While the news that this years’ Yankton Riverboat Days and Summer Arts Festival has been cancelled due to the COVID 19 pandemic is a source of disappointment to many who attend the event annually, that decision creates financial concerns for others.
Yankton Area Arts Executive Director Julie Amsberry says since the Summer Arts Festival is one of the organizations’ biggest fundraisers, alternatives in a virtual format are being looked at.
Amsberry says due to this and other cancellations, the artists who participate in the Summer Arts Festival are losing a major source of their income.
Amsberry says Yankton Area Arts is relying on the support of the local community to overcome this hardship.
Amsberry says plans are being developed for a virtual version of Yankton Area Arts’ annual Meridian en Blanc fundraiser set for next month.