Progress Report #1 - Arisia 2023

Welcome. We’re glad you’re here.

Arisia 2023 is taking place January 13-16, 2023 at the newly renamed Westin Boston Seaport District Hotel. In this PR issue, we are bringing you the news of our guests of honor, volunteer opportunities, programming announcements, updates, and highlights.

Registration is Open for Arisia 2023! 
Weekend Rates:

  • $55* through 9/30/2022
  • $30 - students (students age 13-25 with a valid student ID)
  • Free - Kid-in-Tow must be with a paying attendee at all times.

* These rates are for:

* Full memberships and FastTrack memberships (for children between 6 and 12 years).

Fast Track is a separate track of program items geared specifically for children aged 6 to 12 years.

More information about Fast Track and Turtle Track is available at Kids and Teens at Arisia.
 

Get Your Arisia 2023 Membership
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Arisia is once again participating in the Massachusetts Card to Culture program. Card holders can register to attend Arisia 2023 at no cost to them. Email Registration to find out how!

Announcing the Arisia 2023 Guests of Honor

 
We are incredibly lucky and honored that the three amazing folks who were going to be our guests of honor for A’22 have graciously agreed to be our A’23 guests of honor! Due to Covid-19, we were unable to host A’22, and so we look forward to spending quality time with our artist, author, and fan guests of honor at A’23.
 
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Author Guest of Honor

At Smith College, Andrea is the Louise Wolff Kahn 1931 Professor of Theatre and Africana Studies. She has taught playwriting and screenwriting and a course on speculative theatre and film: Shamans, Shapesifters and the Magic IF. She has given many talks and published numerous critical essays on Octavia Butler, speculative theatre and film, and popular culture. Lonely Stardust, a collection of critical essays and plays was published by Aqueduct Press. In 2011, Andrea received the International Association of the Fantastic in the Arts Distinguished Scholarship Award.

Tor.com published her most recent novel, Master of Poisons, and it was on Kirkus Review’s Best SF and F list in 2020. Tor.com has also reissued Redwood and Wildfire and Will Do Magic For Small Change. Her next novel, Archangels of Funk, will be out from Tor.com in 2023.

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Artist Guest of Honor

Reiko Murakami is a U.S. based concept artist and illustrator specializing in surreal fantasy art. With her expressive gesture drawings she focuses on capturing moments filled with unspeakable emotions. In 2013 she started a series called Resonance, a project that depicts complex emotional reactions through metaphorical representation of a figure. Her work has appeared on many science fiction media including: Tor.com, Pyr, Subterranean Press, Tachyon Publications, DC comics, Wizards of the Coast and Lightpseed Magazine. Her work has been exhibited at Nucleus Portland, Helikon Gallery, Krabjab Studio, Light Grey Art Lab and published in Spectrum, Infected by Art, Exposé, 2D Artist, and many others.

 

Fan Guest of Honor

Hugo, Aurora and BFA winning editor Elsa Sjunneson is a Deafblind hurricane in a vintage dress. Her nonfiction editorial work has appeared at Uncanny Magazine and Fireside Magazine. As an author, her work has appeared at CNN Opinion, Tor.com, the Boston Globe, and the Nebula nominated Fate Accessibility Toolkit among numerous other venues. She also co-authored Marvel's Jessica Jones: Playing With Fire which was produced by Serial Box. In addition to editorial and authorial pursuits, she destroys structural ableism in her spare time. Her memoir "Being Seen: One Deafblind Woman’s Fight To End Ableism" came out in 2021 and has been nominated for a Hugo awards. Elsa lives in Seattle, Washington with two cats. Want to know more? Go to snarkbat.com!
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS!!!
The reason we can put on Arisia is because of people like you! Come volunteer! It's a great way to keep Arisia going and meet your fellow Arisians. We have many job opportunities listed at our Volunteers Wanted page. New jobs will be posted there regularly.

Want to help out but not sure where you want to do that? Sign up at our Volunteer Signup page and let us know what you're looking for, and we'll do our best to match you with available jobs.

Have questions about volunteering? Email @email with any questions
It may be summer, but program planning is well underway for Arisia 2023. We have some great ideas that we just didn’t get to run for A’22 which we hope to run for A’23. We also have some new ideas - so stay tuned for what we expect will be awesome and interesting program!

Are you interested in becoming a panelist? We’re accepting applications for new panelists for A’23 through August 15, 2022. Any applications that we receive after that date may be considered for A’24. If you are interested in participating in panels and have never applied before, please complete the application here. If you have applied in the past, you do not need to reapply. 
Programming Wants YOU!
We are also looking to fill a few Area Head positions. These roles often do the bulk of the work -- panel selection, panelist assignments, and scheduling -- pre-con, with some minimal at-con hours required. We are currently looking to fill the following:

- Literature Area Head
- Meetup Area Head

Programming is also looking to fill a new and exciting role: Virtual Area Head. This person will be responsible for helping the Division Heads and Programming Area Heads set up and run virtual programming, hopefully allowing people offsite to attend and even participate in some panels. This role is responsible for ensuring the convention has the technology and staff necessary to run a successful virtual program.

If you are interested in any of these Program Area roles, please reach out to Programming
Our innkeeper is fast at work opening the windows to let the fresh air in, changing linens, and tidying rooms in preparation for hotel bookings. We know you are eager to book your hotel room at the Westin Boston Seaport District, and we are excited to have you! There will be a separate mailing and social media postings later this summer with room rates, booking timetable, and other pertinent information. If you have questions before then, please email them to innkeeper.
Arisia Receives Grants!!

Arisia is proud to announce that we are a recipient of a grant in the amount of $15,000 from the City of Boston, which helped pay for costs like rent in the wake of canceling Arisia 2022.

We also received multiple grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the largest of which was in the amount of $3,000, to be used to improve accessibility at Arisia. We have used that money to purchase Assistive Listening Devices that we can use at the convention, and also lend to other cons! This improves access for con goers everywhere!

And finally, we received $2,275 from the Science Fiction  & Fantasy Writers Association which helped pay nonrefundable expenses for the canceled Arisia 
 
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