Convening 2022

Washington Hall, Seattle & Online, Sep 30 – Oct 2

Common Field welcomes you to join us this fall in Seattle or online for WHAT NOW? Towards Artist-Led Movements, Friday, Sep 30 – Sunday, Oct 2, 2022. This hybrid event marks the final gathering of Common Field, which has connected, supported, and advocated for a network of independent arts organizations and organizers since 2015. The 2022 gathering, organized in collaboration with an incredible Seattle team, hopes to harness the momentum of existing work, and the potential to grow from within decentralized, artist-driven movements, created by and for communities.

Registration for online attendance is now closed. We will be accepting walk-up registration for in-person attendance through the end of the gathering. To register for onsite attendance only, please visit Eventbrite.

About the Program

WHAT NOW? Towards Artist-Led Movements is a regionally-focused, 3-day hybrid gathering in Seattle, WA and online that envisions the transformative possibilities birthed in moments of uncertainty. This gathering, designed by a Seattle team of artists and organizers in partnership with Common Field, is organized to strengthen creative ecosystems by building collective power and mutual awareness towards activating shared visions and strategies to transform structural inequities. Programming will be holistic and interactive to maximize the engagement and utility of resources. Sessions will include peer-to-peer workshops, collaborative arts network mapping, facilitated conversations, and other embodied practices. A combination of virtual and in-person programs will bring local and national voices together across regions to share the work that's working, and dream the models for our futures. Expect the unexpected.

Programs will address:

  • The Role of Artists: How are artists and cultural workers leading in this moment of recovery and reimagination? How do we come together to build relationships, heal traumas, and resolve conflicts, to better weave together art-led movements? 
  • The Structure of Support: What strategies and resources are needed for economic sustainability and equitable growth? How do we amplify existing solutions and cultivate collective abundance in our artistic ecosystems? 

Learn more about the program via our Event Overview page.

Land Acknowledgment

What is a Land Acknowledgment and Why Do We Do It?
A Land Acknowledgment is a public statement of the name of the Native inhabitants of traditional land. Acknowledgment is a way of showing respect and a step toward correcting the stories and practices that erase Indigenous people’s history and culture and toward inviting and honoring the truth. It also reinforces and centers a relationship between people and land. A land acknowledgement is just the beginning of a practice that is ongoing. We offer ours, a living document that we use to revisit our commitments annually, below along with resources on land acknowledgements and Indigenous sovereignty. We invite you to join us.

Land Acknowledgement
As we enter this site of gathering, both in-person and in virtual space, we acknowledge the tangible manifestations of settler colonialism that persist in person and online, in the physical infrastructure that supports and governs our event and in the structures of institutions like ours.

The organizers of WHAT NOW? would like to acknowledge that we are gathered in-person on the traditional land of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish and Coast Salish Peoples past, present, and future. We honor with gratitude the land itself and the Duwamish Tribe, who have stewarded the land and waters around us for generations. The Duwamish Tribe are among several Washington State tribes working for recognition from the US federal government.

As well, gathering online has a territorial imprint, from server farms on occupied lands to a digital infrastructure divide that leaves many poor and rural communities and reservations without adequate service. How we learn from one another as a field, and knowledge production more broadly is also shaped by colonialism, and must be addressed in whose voices are heard and what meanings are validated. These are part and parcel of the continual displacement of Native people, and disinvestment from Native thought and leadership in our field.

As we gather together, we recognize that our collective well-being and cultural work must honor and center Indigenous futures and leadership. We commit ourselves to be present and learn from Indigenous communities who are the original and ongoing custodians of this land, and to grow our collective decolonial practices as a field. Please join us in expressing our deep gratitude and respect for Indigenous peoples by educating ourselves and each other as we build solidarity, community, and mutuality.


Program Accessibility

Accessibility will be a primary area of focus to ensure that our online and onsite audiences are supported in their participation. ASL and real-time captioning (CART) will be provided for all programs online and onsite. To learn more about the full range of our accessibility committments, visit our Access, Health & Safety page.

Program registration includes tiered, self-selecting sliding-scale ticket prices for online and on-site attendance, with all levels providing access to the hybrid program. During registration, attendees are also be able to make special requests for additional accessibility tools. As always, our team will do our best to accommodate those needs.

Registration for online attendance is now closed. We will be accepting walk-up registration for in-person attendance through the end of the gathering. To register for onsite attendance only, please visit Eventbrite


Onsite attendees will gather at Seattle's historic Washington Hall, located at 153 14th Avenue in the city's Central District. Two off-site evening programs, organized with Program Partners, will be held at Wa Na Wari and Northwest Film Forum. Admission to these events is free with an in-person ticket, but you must RSVP separately to these offsite events within the Eventbrite registration form in order to attend.

Online participants will assemble on a variety of platforms, including Zoom and Discord.

Organizing Partners

Common Field is honored to be organizing this final gathering working in partnership with lead organizers Vee Hua and Julie-C alongside Randy Engstrom, Anne Focke, and Elisheba Johnson. Curatorial advisors include Ebony Arunga, Soulma Ayers, Shelagh Brown, Olisa Enrico, Carolyn Hitt, Yingzhao Liu, Mari Shibuya, Jac Smith, Markeith Wiley, and Boting Zhang. Special thanks to Emily Zimmerman, an early advisor to the project.

Common Field is also proud to be working with partner organizations in Seattle, including Jack Straw Cultural Center for media and documentation, and Wa Na Wari, Northwest Film Forum, and On The Block as program partners. Thanks to ArtsFund, Artist Trust, and Seattle's Artist Coalition for Equitable Development for their outreach support, as well.

Learn more about our partners and advisors on the People page.


Common Field would like to thank the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and 4Culture for their support of this year’s program in Seattle.  

2022 Regional Support Fund

In conjunction with WHAT NOW?, Common Field offered the 2022 Regional Support Fund to provide financial support to local and regional participants for in-person attendance in Seattle from Friday, Sep 30 – Sunday, Oct 2, 2022. These funds aimed to ensure low-barrier access to the event for local and regional attendees by providing free registration for all applicants and advanced funds of up to $200 to offset other costs associated with participation.

The Regional Support Fund application is now closed, and all applicants have been notified.