Melbourne, FL – The 2020 Melbourne Art Festival has been canceled. Originally scheduled for the end of April, the event was forced to cancel when Brevard County announced the closure of parks and other facilities to public events until at least May.
The festival, which is run completely by volunteers, was to feature over 220 artists along with live music, a 5K race, sponsor displays, and diverse food and beverage options. The 36th annual festival will now be April 24 & 25, 2021. Melbourne Art Festival Committee meetings, which were being held weekly at the American Legion Post 81 in Melbourne, have also been canceled.
Melbourne Art Festival Committee members, who work tirelessly to book artists, sponsors, advertisers, patrons, bands and services to support the annual event will now focus on next year’s Festival as well as an Art Auction to be held later this year.
The Melbourne Art Festival is a juried Fine Arts Show, drawing artists from throughout Florida and the United States. Originally held in Downtown Melbourne, the Festival moved to Wickham Park in 2017 due to limited parking, downtown congestion, and space limitations for artists, sponsors, and food vendors.
Proceeds raised during the weekend, along with those raised at the benefit art auction, are used to encourage and support the arts and art education in Brevard County; Offer Student Scholarships to junior high and high school students for art classes and camps; and funding other educational art efforts and local art organizations. The Melbourne Arts Festival has donated over $100,000 to the community.
Melbourne Art Festival is a Not for Profit 501-C3 organization whose mission is to promote and encourage artistic endeavors, education and appreciation. The organization and the festival is run completely by volunteers. To volunteer, please visit melbournearts.org
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