Posted: March 13, 2020 - 12:37pm
Updated: March 26, 2020 - 10:32pm
We want you to know that we are monitoring the evolving need for precautions and cancellations as efforts are being made nationwide to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We will be doing what we can to ensure that OrigamiUSA does our part! Below, we are sharing some specific decisions that have already been made or are under discussion. Please check the website frequently to find out the status of our events.
- We had planned to have early registration for the new Chicago OrigamiUSA Convention (CoCon), scheduled for the end of October, but will be delaying the opening until further notice. When we have a firm date for CoCon registration, we will send an email announcement.
- Plans for our 40th Anniversary Convention in New York at the end of June at St. John’s University will depend on a number of factors, which are all designed to keep everyone as safe as possible. Cancellation of college classes everywhere is a rapidly changing scene, and what will happen in the summer is not at all clear. At present St. John’s has not cancelled any summer events. We are keeping in close touch with them, and hope to make a decision in early April as to whether we will cancel Convention. Information from St. John’s is available on their website.
- Out of concern for everyone’s safely, we have cancelled Folding Sunday for March 22, 2020 and Special Sessions for March 29, 2020. Information about future dates for these events will be shared as soon as possible. The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) where we hold these events has been closed. The AMNH is also the location of our home office, so we will not be able to collect postal mail. However, we are reading email sent to admin [at] origamiusa.org and responding to voicemails.
- We will continue to hold our online class events, Origami Connect, as scheduled.
We are sorry that our world is in such a state that we cannot safely meet in person with our friends in the origami community. Meanwhile, we hope you and yours are well and that we have better news in the future. Thank you for your patience and understanding.