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Announcing Our 2021 Convening Partners!

Common Field is thrilled to share our 2021 Convening Partners! As a virtual gathering, this year’s Convening offers a unique opportunity to bring Partners together across geographies. For the first time, our Partners will come together around a guiding theme of Sustaining Futures – a collectively considered framework reflected in each Partner’s place of practice. Our Partners’ grounding values, active work, and dreams for the future will guide the shape and content of this year’s Convening.

A group of individuals and organizations, our Convening Partners reflect a broad range of places, identities, scales, and focus – all working in intentional and reflective ways to build what’s needed for the road ahead.

For 2021, we are proud to be in collaboration with:

  • AS220 Providence, Rhode Island
    A non-profit community arts organization in downtown Providence, Rhode Island, founded on the principle that freedom of expression is crucial for the development of strong communities and individual spirits.

  • Center for Afrofuturist Studies – Iowa City, Iowa
    An artist residency program of Public Space One that reimagines the futures of marginalized people by creating dynamic workspaces for artists of color. Dynamic means interactive, supportive, community-engaged, rigorous, and inclusive.

  • Martina Dodd (she/her) – Atlanta, Georgia
    An art historian and curator whose concept driven shows have touched on topics relating to race, gender, and power dynamics.

  • Racing Magpie – Rapid City, South Dakota
    A Lakota-centric arts and culture organization, founded in 2015 to center the Lakota practice of being a good relative in everything that one does. Racing Magpie's work is focused on elevating and amplifying the ongoing work of community-based artists and culture bearers.

  • S Rodriguez (they/them) – Dallas, Texas
    An interdisciplinary artist, writer, arts organizer, and co-creator of Paraspace Books – a transient bookstore dedicated to queer sci-fi and speculative fiction.

  • Wide AwakesGlobal
    An open-source network who radically reimagine the future through creative collaboration.

Sustainability requires a sense of collective purpose and responsibility, and the emerging forms of our field depend on how we bring our minds and hearts together now. We welcome our Partners as collaborators in our work of building resilience and dreaming together.

Stay tuned this summer as we continue to share information around programming, registration, scholarships, and more. In the meantime, the Open Call for Convening Session Proposals is open now through Friday, June 11. We welcome all members of our field to offer their ideas and expertise to the Convening through conversations, panels, workshops, and alternative forms of engagement.