Field News May 2018


See you at our next Convening! Stay tuned for information on the open call for session proposals, details, scholarships, and more. In the meantime, find out more about our recent Philadelphia Social held on Friday, April 20th, where we connected with the city’s artists organization community in preparation for next year’s big event.

Field Grants Deadline Coming Up!

Round 1 2018
Due: May 23, 2018

Field Grants provide support to ideas that generate exchange, connection, and thinking on arts organizing projects and practices.

The first round of applications is due soon. Apply here, and click here for more information.

Organizing Towards A Commons: A Text for Terremoto

Last year, Mexico City-based arts magazine Terremoto reached out to us to commission an essay reflecting on Common Field’s history and purpose. Published in Issue 11 and written by founding members James McAnally and Stephanie Sherman, the essay details Common Field’s origins within the context of the artist organization field—and the determined and continued existence and values of both. Read it on our website, or Terremoto’s.

New Website Focus: Resources

Common Field has either spearheaded the making of or collaborated with other organizers on toolkits and guides. Check out our working list of resources available to those in our field, or the Los Angeles directory of artists organizations we compiled in time for last year’s Convening. This material and more is available in the Resource section of our website.


We’re relaunching our member shout-out! Here’s a welcome to the new Common Field member organizations who joined in April.

CA, Los Angeles

Free School of Architecture, Bob Baker Marionette Theater

IL, Chicago

Public Media Institute

MI, Detroit

The Hinterlands

MO, St. Louis

Filipino American Artist Directory

NY, Brooklyn

SOHO20 Artists Inc.

PA, Philadelphia

Taller Puertorriqueño

WA, Richland

Guest House Cultural Capital Program

WI, Madison

Lovey Town


The Institute of Queer Ecology