FAQ

Housing & Transportation

If you need to make changes to your reservation, please contact the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers directly at 312.464.1000. If you are experiencing difficulty making reservations or would like to report a problem, please contact us by e-mail at events@artsusa.org; by phone call 202.371.2830.

Transportation will be provided to venues that are outside of walking distance. Please see the session and event descriptions on the schedule for transportation details. Those with special accessibility needs are asked to specify needs on the registration form and alert onsite registration staff. You may also contact us with any questions or requests regarding transportation at events@artsusa.org or by phone at 202.371.2830 or toll free at 866.471.ARTS.

Hotel parking is available on a daily basis as follows:

  • Self Parking:
    Per day : $51 (Includes in and out privileges for overnight guests)
  • Valet Parking:
    Per day: $61 (includes in and out privileges for overnight guests)

Registration

Some of the discounts are not available online. If you are registering in one of the following categories, you will not be able to register online and must fill out a paper registration form.

Visit the Registration page for more information.

 

Professional Members
Nonmember
Group*
Student**
One-Day***
Early Bird
Postmarked by April 3, 2015

$425

$500

$350

$200

$225

Advance
Postmarked by May 29, 2015

$500

$575

$350

$200

$225

General/Onsite
May 30 - June 14, 2015

$600

$675

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$200

$225

Visit the Registration page for more information including: Public Art & Placemaking, Cultural Equity, Arts Leadership Preconference rates and terms and conditions for each registration category.

The Arts Leadership preconference begins at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10 and goes through 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 12. This preconference will take place at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre on Navy Pier and at the Chicago Sheraton, convention headquarters.

The Cultural Equity preconference begins at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10 and goes through 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 12. This preconference will take place in various locations throughout Chicago.   

The Public Art & Placemaking preconference begins at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10 and goes through 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 12. This preconference will take place at the convention headquarters, the Chicago Sheraton, with special public art tours occurring throughout Chicago.

Both Workshop Intensives, one on Arts Education and the other on Data and Storytelling, begin at 1:00 p.m. and go until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 11. Both Workshop Intensives will take place at the convention headquarters, the Chicago Sheraton.

No. Registration for The Public Art & Placemaking, Cultural Equity and Arts Leadership Preconferences are available on the same registration form as the 2015 Annual Convention. If you are planning to register online for both the convention and the preconference, you should complete both registrations at the same time in order to receive your discount on the preconference fee. Registrations for the preconference can also be purchased independently from the convention by completing the preconference section of the main convention registration form.

Visit the Registration page for more information.

 

You will not be able to log back into your online account and alter your registration. If you wish to add additional events, you will need to fill out an additional paper form including the payment section to cover the additional costs, if applicable. Please make sure to note on the top of your form that this is an addition to a pre-existing registration. If you have any questions, please contact us by e-mail at events@artsusa.org or by phone at 202.371.2830.

All attendees will receive confirmation of registration via e-mail. Confirmation notices will include receipt, list all special activities, a link to the Participants List, social networking links, and badge text approval. Please review confirmation notices carefully. If you have not received a confirmation notice within three weeks of submitting your registration, or if you wish to change your registration information, please contact us by e-mail at events@artsusa.org or by phone at 202.371.2830.

SPECIAL NOTE: Some of our events have special capacity limits. Please check your confirmation e-mail to confirm your selected activities. If you do not see them listed, they could be sold out already. Questions? Contact us by e-mail at events@artsusa.org or by phone at 202.371.2830.

All requests for refunds must be made in writing to Americans for the Arts c/o Meetings and Events. Full refunds, minus a $50.00 administrative fee, will be issued to requests received by May 29, 2015. Refund requests received after this deadline will not be considered. Substitutions will be accepted. Substitute registrants should have a written statement and or confirmation letter from the registered attendee. This cancellation policy is applicable for convention and preconference registrations, as well as ARTventure, guest, and special event tickets.

For all additional questions, please contact us by e-mail at events@artsusa.org or by phone at 202.371.2830.

Registration for those exhibiting at the convention is completed through a separate form. Once you have submitted the exhibitor contract, you will be provided with a registration form. Exhibitors are provided one complimentary registration and the opportunity to purchase up to three additional discounted registrations for individuals from their organization. If you’re interested in exhibiting, please contact us by e-mail at exhibits@artsusa.org.

Yes. Students, both part-time and full-time, are eligible for the 2015 Annual Convention student rate.

Students must use the paper form to register and also submit a photocopy of a valid student ID form an accredited, degree-granting college or university.

 

 
Early-Bird
Postmarked by
April 3, 2015

Advance Registration
Postmarked by
May 29, 2015

General Registration
 
May 30 - June 14, 2015
Student
$200 $200 $200

We would like to ensure that your experience at the convention is pleasant and comfortable. Please make sure to indicate your specific situation in the designated area on the registration form. This can include special accommodations regarding transportation to tours and special events, hearing and visual aids, or special meal requests. You may also contact us by e-mail at events@artsusa.org.

The Participants List will be available to convention and preconference registrants only. A link to the Participants List will be available through the registrant confirmation letter and will be sent via e-mail to convention and preconference attendees prior to and after the meetings.

You are required to wear your name badge to all conference events and meal functions and badges will be checked at all conference events. Admission will be denied to those without a badge. Replacement badges may be purchased at the Registration Desk for $50.

Convention attendees can purchase admission for guests to the following activities. These prices are per ticket:

Friday, June 12, 2015

  • Opening General Session and Luncheon: $100
  • Opening Reception: $110

Saturday, June 13, 2015

  • ARTventure Tours: $40

Sunday, June 14, 2015

  • Closing Keynote: $75

Be sure to register guests in advance so that we may accommodate them when space is limited. Guests cannot be registered independently, and must be connected to a previously registered convention attendee. Refunds for guest tickets will not be offered after the advance registration deadline, Friday, May 29, 2015. Guests are required to wear name badges when participating in convention activities. Guest tickets will be available on site, space permitting.

The published Participants List, available to all participants, will include the following information:

  • Name
  • Title
  • Mailing Address
  • Telephone Number
  • E-mail
  • Website

Please refer to our complete Privacy Policy for more information.

For all additional questions, please contact us by e-mail at events@artsusa.org; by phone call 202.371.2830.

Special Events

Convention registration includes:

  • Opening General Session and Luncheon
  • Opening Reception
  • CenterStage Functions

 

ARTventure tours are $40.00 per person.

Yes, guests are welcome to join registered attendees. Please see the Registration page for more information.