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    Venue, Hotels, & Things To Do

Collective takes place in the heart of Midtown Atlanta, the city’s cultural center.

Our venue is the historic Savannah College of Art and Design theatre, SCADshow. At the corner of 14th St. & Peachtree St., you’ll find yourself near The High Museum of Art, historic landmarks, Piedmont Park, and some of the best restaurants in the Southeast. Nearby hotels include the W, Loews, Four Seasons, and Marriott.

About the Venue

Owned and operated by the creative forces at Savannah College of Art and Design, the 13,300-square-foot SCADshow features two stages with a total of 560 seats. Built in 1986 as the Academy Theater, SCADshow serves as home to aTVfest and other SCAD Atlanta events. SCADshow is located on the corner of 14th and Juniper Streets in the heart of Atlanta’s vibrant Midtown neighborhood, and just steps from beautiful Piedmont Park. We can’t think of a better place to connect, create, and learn over three days in June.


Midtown – Places to Eat

South City Kitchen: $$ (1144 Crescent Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309)

Lure: $$ (1106 Crescent Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306)

Tap: A Gastropub: $$ (1180 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30309)

Ecco: $$ (40 7th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30306)

Chick-fil-A: $ (1197 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309)

Fresh 2 Order: $ (860 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30308)

Midtown – Things to Do

Piedmont Park:

During Collective breaks, you can slip into the green canopy of Piedmont Park to check your emails or take that important call. Covering over 200 acres in the heart of Atlanta, this 100-year-old city gem is just steps from the Collective event location.

The Georgia Aquarium:

Check out the world’s second-largest aquarium and all of the marine life it has to offer. Be sure to plan extra time to catch the “Dolphin Tales” show – it’s pretty fantastic!
(225 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313)

World of Coca-Cola:

What better to do when visiting the birthplace of Coca-Cola than to visit the World of Coke, a museum devoted to the history of the company and its products, complete with a functioning old-fashioned soda fountain, as well as a tasting room where you can sample different Coca-Cola products from all over the globe. It really is tons of fun!
(121 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313)

Atlanta Botanical Gardens:

Bursting with color and lush beauty, Atlanta’s botanical gardens will celebrate its 40th Anniversary this year. Experience the Deep South’s floral treasures during your visit to Midtown. There’s plenty to see, and a dose of fresh air is always a good thing, right?
(1345 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309)

The King Center:

Visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. Historical Site and check out The King Center. TKC features King’s birth home, final resting place, library, and highlights his life and teachings.
(449 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312)

National Center for Civil and Human Rights:

This engaging cultural attraction connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s Global Human Rights Movement. A must-see.
(100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30313)

High Museum of Art:

With more than 11,000 pieces that range from 19th and 20th century American art and photography to folk art and African art, the High is a must-see for visitors to Atlanta.
(1280 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309)

Brewery Tours:

For some local brewery tours and tastings, check out Monday Night Brewing and Sweetwater Brewery.
(670 Trabert Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318)
(195 Ottley Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30324)

Ponce City Market:

This mixed-use development is located in a historic building in Atlanta and has both national and local retail anchors, as well as some of the best restaurants in the city. The best part about Ponce City Market is getting there. Stroll along the Atlanta Beltline, which you can access on the eastern edge of Piedmont Park, to experience the city’s eclectic neighborhoods on your way to PCM.
(675 Ponce De Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30308)

Centennial Olympic Park:

Built for the 1996 Olympic Games as a place for both residents and visitors to congregate, Centennial Park spans almost 22 acres and is often home to festivals, concerts, and fundraisers.
(265 Park Ave W NW, Atlanta, GA 30313)

Midtown – Hotels

All recommended hotels are within walking distance to SCADshow and MARTA train stations that offer direct airport connections.


W Hotel Midtown

(4 star) – rooms from $180
188 14th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30361
ph: (404) 892-6000



Residence Inn Atlanta Midtown / GA Tech

(3 star) – rooms from $109
1041 W Peachtree St N, Atlanta, GA 30309
ph: (404) 872-8885



Hilton Garden Inn Midtown

(3 star) – rooms from $109
97 10th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309
ph: (404) 524-4006




(3 star) – rooms from $125
1302 W Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309
ph: (404) 876-6100



Residence Inn Atlanta Midtown

(3 star) – rooms from $179
1365 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
ph: (404) 745-1000


Letter of Invitation & Visa Information

Important information regarding Visa Invitation Letters (please read):

  • Your name must be listed exactly as it appears on your passport. Any differences between the name on your passport and the name on your invitation letter or other documentation could lead to a delay and/or denial of your visa.
  • Please note that each individual requesting an invitation letter must fill out a separate form. All letters will be sent in PDF form to the email address provided. If a paper letter is required, please respond to the email. Requested paper letters will be sent complimentary through airmail. This option may take a few weeks to arrive. If you wish to expedite the process, letter will be sent through Federal Express with the recipient’s Federal Express account number or credit card number with an expiration date. Please also include your billing address in the request email.
  • We reserve the right to request further information regarding the company or affiliation of the attendee to ensure the validity of requests. Meeting attendees do not need to wait until your paper is accepted to request a Visa Invitation Letter. We are unable to contact U.S. Embassies in support of an individual attempting to gain entry to attend a meeting.
  • We recommend that you secure your travel visa before registering for the conference as cancellations after the preregistration cutoff may result in a cancellation fee.

We will need the following information to process your Letter of Invitation:

  • Your full name as it appears on your passport.
  • Your passport number
  • Your country of citizenship
  • Your date of birth
  • Your physical address
  • Your company or organization name

Please send all of the above to events@ninelabs.com with your request. Invitation letters can take 7-14 days to process.

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