April 25-28, 2019
Friends Center, Center City, Philadelphia, PA
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The 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.

Convening Registration Is Still Open
Registration to attend the Common Field Philadelphia Convening is open and passes are available online at We offer a range of registration options from 65 USD for a day pass, to 125 USD for a members pass and 150 USD for non-members. Passes are still available but are selling out quickly. Get yours today!

Convening Break Out Sessions
The 2019 Convening features 23 break-out sessions selected from a free, open call for proposals. It will support 84 presenters whom each receive a speaker honorarium and for those traveling from outside of Philadelphia a travel stipend. Break Out sessions feature a unique critical array of themes and topics that survey the artist organization field. We’re excited to feature 11 Friday break-out sessions below and will highlight the 12 Saturday sessions in our next Field News:

Friday, April 26, 2019

We Like Our Size, Thank You: resisting organizational growth within capitalism
Presenters: Liat Berdugo, Dorothy Santos, Leila Weefur, Jerome Rivera Pansa
Organized by Liat Berdugo, Living Room Light Exchange

The Company You Keep | The Role of Partnership in Artist Residencies
Presenters: Stephanye Watts, Recess; Nicholas Weist, Shandaken Projects; Nat Roe, Flux Factory
Organized by Rethinking Residencies

Practices in Collective Care
Presenters: Dianne Loftis, Li Sumpter, LaTreice Branson, Andrea Ngan
Organized by Dianne Loftis, Creative Resilience Collective

Out of Sight: A Conversation on Visual Arts Podcasting
Presenters: Dana Bassett, Tyler Green, Gonzalo Reyes Rodriguez, Agustina Woodgate
Organized by Dana Bassett, Bad at Sports

Powerful Vulnerable
Presenters: Mary Magsamen, Carol Stakenas, Pia Agrawal, Denise Valentine
Organized by Mary Magsamen, Aurora Picture Show

The (Re)Making of Memory
Presenters: Martina Dodd, Monique Muse Dodd, Tsedaye Makonnen, Tiona Nekkia McClodden
Organized by Martina Dodd, Atlanta University Center

Archiving for Now and Later
Presenters: Cameron Shaw, Anna Perricci
Organized by Cameron Shaw, Common Field Board Member

DIY Residencies in Non-Urban Environments: Building visibility, diversity and sustainability outside an urban-centric art world
Presenters: Carolina Porras, Alicia Toldi, Elise DeChard, Rubina Martini
Organized by Carolina Porras and Alicia Toldi, Piney Wood Atlas

Practicing a Politics of Difference in Arts & Culture
Presenters: Lizania Cruz, Kimi Hanauer, Lynnette Miranda
Organized by Kimi Hauner, Press Press

Legends from the Formation of the Field: NAAO & NCFE
Presenters: Joy Silverman, Charlotte R. Murphy, Penny Boyer
Organized by Penny Boyer

Can Artists Be Policy Makers?
Presenters: Darryl Ratcliff, Maya Crawford, Arnoldo Hurtado, Gwen Meharg
Organized by Darryl Ratcliff, Creating Our Future


Common Field is excited to announce the publication of seven new texts as part of the 2019 Field Perspectives Program. Read the essays online.

Field Perspectives 2019 is a co-publishing initiative organized and supported by Common Field inviting thinking that reflects on the future of the artist organizing field. The program, a collaboration between Common Field and nine arts publications, is published in two parts. Part Two includes texts by The Artblog (Philadelphia, PA), BMore Art (Baltimore, MD), Momus (Canada), Terremoto (Mexico), The Third Rail (Minneapolis, MN) and Title Magazine (Philadelphia, PA). Part One includes texts by Chicago Artist Writers (Chicago, IL), The Rib (Boston, MA) and Sixty Inches from Center (Chicago, IL).

The Artblog published Logan Cryer's piece "Revisioning and setting boundaries in our artistic practices," an essay that deals with the anxiety young artists feel about stepping into a world with expectations of success that possibly won't be met.

BmoreArt published Cara Ober’s essay “Artspeak and Audience: Language as Bridge or Barrier,” an argument for clear, compelling, and jargon-free art writing.

MOMUS published Catherine Wagley’s essay "But Can a Spirit Burn?": Alternatives for Art Under Capital. In this essay, which weaves historical depth with a probing of the author's personal experience, Catherine G. Wagley queries the recurrent urge for artists to envision utopian alternatives to the way we live and work.

Terremoto's Editor-in-Chief, Diego del Valle Ríos, wrote the essay "The Possibility of Uncertainty" in which he reflects on the condition of precarization shared within the art community in Mexico as a consequence of an imposed model of professionalization that normalizes and promotes individuality and relations of competition and abuse.

The Third Rail published two new texts. Johanna Hedva's essay, "The Mysticism of Mosh Pits, Or, The Mess of Sociality, Or, Have You Ever Seen Lightning Bolt Live?" This essay uses the experience of seeing the band live as a way to talk about the inherent mess of sociality and the role catharsis plays in how we belong to each other, for better or worse. Yasmeen Siddiqui’s "An Art Press for the Ages: a declaration of purpose and method about Minerva Projects and Press". This cartographic text examines how the new press approaches historicizing and theorizing artists who draw on difficult and unfamiliar histories. In effect, Siddiqui proposes ways to address the challenges inherent to inclusivity and how the field can recenter experimentation, collaborative authorship, and context.

Title Magazine publishes "(INDEX ( MODEL ( POSSIBLE ART WORLDS)))" by curator, writer, and artist Kelsey Halliday Johnson, an essay that excavates the conceptual art collective Art & Language’s 1970 call for a plurality of art worlds.

In January, three additional essays were published in Part One:
Chicago Artist Writers commissioned artist-educator, writer, and researcher Kristi McGuire to write her essay "artists-run futuresex, or, on the husbandry of the libidinal economy" that considers how capitalism warps the experience of time, making even notions of "the future" suspect.

The Rib published "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 that considers the side project hustle.

Sixty Inches from Center published Tempestt Hazel’s essay, “Artists Gotta Eat--and Other Things We Forget To Remember,” a look into what it means for institutions and the cultural workers making moves within them to advocate for fair pay for artists, illuminate invisible creative labor, and an ecosystem that forefronts ethical compensation practices for artists.


Common Field is excited to welcome two arts leaders to our Board of Directors.Please welcome Jackie Clay and Jessica Lynne. Their deep commitment to the field, leadership in their communities and role in supporting artists and organizers make them wonderful new additions to our Board.

Jackie Clay is executive director at the Coleman Center for the Arts (York, Alabama), a contemporary arts non-profit in rural West Alabama. She is a writer and curator; most broadly her intellectual practice centers black visual culture. More recently she curated an exhibition of early black, mainly queer video artist.

Jessica Lynne is a writer and art critic. She is co-founder and editor of ARTS.BLACK, a journal of art criticism from Black perspectives.


In December 2018 Common Field initiated an open nomination process for its Board of Directors, as part of our ongoing effort to build a board that reflects our field and the wide range of folks working in it—across geographies, practices, skill sets, and experiences. We were overwhelmed with the interest, and we received many more strong candidates than we had the capacity to invite at this time. In an effort to remain open and responsive to our field, we will keep this form open throughout the year. Our next review of nominees will likely be in the summer of 2019. Find more information on the board nomination process online.


We’re thrilled to welcome 26 new and renewing Common Field Network members who have joined from February 28, 2019 to date. Learn more about them and our 650+ member network online.


CT> Hartford, Real Art Ways
Itinerant> Momus
IL> Chicago, Free Write Arts & Literacy
KS> Witchita, Harvester Arts
MO> St. Louis, Flood Plain, Who Raised You? Listening Collective
NY> Brooklyn, Truthworker Theatre Company
PA> Philadelphia, Artists U, cinéSPEAK, FJORD GALLERY LLC, The Art Dept Collective, The Print Center
TX> Houston, Zine Fest Houston
WA> Twisp, TwispWorks Foundation
WA> Seattle, Artist Coalition for Equitable Development, Community Arts Create
Intl> Ellensburg, Gallery One Visual Arts Center


AL> York> Jackie Clay
CA> Glendale, Hayk Makhmuryan,Los Angeles, Ikechukwu Onyewuenyi
CT> Stratford> Sonja Roach
DL> Hockessin, Carol Mauer
PA> Philadelphia, Arielle Brown
MA> Brookline, Eunsong Kim
MI> Saint Louis, Con Christeson
NY> Brooklyn, Arno Mokros, Laura Ceron Melo
Intl> Winnipeg, Divya Mehra
Inyl> Vancouver, Jonny Sopotiuk
TX> Austin, Andrew Suggs. Houston, Christine West, Eepi Chaad, Kaitlyn Ellison, Megan Sparks, Lucas Peter.
Itinerant> Jessica Lynne
WA> Auburn, Mario Lemafa, Seattle, Elisheba Johnson. Tacoma, Asia Tail

Affiliate Members:
CA>San Diego, City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture
MA> Boston, VIA Art Fund

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