Thanks to you and our dedicated and expansive field of artists organizations and organizers, the 2019 Common Field Philadelphia Convening was a huge success! We are humbled and honored to have witnessed an incredible level of engagement and participation from our Network and the national field. 540+ people gathered from April 25 - 28, 2019 and we're excited to share the collective knowledge and materials they generated online with you.

The 2019 Convening Documentation page is where you can find a growing set of resources and tools. Currently you'll find a photo gallery and publication PDF's. In the coming weeks, we'll be adding written notes from every sessions and a video library. Check back often and stay tuned for an update in the June 2019 Field News.

We are thrilled to share a select photo gallery captured throughout the four days of the Convening taken by photographers Constance Mensh with Kait Privitera. In our June Field News, we’ll share videos from All Together Sessions and select highlights from throughout the Convening.

Common Field supported two publications that were distributed at the Convening:

Why Philly?
Ulises and Daniel Tucker collect and share this publication of responses to the question Why Philly? Responses add layered, multivocal dimension that underscores the many Philadelphians—experienced, understood, and navigated differently depending on subjectivity, geography, and many other factors in this deeply fractured and old city.
Download the pdf version of the publication here.

Accessibility In The Arts: A Promise And A Practice
Written by Carolyn Lazard, commissioned by Recess, edited by Kemi Adeyemi, designed by Rosen Tomov & Riley Hooker and supported and made possible by Common Field and Recess. Edition of 500
Accessibility in the Arts: A Promise and a Practice is an accessibility guide geared toward small-scale arts nonprofits and the potentially expansive publics these organizations serve. An online version of the guide is coming this summer at and a downloadable PDF of the book is coming soon!

On behalf of Common Field, we would like to further extend warm gratitude to everyone who made the Convening a success. We are so grateful to all 540+ attendees, participants, organizers, presenters, supporters, and our extensive network of local and national partners for their willingness, curiosity, respectfulness, and generosity, which all helped to make the Convening possible.


See you in Houston! The next Common Field Convening will take place in Houston, Texas in late April 2020. 500+ arts organizers will gather for four days of dialog, discussion, debate, workshops, and practical and social exchanges exploring the state of the artist organization field. Stay tuned for exact dates, details and deadlines for the open call for session proposals, programs, partners and more.


We’re thrilled to welcome 43 new and renewing Common Field Network members who have joined from April 3rd to date. Learn more about them and our 680+ member network online.


CA> Los Angeles > Full Moon Pickles, Roofless Painters
MA> Baltimore, Le Mondo
MI> Minneapolis, The Third Rail
MO> St Louis, FarFetched
NY> New York, Brooklyn, Foundwork, Peoplmovr
NC> Burnsville, SOURCE Studio
OK, Tulsa, Living Arts of Tulsa
OR, Portland, King School Museum of Contemporary (KSMoCA)
PA> Oley, Clay on Main.Philadelphia, Pentimenti Gallery, Culture Trust Greater Philadelphia, Musica Practica / Elettronica Viva, Monument Lab, Past Present Projects, Philadelphia Art Alliance at the University of the Arts, The Artblog, Inc.
TN> Knoxville, Art at the Intersections
TX> Houston, Fresh Arts
WA> Seatlte, Duwamish River Artist Residency, SPECIALIST, Onyx Fine Arts Collective
Intl> Canada> The New Gallery, TRUCK Contemporary Art


CA> San Francisco, Rebeka Rodriguez
Los Angeles, Chris Tyler, Ellen Mcdermott, Kimi Hanauer. Walnut Creek, Shaghayegh Cyrous
LO> New Orleans, Camila Sobral
MA> Cambridge, Neda Moridpour. Housatonic, Monika Burczyk
MI> Grand Rapids, Juana Williams
MO> St. Louis, Keri Robertson
PA> Philadelphia, Nora Elmarzouky, Joshua Simon, Patricia Moss-Vreeland, Heshima Moja, Gerri Spilka, Connie Yu
WA>Auburn, Mario Lemafa

Affiliate Members

NY> New York, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation


Did you know Common Field has an active Listings Board where you can find opportunities, jobs, announcements, services and jobs from Network members? Head to our Listings page to see them all!

New York - Summer Residency 2019 l Upstate NY and Thesis at ALN 2019 l Upstate NY (Opportunity), Arts Letters & Numbers, due May 31, 2019

California - Apply to Join The Collective Residency at Navel and Apply to Serve on the 2020 Programming Committee at Navel (Opportunity), Navel, due June 2, 2019

California - Communications & Outreach Coordinator and Operations & Events Manager (Job), Headlands Center for the Arts, due June, 2019

Maryland - Call for New Media, Film, and Video: Frame & Frequency V (Opportunity), VisArts, due June 7, 2019

Nebraska - Sound Art + Experimental Music Program Manager (Job), Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, due June 30, 2019

North Carolina, Elsewhere Museum 2020 Residency, Elsewhere (Opportunity), due July 8, 2019


Common Field was selected to be a part of Occidental College’s InternLA program- a selective program that allows students to receive grant funding to complete internships in Los Angeles. We are happy to welcome Occidental College student Ellen McDermott to our team from May through the end of July. She is assisting with our Network member program, communications outreach and data management. Learn more about Ellen online.