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Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability

2015 Conference and Training - Washington, DC Area

Workshops

Pre-Conference Workshops:
August 3 & 4, 2015
Conference:
August 5-7, 2015
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Join us!

The LEAD® conference continues to be the one place where leaders and newcomers in the field of access to the cultural arts for individuals with disabilities and older adults can meet and mingle with peers, learn about the latest technological advances, get the straight talk on legal issues, and contribute to the collective knowledge base of how to reach and engage audiences, patrons, and visitors of all ages and abilities.

  • Basic to Advanced: No matter what level of experience you have, there’s always something to learn. The building blocks will give newcomers the tools and information they need to develop a successful accessibility program while the discussion groups and advanced track address accessibility for the most experienced.
  • Facilities to Programs: Sessions and discussions will cover all aspects of accessibility from the built environment to programs and communication.
  • Legal Obligations & Customer Service: Learn about relevant laws and regulations and explore accessibility from the customer service and business case perspectives.
  • Networking: Engage in conversations with colleagues who are enthusiastic about accessibility and eager to share their insights and learn from others.

Please join us to continue the dynamic dialogue to share exciting ideas and explore new and innovative ways to welcome everyone through the doors of our organizations.

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Who Attends?

Whether your organization is big or small, your programming is indoors or outside, or if you come from a performing arts center, art gallery, zoo, museum, theater, or park, the networking and information offered at LEAD® can help you improve accessibility for all of your patrons and visitors.

LEAD® provides professional development for:

  • Accessibility Managers and Coordinators
  • Box Office and House Managers
  • Outreach and Education Coordinators
  • Patrons and Visitor Services Managers
  • Facilities and Operations Managers
  • Exhibition Designers
  • State and Local Government ADA/504 Coordinators
  • Marketing and Audience Development Directors
  • State Arts Commission/Council Accessibility Coordinators

Please Note: The LEAD® conference does not address professional development for artists with disabilities or arts education. For resources for artists with disabilities, please visit the VSA Programs page. For information on arts in education for people with disabilities, please visit the Intersections Conference page.

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Registration Eligibility and Rates

Eligibility:

Not all registrations will be accepted. Space for the conference is limited and preference will be given to paid staff at cultural arts organizations or cultural arts service or government agencies who are directly responsible for making programs and facilities accessible to people with disabilities. The Kennedy Center reserves the right to decline registrations. In the event that registration is declined, the Center will issue a refund for any fees collected.

Registration Rates:

Conference: August 5 - 7

Includes access to sessions Wednesday, August 5 through Friday, August 7.

  • Student Scholarships: $145 per individual (Application required. See Scholarship section for complete details)
  • Arts/Cultural Organization Staff: $245 per individual or $225 per team member
  • Federal/State/Local Government Staff: $245 per individual or $225 per team member
  • College/University Arts or Arts Administration Staff: $245 per individual or $225 per team member
  • Arts Service Agency Staff: $245 per individual or $225 per team member
  • Non-Profit Disability Service Organization Staff: $600
  • For-Profit Disability or Arts Service Organization Staff and Consultants: $775
Pre-Conference Workshops

Workshops will be offered concurrently on Monday, August 3 and Tuesday, August 4. Dates and times are subject to change.

  • $95 per person per workshop

Discounts and Scholarships

Team Registration Discounts:

If your organization sends more than one person to the full conference, the registration rate drops to $225 per person! Please Note: The team registration rate is only available to staff members of arts or cultural organizations; arts or cultural service agencies; university or college arts or arts administration program staff; and federal, state or local government employees.

Scholarships for Students:

Graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in arts administration/management or museum studies programs can apply for a scholarship to attend the LEAD Conference at a reduced rate of $145. If accepted, student registration would include access to sessions Wednesday, August 5 through Friday, August 7. Additional fees apply for pre-conference and capacity building workshops as well as the Awards Dinner and any other special events.

To apply, please send a statement of interest along with your name, contact information, name and location of your university or college, degree expected, and area of study to access@kennedy-center.org.

Applications must be received by May 30, 2015.

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Hotel Information

We are pleased to announce that the Kennedy Center's 2015 LEAD® and INTERSECTION Conferences will take place at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Crystal City, VA. The hotel is conveniently located near the Reagan Washington National Airport, Crystal City restaurants and shops, and a short metro ride to cultural venues in downtown Washington, DC.

The Arlington Capital View Hotel includes two hotel brands in one property – Renaissance and Residence Inn – both accessible to the conference space via elevators from guest rooms. This offers attendees the choice of regular rooms for $155/night or an upgrade to suites with full kitchens for $175/night. See details below for specific amenities.

Please note that these special rates are only available until July 10, 2015. Some amenities such as free internet access are only complimentary if booked under our group block.

Renaissance Arlington Capital View

2800 South Potomac Avenue
Arlington, VA 22202

  • Phone: 1-703-413-1300
  • Toll Free Room Reservations: 1-888-236-2427

Regular Single and Double Rooms for $155/night

Click here to book your room at the Renaissance Hotel

Amenities include:

  • Complimentary Internet access in guest rooms.
  • Accessible rooms are available.
  • Fitness Center and Indoor Heated Pool (both are wheelchair accessible).
  • Complimentary shuttle service to and from Crystal City Metro and Reagan National Airport. Metro shuttle runs 7:00am-11:00pm daily. Airport shuttle runs 5:00am-12:00am daily. Accessible transportation is available upon request. Shuttles run every 10-20 minutes.

Residence Inn Arlington Capital View

2850 South Potomac Avenue
Arlington VA 22202

  • Phone: 1-703-415-1300

Single and Double Suites for $175/night

Click here to book your room at the Residence Inn

(Very limited number of suites available at this rate – please book early!)

Amenities include:

  • Complimentary Internet access in guest rooms.
  • Complimentary breakfast in the Gatehouse restaurant.
  • Suites at the Residence Inn include full kitchens.
  • Accessible rooms are available.
  • Fitness Center and Indoor Heated Pool (both are wheelchair accessible).
  • Complimentary shuttle service to and from Crystal City Metro and Reagan National Airport. Metro shuttle runs 7:00am-11:00pm daily. Airport shuttle runs 5:00am-12:00am daily. Accessible transportation is available upon request. Shuttles run every 10-20 minutes.
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