Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival canceled due to COVID-19


Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival canceled due to COVID-19

People walk by food tents at the Augusta Common during the 2014 Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival. [FILE/THE AUGUSTA CHRONICLE]

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Arts in the Heart of Augusta has been canceled due to the coronavirus.

In a release, the City of Augusta and the Greater Augusta Arts Council announced the festival will not be held this year due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases. This would have been the festival’s 40th anniversary.

“For 39 years the Greater Augusta Arts Council has provided individuals and families from across the nation and internationally, a celebration of varied arts and cultural diversity that make up Augusta, during the Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival. After months of thoughtful and deliberate planning and preparation, the City of Augusta and I fully support the decision to cancel the 2020 festival and look forward to working together to make the 2021 festival the most impactful ever,” Mayor Hardie Davis said in a release.

Over 185 applications were received for the Fine Arts and Craft Festival, along with performing applications to fill the five stages and nearly 20 international food booths. Art lovers will still be able to view and purchase artwork from this year’s Juried Fine Artists Market.

The festival is expected to take place Sept. 17-19, 2021 in downtown Augusta.

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