We are humbled and honored to have witnessed an incredible level of engagement from our Network and national artist organization field at the 2019 Common Field Philadelphia Convening. We are excited to share Convening resources and knowledge on the including publications, sessions notes, photos, videos, texts from the Field Futures? All-Together Session, a Convening data report and community care letter from our Board of Directors.

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.

We are thrilled to share our comprehensive video library of the 2019 Philadelphia Convening. These videos are multimedia records of all three All Together Sessions, partner-led tours, overview of the Convening and daily highlights. View all the videos in our Documentation page.

We believe that our best representation was communicated through the attendees’ social media live coverage, testimonies and recaps.These were brave, vulnerable and raw opinions of the Convening. We archived these stories on our Instagram Highlights, and are very proud to share with you the expansive #CommonFieldPhilly reportage through Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.


Common Field commissioned 6 scribes/archivists to take notes during all 24 break-out sessions. Our goal was to create spaces for open dialog free of digital media recording devices and to share back ideas discussed with session organizers, convening attendees and the broader field. The notes will serve as the primary form of documentation of these 24 sessions. You can view and download all of the PDFs here.

We have compiled an overview of statistics, geographic and demographic information from the Covening that you can view online. Here is a brief overview of the insights we gained:

542 people came to Philadelphia from 34 states to participate in 26sessions. 102 of those were presenters. 64%the attendees were from out of state, with the other 36% traveling from all parts of Pennsylvania and an additional 30% were from the East Coast (Maine - Florida). 75% of attendees were at the Convening for the first time, with 25% of attendees returning for a 2nd, 3rd or 4th time. In 2019, we hosted nearly 101 more attendees than at our Los Angeles Convening in October of 2017. It's incredibly exciting to watch the Convening grow!

The board and staff are processing all we experienced and learned from the Convening. In this vein, we received direct feedback about ways that power dynamics showed up in break-out sessions. The board took this critical feedback seriously. We acknowledge that power dynamics are always present and that they are experienced very differently by each of us. The feedback prompted a robust email dialog that resulted in several actions, one of which is a letter to you and an invitation to help us all learn together and strengthen the ways we care for each other. You can find the letter here.


Why Philly?
This collection of texts responded to the question Why Philly? and 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. Organized by Ulises and Daniel Tucker. Texts by Denise Brown, Rob Blackson, Vashti DuBois, Michael Clemmons & Ian Friday, Anthony Elms, Alexis Granwell, Amy Hicks, Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela, Rana Fayez, Farrah Rahaman, Theresa Rose, Meredith Sellers, Li Sumpter, Nato Thompson, Ulises, and Carol Zou.

Accessibility In The Arts: A Promise And A Practice
This accessibility guide is 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! Stay tuned. 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.

Field Futures?
Common Field compiled statements from this All Together session that took place at the Convening exploring the future of our field, from a wide range of perspectives and voices into a downloadable PDF publication. Fourteen arts organizers shared their big picture visioning, manifestos, existential questions, speculative thinking, and dreams for our field of artist-centered, innovative, and responsive arts organizing in America. Organized by Courtney Fink and Aurora Tang. Texts by Eva Aguila, Eepi Chaad, Jenna Crowder, Andreana Donahue, Vashti DuBois, Kristan Kennedy, Aaron Levy, Conrad Meyers and Willis Meyers,Jessica Moss, S. Rodriguez, Ekrem Serdar,Christina Vassallo, Mary Welcome and Nicholas Wylie.

We’re thrilled to welcome 3 new and 6 renewing Common Field Network members who have joined from May 28 to date. Learn more about them and our 680+ member network online.

New Members:
TX>Houston> Houston Center for Photography

MI>Detroit> Lauren Rossi

Renewing Members:
FL>Miami, Locust Projects
LA>Lafayette, Basin Arts
MA>Roslindale, Delicious Line
PA>Philadelphia, The Artblog

PA>Philadelphia, Lillian Dunn
OR>Damascus, Marcelo Fontana

Not a Common Field member yet? Not a problem! Join our Network and become part of a growing 680+ national organizations and organizers who support, connect, and advocate for the visual arts field. Find out more about the membership cost, benefits and opportunities on our website. We also offer scholarships and accept applications on a rolling basis. Email us with your questions and ideas.


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 - Light Work Artist-in-Residence Program 2020, Light Work, due July 1st, 2019 (Residency)

North Carolina - Rocky Mount Mils Artist Residency, Kyle Hazard, due July 1st, 2019 (Residency)

California - Call for Applications: October 2019 Desert Fellow, Blue Sky Center,due July 7th, 2019

Colorado - Winter Residencies l Rural Colorado @ Elsewhere Studios, Elsewhere Studios, due July 7th, 2019 (Residency)

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

North Carolina - Depth of Field, Kyle Hazard, due July 9th, 2019 (Opportunity)

California - Digital Media Manager and Education Programs Manager, Kala Art Institute, due July 10th, 2019 (Job)

Illinois - Director of Communications, The Renaissance Society, due July 12th, 2019 (Job)

Pennsylvania - Call For Entries l Platform Project - Outdoor Installation, Pentimenti Gallery, due July 15th, 2019 (Opportunity)

Tennessee - Crosstown Arts 2020 Residencies, Crosstown Arts, due July 15th, 2019 (Residency)

Virginia - 1708 Gallery's InLight Richmond 2019 Call for Proposals, 1708 Gallery, due July 15th, 2019 (Opportunity)

North Carolina - Reclaiming My Time - call for art, Kyle Hazard, due July 29th, 2019 (Opportunity)