Field News August 2018

Now Accepting Proposals For The 2019 Philadelphia Common Field Convening

Deadline to apply: Monday, November 5, 2018, 11:59pm PST

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Common Field is excited to announce our open call for proposals for the 2019 Philadelphia Convening. Common Field invites proposals from arts organizers and organizations in the form of Conversations, Dialogues, Panels, Projects/Tours, Reports from the Field, and Workshops. All current Network members are eligible to apply. Learn more about joining online. Scholarships to join the Network are available.

The 2019 Philadelphia Common Field Convening | Venue

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 online.

Philly Field Conversations Archive

In June and July, Common Field partnered with four Philadelphia based organizations - Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia Contemporary, Taller Puertorriqueño, and Ulises - to organize and host a series of conversations that engaged with core concerns of local arts landscape. These events addressed questions of institutional scale for responsive support in shifting community and arts landscapes, partnerships and other collaborative models of engagement for social impact, and POC-centered organizing toward an intersectional coalition in Philadelphia.

We're excited to share notes and encourage you to gain insight and understanding from these four conversations. Download the notes here.

New Network Members Welcome

Welcome to the new Common Field Network members who have joined in July to date in August 2018. Check out Common Field’s full 550+ Member Network online.


AR > Admiral, Novak Graphics Inc.
CA > Los Angeles, Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (LACA), Veggie Cloud. San Francisco, ArtSpan Open Studios of San Francisco
MA > Waltham, Blueprint Projects
PA > Philadelphia, Esther Klein Gallery
PR > San Juan, Beta-Local
TX > Galveston, Galveston Artist Residency


NY > New York, Ashley Middleton. Dobbs Ferry, Dorothy Dunn
PA > Philadelphia, Alison Kruvant, Bailey + Dodds, Chanel Williams, Daniel Park, Li Sumpter, Tina Plokarz

Congratulations Spring 2018 Field Grant Recipients

Common Field is thrilled to announce 2018 Spring Field Grants awardees. The projects were selected by a panel of Network members and provide support to ideas that generate exchange, connection, and thinking on arts organizing projects and practices.

Explore what these members have in the works to galvanize the field! Grantees include:

Inter-Libraries: Press Press (Baltimore, MD) and Wendy's Subway (Brooklyn, NY)

RURAL-ity: Chats & Outreach: Guest House Cultural Capital Residency / GHCCR (Richland, WA) and The Old Furnace Artist Residency / OFAR (New Market, VA)

Epic Fail Dinner Party: Arts Organizers Gather to Demystify Failure: Slought, Lillian Dunn and Aislinn Pentecost-Farren (Philadelphia, PA)

Performance, Audience Engagement, and Interpretation: On the Boards (Seattle, WA) Portland Institute for Contemporary Art / PICA (Portland, OR)

Field Grants 2018 | Apply by October 3rd for Round 2

Field Grants provide support to ideas that generate exchange, connection, and thinking on arts organizing projects and practices. Don’t miss the chance to apply by October 3rd, 2018. Find out more here.

Welcome Ikram!

Common Field is excited to introduce Ikram Lakhdhar, the newest staff member of the Common Field Los Angeles team, as the Communications + Network Membership Manager. Ikram is a Tunisian-born curator, art historian, arts writer and poet. She is the co-founding editor at DIRT and her practice investigates transnational studies, revolutionary aesthetics, Arab and Muslim feminism, critical race, queer, performance theories and the politics of representation in visual culture. She recently earned an M.A. in Arts Politics from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.