Organizers make final decision on 2021 Ann Arbor Art Fair
Today I learned that Ann Arbor is home to the largest jury-run art fair in the country.
Unfortunately, immediately after this discovery, I learned that, for the second year in a row, the organizers chose to cancel said fair.
As reported by Clickondetroit.com, the Ann Arbor Art Fair, normally in July, draws an average of half a million people to the downtown area. Organizers have been working hard to try to find solutions to stay safe during the pandemic. However, they eventually decided that with a crowd of this size … it just wasn’t possible.
Yesterday, the announcement was made official. Maureen Riley, director of the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, The Original, said in a statement:
We hoped the restrictions might change, but we’re out of time. We all think it’s likely the capacity limits will be lifted by July, but there’s no guarantee. It would be unfair to ask artists to take this risk.
The hope is that the Ann Arbor art fair will return in 2022.
In the meantime, the organizers are encouraging residents, and those who can visit Ann Arbor, to tour downtown, support local artists and local businesses.
While the cancellation of the Ann Arbor Art Fair is certainly a bummer for art lovers, there is one more upcoming attraction in Michigan that might pique your interest. It’s a fully immersive digital van Gogh experience and it’s coming to Detroit in October of this year. Check it out below: