2020 SAQA Conference -  MoSAiQA

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Are you Toronto bound? You should be!

That is where SAQA’s 2020 Conference: moSAiQA will be happening! Join us March 19-22, 2020 for our annual conference held at the Hilton Toronto in the centre of this dynamic city.  

Toronto is a vibrant, cosmopolitan, prosperous, funky, global village. It is Canada’s premier city, a major hub for government, transportation, business, education, entertainment, architecture, medicine and industry. Within easy walking distance are many galleries, museums, restaurants, shops and miles of safe streets. Plan on taking some extra time to explore, and before you arrive check out our list of things to do while visiting.

Known for its cultural diversity, Toronto is home to people from around the world, and this has created a cityscape of inclusion and international flair where there is room at the table for everyone. 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.   

The Special Events Committee and our local volunteers have been working for over a year to bring you a lineup of speakers, panels, and break out sessions that will highlight this diverse community – PLUS there will be many opportunities for networking, seeing old friends and making new ones. There is a full program planned with something for everyone!

We have set up a Facebook group just for conference attendees. As soon as you register to attend, join the group to get the latest news, ask your questions, and interact with fellow members.

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Have a question about the Conference? Contact us at conference@saqa.com

 

Conference Details

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The conference officially begins on Thursday evening with the Icebreaker and introduction of the MoSAiQA Stitch Project, a great way to connect with other attendees.

Our featured speakers include keynote Consuelo Jimenez Underwood plus Shin-hee Chin and the collaborative team of Miranda Bouchard, Judy Martin, and Penny Berens.

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breakout sessions & panels

We are offering even MORE breakout sessions to choose from this year! You will have the opportunity to find how to market yourself as an artist, develop your professional presence, and organize your artwork. Get savvy about traveling exhibitions and become more environmentally "green" in your studio.

Breakout Presenters

A panel of activist artists will discuss experiences on the art, organization, and passion it takes for meaningful community projects. Learn more about the creative pursuits of students from the textile program at OCAD. Get the scoop about SAQA's future plans with a presentation by SAQA Board VP Deborah Boschert.

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other activities

On Saturday afternoon, you can select from a couple of options - visit nearby Kitchener, Ontario to view the Canadian regional exhibition "Colour with a U". Or, sign up for a special presentation at the nearby Textile Museum. 

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There is still more! The popular Lightning Talks, Friday Night Out, and the Spotlight Auction will again return to our conference lineup.


POST-CONFERENCE ACTIVITIES

Want to extend your visit to Toronto? Stay longer and enjoy more of what great hospitality the area has to offer! Our regional volunteers have put together a wonderful selection of activities to encourage you to stay and play longer. 

Take a fantastic workshop with much loved Canadian SAQA rock stars Gunnel Hag and Mary Pal, visit the fascinating Niagara region in a bus tour that covers galleries, the Falls and Colour with a U Too textile exhibit, stand in front of Canada’s fabulous Group of Seven art at the McMichael Gallery in Kleinberg, a short bus ride north.

There is so much to see, and we want to you have spectacular memories of your visit to Toronto! 


 

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Hotel Info

Hotel Information

Located in the center of Toronto's urban downtown, the Hilton Toronto is a 10 minute walk from all the city has to offer. You are within minutes from major museums, art galleries, culinary offerings, and shopping.

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Things to Do in Toronto

Toronto is a vibrant, cosmopolitan, prosperous, funky, global village. It is Canada’s premier city, a major hub for government, transportation, business, education, entertainment, architecture, medicine and industry. Plan on taking some extra time to explore, and before you arrive check out our list of things to do while visiting. 

Vendor Marketplace

Call for Vendors

Are you a Canadian vendor who creates unique and handmade items? We are seeking suppliers for a vendor display for our attendees, avid fiber artists from around the world who enjoy incorporating beautiful fibers and embellishments in their artwork. Application Deadline: December 1.  

Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks are a fast-paced informative presentation where each speaker creates a presentation of 20 slides and then speaks about each slide for 20 seconds.


Have a question about the Conference? Contact us at conference@saqa.com