ART IN THE PARK, the “affordable art fair” which attracts throngs of art lovers and artists of all stripes, has been postponed because of the coronavirus.

“Mindful of our collective responsibility to help contain the spread of COVID-19, the organizers of Art in the Park and the Museum Foundation of the Philippines have decided to postpone the event scheduled for Sunday, March 15,” says a statement released on Monday by the organizer, Philippine Art Events, Inc.

“[I]n consideration of the recent advisories by both the World Health Organization and the Department of Health, we feel that pushing through with the event would be irresponsible,” it continued.

The organizers hope to reschedule the popular one-day art fair later this year.

Art in the Park has been held annually at the Jaime Velasquez Park in Salcedo Village, Makati since 2006. The fair offers visitors a range of paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, and new media at prices P50,000 and below.

This year’s fair was going to have 56 exhibitors, ranging from established galleries like Finale Art File and Avellana Art Gallery, to school groups like the Siliman University Fine Art Department and the UP College of Arts, to art collectives like The Thursday Group, Kulay Art Group, and Ang I.N.K. This year’s featured artists included Richard Quebral, Dex Fernandez, and Jackie Lozano, who was going to hold a live portrait session at the park.

A portion of all sales at Art in the Park is donated to the Museum Foundation of the Philippines.