What To Expect

Is there a dress code?

Most attendees and presenters will be in business casual attire throughout the conference.

What accessibility accommodations will be available?

The Ohio Arts Council is committed to providing access and inclusion and reasonable accommodation in its services, activities, programs, and employment opportunities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable laws. To request a reasonable accommodation due to a disability please contact ADA Coordinator Kim Turner at 614-995-0066 or kim.turner@oac.ohio.gov no later than 14 days before this event.

Does the conference have a COVID-10 policy?

The Ohio Arts Council is excited to welcome Arts Impact Ohio participants back to an in-person gathering in Akron! We are aware that COVID-19 is still present, and the pandemic affects individuals differently. We encourage everyone, to be diligent about their personal health while attending the conference.

As of this writing on August 30 there are no state or federal government restrictions on indoor gatherings, masking requirements, or vaccinations requirements in place for Akron, Ohio. OAC staff will revisit this policy and post any updates as they become available.

Thank you for doing your part to help keep Ohio’s arts and cultural community safe! For more information, please review the FAQ below or contact Katie Monahan at katie.monahan@oac.ohio.gov.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are masks required to attend?

Not currently. Attendees who are fully vaccinated and not experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms are free to attend without a mask. We also encourage anyone seeking additional protection to consider bringing and wearing a mask. Our team will have a limited supply of surgical masks available at the Registration desk.

I am not vaccinated against COVID-19. May I attend Arts Impact Ohio 2022?

Yes, but unvaccinated guests are strongly encouraged to wear a mask throughout the event, as well as to social distance during mealtimes. While proof of vaccination status is not required to attend, all attendees are strongly encouraged to complete their vaccination series no later than 14 days prior to the start of the event.

What should I do if I feel unwell (or test positive) before I travel?

If you are feeling unwell or test positive, please stay home. The OAC is happy to issue a full refund to anyone unable to attend events due to illness, and many breakout and plenary sessions are being recorded for those unable to attend in person. Contact our team at katie.monahan@oac.ohio.gov if you need assistance or have questions.

What should I do if I feel unwell (or test positive) after traveling to Akron?

Guests experiencing symptoms after arriving in Akron or during Arts Impact Ohio, and/or guests testing positive for COVID-19, should immediately isolate from others and not attend sessions or other AIO events. The OAC is happy to issue a full refund to anyone unable to attend events due to illness, and many breakout and plenary sessions are being recorded for those unable to attend in person. Contact our team at katie.monahan@oac.ohio.gov if you need assistance, need a testing kit provided for you, or have questions.

What does the conference hotel (Courtyard by Marriott Akron Downtown) do to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

The Courtyard by Marriott Akron Downtown offers low-contact, mobile check-in services via the Marriott app. Room keys can then be picked up quickly upon arrival. Occupied rooms are cleaned every other day, with guests able to request a daily refresh if they so choose. Specifics on cleanliness protocols can be found at clean.marriott.com.

What does the John S. Knight Center do to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

The health and safety of guests is a top priority at the John S. Knight Center. In response to the pandemic, the center has enhanced building cleaning and sanitizing protocols, upgraded to a Merv 14 filtration system, implemented daily staff health assessments, and installed hand sanitizing stations throughout the building.

Will John S. Knight Center staff, OAC staff, session presenters, or staff members at ArtArounds wear masks during the event?

All venue staff and event managers, including OAC staff and presenters, have the option of wearing masks. All OAC staff members are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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