Convening 2019

Philadelphia, Apr 25–28


Mark your calendars! The next Common Field Convening will take place in Philadelphia, PA. From April 25 - 28, 2019, nearly 500 arts organizers will gather for three days of dialog, discussion, debate, workshops, and practical and social exchanges exploring the state of the artist organization field. This will accompany dinners, performances, and thoughtful evening programming planned in collaboration with Philadelphia’s artist organization community. Stay tuned for more details.

We’re excited to leap forward to the spring of 2019, instead of hosting the Convening in the fall as we’ve done in the past. We believe that more time to plan and engage the local and national artist organization network will lead to a more thoughtful, inclusive and impactful gathering.

The Common Field Convening is an itinerant gathering that brings together organizers nationwide to share resources, knowledge and methods for artist-led, run, and centered projects, spaces and practices. Check out the 2017 Convening archive here.

Philadelphia Partners

We’re excited to announce our growing list of 2019 Philadelphia Convening partners who’ll work with Common Field to shape the Convening program, sites, commissions and local goals. Partners include:

Asian Arts Initiative
BlackStar Film Festival
Icebox Project Space
Philadelphia Contemporary
Street Road
Li Sumpter
Taller Puertorriqueño
Temple Contemporary
The Colored Girls Museum
Daniel Tucker
Vox Populi

(List in Formation) 


This is a brief Convening overview that is subject to change. Be sure to check back regularly to see the full schedule. Take a look at the 2017 Los Angeles Convening schedule here.



10:00 AM - 5:00 PM / Pre-Conference and Network Gatherings (Separate registration required)
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM / OPTIONAL: Off-Site Programs, Tours and Adventures around Philadelphia
6:30 - 10:00 PM / Convening Registration & Check In
6:30 - 10:00 PM / Official Convening Kick-off Party


FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2019

9:00 AM  - 6:00 PM / Convening Registration & Check In
9:00 - 9:45 AM / Breakfast available. Coffee available all day.
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM / Convening Sessions
7:30 - 11:00 PM / Satellite Dinners around Philadelphia



9:00 AM  - 5:00 PM / Convening Registration & Check In
9:00 - 10:00 AM / Breakfast available. Coffee available all day.
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM / Convening Sessions
5:00 - 8:00 PM / Break and Dinner on your own
8:00 PM - MIDNIGHT /Evening Program and Closing Night Celebration


SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2019

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM / OPTIONAL: Reflection, Wrap-Up and Closing Meeting
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM / OPTIONAL: Off-Site Programs, Tours and Adventures around Philadelphia


Common Field invites proposals from arts organizers and organizations in the form of Conversations, Dialogues, Panels, Projects/Tours, Reports from the Field, and Workshops. The 2019 Philadelphia Convening will take place at the Friends Center and a wide range of sites across the city. All current Network members are eligible to apply. To learn more about joining, visit online. Scholarships to join the Network are available.

The Common Field Convening is an annual itinerant gathering that brings together 450+ visual arts organizers to share resources, ideas, and methods for artist-centered spaces, projects and practices. The goal of the Convening is to develop local and national peer connectivity, build knowledge from the field, and create a growing set of resources to share broadly.

READ Open Call Guidelines

APPLY Online 

Common Field is committed to supporting all session organizers and presenters with an honoraria and travel stipend. Proposals received through the open call will be reviewed by both National and Philadelphia partners.

Key Dates:
Guidelines and Application Online: August 15, 2018
Deadline to Submit Proposals: Monday, November 5, 2018, 11:59PM PST.
Convening Participation Acceptance Notification: January 15, 2019
Convening Dates: April 25 - 28, 2019



The core 2019 Philadelphia Convening sessions will take place at the Friends Center: The Quaker Hub for Peace and Justice, a center for many organizations working for peace and social justice and a hub for local and global Quaker activity. Learn more about them at


Common Field continues to learn from and build relationships with Philadelphia’s artist organization community. Our first public event was a meet-up in December 2017 that took place at Slought. More recently we hosted a Social in April 2018 at the Asian Arts Initiative.

In June and July we’ve co-organized Philly Field Conversations, a series of collaboratively organized events facilitated by local arts leaders who prompt dialogue on an issue or range of topics central to Philadelphia arts organizing. Common Field initiated the series to engage with the core concerns of the local arts landscape through discussion and discovery, and will utilize what’s learned in the process toward program and partner development for its 2019 Convening in Philadelphia. 

See event page for full details.

Conversation #1 with Ulises
Monday, June 11, 2018, 6:30-8:30PM
Download notes from Ulises Conversation here

Conversation #2 with Taller Puertorriqueño
Tuesday, July 17, 2018, 6:30-8:30PM
Download notes from the Taller Puertorriqueño Conversation here

Conversation #3 with Philadelphia Contemporary
Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 6:30-8:30PM
*Off-Site Location: Uncle Bobbie’s People’s Education Center
Download notes from Philadelphia Conversation here

Conversation #4 with Asian Arts Initiative
Saturday, July 21, 2018, 1:00-3:00PM
Download notes from the Asian Arts Iniative Conversation here


Lead support for the 2019 Philadelphia Common Field Cnvening has been provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

Additional support is provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage