2020 Conference - Call for Presenters  


The Special Events Committee of Studio Art Quilt Associates Inc. (SAQA) is seeking presentation proposals for its annual conference in Toronto, Canada (March 19-22, 2020).

The theme of the conference is moSAiQA - a reflection of the many diverse global, artistic, ethnic and cultural elements that make both SAQA and Canada wonderful. We expect 180-200 conference attendees.

We are looking for compelling proposals on topics of interest to our membership, including but not limited to innovative trends in textile art, the business of art, professional development for artists, social media marketing, principles of design and composition, getting work into exhibits or galleries, critique/criticism, legal issues, and public speaking.

Presentations may take the form of lectures with visuals (usually 60 minutes, including a Q&A session) or panel discussions with a moderator (normally between 60-90 minutes, including a Q&A session), or breakout sessions (usually given twice in a day to smaller groups, and lasting between 45-60 minutes, depending upon the overall scheduling needs.)

We provide an honorarium:  for lectures, please let us know what is expected and if selected, we will try to work it into our budget.  For panels, a maximum of $500 USD for the entire panel including the moderator.  For breakout sessions, $300 USD per session.  We are always grateful when a presenter chooses to donate some or all of the honorarium back to SAQA toward conference expenses.  We also can help with a travel allowance, if needed ($500 maximum) and a hotel room for one night if requested.

Please remember that the brief description of your presentation will be used to promote your lecture or panel or breakout session, so make it as interesting as possible to attract attendees.  It will also be carefully considered by the Special Events Committee in selecting the overall program offerings.  Use third person and present tense.

Finally, keep in mind that the SEC will choose the program with the entire conference in mind.  The Committee may love your proposal, but feel it can be slotted into a different category and work better in the big picture.  If you are contacted about such a possibility, we hope you will remember that it is not a reflection on the quality of your proposal or your presentation, but rather where it fits into the overall plan.

If you have any questions, please contact Jackie Heupel at

Proposal Due Date: JUNE 1, 2019


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