Progress Report #1 - September 2019

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Arisia Progress Report #1
September 2019

New England's Largest, Most Diverse Sci-Fi & Fantasy Convention
Arisia 2020
Jan 17-20 2020
Westin Boston Waterfront

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A Message from the ConChair
Welcome to the first progress report of Arisia 2020!

After a bumpy start, I’m happy to announce that Arisia 2020 will be happening at the Westin Boston Waterfront! Despite all our troubles, I’m still looking forward to putting on an amazing event for everyone. The challenges we’ve faced over the last several months have strengthened my faith in the power of this fantastic community of fans to come together and be awesome. There may still be some issues ahead, but I believe in our ability to overcome them and put on a wonderful time, full of the joy, connection, wonder, and camaraderie we come to expect from an Arisia.

Arisia doesn’t happen without an amazing team of people. The community of volunteers this convention has built consists of some of the best, most dedicated, creative, delightful, hardworking people I know, and I am honored to be a part of it. So please, join us and check out the volunteer listings! We need roles filled at all levels of the convention, from Assistant Con Chair to Coat Check staff and everything in between.

A full list of available roles can be found Here.

Come be a part of one of the hardest-working teams this side of the Quabbin!
-Diana Hsu, Arisia 2020 Conchair

Reservations are expected to open on September 19, 2019 at 1pm ET. 
Reserve your room here

Arisia 2020 room rates are as follows:
Westin 1 King Bed $177/night
Westin 2 Double Beds $199/night
Aloft Standard $169/night
With our return to the Westin Waterfront in 2020, a lot will seem familiar with your hotel! There will be changes to the deposit process from past years. Details will be posted on the Arisia website prior to reservations being available

All room rates are single through quad occupancy. Rates do not include taxes of 14.95% (originally reported as 14.45%). Maximum occupancy of any room is 4. Once you make your reservation, if you need to make a special request, reservation change, or cancellation about your room, please remember to use the special requests form:

Food and Parties Do you have food trucks you would like to see at Arisia? Drop us a line and let us know and we will see what we can make happen.  Do you want to run a party? Check out for more information, and register!
Featured Guests of Honor:
Cadwell Turnbull, Kristina Carroll, and Arthur Chu
Cadwell Turnbull is the author of the science fiction novel The Lesson. He is a graduate from the North Carolina State University’s Creative Writing MFA in Fiction and English MA in Linguistics. He attended Clarion West 2016. Turnbull’s short fiction has appeared in The Verge, Lightspeed, Nightmare, and Asimov’s Science Fiction. His short story “Loneliness is in Your Blood” was selected for The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018. His novelette “Other Worlds and This One” was also selected as notable story for the anthology. His short story “Jump” was selected for The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Kristina Carroll is an award-winning illustrator and fine artist specializing in magical realism and fantasy art. She is heavily influenced by the Symbolist movement and all manner of imaginative storytelling, both old and new. Kristina is especially drawn to mythology, archetypes, metamorphosis and how those themes can be translated into modern narratives. Kristina graduated from the School of Visual Arts in NYC . She has since been recognized internationally for her work both in illustration and fine art; and exhibited in Museums and Galleries across the country. Some achievements include a Chesley Nomination, a Bronze medal from the Society of Illustrators L.A., inclusion in multiple Spectrum Fantastic Art annuals and being a finalist in the Art Renewal Center Salon. Her work has appeared as book illustrations, magazine covers and game art. Clients include ImagineFX, Wizards of the Coast, Chaosium, Omni Magazine, Fantasy Flight, IDW and The Shelburne Museum. Kristina is also the force behind the popular Month of Love and Month of Fear art challenges that are now entering their sixth successful years. These challenges attract some of the top artists in the industry and allow them to push their art to new heights with inspiring themes and community support.
Arthur Chu rose to fame as a viral "villain" of the popular game show Jeopardy! in 2014, and parlayed his social media success into becoming a commentator on Asian-American issues and progressive politics within the geek community, going viral a second time with his op-ed "Your Princess Is In Another Castle" about the geek community's complicity in the Santa Barbara shooting and similar outbursts of misogyny in the modern world. He's written for The Daily Beast, Salon, Slate and the New York Times, and has appeared as a speaker at various college campuses and conferences. A vocal critic of the colorfully named harassment campaigns in the world of gaming ("Gamergate"), science fiction/fantasy ("Sad Puppies") and the wider world of politics (the "alt-right") that have risen from the Internet in the past few years, he continues to advocate for inclusion and diversity in a world where all too frequently the future seems to be owned by the forces of reactionary fear and ignorance.
Registration is living in the future! You may Register now for Arisia 2020.
Weekend Rates:
$55 through 9/30
$65 10/1 through 12/31
$75 After 12/31 and at-door
Have questions? Check our FAQ, for example:
  • "When are day passes sold? Day of only."
  • Turtle track and Fast Track questions and how to register, etc.
Any help needed with username and passwords can be sent to @email.
TAS: Team Arisia Services
Team Arisia Services (TAS), formerly known as Staff Services, will be your go-to place for staffing and volunteering for Arisia this year. Same HQ, same tee shirts as you expect. We changed the name to help people remember that volunteers are part of Team Arisia along with staffers, and to make emailing easier. You can reach us at @email and we hope you'll join the team. TAS this year will also be managing Ops Desk, a place people go for a variety of at-con needs. Like the HQ staff, the Ops Desk team are here to help you have a great con. We'll have more to say on space layout and where you can go for things at A'20 in a future PR.
Arisia is run by fans for fans and you can help out in big and small ways.  Volunteer opportunities are currently available for pre-con and at-con positions.   Visit our Help Wanted page. Or drop an email to @email with your skills and interests.  
Programming has been working hard, and we are excited about the panels and panelists we have lined up for you! Please send any questions to @email.

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09/16/2019 - 17:04