Black Arts Fest MKE cancels festival amid COVID-19 concerns

Posted at 11:32 AM, Apr 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 15:47:43-04

MILWAUKEE — Black Arts Fest MKE has canceled its August 1 festival amid concerns from the coronavirus pandemic.

The festival was supposed to take place at the Henry Maier festival grounds. The decision came after "careful consideration of the mounting health concerns and community hardships arising from the COVID-19 pandemic."

“We appreciate the value of our annual gathering but prioritize our community’s health and safety above all else,” said Derek Tyus, chairman of BAFMKE’s board of directors.

The Black Arts Fest MKE plans to return to Henry Maier Festival Park in August 2021.

Other events also canceled their plans for the summer, including the Milwaukee Pride Parade, Bastille Day and Jazz in the Park.

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