Hotel & Travel
The CHIPs workshop will take place at the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, located at 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243: http://www.ringling.org/.
Workshop participants will be lodged at the Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel, conveniently located only minutes away from the Ringling campus: http://www.helmsleysandcastle.com/.
We'll have shuttle buses to take workshop participants to and from the hotel and the museum each morning and afternoon.
The easiest (although likely more expensive) way to get to Sarasota is to fly into the Sarasota/Bradenton (SRQ) airport: http://www.srq-airport.com/.
The hotel's address is 1540 Ben Franklin Drive, Sarasota, Florida 34236. From SRQ, this is a 20 minute (7.7 miles) taxi ride (save your receipt for reimbursements).
If you have any trouble flying into SRQ, there are also airports in St. Petersburg (PIE) and Tampa (TPA), but each of these will tack an additional 50 miles or so onto your taxi ride. They may be cheaper, however, especially Tampa, so they are worth considering.
If you find it significantly easier/cheaper to fly into TPA, one option might be for you to rent a car and drive to Sarasota yourself (there is free parking at the hotel). For more information about ground transportation from TPA, see: http://www.tampaairport.com/ground_transportation/
Please make your own travel reservations (we will reimburse up to $450 per person; please bring your receipts with you to the workshop). As long as your total travel expenses are under $450, we should have no problem reimbursing your travel, no matter how you get there.
We will take care of reserving and paying for your hotel room for you -- up to three nights (April 2, 3, and 4). Once you have made your flight reservations, please let us know when you are arriving and departing, so that we can get an accurate room count to the hotel as soon as possible.
We will also arrange for food throughout the workshop, including breakfast and dinner at the hotel, and lunch at the Ringling Museum during the day.