The Salmon Arts Council

The Salmon Arts Council is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and exists to foster the growth, awareness and education of the arts and humanities in Lemhi County.  


Phone: 208-221-1304 - Meri Galvan President

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Our Mission

Founded in 1978 by a few Salmon residents looking to fill the need for cultural awareness and diversity in this region, the Salmon Arts Council exists to foster the growth, awareness and education of the arts and humanities in rural Lemhi County, Idaho.


It has been our mission from the onset to strive to bring out the best in small-town community life by offering a vast array of artistic and cultural experiences for audiences of all ages to enjoy and learn from. From musical performances of all genres to our Arts Academy and community arts initiatives, the Salmon Arts Council aims to engage all residents of Lemhi County in the arts, thus engendering our motto: ‘Engaged in art, engaged in life.”



Our Vision

We strive to bring out the best in small town community life by offering intimate artistic and cultural learning experiences where participants can meet the artists, volunteer to help with the wide variety of production details, and share the immediate joys and personal rewards each has to offer.


The SAC is a vibrant organization, highly regarded and respected as one of the first and leading arts councils in Idaho, and was the recipient of the prestigious 10th Biennial Idaho Governor’s Award for Outstanding Support of the Arts.  In 1990, the Salmon Education Association presented the Council with their “Friend of Education” award for all that is done to further the arts in the schools. The SAC is also the only rural arts agency in Idaho to have received two grants direct from the Expansion Arts Program of the National Endowment for the Arts to provide professional workshops for local artists.

Together, we are the Salmon Arts Council. 

Our Board of Directors works as volunteers alongside our  incredible network of volunteers to make art accessible to our rural community.



Meri Galvan


Meri was born and raised in Southeast Idaho. She holds a BA in Secondary Education with endorsements in Art and Journalism as well as a BA in Mass Communications from Idaho State University.   She is currently the Art and Photography teacher at Salmon Jr./Sr. High School.   She also works as a Photographer, as well as a business owner and trainer at Savage Strong Fitness. Meri moved to Salmon in 2002 with her husband Sony and two children. After arriving in Salmon she first became involved with the Arts Council in after taking a position with the Arts Council as Assistant to the Director. Meri enjoys creative projects and working with the youth and community members to bring Art to our community.  Meri is currently perusing her Masters of Arts in Art Education and is looking forward to seeing the Arts thrive in Lemhi County.

Jenny Gonyer

Treasurer & Secretary

Jenny first came to Salmon in 2013, moving here permanently in 2014 after graduating from Whitman College to work at Salmon Valley Stewardship.  Jenny joined the Arts Council in 2018 with the motivation to bring more public art to town through murals and artist workshops. She has a passion for live music, attending festivals throughout the year, and would love to see more music events in Salmon that would surprise visitors to see in such a rural area. She fell in love with Salmon, with the tight-knit community and the incredible access to any outdoor adventure you could ask for. 

Alicia Gilpin

Vice President

Alicia was born and raised in the rich art culture of Southern California. Alicia grew up dabbling in all types of art but graphite and charcoal drawing became her favorite forms of expression. Upon moving to Idaho for a second time in 2013, Alicia also took up an interest in artist management and music/concert promotion by supporting, representing, and promoting artists throughout the Northwest. Wanting to see more of the art and culture she grew up loving, Alicia joined the Arts Council in 2017, with visions of indulging the community,  especially the youth and economically disadvantaged,  in the beauty of diversity and the opportunity to enrich community life by bringing extraordinary talent to our geographically remote area. "Art is not what you see but what you make others see."  

Will Ferguson

Will is new to our board.

Sarah Van Delen Wetters

Sarah is new to our board.

Maggie Seaburg

Maggie is new to our board.

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