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About Us

Our Mission​

Our mission is to enrich the cultural life of our community by nurturing and supporting excellence in the arts; to increase the community’s awareness of and appreciation for the arts; to promote and encourage arts education; and to serve as liaison between the arts, businesses, government and educational institutions.

Our Events

Creative Mixers: Each month on the second Thursday, the SCFTA presents the Creative Mixer. Artists working in all genres are encouraged to attend and meet like-minded people, to share influences and news, to soak up fresh ideas, and to be inspired by the energy that makes Salida a center of support and expression. Learn More

Valley Visions Art Exhibition: An annual showcase for the Arkansas River Valley's top established and emerging creative talent, the exhibit features 40 of the area's most innovative painters, sculptors, photographers, and artisans. Learn More

Scholarships and Grants

Community Grants: Grants of up to $500 each are awarded to applicants seeking funding for local arts and cultural based projects. These projects need to have a definable connection to the Salida Community and be supportive of the Council’s Mission Statement. Learn More

High School Scholarships: Scholarships in a variety of creative disciplines are available to any Salida senior who is planning to pursue a creative career at an accredited college, university or institution. The scholarship(s) of up to $2,000 will be awarded during High School Honors Night. Learn More


“I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough?” 
― Vincent van Gogh

Pablo Picasso 
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