To review the Common Field Open Call Guidelines and Application, click here.

1. Does it cost anything to submit a proposal?

No! Submission is free once you’re a member of Common Field.

2. Is it okay if I want to collaborate with people who aren’t members of Common Field?

Yes! Your proposal needs to be submitted by a Common Field member, but you are welcome to suggest/include non-members in your proposal(s).

3. What does the application’s request to “Link to Common Field Organizational/Organizer Profile” mean?

It’s a request to list the URL of your Common Field profile page, which typically takes the form of To find your URL, click on the NETWORK section on the Common Field website. Then click on the LIST filter on the upper right hand side. Once the list view loads, click on either ORGANIZATION or ORGANIZER depending on what type of member you are. Find yourself in the list and then click on your name. The URL for your page is the URL we’d like you to use!

4. Can you give me any guidelines to help with my idea for a proposal?

You are welcome to refer to previous Convenings HERE for reference, though we encourage members to creatively interpret session structures and conceptual content based on what feels meaningful to you/your organization/community/our common field.

5. How many proposals can an organization/organizer submit?

You are welcome to submit as many proposals as you'd like, though only one proposal per organizer/organization can be selected. As opposed to having our jury decide from your proposals, we recommend self-selecting before submitting.

6. Do we need to have a moderator for our proposed panel? Will someone suggested by Common Field be moderating our panel?

You do not need to have a moderator for your proposed panel. In fact, not every panel needs a moderator! It would be helpful to have someone facilitating the session(s) in some way, but we will not be suggesting moderators. Please feel free to propose a format that works best for your proposed session(s).

7. Where can I find 2019 conference-related topics and themes? I have been working on a proposal and want to make sure it will be appropriate.

We really want to encourage you to submit convening topics and themes that are most pertinent to you and your perception of our field. If you need guidance, check out our previous Convenings’ programming for reference. We are open to considering all of your ideas! Our Philadelphia lead partners, along with our National board, will also be generating a portion of the content. We look forward to reviewing your proposal!

8. If I am accepted, do I have to pay to attend the Convening?

You do NOT have to pay to attend the Convening if you are a presenter! You will receive a free ticket. In fact, we will also pay you an honorarium for your contribution, and provide a stipend for travel expenses if are traveling to Philadelphia to attend the Convening.

9. Who is reviewing proposals?

Proposals received through the open call are reviewed by a selection committee comprised of national and local partners.

10. When will I be notified on the status of my proposal?

You will be notified by January 15, 2019.

11. Can I attend the Convening if my proposal is not accepted?

Absolutely! Public registration will be online in February 2019. Registration fees will be $125 Members / $150 Non-Members / $65 Day passes. Registration includes access to all Convening programming, and 2 dinners, 2 lunches, and 2 breakfasts plus coffee all day during main Convening programming on Friday and Saturday.

12. I can’t afford to attend the Convening if my proposal is not accepted. Can I have a free ticket?

We will offer 25 scholarships to national folks to offset the cost of attendance, including free admission to the Convening and travel support. Please make sure that you are following us on social media/signed up for our email list to be notified when the application for scholarships is available.

13. How many sessions and presenters will you accept from this Open Call?

We anticipate accepting 90 presenters, whose contributions will create approximately 20 sessions and 3-5 artist projects.