2018 American Mosaic Summit: Boston
March 13 – 18, 2018

Proposal DEADLINE  September 15, 2017

2018 Presentation Program

Each year, hundreds of SAMA members benefit from incredible presentations by both nationally known and international guests, such as Emma Biggs, Toyoharu Kii, Pamela Irving,  Helen Bodycomb, James Hubbell, Lucio Orsoni, Marco Bravura, Ilana Shafir, Sonia King, Karen Ami, Sherri Warner Hunter, Laurel True, Rachel Sager, Izaiah Zagar, Lillian Sizemore, Jo Braun, Carrie Reichardt,  Antonella Gallenda, Guilio Mennosi, Verdiano Marzi and Bernice Steinbaum. Every year, SAMA strives to enhance the level of program excellence for its members. We are looking for program presenters and workshop instructors who are dedicated to educating, inspiring and promoting excellence in mosaic arts.

Featured Presentations 

We plan for up to nine presentations/ panel discussions to the full group of registered attendees to occur in the evening of Wednesday, March 14, 2018 and throughout the day on Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17, 2018.     Presentations and panel discussions are typically 40-50 minutes in length.  Attendees represent an active and enthusiastic segment of our membership whose experience with mosaic art spans from enthusiasts and beginners to established business owners and mosaic masters. The goal of the program is to provide attendees with knowledge and inspiration that is not readily available to them in their region and that helps them reach their individual goals toward excellence in mosaic arts.

Invited Presenters are offered a modest honorarium and given one complimentary conference registration in gratitude for participating in our Conference.

International Presenters:

Due to growing concerns over the difficulties experienced by our Instructor/Presenters traveling from outside the US to travel into the country to contribute to our conference program, SAMA will work to submit and comply with the nonimmigrant worker petition process so our Instructor/Presenters can obtain nonimmigrant work VISAs for their time contributing content for our conference.  This will apply for Workshop Instructors and Presenters only.  Mosaic Arts International Artists who are not also instructors or presenters for the conference are not required to travel to the US to exhibit their work and will not qualify under the classification of the petition we are submitting.  We are currently finalizing our process as directed by our immigration attorney consultant and will publish the process in the coming week.  So that we are ahead of our target filing dates, we ask that all instructors planning to submit proposals email Dawnmarie Zimmerman as soon as possible, informing her of your intent to submit a proposal, so we can get a head start on the petition application.

A feature of these forms is a “Save & Continue Later” button at the bottom of the form.  Make sure you save the link provided when this button is used so that you can return to your proposal.  We recommend, printing this page to assist in preparation of requested information BEFORE attempting to complete the form for submission.  We recommend writing text area in advance and copy/pasting entries in form at time of submission.  

 

2018 Conference Presentation Proposal Form

* required field
  • Primary Contact Information

    If you are submitting for a Panel Discussion or a Mulitple Presenter Presentation, we will ask for the additional presenter information further below.

  • Mailing Address
  • We ask for this number so we can contact you during the conference if needed.
  • This is our primary method to contact you.
  • Link will be provided in publications and on Website, please be accurate.
  • Presentation Information

  • Presentations and Panel Discussions will be scheduled on Wednesday, March 14 in the evening and throughout the day Thursday and Friday, March 15 & 16th and will be allowed 45 minutes maximum including Q&A. Presentations are formal in nature with one or two presenters. Panel Discussions are also formal in nature with 3-5 panelists cohesively addressing one specific topic and can include a significant portion of the time allotment to moderated Q&A. Panel Moderator to be identified in description.

    Please select one
  • Provide an overview of the topic as well as key highlights or specific issues you will address. Be very clear in your description to ensure that attendee expectations of the presentation or discussion are accurate. Be sure to include the following in your description:
    What is the goal of the presentation?
    What benefits will the audience/group gain from time with you?
    What will they learn?
    Will there be audience participation?
    What type of visual content will you use to engage the audience? i.e., slides, movie, sound.
    Q&A?

    Please note, PRESENTERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR EDITING THEIR OWN PRESENTATION OR PANEL DISCUSSION DESCRIPTION. Each description should be a finished, publishable piece clearly written, with correct grammar and punctuation. It will be publshed on the SAMA Website and in the Conference Program.
  • Due to our strict schedule, we will not be able to provide more than 15 minutes prior to your presentation for set up at the podium. If you need extra time please indicate and what the nature of your set up is so we can do our best to accommodate through scheduling.
  • If yes, we will keep in mind when scheduling.
  • A single podium and microphone will be available. Check all additional that are needed for your presentation. Chris Forillo will confirm and discuss with you further if your proposal is accepted. Please note: You will be responsible for bringing a laptop computer for PowerPoint presentations. If you bring a MAC, you will also be responsible for bringing the compatible cable for the LCD projector.
  • A brief Biographical Sketch of the Primary Presenter, no more than 150 words.

    This information should provide evidence that supports your ability to speak on your chosen topic effectively and with authority. It will be published on the SAMA Website and the Conference Program. Please include your website link at the end.

    Please note, PRESENTERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR EDITING THEIR OWN BIO.
  • Upload any additional documentation you would like to provide regarding your presentation here.
    Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx.
  • Attach a copy of your resume and/or CV outlining previous workshop instruction, speaking engagements and teaching history.
    Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx.
  • You may provide a single image for us to use on website or in program to promote your Presentation. Please upload no smaller than 2000x2000 pixels. Poor quality images will not be used. Images may be of your artwork or a portrait/headshot of you or pertaining to your topic.
  • If there are no additional Presenters, scroll to bottom and click on "Submit"

  • Presenter 2 Information

  • Mailing Address
  • We ask for this number so we can contact you during the conference if needed.
  • This is our primary method to contact you.
  • Link will be provided in publications and on Website, please be accurate.
  • A brief Biographical Sketch, no more than 150 words.

    This information should provide evidence that supports your ability to speak on your chosen topic effectively and with authority. It will be published on the SAMA Website and the Conference Program. Please include your website link at the end.

    Please note, PRESENTERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR EDITING THEIR OWN BIO.
  • Attach a copy of your resume and/or CV outlining previous workshop instruction, speaking engagements and teaching history.
    Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx.
  • Presenter 3 Information

  • Mailing Address
  • We ask for this number so we can contact you during the conference if needed.
  • This is our primary method to contact you.
  • Link will be provided in publications and on Website, please be accurate.
  • A brief Biographical Sketch, no more than 150 words.

    This information should provide evidence that supports your ability to speak on your chosen topic effectively and with authority. It will be published on the SAMA Website and the Conference Program. Please include your website link at the end.

    Please note, PRESENTERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR EDITING THEIR OWN BIO.
  • Attach a copy of your resume and/or CV outlining previous workshop instruction, speaking engagements and teaching history.
    Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx.
  • Presenter 4

  • Mailing Address
  • We ask for this number so we can contact you during the conference if needed.
  • This is our primary method to contact you.
  • Link will be provided in publications and on Website, please be accurate.
  • A brief Biographical Sketch, no more than 150 words.

    This information should provide evidence that supports your ability to speak on your chosen topic effectively and with authority. It will be published on the SAMA Website and the Conference Program. Please include your website link at the end.

    Please note, PRESENTERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR EDITING THEIR OWN BIO.
  • Attach a copy of your resume and/or CV outlining previous workshop instruction, speaking engagements and teaching history.
    Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
If you click Submit and DO NOT receive a confirmation email, please contact Chris Forillo.

Course Proposals are Due September 15, 2017.  SAMA’s Education and Executive Committees will review the proposals and notifications will be returned by October 1, 2017. Accepted Instructors will be provided an agreement outlining workshop pricing and instructor fees by October 20, 2017.

Click here for the Education Course Proposal Forms