Today I learned that Ann Arbor is home to the country's largest juried art fair.

Unfortunately, immediately following that discovery I learned that, for the second year in a row, organizers are choosing to cancel said fair.

As reported by Clickondetroit.com, the Ann Arbor Art Fair, normally in July, attracts an average of half a million people to the downtown area. Organizers worked hard to try to come up with solutions to remain safe through the pandemic. However, they ultimately decided that with a crowd that size...it just wasn't possible.

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Yesterday, the announcement was made official. Maureen Riley, director of the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, The Original, said in a statement,

We hung on to hope that restrictions might change, but we have now run out of time. We all think it is likely that capacity limits will be lifted by July, but there are no guarantees. It would be unfair to ask artists to take that risk.

The hope is that the Ann Arbor Art Fair will return in 2022.

In the meantime, organizers encourage residents, and those that may visit Ann Arbor, to visit downtown, support local artists and local businesses.

While the Ann Arbor Art Fair cancellation is sure to be a disappointment to art lovers, there's another attraction coming to Michigan that may 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:

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