Field News September 2018

Open Call For Proposals | 2019 Philadelphia Common Field Convening
Deadline to Apply: Monday, November 5, 2018, 11:59pm PST
Apply Online

Common Field is now accepting proposals from arts organizers and organizations in the form of Conversations, Dialogues, Panels, Projects/Tours, Reports from the Field, and Workshops for the 2019 Philadelphia Convening. The Convening develops local and national peer connectivity, builds knowledge from the field, and creates a growing set of resources to share broadly. All current Network members are eligible to apply. Not a member? Join us.

Philadelphia Convening Partners

We’re excited to announce our growing list of 2019 Philadelphia Convening partners who’ll work with Common Field to shape the Convening program, sites, commissions and local goals. Partners include Asian Arts Initiative, BlackStar Film Festival, Icebox Project Space, Philadelphia Contemporary, Slought, Street Road, Li Sumpter, Taller Puertorriqueño, Temple Contemporary, The Colored Girls Museum, Daniel Tucker, Ulises, and Vox Populi. (list in formation).

One Week Left to Apply | Field Grants 2018

Deadline to Apply: Oct 3, 2018
Application and guidelines are online.

Field Grants provide support to ideas that generate exchange, connection, and thinking on arts organizing projects and practices. Through this project, Common Field seeks to facilitate the development and distribution of knowledge and a growing understanding and value of the artist organization field. Field Grants have supported 20 projects since its inception in 2016, including Acre, The Chart, Central Features, DIRT, Women’s Center for Creative Work and others.

Field Histories | Common Field’s Newest Project

Through a series of commissioned texts, Field Histories aim to tell the stories behind the successful placement of art space archives in appropriate institutional contexts, in order to encourage Common Field members to be aware of their archives’ value; and to promote creative thinking in preservation of their own materials.

Read the first published Field Histories text by Anne Focke, Good Night And/Or A Wake, An Incomplete Story Of One’s Organization’s Archives. Learn more about Field Histories Context in a Statement by Common Field Board Member, Martha Wilson.

Common Field Meet-Ups

Meet-ups bring together arts organizers in various geographic locations to discuss challenges, opportunities, and ideas relevant to their local context and national purview.

Seattle | Oct 23, 2018
Following a successful local gathering in Seattle in the summer of 2017, local organizers Matthew Offenbacher with Anne Focke and Carole Fuller are teaming to host a working group of artist-centered projects and organizers. The meet-up will take place on Tuesday, October 23rd from 6:30 PM -9:00 PM at at Oxbow in Georgetown, Seattle.

Las Vegas | Nov 10, 2018
In partnership with Settlers + Nomads and Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, Common Field is excited to connect to the many artist-centered spaces, projects and organizers in Las Vegas to celebrate opportunities and to discuss current challenges through a conversation and gathering. The program will take place at the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, University of Nevada, Las Vegas on Saturday, November 10, 2018, from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM.

New Network Members Welcome
Welcome to the new Common Field Network members who have joined from mid- August to date. Check out Common Field’s nearly 600 + Member Network online.


CA > Oakland, Mutual Stores. Los Angeles, NAVEL, Peoples Lab
IA> Des Moines, Mainframe Studios
NY> New York, Earle
OR> Portland, Womxn House
PA > Philadelphia, Twelve Gates Arts, Garden of Forking Paths, Just Act, Extension of Communication, All That Philly Jazz, The Colored Girls Museum
TX > Austin, Unlisted Projects
VA > Richmond, Corner Office Space
WA> Seattle, Oxbow, Snag


CHI >Illinois, Helen Maurene Cooper
MA > Quincy, Whitney Mashburn
NY > Brooklyn, Mollie Flanagan. Rosendale, Frances Vigna
PA > Philadelphia, Samantha Connors, Angelica Hue
WA> Palouse, Jackie Barry

Common Field Network Members Scholarship
Common Field offers scholarships to provide access to Network Memberships for those who need it. 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? Check out how you can join Common Field in our scholarship section! We want to hear from you.

From the Common Practice Archive: In Praise of Small and Thought Experiment

Common Field is excited to re-publish and share Common Practice New York’s publication Near Contact on our website. Common Practice New York (2012-2018) was an advocacy group that fostered research and discussions about the role of small-scale arts organization in New York City. Near Contact comprises two pieces; David Joselit’s essay, In Praise of Small, a seven-point litany on the work of small-scale organizations and the unique challenges they face; and Amy Lien & Enzo Camacho’s Thought Experiment reflects different models of organizing around art—particularly “contemporary art” —both within and outside its supposed centers. Download the PDF.