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Common Field provides a platform for visual arts organizations and organizers to connect with one another and share resources, insights, and opportunities. Join Common Field and become part of a network advocating for the value of the field— to arts funders, the art world, and the world at large.

 

WHO ARE COMMON FIELD MEMBERS?

Common Field members are self-nominating and align with Common Field’s core values.
They:

- Identify as a contemporary, experimental visual arts organization or arts organizer
- Organizations include alternative art spaces, publications, digital exhibition venues, residencies, platforms, collectives, collaboratives, and individual organizers.
- Common Field Network members provide interdisciplinary and hybrid forms for art production, reception, and exchange.
- Directly support artists through fiscal, material, or other kinds of support
- They generate independent, responsive, grassroots, artist-centered cultures.
- They support artists, connect artists with the public in intimate, experimental, and generative ways
- They stimulate ideas, imagination, and innovation in their communities.
- Include artists at the core of the organization or organizing model, as leaders or as constituencies
- Challenge and explore the changing role of visual art and artists in today's world

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WHY JOIN?

There's power in numbers. By aligning together, members generate visibility for our field.

Visibility creates viability. When we become more visible, our value becomes more legible to funders, other art worlds, peripheral fields, and the general public.

Join in the effort to define those artist organizing values—who, how, what, and why—as we grow.

Connect to arts organizers across the country to address shared challenges, resources, and ideas.

Use Common Field as leverage for advocacy in your own community.
 

MEMBER BENEFITS

Get on the map!

Create a profile shared with other members of the field and beyond.

Enjoy discount tickets for Common Field Convenings.

Post listings for Opportunities, Jobs, Services and Announcements to our online national listings directory

Apply to members only opportunities including field grants,open calls for convening proposals, scholarships to attend our annual Convening.

Participate in research projects, forums, chapters and events.

Access resources, toolkits and collaborative archive of documents and resources

Participate in Field Conversations online offering learning and exchange on organizing practices and challenges

SCHOLARSHIPS

Common Field offers competitive scholarships to defray the cost of Network Memberships to Organizations and Organizers. Due to high demand, the scholarship is application based. 

Common Field is a national network of independent visual arts organizations and organizers that connects, supports, and advocates for the artist-centered field. Common Field’s network includes contemporary, experimental, noncommercial artist-centric organizations and organizers including alternative art spaces, publications, digital exhibition venues, residencies, platforms, collectives, collaboratives, and individual organizers. Our members stimulate ideas, imagination, and innovation in their communities.

We encourage you to consider the questions below before you submit your application. 

Please email your answers to the below questions to Ikram Lakhdhar, Network Membership Manager at hello [​at​] commonfield.org. Don’t hesitate to connect with questions. 

1/First and Last Name

2/Email address

3/Location (City, State)

4/URL link (for your website or your organization's website

5/Type of Scholarship requested? 
    -Organization
        -Please state what level Organizational membership you are requesting
    -Organizer

6/Please tell us about the focus of your work / your organization’s mission? 

7/Our network members activate the field and we work to harness connections that encourage diversity and the building and exchange of knowledge. What do you hope to contribute to the Common Field Network? What do you hope to gain from the Network?

 

Network Membership Cancellation and Refund Policy

Common Field is dedicated to ensuring you are satisfied with your Membership to the Network. If for any reason, you do not wish to remain a member, we offer a full refund within 30 days of of payment for both new and renewing members. Requests for membership cancellations and refunds should be sent via email to hello@commonfield.org. Common Field will reply within 7 days. Your refund will be issued back to the credit card you used to pay for the membership with. 

If you joined the Network with a scholarship or Coupon, you may request a cancellation within 30 days by sending an email to hello@commonfield.org. 

 

NETWORK MEMBERSHIP FAQs

Need some help with your network member account on commonfield.org? You’ve come to the right place.
 

HOW DO I JOIN COMMON FIELD AS A NETWORK MEMBER?

Go to the Join page. Read more about our network and organizational values to decide if Common Field is a good fit for you. Choose the membership level right for you. Complete your account and billing information. Look for a confirmation e-mail with a password to activate your new membership. Activate your account at the Login page. Type in: Username (Your e-mail address) and Password (The password e-mailed to you.)You can change your password any time in the “New Password” section on the Account page. Fill out your public profile. Once you’re finished, save your information. And that’s it! Need help making your profile and activating your account? See below.
 

HOW DO I MAKE A PUBLIC PROFILE?

Check out our video tutorial on how to create a profile.
Your account is not activated until you login with the password that is sent to your inbox. We request that you activate your account by logging in and completing your public profile. ead to the Login page to type in your username and password. Then fill out your public profile. Once you’re finished, save your information.


HOW DO I UPDATE AND CHANGE MY PUBLIC PROFILE?

To change and update your public profile, enter your username and password in the Login page. Under the public profile section, you can change your information anytime, and then click update. Your new information will be saved. We encourage you to keep your profile up to date your latest information, details and data.


HOW DO I CHANGE MY MEMBERSHIP TYPE BETWEEN ORGANIZATION AND ORGANIZER?

Only Common Field can change your membership type. If you’d like to switch, please email us at hello [​at​] commonfield.org and we’ll help you.  If you’d like to have TWO memberships (one for your organization and one for you as an individual, please note that you cannot create two accounts with the same email address.
 

HOW DO I MAKE A FREE LISTING?

Check out our video tutorial on how to create a listing.
In order to make a listing, you must be a current member of Common Field.
Creating a listing is an easy process thanks to our user friendly website. Once you login to your account, head to the LISTINGS section, and then click on Post Listing. Fill out all the required information, then click on Post Listing at the bottom of the page to save your information. Your brand new Listing page will then be published and accessible to the public for viewing and sharing on our website here.


HOW DO I USE THE FORUM?

The Forum is a place for Common Field members to discuss topics of interest and to connect to each other in a safe digital environment. In order to participate in the Forum, login to your Common Field account by entering your username and password, then head to the FORUM section. There, you may either participate in an existing discussion or create a new topic. We encourage you to read our community guidelines before participating in the forum.
 

I FORGOT MY PASSWORD. HOW DO I GET A NEW ONE?

Forgot your password? No problem! You can request a new password any time in the “New Password” section on the Account page.


WHAT IS A KEYCODE? HOW DO I USE A KEYCODE?

A Keycode is a coupon that provides you with a free membership.
Hooray! You have access to free Common Field membership. You may enter your keycode either when registering as a new member or renewing your membership as an existing member. In both cases, you can enter your Keycode at the checkout page in the membership subscription and payment section to redeem your free year. We advise you to inquire on the date validity of your keycode to make sure and use it before it expires.


I HAVE A KEYCODE. WHY DO I NEED TO INPUT MY CREDIT CARD INFORMATION?

Our website requires you to have credit card information on file in order to start or renew an account. You will only be charged when your free membership is over and if your subscription is set to renew. If you’d like to opt out of a paid subscription once your free membership has ended, you can do so by logging into your account at commonfield.org/login, and choosing the “Do not auto-renew my membership” If you do opt to have your account renew, you’ll receive a receipt once your card is billed. You will also receive two notifications before your card is billed 30 and 10 days prior.


MY ORGANIZATION IS CLOSING.I DO NOT WISH TO RENEW MY MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTION. HOW CAN I ENSURE I DON’T GET CHARGED IN THE NEXT BILLING CYCLE?

We understand that sometimes organizations close. . If you do not wish to remain an active member of Common Field Network and you’d like to opt out of a paid subscription, you can do so by logging into your account at commonfield.org/login, and choosing the “Do not auto-renew my membership.” When your subscription expires, your profile will become inactive and will no longer appear on the Common Field website. If you decide to  have your account renew, your profile will be visible and you’ll receive a receipt once your card is billed.


I WAS RECENTLY CHARGED FOR MY SUBSCRIPTION BUT I DO NOT WISH TO  RENEW MY MEMBERSHIP. CAN I GET A REFUND?

We apologize that you were charged for an unwanted payment. We are able to refund members within our refund policy and guidelines. If you need assistance, you can reach out to hello [​at​] commonfield.org.


I WOULD LIKE TO CANCEL MY COMMON FIELD MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTION. HOW CAN I DO THAT?

If for any reason, you’d like to cancel your account please reach out directly to hello [​at​] commonfield.org. If you wish to maintain your account information on our website in case you want to re-join Common Field in the future, we advise you to select “do Not Re-Activate my account” , and your account will become inactive when the next billing cycle starts.


MY ACCOUNT IS INACTIVE. HOW DO I RE-ACTIVATE IT?

To re-activate your membership, login to your account and under your membership subscription and payment tab, enter valid billing information then click to save. Once you have updated your payment information, your membership should become active again.


HOW DO I KNOW WHETHER I SHOULD SIGN UP AS AN ORGANIZER OR AN ORGANIZATION?

Good question! If you are associated with, run, or work for an organization within the field—so, unless you are an independent organizer—we recommend that you first start a profile for this organization. You can only start one profile per subscription—so, note that if you’d like to list yourself as an organizer, you will be required to make an additional payment and will need to use a unique email for each account. .


CAN I SET UP MULTIPLE PROFILES FOR VARIOUS MEMBERS OF THE SAME ORGANIZATION?

Yes, you can, but they would need to be listed as independent organizers, and each profile would require a different subscription. Please note, you’ll need to use a unique email address for each account.


I'M NOT SEEING MY ORGANIZATION/MYSELF LISTED ON THE COMMON FIELD NETWORK MAP. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Most likely, it’s because you did not Activate your membership. When you sign up to become a member, you’ll receive an email with a password that allows you to log in and activate your account. Once you log in, please fill out your public profile and check your account settings to be sure it’s to your liking.

If you’ve completed the entire process of starting a new account—including logging into the site and filling out your new profile—and you still don’t see yourself or your organization on the new network map, please contact us at hello [​at​] commonfield.org.


I CANNOT ACCESS MY ACCOUNT. I REQUESTED A NEW PASSWORD BUT IT DOES NOT WORK WITH ANY OF MY EMAIL ADDRESSES.  


We’re sorry about that. We’re happy to help you access your account! Please reach out to hello [​at​] commonfield.org to find out the email you registered your account with. Once you have that email, you can access your account with that email. If you need a new password, you can request a new password any time in the “New Password” section on the Account page.

 

MEMBERSHIP FOR ORGANIZATIONS

Organizations, spaces, or ongoing collaborative projects should select a membership level that fits their annual budget. Each organization member will receive one Common Field profile and log-in, but membership benefits apply to all the organization's core group members and/or staff.

Organizational members can include contemporary, experimental, artist-centered organizations and organizers including alternative art spaces, publications, digital exhibition venues, residencies, platforms, collectives, collaboratives, and much more. 

Organizational Affiliate Memberships are friends of the field including other networks, funders, and institutionas that are alligned with Common Field's values but that are larger in scale. 

MEMBERSHIP FOR ORGANIZERS

Independent individuals (curators, artists, administrators, consultants, writers, and others) who aren’t currently affiliated with an organization should sign-up as organizers. Organizer memberships grant benefits to only one person, and members are listed by the person’s name, not by their project(s). 

We encourage individuals who lead or work for a group that fits Common Field's profile to sign-up as their organization rather than as an independent organizer.