Kings Drive Art Walk (www.KingsDriveArtWalk.org) is announcing the cancellation of the 2020 event, which had been re-scheduled for October 31 and November 1 on the Little Sugar Creek Greenway in Charlotte’s Elizabeth neighborhood.
First postponed from its original scheduled dates in May, today’s decision to cancel the 2020 Kings Drive Art Walk (KDAW) was made with input from Mecklenburg County public health officials and the leadership team at Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, which hosts the event. This will be the first cancellation of KDAW since the inaugural event in 2011.
“While we believe the Art Walk planning team had a thorough and thoughtful proposal to keep our artists and patrons safe, we respect the guidance of our community leaders not to hold the event due to the potential risks associated with COVID-19”, said Mark Boone, president of Festival in the Park’s board of directors, which organizes KDAW. “We look forward to inviting everyone back to Little Sugar Creek Greenway for the Kings Drive Art Walk in May 2021.”
KDAW was founded by Festival in the Park, a nonprofit organization whose namesake event is held each fall in Freedom Park, a Charlotte tradition which started in 1964. The 2020 Festival in the Park was also cancelled due to the current pandemic.
KDAW is held each spring on the Little Sugar Creek Greenway — alongside Kings Drive near the Metropolitan in Midtown — and features fine arts for sale in numerous media, including paint and drawing; sculpture; pottery; and metal, stone, wood and glass works. Nearly 100 artists from across the region participate in the Art Walk.
Mecklenburg County Parks & Recreation serves as the host of the KDAW. Piedmont Natural Gas is the Green Sponsor of the event.
This project was made possible, in part, with funding from the Arts & Science Council, the N.C. Arts Council – a division of the Department of Cultural Resources — and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.
Festival in the Park is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Charlotte.
(www.KingsDriveArtWalk.org ; Facebook.com/FESTIVALinthePARKcharlotte; @FITP)
Julie Whitney Austin, Executive Director
Mark Boone, Board President