Update: March 18, 2020:

The Common Field Convening – originally scheduled to take place in Houston, TX from April 23 - 26, 2020 – is moving online in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. In this unprecedented situation, there remains an urgent need to stay connected, build knowledge from the field and create a growing set of broadly-shared resources accessible to all. To that end, registration for this year’s virtual Convening will be FREE. It’s of course a dynamic moment for all of us, so we’ll share the new schedule, program and free registration process with you as they are ready in the coming days.

The Convening is a critical platform for artist organizations and organizers from across the US. We are profoundly grateful to our Houston Partners, the extended Houston community, and hundreds of participating arts organizers nationwide for their incredible, ongoing dedication to the program. We draw inspiration from these extraordinary collaborators as we affirm our commitment to building platforms that engage with shared histories, create new connections, combat the physical isolation of our current reality, and strategize evolved forms of collectivity and caretaking.

Common Field is committed to paying all fees to the arts organizers, presenters, writers and artists we planned to work with in the original version of the Convening – regardless of their ability to participate in this transformed iteration. It’s a Core Value of Common Field’s to demonstrate equitable pay and to center mutual support.


Common Field is working to further open pathways for our field to connect with each other directly and leverage our expansive collective wisdom at this time.

We encourage you to continue adding knowledge to the ever-evolving open document, COVID-19 Resources for the Artist Organization Field. Thank you to so many who have helped this resource grow and extend beyond our immediate network.

We want to hear from you! We invite you to share your ideas, needs and questions through this open form around how we might best organize for both you and the broader field in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Soon, we’ll host Common Hour, a new responsive online Field Conversation. Hosted by Miami based arts organizer Rosie Gordon-Wallace of Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator, Common Hour hopes to provide a space for network members and beyond to connect, think and talk in an open format. We hope this emergent space can help link us all in this urgent moment. If you are interested in participating, please fill out this brief form and we’ll share login details as well as community guidelines around sharing space with care.

How is Common Field preparing for potential impact of the COVID-19 outbreak?

Update: March 12, 2020:

We are currently developing strategies for adapting and are preparing for a shift around this year’s Convening, originally planned for April 23 - 26, 2020 in Houston, TX. Changes to the program will be posted on our website and accompanied by announcements to all attendees as well messaging across all of our social media channels and email lists.

Our primary focus is the well-being of our community partners and extended national network. As our community addresses the issues around COVID-19 (coronavirus), we’ll continue to share our thinking and ensure clear, transparent and regular updates.

We also invite you to add knowledge to the open document, COVID-19 Resources for the Artist Organization Field, accessible via the link in our bio. Common Field regularly sources and shares knowledge from the field. With that spirit in mind, we’re calling upon you to add resources, ideas, thinking and information surrounding best practices during pandemics and other emergencies.

Take care and connect responsibly in this moment of great uncertainty.

Update: March 9, 2020:

As our extended community addresses the issues around COVID-19 (coronavirus), we’ll continue to share our thinking and ensure clear, transparent and regular updates. We’re focused on the well-being of our many community partners and extended national network.

As of March 9, 2020 the Common Field Houston Convening is proceeding as scheduled from April 23 - 26, 2020. We will continue to evaluate the situation based on current information as we receive it. If any changes occur, we will make updates to our website and communicate the news through all of our public channels.

We continue to encourage our community members to become familiar with the facts about COVID-19 and use the links below to learn more.

As of March 9, 20202, Common Field is extending the ability to cancel registration and receive a refund to any registered individual who will find it difficult to attend the Convening in Houston from April 23 - 26, 2020.

Evenbrite does not allow the refund policy to be changed once registration opens (we wish they would!). However, Common Field is happy to issue a 100% refund to ANY registered individual up until April 23rd - the day the Convening begins. To request a refund follow Eventbrite’s instructions (you can also find a link on the email confirmation you received from Eventbrite).

Update: March 4, 2020:

Common Field is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak. As of March 4, 2020, we are continuing to move forward with the Common Field convening as planned. We care about the health and well being of our community. Common Field encourages our community members to become familiar with the facts about COVID-19.

Common Field will continue to post updates here. For any individual concerns about the upcoming Houston Common Field Convening please do not hesitate to email us at courtney [​at​] Thank you.