Field News | November 2018

Apply for a Scholarship to Attend the 2019 Philadelphia Convening

Deadline: Friday, January 25, 2019 11:59PM PST
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Common Field is committed to creating access for the field to participate in our annual Convening. We’re proud to offer 25 national scholarships, valued at $1,000 and includes a $125 members level ticket, plus $875 for travel and accommodations. The awarded scholarship aims to support arts organizers with the costs of travel and attendance to the April 25-28, 2019 . Award details, eligibility FAQ’s and application guidelines are online.

Support for the Convening Scholarship Program is generously provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Open Call Thanks!

Common Field received 103 applications from organizers in 27 states for our recent Open Call for Convening Proposals. That’s nearly double the applications received in 2017. Thank you so much for proposing, sharing, and collaborating. We’re already astounded by the ideas we’ve seen.

Congratulations Fall 2018 Field Grant Recipients

Common Field is thrilled to announce 2018 Fall 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:

Anti-Oppressive Human Resources for Small Arts Orgs: Women's Center for Creative Work and KCHUNG (Los Angeles, CA)

The Milwaukee Women’s Art Library (MWAL) Intergenerational Exchange: Ashley Janke with the Charles Allis Art Museum (Milwaukee, WI)

Blockchain Valuation for Unprofessionals: Lalena (Brooklyn, NY) and Squeaky Wheel Film and Media Art Center (Buffalo, NY)

Mapping the Philadelphia Arts Ecosystem: The Artblog and Ulises (Philadelphia, PA)

Survive & Thrive: an intergenerational survival guide for Black Philadelphians: The B(A)LM studio, The Philadelphia Student Union and Hakim Pitts (Philadelphia, PA)

Field Histories

For the third published Field History, NAAO Files @ Fales | How it Happened, Penelope Boyer, a long-time organizer and arts activist, who worked for the National Association of Artists’ Organizations (NAAO) — the organization that preceded Common Field and closed in the early 2000s, recalls when NAAO became the plaintiff in the NEA 4 Supreme Court case, National Endowment for the Arts v. Finley, and describes her feelings upon learning the NAAO archive was lost in 2016.

Field Histories commissions texts to tell the stories behind the successful placement of artist organization archives in appropriate institutional contexts. Read more online.

Meet-up: Las Vegas Conversation

On November 10th, Common Field co-hosted a meet-up with Settlers + Nomads and the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. This community-wide conversation brought together 80+ people for an evening of discussion and connecting. During a two hour round-table dialog, organizers acknowledged the generosity and respect that exist in their tight-knit community. They discussed the critical role arts education plays in their local arts-ecosystem, as well as the need for an independent alternative space, emphasizing the role it could play in galvanizing the local network of projects and organizers.

Common Field would like to thank everyone for their engaged participation. We’re dedicated to supporting building local connection, thinking and advocacy as well as ensuring the national arts field has a clear view into the incredible independent artist community in Las Vegas.

Meet-up: Seattle Working Group

Following a successful local gathering in Seattle in the summer of 2017, local organizers Matthew Offenbacher, Common Field board member Anne Focke, and Carole Fuller hosted a working group of artist-centered projects and organizers. The meet-up was held on Tuesday, October 23rd from 6:30-9:00 pm at at Oxbow in Georgetown, Seattle. About sixty people attended to further the work of connecting across communities, supporting each other, and trying to align actions with values. Common Field would like to thank everyone who attended and participated in creating a welcoming and generative experience.

New Network Members

We’re thrilled to welcome 51 new Common Field Network members who have joined from the end of October to date. Learn more about them and the 650+ network online.


CA> Los Angeles, Los Angeles Artist Census. San Francisco, Art Practical, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Public Knowledge. Saratoga, Sming Sming Books.

DL> Wilmington, The Creative Vision Factory.

IL> Chicago, Chicago Park District, Arts & Culture Unit, Disparate Minds, Wedge Projects. Peoria, Illinois Women Artists Project.

MA> Boston, SMFA at Tufts.

ME> Portland, Indigo Arts Alliance.

NV> Las Vegas, UNLV College of Fine Arts, Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art.

NY> New York, Culture Push, Inc. Brooklyn, For Freedoms Federation.

OH> Cincinnati, Anytime Dept.

OR> Portland, Public Annex.

PA> Philadelphia, Bartram's Garden, People's Paper Co-op, Collaborative Cataloging Japan, Jefferson Humanities & Health (@ Thomas Jefferson University).

VA> Reston, Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE).

WA> Seattle, Cogean?, Seattle Artcars.

WI> Nelsonville, Tomorrow River Homestead.

International> Canada, Aiya! Collective.


CA> San Francisco, Stella Lochman. Los Angeles, Maya Mackrandilal.

CT> New Haven, Layet Johnson, Lindsey Mancini.

DC> Washington, Andrea Dietz.

FL> Miami, Michelle Grant-Murray.

IL> Normal, Nicole Garneau.

IN> Indianapolis, Erin Drew.

NY> New York, Alison Burstein, Maia Chao. Jamaica, Monique Dodd. Jackson Heights, Brian Droitcour. Brooklyn, Joelle Te Paske,Kacie Lyn Martinez. Amsterdam, Rachael Rakes.

NC> Boone, Jody Servon.

OR> Portland, Emily Squires.

PA> Haverford, Stephanie Bursese. Philadelphia, Leah Modigliani, Brooke O’Harra.

RI> Providence, Shey Rivera.

TX> San Antonio, Penelope Boyer.
WA> University Place, June Sekiguchi. Seattle, Emily Zimmerman.


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Common Field's mission is to connect, support and advocate for the artist-centered field. Common Field is an organization where your collective power is made visible. The uncertainty, need for change and connection in this current moment make evident how uniquely positioned Common Field is to forge new imaginaries, examples and ideas. As a growing voice for the field, for artists, for the experimental, grass-roots and independent- we need your help!

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Common Field is supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation, The Knight Foundation, Metabolic Studio, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, The Wilhelm Family Foundation and Common Field's national network of members.