For the second time this year, the Sunnyslope Art Walk has been cancelled. Originally funded in large part by the John C. Lincoln Heath Network as part of its community, the art walk has been under the purview of the Sunnyslope Village Alliance (SVA) for the last few years.
The art walk costs an average of $12,000 to put on after its move to Central Avenue, and only about half is raised from vendor fees. While some sponsored helped with expenses such as generators and lighting, it is still an expensive endeavor for the SVA.
Earlier this year the April art walk was cancelled, with plans for it to return in October 2016. However, it seems that will not be the case.
“Earlier this year, the SVA Board had discussed organizing the Art Walk once a year,” said Caroline Lobo, interim president of the SVA. “Yes, this is SVA’s signature event and involves a lot of time, money and coordination effort. We have enjoyed putting this together for our community. However, ever since John C. Lincoln (HonorHealth) stopped supporting the art walk, we have not been able to make this a break-even event yet.
“Our board is looking into fundraising strategies to make this a financially viable event for the SVA,” she added. “We are looking at scheduling this [in the spring] next year.”