Welcome to the Arts at Willamette
Willamette is central to the Salem community's vibrant arts scene. We host hundreds of free or low-cost lectures, forums, concerts, plays, readings, films and festivals each year, including regular concerts by the university's 12 music ensembles, guest performances from world-renowned musicians sponsored by the Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series and four main stage theatre productions.
The Hallie Ford Museum of Art is frequently lauded for showcasing Northwest artists, and it also displays one-of-a-kind traveling exhibitions, such as ceremonial regalia from Oregon's Native tribes and Maori traditional arts from New Zealand.
The Atkinson Lecture Series brings prominent writers, actors and leaders to town — visitors have included Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, novelist John Irving and author/filmmaker Sebastian Junger. We also partner with outside arts groups to host their programs on campus — such as the Oregon Symphony and Salem Chamber Orchestra — and to help sponsor events in the community, including the Salem Film Festival and Salem Art Fair & Festival.