Throughout its 23-year history, the Salem Maritime Festival has been a unique celebration of Salem's four centuries of maritime heritage, engaging "Ships, Sawdust, Sailors & Song." At this year's Festival on August 6th, demonstrations of traditional crafts will once again be the highlight of our programming, as we make Derby Wharf come alive in a special tribute to Salem in its early seaport heyday with live music, re-enactments, visiting vessels, harbor cruises and a wide range of free, family activities.
Over the years we have been fortunate enough to collaborate with a growing number of highly skilled craft persons who are willing to come and share the passion for their traditional craft. This year that tradition will continue, with some changes to our policies and procedures that will enable us to run our program more efficiently and effectively. With the goal of achieving a high level of engagement with our attendees, we will look for demonstrators who are willing to prepare short presentations, demonstrations and/or "hands on" activities to share with our visitors.
Starting this year, we will make the following changes to our Demonstration Program:
We will request that you submit a Demonstration Application to participate. Since funding is limited, we will select demonstrators on a rotating basis, so all will have a chance to participate from year-to-year.
We ask that you fill out the Application completely. New this year, we will be using email as a preferred method of communication, so please include yours. There will also be an effort to include our artisans in the pre-Festival promotion, so details about your craft and what you will demonstrate are very important.
Deadline for Applications is April 1, 2011. We will respond to all our applicants by April 25th, and send a Demonstrators information package (including a Demonstrator's Invoice) to all chosen participants. Your Demonstrator's Invoice must be filled out and returned to us by May 16th, 2011.
We hope that these new procedures will result in an enhanced program experience for all. We understand there may be some confusion with the new procedures, and invite you to contact us with any questions. Our NPS coordinator for the Salem Maritime Festival this year will be Kathleen Homan who can be reached at 978.740.1652 (or via email at: e-mail us).
The Salem Maritime Festival supports the following definition of "traditional arts:"
Traditional arts are those art forms that are learned as part of the cultural life of a group of people whose members share a common ethnic heritage, language, religion, occupation, or culturally united geographic region. Folk and traditional arts are shaped by the aesthetics and values of a shared culture and are passed from generation to generation, most often within family and community through observation, conversation and practice.
Source: The National Endowment for the Arts