Common Field is closed as of December 31, 2022. This website and its content will remain online through April 30, 2023. We encourage you to browse and download any content you would like to access beyond that date.

Our final project, Common Work: Learnings for the Future from Common Field will also be available in full on our platform partners' websites beyond April 2023 including Jack Straw Cultural Center and Lohar Projects.


On April 14, 2022, Common Field announced it will begin an intentional sunsetting process to close the organization and its programs by December 2022. You can learn more about our Sunset Announcement process and decision here. For questions, please contact us at common [​at​]


Common Field connects, supports and advocates for the artist-centered field by providing a network for independent arts organizations and organizers.


Common Field’s vision is to build platforms and advance thinking that support diversity in identity, geography, history, orientation, perspective, and circumstance and create space for many people to enter and shape the field.

Common Field will be a primary entry point for the field to identify existing models, engage with shared histories, create new connections, and combat the isolation of starting new initiatives and sustaining long-term projects alike.


Common Field is a national network of independent visual arts organizations and organizers that connects, supports, and advocates for the artist-centered field. Launched in 2015, Common Field has nearly 900 Network members across the country. Programs include national convenings, grants, research, resources, forums, meet-ups, and advocacy. Our vision is to increase understanding, involvement and knowledge of artists organizations and their value, and increase their capacity through national connectivity, dialog understanding, and support.


  • Creating broad public visibility for artist organizations and organizers
  • Articulating the common practices and values of visual arts organizing
  • Sharing histories and stories of the field
  • Facilitating forums for convening, peer-to-peer knowledge, and exchange across geographies and communities
  • Providing platforms for resources, tools, and advocacy
  • Demonstrating responsive, diverse, and accessible approaches to creative production