BOMH President’s Letter

Well, here we are friends. We finally got through 2020!!! Who Hoo!! We made it this far even if we aren’t all the way home. I don’t think that there is any good reason to reiterate what most of us have lived through. It has been one heck of a year.

It is 2021 and there is a way to travel till we can safely get back to normal. What the heck is normal anyway? We may never be that exactly again. There will be organizations that will pop up this year and attempt to get back to producing events and shows. Some will fly but most likely not till the end of the year. By then maybe enough folks will have been vaccinated or have immunity because of recovering from the virus that shows can go on. Everyone looks forward to the shows coming back. Who knows if the last quarter we will be out of the woods yet. So many uncertainties.

As you know, BOMH was supposed to have a ArtSmart conference in April 2020. We postponed that conference because we did not know what to expect in 2020. Obviously a wise decision as things have gotten much worse in our state and others. The Board has been talking about what to do about rescheduling ArtSmart for April of 2021. Lots of conversations have been had and today, at our Board meeting we came to a decision.

We decided to cancel the 2021 ArtSmart conference and reschedule for April 2022. We feel that enough time will have elapsed by that point for most artists to find the idea of attending a in person conference to be a seriously exciting concept that they will be willing to get behind  and attend. There are a lot of things that go into having a successful conference that have to be done way in advance. We felt like our artist community would be better served by our postponing and rescheduling for 2022. So we want you to be looking for our announcement of the new date and get it into your planning for 2022.

I wish health and good fortune to each and everyone of you as you navigate this new year of 2021. It’s got to be better than 2020. We always hope for the best and sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t but I believe we are heading in the right direction. Let’s put 2020 in the rear view mirror and step out into the new year with hope and care.

Nancy Koehler