The Arts

Rich in Art, Rich in Humanity

The value of an arts education is well known: It fosters collaboration, creative thinking, and presentation skills. Its deepest value, perhaps, is how the arts can deepen our compassion for each other and our confidence in ourselves.

The Arts - Students on stage performing a play

“Since I’ve been at Salem, I’ve become much more confident and capable. I learned how to take risks, like joining theater. It was all new and the old me would have been too scared, but at Salem I knew nothing could go wrong. There’s a freedom in trying new things when you know you’ll be supported.”

Emma S., A‘21

Prepare to Play!

The arts are core to Salem’s programming, featured in both its curriculum and student activities.

The Fine Arts department offers extensive courses in

  • Theater: Introductory and advanced courses all 4 years
  • Visual Arts: Art Design, Advanced Art, AP Art 
  • Music: Glee Club

Student Activities in the Arts

  • Theater: 2 mainstage productions each year performed in the Drama Workshop in Elberson Fine Arts Center  
  • Visual Arts: Student exhibitions in the Elberson Fine Arts Center — 2x per year!
  • Music: Perform in Glee Club

Latest News

Salem Academy and College Presents Author Sami Schalk

Monday, March 20, 2023
Salem Academy and College, in partnership with Bookmarks, will present author Sami Schalk, Ph.D. on Wednesday, March 29 at 7 p.m.

Salem Academy and College Establishes Future of the Academy Building Task Force

Thursday, March 16, 2023
Salem is exploring the future possibilities for the Salem Academy building with the assistance of Salem Academy alumnae, current staff and community members. This work will result in a plan by the end of 2023 for future use of this important landmark in our community.

PBS North Carolina to Debut “Journey to Salem” Documentary

Tuesday, February 28, 2023
PBS North Carolina will debut the “Journey to Salem” documentary on Wednesday, March 15 at 8 p.m.