2021 Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival Update
To our dear Artists, Patrons, Vendors, Musicians, Sponsors, and Friends,
We hope you, your families, and friends have continued to remain healthy and safe throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite the various indicators that life may soon be getting back to normal - or at least a new normal - the Hyattsville CDC Staff and Board of Directors has again made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival.
While we have all been encouraged by the pace of the vaccine rollout and the slow lifting of mask and gathering restrictions, the logistical and permitting uncertainties related to the pandemic continues to persist. Additionally, until Maryland fully lifts its State of Emergency, we will not truly be able to experience "normal" conditions.
Even if we make it to this point in the immediate future, we know the unpredictability of this pandemic could still have the potential to set us back. It is this uncertainty and our desire to ensure the health and safety of our artists and attendees at all costs that has led us to make this decision.
We again struggled mightily as we debated and deliberated this decision, and we certainly understand the severe implications of cancelling two consecutive Hyattsville Arts Festivals. Over the past year, we have witnessed the incredible creativity from our local artists, artisans, musicians, businesses, and vendors who have continued to persevere in the face of unprecedented challenges. Your resiliency has been inspiring, and it pains us that we won't be able to support you with the Hyattsville Arts Festival again this year.
We promise to continue to assist you in any way we can as we work to provide you with the safest possible stage for our Arts Festival in the future. We are also considering the development of a smaller scale event, depending on prevailing regulatory and public health conditions in late September, early October. In the meantime, please get vaccinated, continue to stay safe, and we will look forward to seeing you in 2022.
Stuart Eisenberg, Executive Director
on behalf of the Staff and Board of Directors
of the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation
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