UPDATED 01/05/13 The cancellation late Thursday of the Glass Art Society conference planned to take place in Boston in June 2013 isn’t the first time the decision has been made to scrap years of planning. In 2010, the conference in Tucson, Arizona suffered a similar fate, ending in a mad dash to relocate the event to another venue. But the decision to cancel the Boston event was announced a scant six months before it was due to take place, making it impossible to move it elsewhere. This means that 2013 will be the first year since 1971 that glass practitioners will not gather to exchange technical information in demonstrations and lectures, honor their colleagues’ accomplishments with awards ceremonies, fund raise, and socialize. And so, the thousands of hours of work by the four conference co-chairs Beth Ann Gerstein (Society of Arts and Crafts), Peter Houk (MIT Glass Lab), James McLeod (Massachusetts College of Art and Design), and Wayne Strattman (Strattman Design); thirteen GAS board members; four full-time GAS staff members; and 80 local volunteers in Boston will not come to fruition. The official notice was delivered in a letter signed by GAS board president Jutta-Annette Page, who cited “unforseen problems” as well as the inability “to secure suitable venues and indispensable funding necessary for the conference’s success.” The limited fundraising, impenetrable Boston bureaucracy, and troubles communicating with the administration of Massachusetts College of Art and Design are emerging as key factors in the demise of a 2013 conference.