After much consideration and communication with the Historic Shaw Art Fair Committee and the City of St. Louis, the Shaw Neighborhood Improvement Association’s Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Historic Shaw Art Fair.
We do not take this decision lightly; the Historic Shaw Art Fair has been hosted annually since 1993. While we would much prefer to enjoy a beautiful fall weekend with artists, volunteers, and attendees, our priority is the health and safety of everyone involved. Due to the financial risk of cancelling the event at the last minute, the SNIA Board determined we could not delay this decision any longer.
All of the artists accepted for the 2020 Fair have been offered the opportunity to extend their acceptance to exhibit in next year’s fair that we hope to hold October 2 & 3, 2021. All 2020 accepted artists are listed on our website; take a look at their websites and consider supporting them in any way you can.
As some of you may know, the Historic Shaw Art Fair is the primary fundraiser for the neighborhood association. We use the profits from the Fair to support in whole or in part landscaping maintenance in the neighborhood, trash pick-up, youth-related programming and events, annual Helping Hands grants, and general administration for the association. We want to thank the Board members, and neighbors, who have already volunteered to help with mowing of the lots we help maintain on 39th Street. In the near future, we will share other opportunities for short and longer-term volunteer needs.
In addition, the Executive Committee and Board will be working on alternative fundraising opportunities which we hope to announce in the very near future. In the meantime, here are some of the organizations we have supported in the past with our Helping Hands grants program, contracts, or sponsorships; please consider supporting them if you can.
- City Garden Montessori
- Cornerstone Center for Early Learning
- Covenant House Missouri
- The Green House Venture
- Hidden Alley Ranch Community Garden
- Isaiah 58 Ministry
- St. Margaret of Scotland School
- Shaw Neighborhood Youth and Family Leadership Program (contact us for info)
- South Grand Cultural Alliance
- Tower Grove Neighborhoods Community Development Corporation
- Tower Grove Park
Finally, we can not thank enough the work of the Art Fair Director – Greg Gobberdiel, Art Fair Committee Chair – Dan Roke, and all of the Art Fair Committee team for working through many, many scenarios that could possibly ensure we could hold a safe, and successful Shaw Art Fair. This event would not be possible without their great work and we look forward to employing many of the ideas for next year.
Stay safe, stay well, and we look forward to seeing you all soon.
2020 SNIA Executive Committee