April 25-28, 2019
Friends Center, Center City, Philadelphia, PA
Facebook Event RSVP

Tickets to the 2019 Philadelphia Convening are now available online. They are selling quickly, so be sure to snag your pass today! You can find detailed information about passes and the link to register via Eventbrite are on our website. 

This year’s Convening program is now online. Dive into the vital four day program sessions and workshops, practical and social exchanges, meals, performances, and creative evening programs. Stay tuned for regular program announcements over the next eight weeks leading up to the Convening.

Eager to book your travel to Philadelphia? Find detailed hotel, housing and logistical information, as well as accessibility and our safer space guidelines online.

Thank You Houston and St. Louis! Recent Common Field Meet-Ups

On January 22, 2019, Common Field along with local organizing partners - Art League Houston, Aurora Picture Show, DiverseWorks, Galveston Arts Center, Project Row Houses - hosted a conversation, gathering and program for local artist-centered spaces, projects and organizers. The Meet-Up brought together more than 75 local organizers who spent the evening discussing challenges, opportunities, and ideas relevant to their local context. Get a deeper view by checking out a summary and notes from the Houston meet-up published on our website.

St. Louis
On February 21, 2019, The Luminarytogether with Common Field hosted more than 50 St. Louis arts organizers at The Fellowship for a Meet-Up and conversation. Special thanks to The Luminary for forging a vision to bring the local network together. We’re excited to ensure our national community has a clear understanding of the incredible work being done in St. Louis. Read the notes from the meet-up on our website.

2019 Field Perspectives

Field Perspectives is a co-publishing initiative organized and supported by Common Field that invites thinking that reflects on the future of the artist organizing field. The 2019 program is a collaboration between Common Field and ten arts publications that is published in two parts.

The first three texts by Chicago Artist Writers (Chicago, IL), The Rib (Boston, MA) and Sixty Inches from Center (Chicago, IL), were published in January 2019. In case you missed them, you can read the essays online:

Chicago Artist Writers: "artists-run futuresex, or, on the husbandry of the libidinal economy" by Kristi McGuire

The Rib: "Aren't We Supposed to Live on the Moon? And Other Unanswered Questions in a Waning Art World," a meandering conversation between Corey Oberlander, Lindsey Stapleton, and Leah Triplett Harrington.

Sixty Inches from Center “Artists Gotta Eat--and Other Things We Forget To Remember” by Tempestt Hazel’s

Part Two, to be published in April 2019, will include texts by Art Papers (Atlanta, GA), The Artblog (Philadelphia, PA), BMore Art (Baltimore, MD), Momus (Canada), Terremoto (Mexico), The Third Rail (Minneapolis, MN) and Title Magazine (Philadelphia, PA). Stay tuned!

New Members Welcome

We’re thrilled to welcome 82 new and renewing Common Field Network members who have joined or renewed from mid-December 2018 to date. Learn more about them and the 640 member network online.


CA> Berkeley, IF/THEN. Oakland, MATATU. Los Angeles, The Artist’s Office, Metabolic Studio.
DC> Washington, Brown Art Inc.
FL> Surfside, Radioee
IL> Chicago, Sixty Inches From Center.
MA> Baltimore, Area 405.
NE> Omaha, The Union For Contemporary Art.
NY> Buffalo, The Buffalo Institute for Contemporary Art. Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum, Social Practices Art Network (SPAN), Shandaken Projects. Kingston, Women’s Studio Workshop. Long Island City, Flux Factory.
NC> Greensboro, Elsewhere.
PA> Philadelphia, Taller Puertorriqueño, Ulises, InLiquid, Neighborhood House, Jerry’s On Front.
TX> Houston, Art League Houston, Lawndale Art Center, Moonmist, Studio Enertia. Fort Worth, Artscream Truck.
WA> Seattle, MadArt.


AR> Bentonville, Pia Agrawal.
CA> Altadena, Joy Silverman. Oakland, Leila Weefur. Glendale, Tyler Green. San Francisco, Kim Nguyen, Richmond, Jerome Rivera Pansa.
CO> Larkspur, Kathryn Hart.
DC> Washington, Dafna Steinberg, Amy Lokoff, Tsedaye Makonnen.
IL> Chicago, Lynette Miranda, Gonzalo Reyes, Dana Bassett, David Sanchez Burr.
IN> Bloomington, Brooke O’Harra and Rozz Gay.
MD> Baltimore, Khadija Adell, Joyell Arvella, Precious Blake.
MA> Jamaica Plain, Anthony Romero.
MI> Detroit, Elise DeChard.
NJ> Jersey City, Carmen Hermo.
NY> Brooklyn, Maia Chao, Stephanye Watts, Gee Wesley, Nerissa Cooney. Albany, David Grozinsky.
OR> Portland, Carissa Burkett, Dominic Amorin, Sonya Hamilton, Madeline Sorenson.
PA> Philadelphia, Maori Karmael Holmes, Andrea Ngan, Sherman Fleming, Denise Valentine, Tania Maria Rios Marrero, Tina Plokarz, Jim Strong, Luxin Zhang, Nyasha Felder, LaTreice Branson, Latyra Blake, Courtney Bowles, Richard Patterson. Cochranville, Emily Artinian.
RI> Providence, Anna Perricci.
TX> Houston, Camilo Gonzales, Hank Hancock, Cecilia Norman, Laura Napier, Donna E.Perkins, Julia Wallace.
Intl> Canada> Pender Island, Fawn Daphne Plessner. Toronto, Emelie Chhangur.

National Endowment for the Arts Approves Grant for Common Field

Common Field is thrilled to announce that we are first time recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). We're honored to have been approved for a $35,000 grant in support of the planning of our upcoming Philadelphia Convening and our Field Histories Project. Thank you to the NEA for this vote of confidence and support, as well as to our peers and policymakers who continue to ensure the NEA endures. Huge congratulations to all of this year's grantees.

VIA Art Fund and Wagner Foundation
Announcing new fund to empower small arts organizations

Letters of inquiry (LOI) accepted on a rolling basis between January 1 - May 10, 2019

VIA Art Fund and Wagner Foundation have partnered to establish a five-year USD 1 million fund to support small to mid-sized nonprofit arts organizations throughout the United States. Building upon their individual missions and common vision for impact in the arts, VIA Art Fund and Wagner Foundation recognize the importance of these entities to both the national arts ecosystem and to local communities. The new Incubator Grant Fund will offer 25 organizations unrestricted grants of up to USD 40,000 to fund general operating costs and/or specific initiatives. Proposals considered under this category include local art spaces focused on production and exhibition; artist residency programs; online or print discursive platforms; and curatorial or artists’ initiatives.