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Arts & Culture

Art Class
Our Mission

To inspire clubwomen, and ignite within you, a desire to make the world a more beautiful, thoughtful, and caring place.


Therefore, our goal is to take an active role in sponsorship, scholarship, production, direction, and performance in every aspect of all arts and from all cultures.  To be proactive in the support of all forms of Art and Culture in our local communities.


Creative Writing | Dance | Fine Art | Improvisation

Music | Photography | Singing | Speech | Theater


The organization provides quality orchestral music for musicians in the Merrimack Valley region and encourages young musicians with performance opportunities, training, and scholarships for advanced music studies.

Service area includes:

  • Atkinson

  • Hampstead

  • Pelham

  • Salem

  • Windham

Congratulations to the winners of the Creative Writing contest sponsored by the Arts and Culture Committee.

  • 1st Place Winner  Maria Baribeau

  • 2nd Place Winner Shamim Calcuttawalla

Thank you to the staff of Kelley Library for judging all the entries.

Supported in the Past*

Contact Joanne or Shamim for more information or email and we'll pass your questions along.

Current Projects

2023-2024 Future Events & Projects

  • Craft a Community Brochure identifying local arts and cultures

  • Create Club Cultural Cookbook and Potluck Luncheon

  • Creative Writing Contest (Nov – Feb)

  • Murder Mystery Luncheon @ Salem High School

  • One Day Trip(s) to Theater, Concert or Art venues

  • Partner with C&E or Environment for road island gardens

  • Photography Contest (Dec-Jan)

  • Salem Artists Association

  • The Flower Hug Project

  • US AirForce Band for SAWC 100th Anniversary in 2026

  • Welcome Sculpture for Salem

Completed Projects

2022-2023 Events & Projects: 

  • Creative Writing Contest 

    • 1st Place: Nancy Woodward: Gizmo

    • 2nd Place: Sandy Carlson: Treasure our Lands

    • 3rd Place: Joanne Cuomo: It was another beautiful day

  • Empower Her Comedy Night 

  • Funny Money 

  • NH Philharmonic Holiday Pops 

  • Photography Contest 

  • Ranked, the Musical

  • Staying Alive Concert  Staying Alive! Tribute Band Palace Theater, Sat. May 20, 2 pm matinee. More details are coming soon! 

  • The Flower Hugs Project 

  • Titanic Tea 

SAWC Member Meeting

Cultural Celebration sponsored by the Arts & Culture Committee


Tuesday, April 2nd, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Elks Lodge, 39 Shadow Lake Rd, Salem


You are invited to come and experience our members’ cultural stories, food, traditions, and music. All members are encouraged to share a crockpot full of their favorite family recipes at this fun potluck luncheon. You'll be amazed by the diverse and delicious menu! The Get Down Tonight DJ will have us on the dance floor with Polka, Greek line dance, Mexican hat dance, Indian dance, and more! Native costumes are encouraged. This event is free of charge.This is a CSP Project of the A&C Committee. You are guaranteed to have a great time!

December 2023: Twenty-four members of the SAWC, dressed in festive clothing, enjoyed the beautiful sounds of the NH Philharmonic's Holiday Pops Concert.

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The Flower Hug Project

The Flower Hugs Project delivers joy and hope to seniors, veterans, and caregivers living alone or in care communities by providing flower hugs. These gifts give an unexpected moment of recognition and appreciation to members of our most vulnerable populations.

 Delivering to individuals or through programs such as:

  • Adult Day Care Centers

  • Assisted Living Facilities

  • Caregivers

  • First Responders

  • Food Pantries

  • Local Hospitals

  • Long-Term Care Facilities

  • Meals on Wheels Program

  • Nursing Homes

  • Rehabilitation Centers

  • Senior Housing

  • Shelters

How do we do it? The Salem Area Women's Club partners with local florists, funeral homes, grocery stores, hotels, and venues to upcycle their slightly used flowers. We have a team of volunteers ready to pick up donated arrangements, reassemble into small bouquets, and deliver them.


This is awesome! How can I help? If you would like to partner with us by donating flowers  or floral supplies vases, please visit our website or contact the Arts and Culture Chairwomen Joanne Cuomo (603-247-1193, and Shamim Calcuttawala (603-401-4075

Thank you to Flower Hugs Project sponsors

Carrier Family Funeral Home & Crematory

Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home

Enterprise Bank

Hannaford - Hampstead

We're proud to support these talented groups of artists! 

A public charter school that nurtures creative thinkers, active citizens, and independent learners with a curriculum that integrates the arts and academics.

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The Palace Theatres host professional local and traveling performers for stage shows, youth and teen theater programs, and touring acts.


A parent booster organization that supports the study of music and theatre in the Windham School District. 

Serves students with the highest quality, most impactful, and authentic performing arts education possible.  We believe in the transformative potential of arts education.


This is a theater group for anyone interested in helping launch and participate in community theater in Windham and the surrounding communities.

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Summer Concert Series

All concerts begin at 6:30 PM.  Our concerts are FREE to the public.  A 50-50 Raffle is held at each concert, with the proceeds targeted for the new pavilion.  Bring your blanket or chairs and enjoy the music!

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The Philharmonic connects people to the power of classical music through compelling concerts and engaging education programs. We accomplish this by bringing together the finest student, amateur, and professional musicians from around the state.

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Enhances social skills and provides knowledge of performing arts, dance, and musical ability for the physically and developmentally challenged.

Our organization provides quality orchestral music for musicians in the Merrimack Valley region and encourages young musicians with performance opportunities, training, and scholarships for advanced music studies.

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