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Popular event isn't canceled, but will look substantially different this year

The Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, an immensely popular local event that draws around 20,000 people each summer, has not been canceled — but it won't happen in June like usual, and the program will look quite a bit different as the organizers at Lakewood Center for the Arts pivot in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

"The health and welfare of our artists, volunteers, staff and festival patrons is our primary goal," the Lakewood Center wrote in a press release Friday. "With them in mind, we are transitioning from a large Festival event in June to a series of smaller events and programming that will unfold over the summer and fall of 2020."

Exact dates haven't been set yet, but Lakewood Center hopes to unveil some sort of Open Show in the fall "if circumstances allow."

"To further our educational outreach and support of artists, we have developed online galleries for Art in the Park and Artist's Vision exhibits (www.lofestival.org)," the center wrote. "And, we may soon offer online classes to adults and youth to continue our educational outreach to isolated and/or disadvantaged populations."

The financial consequences of this shift are severe, according to organizers. While thanking those who have contributed to the Lakewood Center recently, they also noted that "due to the impact of the epidemic, the Festival is facing a financial shortfall of over $100,000 this fiscal year ending June 30, and we're making a plea for your financial support."

Tax-deductible donations can be made here. "We anticipate the scope of the crisis will become clearer in the upcoming weeks and will help to define our next steps," the center wrote. "Please visit www.Lakewood-center.org for regular updates on our offerings and how we adapt to this unprecedented series of events."


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