Over 30 downtown businesses light up Salem to Promote Cultural Understanding
Visit downtown Salem to learn more about holiday traditions around the world. Over 30 downtown businesses are creating window displays to brighten the holidays in Salem’s “A Season of Celebration.” now through Dec. 31, 2020.
The Salem Multicultural Institute and Salem Main Street Association coordinated the project that displays images of 12 religious and cultural events worldwide. In the spirit of diversity, this project was designed to increase awareness and knowledge about Baha’i, the Day of the Covenant, Bodhi Day, Christmas, Dev Diwali, Hanukkah, Hogmanay, Kwanzaa, Native American Heritage, St. Lucia Day, St. Nicholas Day, Thanksgiving, and Winter Solstice.
Art students from South Salem and McNary High Schools and a local professional artist designed and painted all 12 events on J.C. Penney’s Downtown building windows. Jenan Brandt created a particular in-depth Hogmanay display at AC and Co Architects at 363 State Street.
After viewing the window scenes, folks can cross the street to the Salem Center Mall to learn more about the cultures surrounding these holidays. Attire, symbols, and in-depth information can be seen on the main floor in the space recently vacated by Hallmark.
now through Dec. 31, 2020.