An important message regarding the 2020 MoCCA ARTS FESTIVAL.
To our community,
As COVID-19 continues to spread globally, with far reaching disruptions to day-to-day life, the Society has been closely monitoring the situation and how this might affect the MoCCA Arts Festival. New York is now in a state of emergency and the number of cases continues to climb.
It is with the safety and well-being of our community that we have made the difficult decision to reschedule the MoCCA Arts Festival. We are currently working with Metropolitan West to find a suitable replacement date.
There are financial ramifications for all of us with this decision to postpone, but we care about our exhibitors and the community. Please know we will always do the right thing for you.
While New York is not officially calling for events of large gatherings to be canceled, many have been and we do not know what the next few weeks will entail. We recognize the amount of work and finances our exhibitors put into their tables and are trying to minimize the burden on them.
In the next few weeks, as more details are finalized, we will be reaching out to our exhibitors and guests regarding tables and accommodations. We will also reach out separately to all attendees who have already purchased a ticket for the Fest.
In the meantime, we have made the decision to move forward and continue to judge the Awards of Excellence. In addition to the cash prize and Wacom tablets for Gold and Silver medalists, the Society will feature the award winners in an exhibition at the onsite Gallery we build at MoCCA Fest.
Thank you for your understanding. Please follow the guidelines that have been put forward to protect your safety and the safety of your loved ones.
Executive Director, Society of Illustrators