2017 Convening LA: Perspectives, Training and Network

OCTOBER 13, 2017

Common Field’s 2017 Los Angeles Convening promises to be thoughtful and inspiring – including a new pre-Convening workshop, nine commissioned texts from arts publishing platforms across the country, and a selection of 20 sessions and projects chosen from our first Open Call to network members.


Tickets to the Common Field 2017 Los Angeles Convening are going fast! Get them here before they sell out.


Resisting Systemic Oppressions: from our selves, our organizing and our field
Thursday, November 2 | 10AM - 4PM

We are excited to extend an opportunity for an anti-oppression intensive and training on Thursday November 2nd, designed and guided by LA based California Conference for Equality and Justice (CCEJ). The workshop aims to facilitate community building, cross-identity dialogue, racial affinity group work, and whole community visioning throughout the program and beyond it. Tickets are available for purchase separate from the main Convening. Learn more and get tickets here.


Field Perspectives 2017 is a co-publishing initiative organized and supported by Common Field as a part of our Los Angeles 2017 Convening. It’s a collaboration between Common Field and Network Member arts publications ARTS.BLACK, Art Practical, The Chart, Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles, contemptorary, DIRT, Pelican Bomb, Temporary Art Review, and X-TRA. Partners each commissioned a piece of writing that aims to catalyze discussion, dialog, and debate before, during and after the Los Angeles Convening.

Starting this week, we’ll be sharing three of the texts each week through the end of October. We’re excited to share the first three in the series:

The Chart published Ellen Tani’s essay, "Airing Out Ambivalence: on cultural care and the allure of judgment," that examines the idea of ambivalence, not as a state of critical failure but rather a generative platform for creative practice, both for writers and artists.

Temporary Art Review published Lucy Lopez’s essay “On Care and Parrhesia” that asks how the art institution practices care of the self – towards (or on behalf of) its workers and its publics.

X-TRA published Travis Diehl’s “Op-Ed: An Ultra-red Line” that considers the protests against art galleries in Boyle Heights, the position of radical sound collective Ultra-red and asks what it means for the intersection of art and activism.


More than half of the Convening’s programming was selected through an Open Call to our Network Members. Explore the sessions, organized by 19 organizations and organizers selected through the open call online. Organizers include artists of color bloc, Ash Studios, contemptorary, DIRT, DiverseWorks, Homeboat, Ehrlich, LabBodies, Living Room Light Exchange, M12, Michelada Think Tank, Pike School of Art - Mississippi, Power House Productions, Public Matters, Residency Unlimited, Sarrita Hunn, Side Street Projects, Southern Exposure, and Wassaic Project.