Cancellation of Covington Art Fair and other festivals impacts income for local artists

The Covington Art Fair usually attracts thousands of people every year. Like many festivals this year the art fair is canceled due to COVID-19. On Wednesday, Governor Eric Holcomb announced $10 million will be provided to festivals and nonprofits because this is also a vulnerable time for the arts.

Posted: Aug 5, 2020 11:40 PM
Updated: Aug 6, 2020 10:30 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - There won't be any pottery and acrylic paintings lined up here at Covington Plaza since the art fair is canceled this year.

Alexandra Hall usually sets up here every year.

"A lot of my business model relies on interaction with my clients so a lot of them meet me for the first time going to some art festivals across the country, "Hall explained.

Like Hall, many artists rely on these festivals for their livelihood.

"I've been a practicing artist for about seven years now. It's my full-time job. Otherwise, I do some side work as a consultant doing public art programming, but majority of my income comes from my fine arts career," she added.

Coordinator Glenda Stoppenhagen said the decision to cancel because of COVID-19 was not easy.

"We have a very loyal following in Fort Wayne and the surrounding areas. We do have thousands of people on a Saturday and Sunday that come out and the health department had some guidelines for us to follow and that just was not possible," Stoppenhagen explained.

On Wednesday, Governor Eric Holcomb announced a $10 million Arts and Cultural Grant toward festivals like the Covington Art Fair and museums that give local artists opportunities.

"Governor Holcomb and I know that our arts and cultural organizations are especially vulnerable right now. Our arts and local traditions all make considerable contributions to the well being of our communities," Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch said.

Until then, Alexandra Hall is preparing for the fair next year.

"I thankfully have been in the game for some time and I've met a lot of clients already, but we'll have to see what the future holds as to whether or not this year really hurts me," Hall said.

Starting August 10, nonprofits can apply for grants here.

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