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Well, the shoe has finally dropped! It is with great sadness I'm reporting that the 2021 Ann Arbor Art Fair has been canceled. I live in the Midwest and have been involved in the art fair business since 1978, and have attended it every year since 1976.

If your history is similar to mine you understand the importance of this event in even establishing the art fair business. It has been THE show to do for thousands of artists for many years. Many 100's of 1000's of people see it as a centerpiece of their summer. Chartered buses brought people from Cleveland to Indianapolis and Chicago to attend.  

Whereas there is surprising news from the Three Rivers Art Festival in Pittsburgh, June 4-June 13. “We were so excited, and a little surprised, to hear that the mandates were going to be lifted as of Memorial Day,” said Sarah Aziz, director of the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival and director of festival management for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Learn more.

The folks in Des Moines have been holding their collective breath to see if they would be hosting their extravagantly fine art festival at the end of June. Their "drop dead" date to cancel has past and the team and artists are looking forward to getting together June 25-27. So exciting! See what is brewing in DM.

Good news also from Kansas City where there will be 3 art fairs in a row in September, Art Westport, Brookside and the Plaza Art Fair. Learn more here, this link includes a video.

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Comment by Linda Fitzgerald on May 27, 2021 at 3:01pm
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Comment by Leo Charette on May 27, 2021 at 6:35pm

Wow, I think the Ann Arbor decision is sad. These are outdoor fairs, I've done State Street! Currently 50% in the US is vaccinated. Florida has been doing shows for months. We need to move on to normal!

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