As the Covid-19 pandemic stretches into its third month and into summer, the next wave of event cancellations comes along with it. In the Washington DC and Maryland area, some decades-long events are announcing their postponements or cancellations for 2020. These events include Wine in the Woods, Flowermart, Baltimore Pride, Preakness, HonFest, Capital Jazz Fest, and Linganore Winery’s monthly music and wine events through June are removed from the calendar.
Today, Baltimore Mayor Jack Young announced the cancellation of all events that required city permits through August 31, 2020. The edict covers Artscape, Baltimore’s premier arts festival; as an artist, it feels like a punch in the stomach. For 38 years, this 3-day event has attracted over 300,000 people per year into the Midtown, Mount Royal, and Station North neighborhoods of the city. Artscape provides spaces for all varieties of visual arts featuring mostly local artists with a nationally known musician featuring every year.
Here are some videos from Artscape past:
WJZ news report about the opening of Artscape in 2019
Sights and Sounds from Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts
As someone who has attended, and has friends that have performed and presented at this event, this cancellation hurts. However, it is what is best to keep Baltimore City, and the region as a whole, healthy. Next year will be 40 years of Artscape and we will celebrate its return. We can only hope that our Fall Festivals will occur as scheduled.