Frequently Asked Questions

Southern California

Southern California Location and Transportation

Where is this year’s AIN World Conference (or What is SoCal)?

This year’s AIN World Conference 2017 is in beautiful Southern California, which many people refer to as “SoCal”.

The heart of Southern California is the city of Los Angeles (or LA – we like shortening names a lot) in Los Angeles County, where our #AIN17 Pre-Conference AIN Summit and Learning Journeys will be taking place. The AIN Summit and two of our Learning Journey Options are at the California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities, which is in a historic and culturally diverse section of downtown Los Angeles and within walking distance of the exquisite Union Station.

#AIN17 SUMMIT LOCATION

California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities

1000 N. Alameda Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Just south of Los Angeles County is Orange County and the University of California, Irvine in the city of Irvine, where our actual #AIN17 Conference will take place. Our post-conference fun days will also be in Orange County, near UC Irvine.

#AIN17 CONFERENCE LOCATION

Claire Trevor School of the Arts

University of California, Irvine

4004 Mesa Rd, Irvine, CA 92697 USA

It is important to note that the Southern California is immense. Los Angeles County itself is the home to over 10 million people, so traveling around the area takes time. Specifically driving between Los Angeles and Irvine is roughly an hour drive in good traffic. It can take much longer in rush-hour traffic. Please be aware that this is one of the greatest challenges of Southern California.

Specific directions to each location are in a FAQ below.

How do I best get to SoCal, Los Angeles, or Irvine?

If you are close enough to the South West Region of the United States, you could drive here otherwise, your best option it to fly.

Southern California is reachable from several major airports, the closest to the #AIN17 Conference (24-27 August 2017) being John Wayne Airport | Orange County / Santa Ana Airport (SNA) and the largest is the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

AIRPORTS

John Wayne Airport | Orange County / Santa Ana Airport (SNA)

Distance from UC Irvine AIN Conference location: 4.5 Miles
Distance from AIN Summit location: 42 Miles

18601 Airport Way
Santa Ana, CA 92707
(949) 252-5200

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Distance from UC Irvine AIN Conference location: 43 Miles
Distance from AIN Summit location: 20 Miles

World Way and Century Blvd.
Westchester, CA 90045
(310) 646-5252

Long Beach Airport (LGB)

Distance from UC Irvine AIN Conference location: 25 miles
Distance from AIN Summit location: 27 Miles

4100 Donald Douglas Dr.
Long Beach, CA 90808
(562) 570-2600

Ontario Int’l Airport (ONT)

Distance from UC Irvine AIN Conference location: 48 Miles
Distance from AIN Summit location: 42 Miles

Airport Dr. and Holt St.
Ontario, CA 91761
(909) 937-2720

Bob Hope Airport

Distance from UC Irvine AIN Conference location: 58 Miles
Distance from AIN Summit location: 15 Miles

2627 N Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 840-8840

How do I best get around in SoCal, Los Angeles, or Irvine?

Most people say you need a car in Southern California, but there are other cost effective and sustainable options available. In actuality, there are 3 ways to get around Southern California: drive yourself (or ideally carpool with others), public transportation, or use a ride share service (Uber/Lyft/Taxi/Shuttle).

DRIVE YOURSELF / CARPOOL

If you are driving in or have a car to use or share in the area, please be aware that it takes a lot of time to get from place to place in Southern California, so budget your time accordingly. We highly recommend using directional Apps (especially WAZE as it gives directions and accounts for traffic conditions) or GPS systems.

All major rental car agencies are onsite at the Orange County Airport, LAX, and most airport locations. Here are some potential options:

AVIS (800) 331-1212
Dollar (800) 421-6868
Hertz (800) 654-3131
Alamo (800) 327-9633
National (800) 227-7368
Thrifty (800) 367-2277
Budget (800) 527-0700
Enterprise (800) 325-8007

Please note that hotel parking fees are NOT included in the room rates; however, parking is free at the California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities and you will receive a parking pass for UC Irvine as a part of your Conference Registration.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Southern California does not have quite the public transportation reputation as some other major metropolitan locations, but as long as you research your path in advance and give yourself enough time, this can be a great travel option.

If you are traveling on a budget and are flying into LAX, we would highly recommend taking the LAX FlyAway® Bus Service to travel from LAX to Union Station – it costs around $10. From Union station, you can get to the California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities (where our AIN Summit and 2 of our Learning Journeys are), our LA Hotel options easily or take a Metrolink or Amtrak train down to Irvine for roughly $11-20.

LA Public Transit:

Los Angeles has a number of other public transit options as well including: A Metro Rail System, a Metro Rapid and Local Bus System, and DASH providing frequent, inexpensive and convenient bus service in downtown Los Angeles and in 27 neighborhoods all across the City of Los Angeles.

TRAIN:

Amtrak

Daily trips from LA’s Union Station to Orange County stations are located in Fullerton, Santa Ana, Irvine, San Juan Capistrano and at Anaheim Stadium and the San Clemente Pier. Call or visit the website for information on trains, destination routes, vacation packages, promotions and ticket prices.

(800) USA-RAIL

Metrolink

Metrolink provides daily rail services from LA’s Union Station to Fullerton, Anaheim, Orange, Santa Ana, Irvine, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente or Oceanside. Ticket prices vary depending on the number of fare zones traveled through. Be mindful of the trip path – the Orange County Line is a direct path from LA to Irvine that lasts about an hour to travel; the 10:19 am option as well as some other times is an indirect path from LA to Irvine that takes 3.5 hours. We’d recommend the direct route.

(800) 371-LINK or (714) 808-5465

RIDE SHARE SERVICES

Mobile app-based services:

The following two ride services are connected to Apps that you need to download and create an account to access. A brief online search can show first-time user discounts.

Uberhttps://www.uber.com
Lyfthttps://www.lyft.com

Taxi service:

Yellow Cab Company (800) 535-2211

$2.95—First 1/4th mile*
$ .65—Each additional 1/4th mile or part*

Yellow Cab Company offers discounts for trips to the area airports. The discount is given by the driver off the meter rate. Tell your driver you read about the discount on the website. You can also print the online exclusive saving coupon ahead of time to save on your fare.

John Wayne Airport: 10% off the meter rate
Long Beach Airport: 10% off the meter rate
Los Angeles Int’l Airport: 15% off the meter rate

AIRPORT SHUTTLE SERVICES

The following is a list of shuttle services. Reservations are recommended. Contact the individual carriers to inquire about the schedules, fares and special services offered at area airports.

Super Shuttle (800) Blue-Van (800-258-3826)
Prime Time Shuttle (800) Red-Vans (800-733-8267)
The Airport Bus (714) 938-8901
Best Airport Shuttle (800) 606-7433
Karmel Shuttle Service (888) 995-7433
L.A.Xpress Airport Shuttle (310) 641-8000
Midnight Express Limousine/Van Services (714) 496-6332

Is it safe to travel to the United States in August?

Yes. The AIN Board, AIN Conference Team, Claire Trevor School of the Arts, the University of California, Irvine, the city of Los Angeles, the state of California, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) are committed to inclusivity and you having a safe and constructive visit to the USA.

Here is a statement from the AIN Board: http://mailchi.mp/4e58c696d33b/ain-board-bulletin-conference-and-travel-to-the-usa

Here is some information from the ACLU: https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/what-do-when-encountering-law-enforcement-airports-and-other-ports-entry-us

Here is some information on the struck-down Executive Orders that may be helpful: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/news/important-announcement.html

The most important thing is to communicate with us if you have any concerns and we will strive to support you in every way we can.

Southern California Accommodation

Where can I stay in SoCal, Los Angeles, or Irvine?

Southern California is huge and there is a wide variety of places to stay. We have negotiated some options that are detailed in the FAQ sections below, but you are welcome to book your own place as well.

If you choose not to go with our suggested hotels, here are a few options to find your own place to stay. Keep in mind, we would highly recommend staying close to location of your destination.

HOTEL BOOKINGS

Option 1: Directly seek out a hotel and book with them directly.
Option 2: Discount Hotel Booking Websites:

Expedia.com – Expedia helps travelers book hotel rooms at a great rate anywhere in the world.
HotelsCombined.com – One of the very best hotel aggregation sites allowing users to search many hotel options around the world from one simple interface.
Kayak.com – You’ve seen their commercials, Kayak.com is a great hotel aggregation site but they do not including any form of home rentals like Airbnb.
Orbitz.com – A popular but also occasionally glitchy hotel aggregation site with their own rewards system.

SHORT-TERM RENTALS

AirBnB – a community marketplace for people to discover and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone or tablet.
Roomorama – a short-term and vacation rental platform of owner-managed and professionally-managed vacation rentals worldwide.
Home Away or Vacation Rentals – a platform in which travelers can browse and book vacation homes, and rental owners can manage bookings with homeowners, who rent out their space when they’re not home.
CouchSurfing.com – Stay with hosts for free, usually in exchange for also hosting others on your “couch” for free. Possibly worth consideration for the extremely budget conscious traveler. Learn More – CouchSurfing vs Airbnb.

Again, keep in mind, we would highly recommend staying close to location of your destination.

Driving from one side of Los Angeles to the other will take you roughly an hour in good travel and much longer in rush-hour traffic. Driving from Los Angeles to Irvine will take you roughly an hour in good travel and much longer in rush-hour traffic. Plan accordingly that it takes time to get around.

Specific hotel options are in a FAQ event specific area below.

What is the weather going to be like in SoCal in August?

Southern California in August is amazing and perfect beach weather. August is consistently the hottest month of the year with an average daily temperature of 22°C (or about 72°F), which is extremely comfortable and perfect for exploring. The average daily high temperature peaks at 28°C (around 82°F) and only gets down to around 16°C (about 61°F) in the evenings. Average daily sunshine is 13 hours.

The average sea temperature is roughly 19°C (about 66°F), so you’ll be wanting to get down to the beach, work on your tan and splash around in the water. With the Pacific Ocean water warmed up, August is a great time to try other water sports as well like paddle boarding, surfing, and kayaking.

It is extremely rare to have any rainfall during August, typically with only a one percent chance and the chance of even having clouds is only two percent. It is pretty close to perfect weather. No need to bring an umbrella, raincoat or poncho.

Casual and professional layered clothing is recommended as it will be warm during the day, but cool in the air-conditioned rooms and at night.

What essentials should I pack?

Casual and professional layered clothing is recommended as it will be warm during the day, but cool in the air-conditioned rooms and at night.

Some items to be sure to bring include:

  • Chargers for electronics
  • Converters or Adapters – in the USA, the power sockets are of type A (two-prong) and B (grounding-three-prong) with a standard voltage of 120 V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz.
  • Personal Hygiene Items & Prescription(s)
  • Prescription Glasses and Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • T-Shirts
  • Shorts/Jeans/Trousers
  • Swimming Suit
  • Light jacket / sweater (for the air-conditioned rooms and evenings)

If you do forget something, there are several convenient stores within walking distance of the Los Angeles and Irvine locations.

AIN Summit

AIN Summit Overview

When and where is the AIN Summit be held (date & time)?

Date: Monday, 21 August 2017
Time: 9am – 5pm

#AIN17 SUMMIT LOCATION:

California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities
1000 N. Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

On-site parking is free of charge
Download PDF Directions
Here is a Google Map link to the venue:https://goo.gl/maps/aCNn5P1p7922

What is the AIN Summit? Who should attend?

The AIN Summit is held every few years to explore the status and future of the AIN as an organization. In preparation for the day, the AIN Board prepares discussion papers on current topics relevant to the AIN organization. All members of the AIN are invited to attend and contribute to the brainstorming sessions in order to make recommendations to the Board. This is a free all-day event. Target Audience: individuals who have been involved in AIN for several years and want to share their experience and/or individuals that are excited about impacting AIN’s future.

How much does it cost to attend? How do I book my place?

Attending the AIN Summit is free. You book your place by stating your attendance on our AIN Conference registration form section for Pre-Conference Activities. Registration is highly recommended: https://appliedimprovisationnetwork.regfox.com/ain2017

Do I have to attend the #AIN17 Conference in order to attend the Orientation?

Ideally, we would like everyone who attends the AIN Summit to attend the #AIN17 Conference; however, it is not required.

Will food be provided at the AIN Summit?

Morning breakfast items and snacks will be provided; a variety of diverse lunch options are in the area, but are not included. Dinner is also not included.

AIN Summit Location and Transportation

I plan to drive myself/carpool; how do I get to the AIN Summit?

#AIN17 SUMMIT LOCATION:

California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities
1000 N. Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

On-site parking is free of charge
Download PDF Direction
Here is a Google Map link to the venue: https://goo.gl/maps/aCNn5P1p7922

Driving Directions from:

Irvine
Take I-5 North
Keep left at the fork to continue on US 101 North
Exit 2B towards Alameda St./Union Station
Right on Alameda
Right at Bauchet St. (5th stop light)
Continue to TCE parking lot

San Fernando Valley/ Hollywood
US 101 South
Exit Broadway
Left on Broadway
Right on Cesar Chavez
Left on Alameda
Right at Bauchet St. (1st stop light)
Continue to TCE parking lot

Santa Monica/Westside
I-10 East
CA 110 North
Just past downtown, follow signs on right to “10 East San Bernardino/5 South Santa Ana” (US 101 South)
Exit Broadway
Left on Broadway
Right on Cesar Chavez
Left on Alameda
Right at Bauchet St. (1st stop light)
Continue to TCE parking lot

Pasadena/Northeast LA
CA 110 South
Exit Hill Street, go straight
Left on Alpine
Right on Broadway
Left on Cesar Chavez
Left on Alameda
Right at Bauchet St. (1st stop light)
Continue to TCE parking lot

San Gabriel Valley
I-10 West
US 101 North
Exit Alameda Street
Right on Alameda
Right at Bauchet St. (5th stop light)
Continue to TCE parking lot

Harbor Area/South LA

CA 110 North
Just past downtown, follow signs on right to “10 East San Bernardino /5 South Santa Ana” (US 101 South)
Exit Broadway
Left on Broadway
Right on Cesar Chavez
Left on Alameda
Right at Bauchet St. (1st stop light)
Continue to TCE parking lot

LAX Airport (Inglewood)
Merge onto S. Sepulveda / CA-1 S. toward I-105
I-105 E toward Norwalk
Merge onto I-110 N toward Los Angeles
Just past downtown, follow signs on right to 10 E San Bernardino / 5 S Santa Ana (US 101 South)
Exit Broadway
Right on Cesar Chavez
Left on Alameda
Right at Bauchet St. (1st stop light)
Continue into TCE parking lot

John Wayne Airport | Orange County / Santa Ana Airport (SNA)
Take I-5 North
Keep left at the fork to continue on US 101 North
Exit 2B towards Alameda St./Union Station
Right on Alameda
Right at Bauchet St. (5th stop light)
Continue to TCE parking lot

Bob Hope Airport (Burbank)
North on Hollywood Way toward Burton Ave.
I-5 S
Merge onto I-110 S toward Los Angeles
Exit Hill St., go straight
Left on Alpine
Right on Broadway
Left on Cesar Chavez
Left on Alameda
Right at Bauchet St. (1st stop light)
Continue into TCE parking lot

I plan to use public transportation; how do I get to the AIN Summit?

Public Transportation between LAX and Union Station:

LAX Flyaway at Union Station/Patsaouras/Gateway Transit Plaza
Schedule: Shuttles operate every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m., and every hour between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.
Duration: 45 minutes or less.
From LAX: Flyway buses pick up at every terminal on the Arrival/Lower level under green “FlyAway, Buses, and Long Distance Vans” signs.
More Information: http://www.lawa.org/welcome_lax.aspx?id=292

Metro Rail lines to LAX /Union Station
Union Station to Red Line and exit at 7th Street/Metro Center.
Take Blue Line and exit at Imperial/Wilmington to take the Green Line.
At the Green line, continue to Aviation/LAX to take LAX Free Shuttle to LAX airport.
Schedule: Every 5-10 minutes on weekdays
Duration: 45 minutes to an hour.
More information: http://www.mta.net
Metro rail map: http://mta.net/around/maps

Public Transportation between Burbank Airport and Union Station:
Take any Metrolink train heading to Union Station.
Location: Next to Burbank Airport off of Empire Ave.
Schedule: Every 30 minutes or every hour.
Duration: 25 minutes.
More information: http://www.metrolinktrains.com
Metrolink rail map: http://www.metro.net/riding_metro/maps/images/rail_map.pdf

Additional Public Transportation

Click here for MTA information
Click here for DASH Downtown information
Click here for FREE Downtown Citadel Outlet Express information

Walking from Union Station
Walk out of Union Station at Alameda Street exit
Turn right at sidewalk
Walk 1-1/2 blocks north to front entrance

I plan to use a ride share service (Uber/Lyft/Taxi/Shuttle); how do I get to the AIN Summit?

Give your driver this location to the #AIN17 SUMMIT:

California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities
1000 N. Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

They should be able to route the way to the conference.
Download PDF Directions

AIN Summit Accommodation

Is accommodation included? Are there any hotels nearby?

No, accommodations in Los Angeles during the AIN Summit are not included and you are encouraged to make your own arrangements as soon as possible.

Staying in Irvine and traveling up to Los Angeles is an option, but it will take at least an hour in good traffic and much more in bad traffic. Transportation from Irvine is not provided although people may be carpooling up to the LA pre-conference events – please utilize the #AIN17 Facebook Group to coordinate with other people. The UC Irvine dorms are only available starting on the evening of Wednesday, August 23.

There are a lot of hotels nearby or please review the FAQ: “Where can I stay in SoCal, Los Angeles, or Irvine?”.

We have 3 Los Angeles hotel options with promotional rates for #AIN17 attendees:

OPTION 1: Metro Plaza Hotel(**)

711 N Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

http://www.metroplazahotel.us
(213) 680-0200

This hotel is within walking distance to the AIN Summit venue.
Here is a Google Map link to this hotel: https://goo.gl/maps/spQY3MrJDUx

We have blocked 10 Standard Room, 2 Queen Bed (1 or 2 people per room – additional people will incur more cost) from August 21-23, 2017 under the group name: AIN Applied Improvisation Network (or Joel Veenstra). Featuring:

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Fitness facilities
  • Free WiFi
  • Free breakfast
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Check-in: 3:00 pm PST
  • Check-out: 12:00 pm PST
  • The hotel charges $4 per night per car.
  • When you book a room here, please change the name of reservations to your name and provide your credit card information.
  • If all rooms get booked, we can add rooms.
  • We will cancel our held rooms on August 14, 2017.

Rate: $119 plus 15.5 % tax = $137.45 per night

OPTION 2: Ramada Inn Downtown LA West (***)

1901 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006

https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/ramada/los-angeles-california/ramada-la-convention-center/overview

(213) 385-7141
This hotel is a short drive to the AIN Summit venue.

Here is a Google Map link to this hotel: https://goo.gl/maps/S1hQD7MrVXp

We have been offered a “Room Block” rate on a Standard Room, 2 Full Beds (1 or 2 people per room – additional people will incur more cost) from August 21-23, 2017 use the group name: AIN Applied Improvisation Network (or Kelly Musgrove or Joel Veenstra). Featuring:

  • 24-hour reception desk
  • Fitness center and outdoor pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Free breakfast (American Breakfast Buffet)
  • Free parking
  • Luggage hold
  • Concierge
  • Safe-deposit box
  • Check-in: 3:00 pm PST
  • Check-out: 11:00 am PST
  • We will cancel our rooms on August 7, 2017.

Rate: $129 plus 15.5 % tax = $149.00 per night

OPTION 3: Millennium Biltmore Hotel(****)

506 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071

https://www.millenniumhotels.com/en/los-angeles/millennium-biltmore-hotel-los-angeles
(213) 624-1011

This hotel is a longer walk to the AIN Summit venue.

Here is a Google Map link to this hotel: https://goo.gl/maps/F7LPzAAjtEM2

We have been offered a “California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities” rate on a Deluxe King or Double Room (1 or 2 people per room – additional people will incur more cost) from August 21-23, 2017 use the group name: AIN Applied Improvisation Network (or Kelly Musgrove or Joel Veenstra). Featuring:

  • 24-hour reception desk
  • 24/7 Fitness center and indoor pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Free breakfast (American Breakfast Buffet)
  • Valet Parking/Parking: $40-45 a night (local public parking for as low at $16/day)
  • Check-in: 3:00 pm PST
  • Check-out: 12:00 pm PST
  • This price is based upon our event at the California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities and may change at the end of the month. Reservations may be made by calling 213-612-1575 Monday-Friday, 8AM-6PM
  • Guests should mention California Endowment when calling in order to obtain the rate.
  • Please use this link whenever you make a booking.

Rate: $158 plus 15.5 % tax = $180.00 per night

Again, we encourage you to make your own arrangements as soon as possible.

Learning Journeys

Learning Journeys Overview

What are the AIN Learning Journeys?

The AIN Learning Journeys are full-day explorations into a specific topic. The format will be one of the following:

‘We Learn from L.A.’ – we visit places where you learn things you can take home and apply to your practice of applied improvisation. This is the historic Learning Journey model, where we observe how AI is being used currently.

‘L.A. Learns from Us’ – we visit places where we can share and evangelize the value of Applied Improvisation. This option would require Applied Improvisation practitioners volunteering to demonstrate their specialties in different settings and can be considered a Hybrid option as applied improvisers can learn from one another.

You can find the full list of Learning Journeys on offer here.

Do I need any previous experience to attend?

No previous experience is necessary. Everyone is welcome.

When & Where will the AIN Learning Journeys be held (date, time, location)?

Each AIN Learning Journey will be on the date and venue denoted on the Learning Journeys webpage. The specific details of time and travel to the venues will be dependent on the specific Learning Journey. Plan for a full-day experience from tentatively 9 am – 5 pm, but the time may shift slightly based upon the needs of the experience. Specific details will be sent to you after you enroll in your experience.

Day 1: Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Un-Fake the News: Los Angeles Times
Wild, Wonderful West: Autry Museum of the American West
Gangsta Garden & Cultural Exchange: Gangsta Garden & Leimert Park
Level-Up Applied Improvisation Workshop: The California Endowment Center

Day 2: Wednesday, 23 August 2017

The Quest: Hollywood: Hollywood’s Walk of Fame
Disney Animation Studio Tour & Creativity Workshop: Walt Disney Animation in Burbank
The Way of the Mindful Improviser Workshop: The California Endowment Center

How much does it cost to attend? How do I book my place?

One Learning Journey day: $100
Two Learning Journey days: $140 (Save 30% by booking both days.)

You book your place on our AIN Conference registration form section for Pre-Conference Activities.

Learning Journeys are limited to roughly 25 people each and are filled via registration on a first come first served basis.

Will you provide food at the AIN Learning Journeys?

It will be dependent on the specific Learning Journey – specific details will be sent to you after you enroll in your experience.

Do I have to attend the AIN Conference in order to be able to attend the AIN Learning Journeys?

Ideally, we would like everyone who attends the AIN Learning Journeys to attend the #AIN17 Conference. In addition, the #AIN17 Conference attendees will have the first chance to enroll in a AIN Learning Journey, but if the Learning Journeys still have space in July, we will open them up to the general public.

I paid but cannot attend. Do you have a refund policy?

If you cancel your registration prior to July 1st, 2017, you will receive a full refund, minus administration costs ($50).
On and after July 1st, 2017 registration can be refunded 50%.
On and after August 1st, 2017, registrations are non-refundable.
Refunds will be processed within 30 days after we have confirmed the cancellation.
We do accept substitution, when given written notice. You can update your registration to make adjustments.

The organizing team reserves the right to cancel the conference and allocate the accumulated costs due to natural disasters, strikes, civil disorder, war, government regulations, curtailment of transport facilities, supernatural interventions or other emergencies that make holding the event inadvisable, illegal, or unfeasible.

Learning Journeys Location and Transportation

How do I get to my Learning Journey?

There are 3 ways to get around Southern California: drive yourself (or ideally carpool with others), public transportation, or use a ride share service (Uber/Lyft/Taxi/Shuttle).

We aim to coordinate carpools or travel groups to the various Learning Journey locations (all within 15 miles) from these hotels or the California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities.

It will be dependent on the specific Learning Journey – specific details will be sent to you after you enroll in your experience.

Learning Journeys Accommodation

Is accommodation included? Are there any hotels nearby?

No, accommodations in Los Angeles during the Learning Journeys are not included and you are encouraged to make your own arrangements as soon as possible.

Staying in Irvine and traveling up to Los Angeles is an option, but it will take at least an hour in good traffic and much more in bad traffic. Transportation from Irvine is not provided although people may be carpooling up to the LA pre-conference events – please utilize the #AIN17 Facebook Group to coordinate with other people. The UC Irvine dorms are only available starting on the evening of Wednesday, August 23.

There are a lot of hotels nearby or please review the FAQ: “Where can I stay in SoCal, Los Angeles, or Irvine?”.

We have 3 Los Angeles hotel options with promotional rates for #AIN17 attendees.

We aim to coordinate carpools or travel groups to the various Learning Journey locations (all within 15 miles) from these hotels or the California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities.

OPTION 1: Metro Plaza Hotel (**)
711 N Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

http://www.metroplazahotel.us
(213) 680-0200

This hotel is within walking distance to the AIN Summit venue.
Here is a Google Map link to this hotel: https://goo.gl/maps/spQY3MrJDUx

We have blocked 10 Standard Room, 2 Queen Bed (1 or 2 people per room – additional people will incur more cost) from August 21-23, 2017 under the group name: AIN Applied Improvisation Network (or Joel Veenstra). Featuring:

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Fitness facilities
  • Free WiFi
  • Free breakfast
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Check-in: 3:00 pm PST
  • Check-out: 12:00 pm PST
  • The hotel charges $4 per night per car.
  • When you book a room here, please change the name of reservations to your name and provide your credit card information.
  • If all rooms get booked, we can add rooms.
  • We will cancel our held rooms on August 14, 2017.

Rate: $119 plus 15.5 % tax = $137.45 per night

OPTION 2: Ramada Inn Downtown LA West (***)
1901 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006

https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/ramada/los-angeles-california/ramada-la-convention-center/overview
(213) 385-7141

This hotel is a short drive to the AIN Summit venue.
Here is a Google Map link to this hotel: https://goo.gl/maps/S1hQD7MrVXp

We have been offered a “Room Block” rate on a Standard Room, 2 Full Beds (1 or 2 people per room – additional people will incur more cost) from August 21-23, 2017 use the group name: AIN Applied Improvisation Network (or Kelly Musgrove or Joel Veenstra). Featuring:

  • 24-hour reception desk
  • Fitness center and outdoor pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Free breakfast (American Breakfast Buffet)
  • Free parking
  • Luggage hold
  • Concierge
  • Safe-deposit box
  • Check-in: 3:00 pm PST
  • Check-out: 11:00 am PST
  • We will cancel our rooms on August 7, 2017.

Rate: $129 plus 15.5 % tax = $149.00 per night

OPTION 3: Millennium Biltmore Hotel (****)
506 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071

https://www.millenniumhotels.com/en/los-angeles/millennium-biltmore-hotel-los-angeles
(213) 624-1011

This hotel is a longer walk to the AIN Summit venue.
Here is a Google Map link to this hotel: https://goo.gl/maps/F7LPzAAjtEM2

We have been offered a “California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities” rate on a Deluxe King or Double Room (1 or 2 people per room – additional people will incur more cost) from August 21-23, 2017 use the group name: AIN Applied Improvisation Network (or Kelly Musgrove or Joel Veenstra). Featuring:

  • 24-hour reception desk
  • 24/7 Fitness center and indoor pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Free breakfast (American Breakfast Buffet)
  • Valet Parking/Parking: $40-45 a night
  • (local public parking for as low at $16/day)
  • Check-in: 3:00 pm PST
  • Check-out: 12:00 pm PST
  • This price is based upon our event at the California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities and may change at the end of the month. Reservations may be made by calling 213-612-1575 Monday-Friday, 8AM-6PM
  • Guests should mention California Endowment when calling in order to obtain the rate.
  • Please use this link whenever you make a booking.

Rate: $158 plus 15.5 % tax = $180.00 per night

Again, we encouraged you to make your own arrangements as soon as possible.

#AIN17 Conference

AIN Orientation and Board Meeting Overview

What is the AIN Orientation?

AIN Orientation is a chance to orient yourself to the Applied Improvisation Network.

Are you… New to Applied Improvisation? New to the Applied Improvisation Network? Curious about how other applied improvisers do their work? Join us for a lively and FREE 3-hour look at the AIN: Who are we? What is Applied Improvisation? Who are the populations that we serve? Registration strongly recommended; drop-ins will be allowed only if there is space.

When & Where will the AIN Orientation be held (date, time, location)?

Date: Thursday, 24 August 2017
Time: 1-4pm<

AIN ORIENTATION VENUE:
Claire Trevor School of the Arts
University of California, Irvine
4004 Mesa Rd, Irvine, CA 92697 USA

Links to general maps to UC Irvine.

Parking at the Mesa Parking Structure ($10 on non-conference days/guests, included with conference registration) – here is a Google Maps link to the Mesa Parking Structure’s lower entrance.

Do I need any previous experience to attend?

No previous experience is necessary. Everyone is welcome.

Do I have to attend the #AIN17 Conference in order to attend the AIN Orientation?

Ideally, we would like everyone who attends the AIN Orientation to attend the #AIN17 Conference; however, it is not required. Registration strongly recommended; drop-ins will be allowed only if there is space.

How much does it cost to attend? How do I book my place?

Attending the AIN Orientation is free.

You book your place by stating your attendance on our AIN Conference registration form section for Pre-Conference Activities. Registration is strongly recommended; drop-ins will be allowed only if there is space.

Is accommodation included?

As the AIN Orientation is taking place on the first day of the AIN Conference, you can book your accommodation alongside your AIN Conference registration.

If you are not attending the AIN Conference, accommodation is not available through AIN and you are encouraged to make your own arrangements as soon as possible.

For more information about accommodation options, please look at our AIN Conference FAQ below.

Do you have details for the AIN Board Meeting?

This will be the final gathering of the current AIN Board of Directors. All AIN Conference attendees are invited to attend and observe what typically goes on at one of the monthly hour and a half meetings. The focus of this meeting will be final report-outs on the status of the various projects that Board members have taken leadership for.

Please indicate your intention to attend on the AIN Conference registration form section for Pre Conference Activities, so we can reserve a seat for you.

Date: 24 August 2017
Time: 4:15-5:45pm

AIN BOARD MEETING VENUE:
Claire Trevor School of the Arts
University of California, Irvine
4004 Mesa Rd, Irvine, CA 92697 USA

Links to general maps to UC Irvine.

Parking at the Mesa Parking Structure ($10 on non-conference days, included with conference registration) – here is a Google Maps link to the Mesa Parking Structure’s lower entrance.

Will you provide food at the AIN Orientation or AIN Board Meeting?

No food will be provided as part of the AIN Orientation or AIN Board Meeting, but there are several food options in the area before or after the events.

#AIN17 Conference Overview

What is the AIN Conference? Do I need any experience to attend?

The Applied Improvisation Network (AIN) international conferences gather diverse people who share the view that improvisation principles, skills, and tools are valuable, even crucial for business, personal, and planetary well-being. We come together to explore and share our ideas and effective practices to help you achieve your goals.

This year at Irvine in Southern California, we are looking at the various areas, or “niches” (such as business, personal growth and education) where we do our work, and how those niches influence our approach.

We begin this exploration at the free AIN Orientation. It will continue throughout the AINx Talks, the Workshop sessions, and undoubtedly some of the Open Space sessions.

On the last day of the conference, we will break out into niche groups to discuss challenges and solutions. Preceding these breakout sessions will be a panel of experienced AINers, leaders in these fields, talking about the target markets and specific opportunities.

This Conference is a unique opportunity for leaders in their field as well as newcomers to Applied Improvisation. Everyone is welcome.

When & Where will the AIN Conference be held (date, time, location)?

Dates: 24-27 August 2017
Start Time: 6pm on Thursday, 24 August 2017
Close Time: 5pm on Sunday, 27 August 2017

#AIN17 CONFERENCE LOCATION:
Claire Trevor School of the Arts
University of California, Irvine
4004 Mesa Rd, Irvine, CA 92697 USA

General information:

The AIN World Conference 2017 (August 24-27) will be at University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine) Claire Trevor School of the Arts, which is located in coastal Southern California, approximately 40 miles south of Los Angeles and 80 miles north of San Diego. Situated in dynamic Orange County, the campus is reachable from several major airports, the closest being Orange County/ John Wayne Airport (SNA), the largest being the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), and by major freeways. Links to general maps to UC Irvine.

Parking at the Mesa Parking Structure ($10 on non-conference days, included with conference registration) – here is a Google Maps link to the Mesa Parking Structure’s lower entrance.

#AIN17 Conference Registration

How much does it cost to attend the AIN Conference and how do I book?

Registration Fee Early Bird: $575 (Until June 30, 2017)
Registration Fee Regular: $700

You can register here:https://appliedimprovisationnetwork.regfox.com/ain2017

Your Registration Fee includes:

  • All Conference Sessions during the Conference
  • All Meals and Conference Coffee Breaks during the Conference
  • All Activities (An Evening of Entertainment, Beach Celebration) during the Conference
  • Transportation to and from main Conference Events (not from the Learning Journeys to UC Irvine)

You can add non-conference-participanting guests to your registration for $250.
Guests may not attend any Conference Sessions. They will have access to:

  • All Meals and Conference Coffee Breaks during the Conference
  • The Beach Celebration, An Evening of Entertainment (pending space available)

Housing is NOT included, but we have options for you below. If you need more time to make accommodation and event decisions, you can register without now and add more items to your registration later.

Potential Budget for the full week experience:

Beyond that, your choices determine the cost of attending. Here’s a quick and dirty potential total budget for one to come for the Conference and Pre- & Post- Conference Events:

$500 – Flight to Los Angeles (LAX) – 20 August – 29 August (via Kayak.com)
$10 – One Way Fair – LAX FlyAway to Union Station (<http://www.lawa.org/FlyAway/default.aspx#FFares)
$800 – Hotel – $200/night x 4 nights (Sun-Thurs) near Union Station
$11 – Metrolink Train from LA Union Station to Irvine Station (http://www.metrolinktrains.com/)
$140 – AIN 2-days Learning Journey Experiences in LA
$575 – AIN Registration (Early Bird) – at UCI
$200 – Dorm Room – $50 per night x 4 nights, shared twin bed room – no ensuite bathroom
$36 – Taxi or Uber or Lyft from Metrolink Irvine Station to UCI (we are hoping to have a van/bus form Irvine Station to UCI, but if not, this is the cost which you could use if necessary for your fellowship deduction) (via www.taxifarefinder.com)
$100 – Post AIN Event budget (Disney or Skydiving or TBD) (Price may increase TBD)
$117 – Atrium Hotel – 1 night/room on Monday, August 28
$10 – Donation to help AIN Inclusivity
$46 – Shared Van from UCI to LAX on Tuesday (via Prime Time Shuttle)
$270 – Food ($45 per day x 6 days – 3 full Conference Days food is provided – or you can add it or deduct it if necessary for your fellowship deduction)

$2,815 – Total Budget Estimate for the Maximum Experience Trip

If you’re trying to save money, you could fly in just for the AIN Conference on 23 August and return 27 August and cut out the extraneous items and make the trip for roughly $1,465.

Is food included in the AIN Conference fee?

Yes, food is included in the AIN Conference fee and you can register your dietary requirements on the registration form.

Can I bring a guest who will not attend the AIN Conference?

Yes, you can also register a non-conference-participating guest or your children when you register yourself for the AIN Conference, for an additional $250pp.

Guests may not attend any Conference Sessions. They will have access to:

  • All Meals and Conference Coffee Breaks during the Conference
  • The Beach Celebration, An Evening of Entertainment (pending space available)

Adding additional individuals to your registration is done after your initial registration from the Payment page.

Housing is NOT included, but we have options for you below.

Can I get a discount or a scholarship?

The AIN Conferences are organized entirely by volunteers. Volunteering for the Conference does not guarantee a free place. Discounts may be given at the discretion of the Conference organizing team, if funds allow for it. At this stage, we cannot offer any discounts to #AIN17 volunteers.

We cannot offer any discounts to presenters at the AIN Conferences.

#AIN17 Conference Scholarship:

The 2016 AIN World Conference included applied improvisers from every part of the world, except Africa. If you are able, please make a small donation towards a conference scholarship on your AIN Conference Registration Form to encourage and support the inclusion of an applied improviser from Africa. These funds will only be used towards the registration costs for the scholarship recipient. If there are any extra donated funds, they will be used towards similar discounts to support inclusion and diversity at our conference.

More information on this year’s scholarship. Applications closed on 27 May 2017.

I paid but can no longer attend. Do you have a refund policy?

If you cancel your registration prior to July 1st, 2017, you will receive a full refund, minus administration costs ($50).

On and after July 1st, 2017 registration can be refunded 50%.
On and after August 1st, 2017, registrations are non-refundable.
Refunds will be processed within 30 days after we have confirmed the cancellation.

We do accept substitution, when given written notice. You can update your registration to make adjustments.

The organizing team reserves the right to cancel the conference and allocate the accumulated costs due to natural disasters, strikes, civil disorder, war, government regulations, curtailment of transport facilities, supernatural interventions or other emergencies that make holding the event inadvisable, illegal, or unfeasible.

#AIN17 Conference Accommodation

What are the on-campus accommodation options?

Housing is NOT included in the Registration Fee.

If you stay on-campus, you can easily walk to almost all of the conference events. You can reserve and pay for UCI Irvine On-Campus lodging here. These accommodations are dorm rooms in the “classic” halls with two twin beds (bedding included) in each. The bathrooms are NOT ensuite, but are shared between a suite of 4-5 rooms. Specific information can be found here at UCI Housing Information in addition, a video tour is here.

The campus dorm room price is $50 per bed, per night. You will have three options when reserving dorm rooms:

  • One bed in a shared room – we will match you with a roommate who will pay for their bed separately. (You can name a requested match, or share info helpful for matching you. We will do our best!)
  • Two beds in a shared room – pay now for yourself and a guest or another participant you will share a room with.
  • Make it a private room by reserving both beds for yourself.

If you need more time to make this decision, you can register without the lodging now, and add it to your registration later.

We have enough dorm rooms to accommodate all #AIN17 Conference attendees.

What are the off-campus accommodation options?

Housing is NOT included in the Registration Fee.

If you choose to stay off campus you will need to make these arrangements yourself, outside of our registration system. For your convenience, we have included some suggestions:

Atrium Hotel, Irvine (3 miles from UC Irvine campus)
18700 MacArthur Boulevard, Irvine, CA 92612

Atrium Hotel guest’s of Applied Improvisation Network enjoy the courtesy rate of $114.00 – includes a breakfast buffet for up to 2 people in your party every morning of your stay, courtesy self parking, and standard hotel amenities. Make your reservation via this link or on the Atrium Hotel website using the online code: AIN.

Other Options:

You may also find lodging options through Airbnb, other area hotels, or the options listed in the FAQ “Where can I stay in SoCal, Los Angeles, or Irvine?” above.

If you need more time to make this decision, you can register without the lodging now, and add it to your registration later.

Will there be Wifi at the AIN Conference?

Yes. The UC Irvine Wi-Fi network is called UCInet Mobile Access and is available in all spaces and the dorms. All computers must be registered with their MAC address and all use must comply with the UCI Computer and Network Use Policy. Use must be consistent with the educational mission of the University:

  • no unauthorized access (e.g., sniffing, hacking, port scanning)
  • no peer-to-peer applications
  • no insecure equipment may be connected (e.g., unpatched systems)
  • no downloading/sharing unauthorized copyrighted materials
  • no excessive use of bandwidth (particularly off-campus)
  • no interfering with normal network operations
  • Note: this is not an exhaustive list; please be courteous

RESTRICTIONS ON VISITOR ACCESS:

  • Visitor access to the UC Irvine network is granted for a 24-hour period.
  • All ports are blocked except Web traffic (HTTP and HTTPS), Email (IMAP and authenticated SMTP) and SSH (port 22).

HOW TO GET ON-LINE:

  • We have Visitor Wi-Fi available in all our rooms, and much of the outdoor area (outdoor signal strength may vary).

Get on-line using Express Registration:

  • Make sure your wireless card is active and connect to UCInet Mobile Access.
  • You will be directed to the Express Registration web page.
  • Click Register as a Visitor of UCI.
  • Read the Visitor agreement and fill in the Web form with your name, email address and reason for visiting the campus (Body of Knowledge).
  • Click the Submit button.

Your computer’s hardware address will be automatically detected and registered for access to our mobile network. After 2 minutes, you should be redirected to the Web page you were trying to access. If you cannot connect, try again in a few minutes. Your computer may take a few minutes to update its network settings. If you still cannot connect, try rebooting your computer.

#AIN17 Conference Programme

I would like to present at the AIN Conference. Can I submit a proposal?

The window for submitting proposals to present at the #AIN17 Conference closed on 22 May.

You still can present at the #AIN17 Conference – we have several Open Space sessions available for individuals to present 30, 60, or 90 minute presentations. These Open Space sessions will be announced, scheduled and coordinated during and as part of the #AIN17 Conference on Friday, 25 August 2017.

Post Conference

Post Conference Fun Day Overview

What is the post AIN Conference Fun Day?

Date: Monday, 28 August 2017

There are an incredible number of incredible things to do in Southern California – let’s experience some fun together after the conference.

Currently, we are looking at a trip to Disneyland and Sky Diving.

Skydive Day

Ever dreamed of flying? Your chance to make your dream come true! Two different opportunities to fly like a bird – a Tandem Skydive and/or a Windtunnel Flight at the world-renowned Skydive Perris, one of the finest skydiving facilities on the planet. You have two options to choose from, or you can indulge yourself and do both:

Tandem Skydive

Tandem Skydiving is the ultimate rush! You’ll jump from 12,500ft securely attached to your instructor and freefall for nearly a minute at speeds of up to 120mph!! Then enjoy the breath-taking views over Southern California during the 5-10 minute canopy descent using a parachute built for two. No previous experience required – a briefing will be given on the day. All instructors fully trained, with thousands of jumps.

Prices will depend on group size, but you should budget a maximum of $200 for your jump, and extra if you want it videod. Skydiving is like no other experience, not even improv! You’ll never forget your first jump. Oh, and if you are concerned about safety, rest assured that the micromort level for a tandem skydive is about the same as running a couple of marathons, and far less than getting into a car and driving.

Indoor Skydive

If jumping out of a plane is a step too far, you can capture the same flying experience in the security of an indoor skydiving windtunnel, right on the Perris Dropzone. Perris Indoor Skydiving requires absolutely no experience and just about anyone can fly, including those with physical disabilities. A highly-trained and accredited instructor will be there to guide you through the entire experience, ensuring your comfort and safety. Children as young as 3, and adults as old as 103, have flown at Perris. No one should have to miss out on an experience like this!

Price is $45 per person for 2 flights, up to a maximum group size of 12.

You can choose either option, or treat yourself to both.

Both activities (Tandem Skydive and Indoor Skydive) will also involve a share of transportation costs amongst the participants.

For more information, see the Skydive Perris website or email organiser and AIN member Jon Trevor at jon@improvinitiative.com.

How much does it cost? How do I book?

The cost will only be the cost of the experience and you can book alongside your Conference Registration.

Are accommodation & food included?

Accomodation and food are not included and you are encouraged to make your own arrangements as soon as possible.

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2017 AIN World Conference, Southern California on 24-27 August 2017.

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