Salem Art Works is proud to operate as a community.  Artists and staff live and work together, forging friendships, sharing experiences, and exchanging ideas. To ensure a comfortable environment for all residents, we ask everyone to abide by the following guidelines:

All staff, residents, and guests are required to clean up after themselves throughout the shared living spaces, studios, and work areas. 

To help SAW fulfill its mission as a green community, we strive to use food either grown locally or produced by our garden and everyone is asked to recycle, reduce waste, and compost.

SAW is located just minutes from downtown Salem, so a trip to town is as easy as borrowing one of the communal bicycles. Head into town for a great cup of coffee, visit the old-fashioned soda fountain shop on Main Street, or stop by the art gallery and check out what other local artists are up to.

Salem is a 40-minute drive to Manchester, VT, 45 minutes to Saratoga Springs, NY, a one-hour drive to Lake George, and an hour and fifteen minutes to Albany, giving residents plentiful and varied opportunities to further explore the area.



SAW maintains simple housing options: modified campers and tent platforms are available during the summer months, and a limited number of indoor rooms are utilized during both warm and cold seasons. SAW does not provide tents, tarps, or sleeping pads. All residents should bring their own bedding: sheets, blankets, etc., Alternatively, they can use bedding provided by SAW for a $15 deposit.



Our outdoor kitchen is always open and well stocked with an assortment of ingredients. Residents are encouraged to help themselves to breakfast and lunch, while dinner is cooked by all residents and staff on a rotating schedule and eaten together as a community. Please inform the SAW office of any dietary restrictions prior to your arrival to ensure the proper options are available.


Getting Here

While Salem is located in rural upstate New York, public transportation to nearby Albany and Saratoga Springs via plane, bus, or train is available. Pick up fee is $50. Please try to schedule arrivals between 9 am - 5 pm to ensure SAW staff is available for pick up.