2019 Convening Philadelphia | Register for Tours + Get to Know Attendees

April 25-28, 2019
Friends Center, Center City, Philadelphia, PA
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Passes to the 2019 Philadelphia Convening are available online. They are selling quickly, so be sure to snag yours today! Passes start at $65 for the day, $125 for members, $150 for non-members and more.

The Common Field Convening is an itinerant gathering that brings together 500+ local and national arts organizers to explore the state of the field of artists organizations and to share resources, knowledge and methods for artist-led, artist-run, and artist-centered projects, spaces and practices.


Thursday, April 25, 2019

Arts, Displacement, and Intentional Communities
Presented by Vashti DuBois, Michael Clemmons, Ian Friday: The Colored Girls Museum
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Registration Required: $35 - $50 sliding scale
*NOTE: Registration for the pre-convening is seperate from the main convening.
Travel to and from The Colored Girls Museum from Friends Center and a boxed lunch is included.
This Pre-Convening program attracts artists and art organizers that face issues of displacement due to changing economies in neighborhoods that they work, create, and live in. How do we build communities intentionally that create sanctuary for the artist and the work they create while at the same time addressing the issues and concerns that are impacting the communities that these art institutions reside in? What are the responsibilities of art organizers and institutions to the communities that they want more engagement from while those same communities (artists included) are vulnerable to displacement in part because of the existence of those institutions?

Tour of Charting a Path to Resistance: An interactive mural at the Philadelphia City Archives
Led by artist and Grizzly Grizzly member Talia Greene
3:30 - 4:30 PM
FREE. Registration required. Tour limited to 20 people.
This tour by Talia Greene is of her recently commissioned work at the Philadelphia City Archives exploring the history of redlining in the city. Join her for a tour and Q&A.


Sunday, April 28, 2019

Sunday’s partner-planned programming provides a unique opportunity to acquire a local and deep grasp of Philadelphia’s arts landscape, and fosters an intimate environment central to further discussing the ideas and themes taking shape throughout the convening. Tours include:

Street Road Reconsidering Place Tour
Presented by Street Road Artists Space
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM. Free. Advance Registration Required.
Meet in Philadelphia for a roughly hour-long ride to rural Pennsylvania to explore suburban and rural artist projects at and nearby Street Road Artists Space.

Tracing the Boundary: Chinatown North Walking Tour
Presented by Asian Arts Initiative, Grizzly Grizzly, and Vox Populi
Tour led by David Kyu, Neighborhood Programs Manager of Asian Arts Initiative.
11:30 AM- 2:00 PM. Free. RSVP Requested on Eventbrite.
Join the art spaces of Callowhill/Chinatown North for a walking tour that will trace the proposed boundaries of recent Business Improvement District proposals. This walking tour invites participants to discuss audiences that are included and excluded by these boundaries, and consider how invisible boundaries shape the future of urban neighborhoods. The tour will conclude with a visit to the historic Rollins Building, 319 N 11th Street, which houses several artist-run galleries. Galleries in the building will have public open hours from 2-6PM to explore on your own.

Lancaster Avenue Open Spaces
Presented by Philadelphia Contemporary
12:00 - 4:00 PM. Free. RSVP Requested on Eventbrite.
Philadelphia Contemporary welcomes Convening attendees to take part in a self-guided exploration of the Lancaster Ave cultural corridor, starting at The Bank for light refreshments before heading off to Spiral Q, Traction Company, and more.

Northeast Philadelphia Galleries & Cultural Spaces Self-Guided Tour
Presented by Ulises
12:00 - 4:00 PM. Free. RSVP Requested on Eventbrite.
Ulises welcomes Convening attendees to take part in a self-guided exploration of arts and cultural spaces throughout Kensington, Fishtown, and surrounding Near NE Philadelphia. Refreshments available at Ulises starting at 11AM.


Want to know who else is coming to the Convening? Find out on our Convening People page. We’ll update the list weekly, so check back often. This year’s gathering will bring together leading arts organizers to discuss critical challenges, and share knowledge and resources of our fields. Get your tickets today to join in.


Peruse the full vital four day program of sessions and workshops, practical and social exchanges, meals, performances, and creative evening programs.

Generous lead support for the Common Field 2019 Philadelphia Convening is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional local support is provided by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage.