Columbus Arts Festival Canceled Due to COVID-19 Concerns

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The Greater Columbus Arts Council has announced that the Columbus Arts Festival — originally slated for June 12 through 14 — has been canceled.

GCAC President and CEO Tom Katzenmeyer announced the cancellation in a letter sent out on Thursday, April 2, after the arts council’s board of trustees voted to cancel the 2020 festival early Thursday morning.

“As much as we desperately want to go on as planned, we recognize that we must put the health and safety of our patrons, artists, performers, vendors and sponsors first,” said Katzenmeyer.

Many sponsors and jury-selected artists planned for the 2020 festival will carry over into next year’s festival, which will take place from June 11 to 13, 2021.

“As with many decisions being made during the pandemic, we realize that ours adds another devastating blow,” said Katzenmeyer, “not just to the artists who depend on the Arts Festival to make money and the vendors we pay to provide services, but to the people who look forward to the Arts Festival.”

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