explores life in a walkable downtown that was destroyed by the fatal attraction to the automobile in this special Salem Sunday Streets Free Downtown Heritage Tour, 2:00 p.m. September 8, starting at Riverfront Carousel.


The 2-hour walking tour will visit sites important to pre-auto travel, explaining the transformation of mobility in downtown Salem and the influence of cars on life, commerce and culture as the skyline was changed forever. Stories about travel will include Native American potlatch ceremonies, demise of the steamboat, expansion of rail and streetcars and the replacement of three landmarks to accommodate the automobile; the first Legislative Assembly Hall, Fashion Stables and the 1895 City Hall.


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Aug 102013

It only took 40 years and six ballot tries but Oregon suffragettes finally got the right to vote in 1912. In 1870, a group of Salem and Albany women started the movement that brought Susan B. Anthony out on her speaking tour through Salem in 1871. She wrote in her diary about her meeting with the Oregon Supreme Court, where she received a favorable response.

Another wildcat downtown was the infamous Fanny Davenport, who entertained gentlemen and became the focal point of cleaning up the downtown rookeries, brothels and saloons 1906. Her story is especially interesting, since Fanny Davenport died in 1898! These stories and more are presented during the 2 hour tour.

August’s Wild Women Downtown Heritage Tour visits downtown sites and buildings where women influenced Salem’s politics and commerce on 6:00 p.m., Saturday, August 10. Stories shared on the two-hour walking tour include Susan B. Anthony’s 1871 visits to Salem, the arrest of stage actress Fanny Davenport in Peppermint Flats and the unconscionable viciousness of a U.S. Senator’s wife that cost him the Supreme Court Chief Justice appointment.

 August 10, 2013  Posted by at 4:22 pm events No Responses »
Jul 272013


Tonight’s tour has more bawdy Salem history than you can shake a stick at. Samuel Adolph (Wild Pear), Louis Westacott (ampm), Klinger and Beck (sculpture garden) and all their saloon buddies will once again breathe life into downtown Salem during the 2-hour tour. We’re talking about breweries and saloons while visiting important sites that influenced Salem’s history.


While Salem currently counts seven breweries within city limits, their combined output is dwarfed by just one downtown brewery during Salem’s heyday as “Hop Center of the World.” At the time of its closing in 1953, Sick’s Brewery produced 75,000 barrels – 27 million bottles of beer downtown on Commercial Street South. With roots going back to 1866, the brewing industry dominated the Salem economy and earned the city an international reputation.

Along with brewing, the rowdy saloon nightlife influenced Salem culture, attracting temperance unions and finally prohibition. Stories will be shared of Maggie Gardner’s Hurdy-Gurdy girls, Jonathan Bourne’s six-week binge with legislators and how Oregon’s first deficit paid for a stocked bar in the committee room.

Added bonus: Tour of 1871 ruins.


Breweries: Farmers, Star, Pacific, Pioneer, Capital, Salem Brewing Association, Sick’s, Willamette Valley, Ram, Thompson’s, Seven Brides, Pale Horse, Gilgamesh, Santiam, Vagabond, Salem Ale Works

Saloons: El Dorado, Pony, Oriflamme, Nonpareil, Palmer’s, Crystal, North Star, Vic’s, Fontaine’s, Belvedere, Gem, Chemeketa

Want to support creativity in Salem? Donate to Salem Creative Network and keep creativity flowing.

 July 27, 2013  Posted by at 4:14 pm events, update 1 Response »
Jun 262013

Here it comes, Salem’s first pop up micropark art installation! This one day art exhibit takes place in a parking space! Stop by and enjoy greenery, a bike rack, comfortable seating, kid activities, games and a dog lounge. Experience a people-centered life downtown and enjoy some passive recreation while reclaiming public space, if only for a day. Who knows where it could lead?

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