It is with much deliberation and great sadness that we have decided to discontinue the Bloomsbury Fall Arts Festival. After considering all of our options and looking realistically at the economy, artist participation, sponsorship and attendance we felt strongly that it was time to say farewell.
Our festival has been the life's breath of the Bloomsbury Cultural Arts Program. It has funded many outstanding programs throughout the past 11 years. Unfortunately times have changed. The downturn in the economy has affected us greatly and we are having tremendous difficulty attracting sponsors. Many of them are having their own financial woes and are not able to make a contribution. Without their help we are unable to move forward. Artist participation is also very low. We realize that as an artist you need to be able to justify the cost of the weekend with your profit. We are sure you would agree that the economy has certainly affected your bottom line.
We would like to offer our sincerest thanks to those of you who have been with us from the beginning. You were like an old friend who would visit every fall. You were our festival's foundation sustaining us through the years. We cannot thank you enough. We would also like to thank our newcomers for having faith in us and giving us a try. We were always glad to see new faces because that meant the Festival was a success.
All monies that were collected will be returned in full. We are hopeful that you will be able to fill those dates with another show. We wish you all the greatest success in the future and hope that if we decide to reinvent the Bloomsbury Fall Arts Festival you will consider giving us a try for old times' sake.
The Bloomsbury Fall Art Festival Committee