YOU are a valued member of SAQA. We love hearing your feedback, seeing your art and following your creative process. We're here to help you along. Bet you have friends who would love SAQA as much as you do.
Let them see how our community of artists, our Journal, website, webinars and other resources can help get them to the next level. By expanding the network of supporters, you also help ensure the financial viability of our organization. We want to continue offering traveling exhibitions, publications and make professional development for our members even more rewarding.
Send your friends to www.saqa.com/join to find out more about SAQA. You should carry some SAQA rack cards with you at all times. You never know when you will meet a prospective member!
SAQA is ready to help you with membership brochures, promotional materials or even door prizes for a drawing at your presentation. Just complete our Marketing Request form.
Here are some other ideas:
- Are you participating in exhibitions?
Offer to talk about your work and spend 2 minutes introducing listeners to SAQA. They may never have heard of us or the great benefits we can offer.
- Do you go to guild meetings?
Make a presentation with your work or the SAQA Trunk Show and encourage folks to join us.
- Do you teach workshops?
You can offer your student a discount on a membership for taking your class - contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how.
Below are also some videos that you can share at meetings or via social media.
Volunteering in the SAQA booth at shows and expos is rewarding to both the volunteer and the organization. It is a way to meet fellow members, to bond, to network and to represent this terrific organization for art quilters and to meet attendees who inquire about membership and the exhibits.
Our booth is often the general public's introduction to art quilts. You will be the "face" of SAQA.
At some events, you can just host an information booth (no selling). At others, you may be selling memberships, SAQA books / products (if SAQA has a sales tax permit for that state), and quilts in the SAQA Global exhibitions. Our booths account for the enrollment of one third of all our new members and fifty percent of our book sales.
A regional representative can help with SAQA booths in many ways:
- Coordinate the booth or find volunteers to coordinate it.
- Recruit booth volunteers to staff the booth.
- Provide booth volunteers with a SAQA booth checklist*.
Galleries can serve SAQA and its members in a variety of ways. If you are visiting a gallery on behalf of SAQA, bring copies of SAQA’s exhibition catalogs, the SAQA Journal, or Art Quilt Quarterly.
Be prepared to leave these materials behind if the gallery expresses interest. However, gallery owners are often inundated with these kinds of materials, and while they may appreciate looking at them during the meeting, they may not want to keep them. Be sensitive to this.
SAQA's Director of Global Exhibitions William Reker demonstrates all the best practices for preparing and shipping art quilts for travel. Find out more about the right tissue paper to use as well as shipping and product recommendations.