KNCA’s Response to COVID-19 (Updated: 03/30/2020)

To our KuroNekoCon family,

As the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve both locally, nationally, and globally, the Board of Directors of the KuroNeko Cultural Association are actively monitoring the progression of the virus and creating contingency plans in the unfortunate instance that COVID-19 continues to threaten public health into the summer months.

We encourage our community to follow prevention recommendations advised by your local governments, the Center for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization.

KuroNekoCon is currently still scheduled for July 17-19, 2020, but these are the steps we are currently implementing due to COVID-19:

Refund Window Extension
We will be extending our refund window effective immediately. All attendees may request a refund of their membership up to 2 weeks before the dates of the convention. Refunds will be processed in the order that they are received and will be issued no later than 2 weeks following the dates of the convention.

Staff Meetings
All staff meetings will be held online via Zoom video conferencing until further notice. Details for joining the meeting virtually can be found on our Get Involved Page.

In the event of a cancellation
In the unfortunate event of a cancellation, all 2020 KuroNekoCon Membership will be automatically rolled over to 2021. Those who cannot attend the 2021 convention may request a refund. Refunds will be processed in the order in which the requests are received. Refunds will be processed no later than 4 weeks following the dates of the convention, which will give our treasury staff time to process all transactions.

There are numerous factors that are weighed when considering a postponement or cancellation. The best place to send your requests and suggestions regarding COVID-19 is directly to our Chair of the Board at chair@kuronekocon.com. We will also be issuing a short update on our response to COVID-19 at the beginning of every staff meeting. Staff meetings have been moved to online-only, but are still open to the public. You’re welcome to attend via online voice or video chat and can find dates and links to the chats on The KuroNekoCon Calendar.

Please keep in mind that while we all have varying opinions, as stated in our group rules the Kuronekocon pages are devoted to civil on topic conversations. We strive for Kuronekocon and our pages to be a place to show the support and love our community needs now.

We are extremely proud of the love and support we have seen in our community. We urge you to continue to support artists, vendors, conventions, and other small businesses if you are able, and to show kindness and love towards others on social media. If you are in quarantine, we urge you to be positive and creative. Make art, write, dance, read, and watch anime.

The Staff of KuroNekoCon


Initial Post, from March 3 2020:

To our KuroNekoCon family,

COVID-19 is directly impacting our community through school, library, and business closures, and has led to cancellations and postponements of conventions and events across the nation. KuroNekoCon’s heart goes out to all of our fellow convention organizers, attendees, artists, vendors, fans, and community members that are impacted during this difficult period of uncertainty and concern.

KuroNekoCon cares deeply about the health and safety of those who attend its events. While we do not plan on postponing or cancelling KuroNekoCon at this time, we are actively monitoring all risk factors and will continue to post updates moving forward. Planning for KuroNekoCon will continue as scheduled, and the Board of Directors of the KuroNeko Cultural Association are actively discussing contingency plans in the unfortunate instance that COVID-19 continues to threaten public health into the summer months. We encourage our community to follow prevention recommendations advised by the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization.

Please keep in mind that while we all have varying opinions, as stated in our group rules the Kuronekocon pages are devoted to civil on topic conversations. We strive for Kuronekocon and our pages to be a place to show the support and love our community needs now.

If you are able, consider supporting someone in the community whose livelihood is being impacted. Buy from artists, creators, and vendors online. Check out some of the “online conventions” that are being organized by artists and vendors amidst event cancellations. If you don’t have the funds to support these small businesses in our anime community directly, show your support for them on social media. Share their content, and offer words of encouragement. Show support for the convention organizers who are canceling or postponing their labors of love for the good of the communities’ health.

Our community needs positivity, it needs assurance, and it needs love. Please be kind to one another both on social media and in person, and help us embody the values that the great genre of Shonen taught us.

The Staff of KuroNekoCon