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Ann Arbor Art Fair
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Saying it would be “impractical and implausable to maintain social distancing” due to COVID-19, the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair has been cancelled this year, July 2020.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Maureen Riley, the executive director of the Ann Arbor Art Fair-The Original, about all that went into making the very difficult decision to cancel the annual Ann Arbor Art Fair.


Ann Arbor Art Fair
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Heat is typically a factor during the annual Ann Arbor Art Fair.  But this year, strong storms had an impact as well.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Maureen Riley, executive director of the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original, about the just-ended annual event.

Sign
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Street closures for the Ann Arbor Art Fair went into effect Wednesday morning and will last through the weekend.  


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Attendance was up at this year’s Ann Arbor Art Fair, according to the event organizers.


Ann Arbor Art Fair
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It's a summer rite of passage: The Ann Arbor Art Fairs!  The big event kicks off Thursday. Ann Arbor Street Art Fair-The Original executive director Maureen Riley has the inside information on what to expect this year.


Townie Street Party
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This is a big week for Ann Arbor--it's Art Fair week!  Before the city gets taken over by thousands of art lovers from around the world, locals get to celebrate with the annual Townie Street Party.

I spoke with Maureen Riley, executive director of the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, about this big event.


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Nearly 1,000 artists have come to Ann Arbor to sell their work in this year's Art Fair.  About a half million visitors are expected at the 30 block event that is made up of 4 separate art fairs.