Don your smocks for Cordova’s annual dumpster painting

Plus, Salmon Jam is seeking artists to sell at the festival’s artisan market

By Christiana Fincher
For The Cordova Times

Q: What makes Cordova so special?

A: Art on every street corner!

It’s that time of year, folks: Salmon Jam is coming up, which means it’s time to put on your smocks and paint a dumpster!

Work as a team or alone to turn a blank dumpster canvas into a beautiful work of art that will keep a smile on Cordovans’ faces through the dark winter months. Reserve your dumpster or bearproof trash can on the Salmon Jam website at And don’t forget to thank Cordova’s refuse and parks and rec workers who, in partnership with Cordova Arts & Pageants, prep the dumpsters and bear-proof trash cans and help make this event happen.

Artisan Market

If you’re a maker, Cordova Arts & Pageants is seeking artists to sell handicrafts at this year’s Salmon Jam artisan market. The market will take place Friday, July 15, from 6-9 p.m., and Saturday, July 16, from 3-10 p.m.


Applications are now open and can be found at The deadline to complete the application is July 5.

There is a booth fee of $75 which includes two Salmon Jam weekend passes for the artist and one helper. This fee goes toward supporting yearround cultural and arts education programs in Cordova.

One lucky vendor will be voted “Best in Show” by their fellow vendors and rewarded a free booth rental at next year’s Salmon Jam.

Artists, creators, and painters: UNITE!

Christiana Fincher is a Salmon Jam volunteer.