The Spanish Colonial Arts Society Board of Directors announced today that it is canceling July's Traditional Spanish Market due to concerns over COVID-19. The news comes on heels of news over the weekend that the 99th Annual Indian Market in August also would not take place.
"The Spanish Colonial Arts Society board is very aware of the impact of suspending Summer Market on our artists, collectors, and wider community and we are already in discussion about opportunities to collaborate with the City and other summer markets going forward," board president Robert Coffland said in statement which also said the 2021 market should occur as planned.
Similarly to leaders of Indian Market, the arts society is exploring an online version of the market in some fashion, and market director David Rasch is reportedly discussing the possibility with this year's accepted artists.
On the same day, state officials formally extended business closures and restrictions through April 30 to slow the spread of the disease.