Dear ACASA Members,
On September 27, the ACASA Board voted to hold our Triennial conference in June 2021 remotely. We are all disheartened that we will not be gathering together in Chicago after three years of planning and organizing. We realize that it is possible that an effective COVID 19 vaccine will be available in 2021. Whether it will be evenly accessible across the globe and in time to make travel arrangements, is largely unknown. We also discussed the viability of pushing our conference forward to Winter 2021. Ultimately, we felt postponing further would still leave us with too many unknowns. The hard work that so many folks put into our Chicago event, specifically Mark DeLancey and Costa Petridis and our programming and fundraising committees, is commendable. It is our mission to plan and execute a dynamic, interactive meeting, that takes into consideration our magnitude and scope, our various time zones and internet capabilities, and our need for thoughtful engagement outside panel presentations.
We are looking to ASA, CAA, and the Smithsonian for best models and platforms and our programming committee is considering the ideal format. Some of you have had experience with virtual conferences over the last eight months and we welcome your suggestions.
ACASA Triennial 2020 Update
Dear ACASA Members,
Guided by the health, safety and well-being of our members and the new restrictions on travel and gatherings, it is with a heavy heart that I am writing to tell you that the Executive Board and I have decided to postpone our ACASA Triennial. Our organizing team has arranged for us to meet June 15-June 20, 2021 at DePaul University and the Art Institute of Chicago.
The Programming Committee has decided to effectively “freeze” the program as is, and to continue the programming process again in October. We will be in touch at that time. In the meantime, if Chairs are aware that existing participants of their panels may not be able to attend in 2021, they should please solicit replacements to make sure their panels remain complete.
As regards travel grants, the application process has now closed but all travel grants for 2020 will be honored and carried over to 2021. If money becomes available, we will consider the waiting list – nothing has changed in that regard.
Our awards recipients will also be recognized at the 2021 Triennial. We will be notifying the awardees by the end of May, 2020. All books, dissertations and exhibitions that come out in the interim will be reviewed in the next awards cycle.
I want to take a moment to recognize the efforts that each committee has put into our Triennial and the many members and institutions who have donated to support it. We look forward to celebrating your efforts in 2021.
Thank you again for your patience and your dedication.
Stay well and warm wishes,