After growing concerns for our attendees, The American Mosaic Summit, will NOT occur as scheduled, May 12 – 17, 2020.
We are excited to announce we have rescheduled the 2020 American Mosaic Summit in Tucson, Arizona for January 12-17, 2021.
We hope you are all staying safe at home during this uncertain time. We thank you for your patience as we have worked to slide the American Mosaic Summit in Tucson, Arizona hopefully far enough out for us all to be together again safely while also working with a very limited set of options for rebooking. We understand January can be a challenge for many traveling from difficult weather climates, and we could again be challenged by this pandemic. However, moving forward at this later time is the best possible option while honoring our commitments in Tucson. The SAMA Board, Staff and Host Team Volunteers are all very excited to plan this event for you next year. This will also bump all future conference plans out by one year, setting the January 12 – 17, 2021 dates as THE main conference and exhibition series event for 2021.
Like many non-profit organizations, we plan our annual expenses based on anticipated income from our largest program—in this case, our conference. This postponement of our events until January has the potential to be financially devastating to SAMA as an organization. That’s why we’re asking you to support SAMA and consider alternatives to cancellation to help us during this difficult time. You have a few options:
- Roll your paid 2020 registration fees toward credit for the January 2021 conference
- Donate your registration fee back to SAMA as a General Fund Donation
- Encourage others in the Mosaic community to become a SAMA member
Attendees will have until May 17, 2020, to decide whether they wish to cancel or choose one of our alternatives! If at all possible, considering one of these alternatives will go a long way to preserving SAMA’s ability to keep our virtual lights on during these difficult times. Please DO NOT EMAIL SAMA or submit requests through Eventbrite.com to ask for refunds.
COVID-19 Revised SAMA 2020 Conference Cancellation Policy
Due to the need to reschedule the SAMA Conference to January 2021, all cancellations for the May 2020 dates received after February 1, 2020, will be subject to an administrative fee of $50 per Registration and $35 per Workshop to aid SAMA in covering costs of registration processing. Mosaic Art Salon and Guest tickets will be refunded in full. Those that have already cancelled between February 1st and March 15th and been charged larger cancellation fees will be contacted and retroactively processed per the new policy.
New Program for January 2021
We are currently working with our May 2020 rostered instructors and presenters to create a new program for January 2021 as not all sessions will be rescheduled. All May 2020 Workshop Registrations, Guest Ticket and Mosaic Art Salon Participation fees will be cancelled and as part of the Refund/Credit Request process, attendees will be able to forward their paid fees to Workshop, Mosaic Art Salon, Tour or Guest Ticket registrations for the January 2021 program.
New Registration Period Timeline
Rollover Registration Priority Access for Workshops and Tours: September 26-30, 2020
This period will be for any May 2020 registrants who chose to roll their registrations into a credit for January 2021 to have first choice on the revised workshop schedule and new tour choices to be republished in early September 2020.
$450 General Registration Extension October 1 – November 30, 2020
General registration for all conference items will resume
$475 Late Registration December 1 – 31, 2020
New Hotel Rates and Deadline
All Reservations made with the SAMA Discount for May 2020 have been cancelled with no penalty. Due to the significant shift in dates from Spring to Winter, we are now scheduled to be in Tucson during their “high season”, meaning when their rates are typically the highest due to greater demand. Despite our best efforts, we were not able to secure the same rates for January 2021 as we did for May 2020, but the group rate we did secure is still a significant savings considering rates are typically well over $250 per night during this time.
Our January 2021 discounted rate is $159 Single/Double, $174 Triple and $189 Quad occupancy.
Tuscon Hotel Room tax is 12.05% per night. Rate Availability Expires December 18, 2020.
The $29 Resort fee will again be waived, so this rate includes the following as well as complimentary Self-Parking.
RATES ARE NOT CURRENTLY LOADED IN LOEWS RESERVATIONS SYSTEM. Watch for Announcement when they are ready to accept new reservations or check the SAMA Website HERE.
Mosaic Arts International 2020
The 2020 MAI Exhibition Series has been cancelled. We are working with venue partners to reschedule the MAI Exhibition Series for Winter 2021 to coincide with the Conference dates. A new prospectus and an entirely new entry period and process will begin later this Summer. All who had completed entries for Mosaic Arts International 2020 will be fully refunded. No requests necessary, those will be processed in the coming week.
Season Three of One Hundred Moments in Mosaic
As those who follow SAMA’s Instagram and Facebook feed will notice, we have completed a daily posting of the work of the third season of One Hundred Moments in Mosaic. As our events in Tucson for May of this year are now cancelled or postponed, we will not be installing the collection again however we will leave the exhibition on the website through the end of May and will begin shipping sold works and reimbursing artists in late April and returning unsold work during the first week of June. Thank you again to the 130 Season Three Artists! Make sure you visit the website and buy one while you can!
Looking ahead for the next several months
Your all-volunteer SAMA Board of Trustees are working hard on ideas for virtual engagement and value for your membership despite the challenges we all face. The team is exploring all possible funding opportunities to ensure we can shelter the organization as best we can through these times of uncertainty. SAMA has weathered many storms in our 20-year history. We intend to continue to create a source of inspiration, education, and promotion of excellence in mosaic arts through this storm as well.
We are moving forward with our 20th Anniversary edition of the printed 2019 Groutline Anthology. This is going to be a special publication highlighting SAMA’s 20-year legacy to the global mosaic art community available later this Spring. Advertisement orders for businesses and individual artists are still being accepted! Visit the SAMA website here for More Information.
Curl up with one of our gorgeous exhibition publications, mosaic guides to our favorite conference destinations or printed Groutline Anthologies. All items in the SAMA Store will be shipped within 2 business days via USPS.
Give and get a tesserae surprise! We invite members to promote the spirit of our missed annual gathering that deepens the connections within the mosaic art community with a one-on-one tesserae exchange with fellow members from the safety of our homes and studios. For more information and ways to protect yourself and your exchange partner from potential infection, review the information we have provided and sign up to participate HERE.
2020 Robin Brett Mosaic Scholarship
Watch your inbox later in April for the beginning of the Scholarship application period! This annual program that grants educational funding to our membership will continue uninterrupted! The cycle usually begins in the Spring with a mid-Summer deadline.
New Virtual Exhibitions
We will close Season Three of One Hundred Moments in Mosaic at the end of May and will follow up with several exciting new online-only exhibition opportunities for members. We want to encourage all members to use this time of isolation to stay connected through their mosaic work. We are creating new opportunities to showcase your feats of inspired creativity! Stay tuned!