2016 Summer News

​Hello field members and friends! We hope you are having a great summer. The Common Field network in Miami has been putting together info about our convening, and we are delighted to share it with you. ​Here are updates of all that is unfolding.


The Common Field Convening will take place October 20-23 in Miami, Florida. The convening is organized by BFI (Bas Fisher Invitational), Cannonball, Dimensions Variable, and Locust Projects.

Tickets are on sale, find information here:​

Common Field has 50+​ scholarships to support emerging organizers. Local and national scholarships are due September 1st. Apply today.

The 2016 Common Field Convening Miami will explore arts organizing in a time of accelerated capitalism. 350+ organizers from across the country will come together for four days of panels, breakout groups, lightning talks, social events, and Miami arts experiences. Panels will explore national debates and values for organizing today--engaging issues including gentrification, transition, and critical production. Breakout sessions will provide opportunities for practical learning and in-depth conversation with other field members. Commissioned projects, social events, and tours will feature local artists and organizations, and connect you to one another through Miami's dynamic local art and culture.


75 new members have joined our network since April. Welcome everyone!

CA > Los Angeles: East of Borneo; Oakland: Aggregate Space Gallery, Related Tactics; San Francisco: Hayes Valley Art Works, residencesSF // CT > New Haven: Artspace New Haven // DC > Washington: BangBangNotDead, Ghunterstudio: Black Artists of DC, Goethe-Institute, Hamiltonian Artists // FL > Miami: AIRIE, Borscht Corp, The Betsy - South Beach, The Fountainhead Residency and Studios, Turn-Based Press, University of Miami Special Collections, Urban Oasis Project; Gainesville: Gallery Protocol // IL > Chicago: Comfort Station, Lampo, Links Hall, No Coast, Onion City Experimental Film And Video Festival // IN > Indianapolis: Tube Factory artspace // LA > New Orleans: MKArtsCo // ME > Portland: Able Baker Contemporary, Platform Project / Walk // MD > Rockville: Visarts // MA > Boston: Theclubhouse // MI > Detroit: Power House Production // MO > St. Louis: The Luminary // NY > NYC: A Common Project, apexart, ArtFCity, Artists of Color Bloc, Eyebeam, Pioneerworks, ProjectProjects, Residency Unlimited, Triangle, Ugly Duckling Presse, White Columns; Port Chester: MAPSpace // OH > Cleveland: SPACES // OR > Portland: Center for Contemporary Art and Culture, Hap Gallery; Springfield: Ditch Projects // TN > Memphis: Crosstown Arts // TX > Dallas: Trans.lation Vickery Meadow // VA > Fairfax: Olly Olly; Richmond: Sediment // Virgin Islands > St. Thomas: sevenminusseven // WA > Seattle: Point and Line // WI > Reedsburg: Worm Farm Institute // National network or nomadic collectives: Collective Magpie, Michelada Think Tank, Visual Artists Network


Field Grants

Member organizations are invited to submit proposals for Field Grants of $500-1000 to support collaborative projects that generate reflection, exchange, connection, and thinking on arts organizing and share that work with the national network. Upcoming deadlines to apply are September 15, and December 15.

Common Field is pleased to award Summer 2016 Field Grants to Maiden LA, and Artists of Color Bloc+ A Common Project. For the month of August, Maiden LA, a playful anagram and homophone of ‘Made in LA,’ has produced a printed map and a website promoting a network of exhibitions, events and happenings in both traditional and unconventional spaces throughout Greater Los Angeles. Artists of Color Bloc Research Project will survey the work (labor), living (housing), and art making (studios) situation for artists of color in New York.

The Spring 2016 Field Grant supported Southern Constellations, a day-long convergence of organizers in the South organized by Transformer and Elsewhere at The Katzen Museum in Washington DC.

Meet Ups

Upcoming // Our next meet-up will be August 27th at Telfair Museum in Savannah as part of the 9/12 Convergence. September meet-ups will be organized by Transformazium in Braddock, Pennsylvania, The Luminary + Tranzversal Projects in St. Louis, and Press Street + Antenna Gallery in NOLA.

Recent // Founding member Space Gallery hosted a local meetup in Portland, Maine. In Baltimore, Maryland, a group of 30 artists came together to learn about Common Field at The Contemporary’s Inaugural Baltimore Artist Retreat. In Des Moines, Iowa, Chicken Tractor invited other fellow midwest rural organizers to a Curatorial Crockpot, featuring a lecture by British art critic Ossian Ward and tours during the Iowa State Fair.

More information about our meetups:


Follow the amazing field feed from across the country! Thank you Maiden LA, Chicken Tractor, Lynnette Miranda, and Triangle NYC for taking over our instagram page in August. It has been awesome to share sights and scenes from Los Angeles, Des Moines, Kansas City and New York with our national audience.

Members who are interested in contributing to the Fall series of CommonGram should email hello [​at​]


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Special thanks to The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Hemera Foundation for their generous support of Common Field. Thanks to the Common Field national Council and our Founding Members for their ongoing support, partnership and advocacy.