Mosaic Marathon 2023 | Buffalo, NY

Help us create OUR new Mosaic Mural for Care Management Coalition


Installing Buffalo Strong


Installed Buffalo Strong

This Buffalo Strong mosaic mural will be created during the SGAA + SAMA Conference 2023: Forging New Paths from September 27 - October 1, to be installed in the Care Management Coalition at 1020 Broadway in Buffalo, NY. 


DONATE a colorful plate! We will use the plates to create round designs that represent the many diverse cultures and people who reside in our Buffalo neighborhoods.

JOIN US to make fused glass elements on Saturday, September 23, 10:00am - 1:00pm at Trinity Buffalo at 371 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY. 

CREATE the mosaic during the Conference - we will be in the Genesee Room (ground floor conference room) at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo at 2 Fountain Plaza. Stop by, learn to make mosaics, and have a hand in creating the mural!

ALL activities are FREE and ALL are WELCOME - no mosaic or artistic experience necessary! 


Mosaic Marathon Fusing Components Workshop

Trinity Buffalo: 371 Delaware Ave

Saturday, September 23rd
10:00am - 1:00pm
Open to the Public


Mosaic Marathon 2023

Genesee Room, Hyatt Regency Downtown Buffalo

EVERYDAY, Wednesday September 27 - Sunday, October 1

Conference hours: 8:00am - 8:00pm

Public hours: 1:00pm - 8:00pm


Mosaic Marathon 2017

Mosaic Marathon 2018

Mosaic Marathon 2019


Origins of the Mosaic Marathon 

The Mosaic Marathon brings together our members for a unique opportunity to create a mosaic in a cooperative, networking experience. The  Mosaic Marathon creates a lasting piece of art that is donated to a local charity in  our host conference city. As a not-for-profit organization, this is an opportunity for SAMA to give back to the arts community and create a lasting reminder of the  legacy of SAMA and its mission. 


2023’s Non-Profit Partner | The Care Management Coalition

The 2023 Mosaic Marathon will be created for and installed to be exhibited at the Care Management Coalition (CMC) at 1021 Broadway in Buffalo, NY.

Care Management Coalition of WNY, Inc.

The Care Management Coalition (CMC), situated in the culturally rich and diverse East Buffalo neighborhood, serves as a network of 11 nonprofit agencies working together to create a community of health and well-being. Emphasizing empowerment, collaboration, innovation, integrity, and impact, the CMC provides a wide range of human services to individuals and families in this vibrant area, while working to improve organizations and systems. By sharing space and resources, these nonprofits offer comprehensive support, reflecting the unique mosaic of East Buffalo and fostering a cohesive support system across their community.

Located at 1021 Broadway Street, the CMC is deeply rooted in the spirit of community service and innovation, ensuring that it stays at the forefront of human services while adapting to the evolving needs of the East Buffalo community. By working side-by-side with community members and maintaining the highest possible standards, the CMC is committed to making a measurable difference in the lives of individuals, families, organizations, and communities. This unique coalition demonstrates the powerful impact that can be achieved when nonprofits unite to foster a healthier, more vibrant culture of community life in East Buffalo.

The nonprofits that form CMC include:

For further information check out these recent local news articles:


Dianne Sonnenberg

Mosaic Marathon Lead Artist: Dianne Sonnenberg

Dianne Sonnenberg is an internationally-recognized mosaic artist based in Austin, TX and Port Carling (Muskoka), Ontario. She has been involved in the global mosaic community for over 13 years and is a member of The Society of American Mosaic Artists and Contemporary Mosaic Art (CMA). Dianne is passionate about mosaic art and has taught hundreds of students the wonderful art of mosaics. Her mosaics and sculptural works have won numerous awards, including Best Architectural Mosaic at the 2010 Mosaic Arts International Exhibit in Chicago, IL. Dianne is a member of the faculty at The Contemporary Austin Art School at Laguna Gloria and teaches mosaic courses across the US and Canada.




Wits End

Home Depot

Magpie Cards and Gifts



Bullseye Glass Co Logo



Past Mosaic Marathons

Each project was completed with a budget between $8,000 and $10,000 of donated materials and design and planning and was completed over a 3-5 day period with over 300 volunteer hours. 


Imagination Station

2019 - Nashville, TN
Imagination Station
Martha O’Bryan Center
Sherri Warner Hunter, Susan and Jairo Prado
Martha O’Bryan Center is located at 711 South Seventh Street, Nashville, TN

Imagination Station

Imagination Station



2018 – Boston, MA  
5’h x 9’w 
Cynthia Fisher & Deb Aldo 
Boston Harbor Now 
Harbor Islands Pavilion located at 191 West Atlantic Avenue on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston,MA. 
Sponsored by WitsEnd Mosaic, Wedi Corp, LATICRETE International





2017 – Detroit, MI
8’h x 12’w 
Sue Majewski 
Children’s Hospital of Michigan 
3950 Beaubien Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48201 
Sponsored by WitsEnd Mosaic, Wedi Corp, LATICRETE International.


Mosaic Marathon 2017