News | Summer 2017

CONVENING OPEN CALL | APPLY BY JULY 17, 2017

CALLING ALL Common Field Network Members! 
Open Call for Proposals for the 2017 Los Angeles Common Field Convening
Deadline to Apply: July 17, 2017, 11:59pm PST 
Convening Dates: November 2-5, 2017
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Common Field launched its first open call for proposals for the 2017 Los Angeles Convening in early June. All members of the Common Field network are invited to submit proposals for panels, conversation sessions, working groups, workshops, Teach-Ins, Reports from the Field, and Projects. 

SAVE THE DATE! 2017 COMMON FIELD CONVENING
LOS ANGELES, CA | NOVEMBER 2 - 5, 2017 

Mark your calendars! The 2017 Common Field Convening is heading west to Los Angeles, California. 350+ arts organizers from across the country will come together for three days of dialog, discussion, debate, workshops, and practical and social exchanges exploring the state of our field. 

COMMON FIELD REPORT: 2011-2016

The Common Field Report catalogs Common Field’s founding years, highlighting key efforts, people, and initiatives that contributed to its emergence and development. Common Field’s vision is vibrant, contentious, complex, and infinitely creative. Our network is growing together—taking risks, learning reciprocally, and becoming more accountable and generous, critical and constructive. Inevitably imperfect and incomplete, this Field Report sets out to share Common Field’s origins, and demonstrates our commitment to archiving the histories and stories of independent artist organizations. Our hope is this report serves as a resource and reference for members and affiliates into the future. DOWNLOAD YOUR COPY HERE

COMMON FIELD IS BECOMING INDEPENDENT

From 2013, the year of our first founding members gathering, Common Field has operated as a program of several of our founding organizational members: first Southern Exposure, then Threewalls, and most recently, SPACE Gallery. Strong in our fifth year, we’ve decided to incorporate and apply for our own nonprofit 501(c)3 status. Read more about our plans for our evolving structure.

COMMON VALUES

Common Field is pleased to share our first public Core Values Statement. In early 2017, our Council Communications Team set out to articulate a series of guiding principles informing our organizational work and development in practice. We are proud to share the results with our network members and the public. As a working document, we invite input and feedback from members, and will revisit values annually to ensure that they reflect the evolution of Common Field and the field at large.

FIELD GRANTS

APPLY FOR A FIELD GRANT | Next Deadline July 15
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. Remaining 2017 deadlines to apply are July 15 and November 15. Learn more about how to apply online. 

ANNOUNCING SPRING 2017 FIELD GRANT RECIPIENTS
In our April 2017 field grant round, Common Field awarded three awards, selected by an outside panel of four active Common Field Members. Grant recipients include ACRE (Chicago, IL), DIRT (DC, Maryland, Virginia (DMV) Area), and Residency Unlimited (Brooklyn, NY). See the full list of 2016 and 2017 Field Grant awardees and learn more about the new grantees and our 2017 jurors here

SEATTLE, WA MEET-UP: 7/10/17, 7 PM

More than 80 organizations and organizers — including non-profits, artist collectives, and artist-focused organizations — have been invited to connect, talk and learn about each other’s work in Seattle, Washington on July 10th. Organized by Common Field Council member Anne Focke with Jessica Capó, and joined by Common Field Director, Courtney Fink, the evening will be a rare opportunity for many Seattle groups to be in the same place at the same time. Visit Common Field’s Meet-Up page for more information on how to organize an event in your region. 

CONVERSATION SERIES NOW ONLINE

Common Field’s first Politically Resistant Programming Conversation featuring Gelare Khoshgozaran of Contemptorary, Kemi Ilesanmi of The Laundromat Project, and Carol Zou of Tran.lation at Vickery Meadow is now archived online on our Vimeo channel. Check it out and please share it with your community. Stay tuned for the next conversation in this newly launched series. We’d love your feedback and suggestion for topics for future conversations. Have ideas or questions? Get in touch.

NEW TEAM MEMBERS

Common Field is thrilled to introduce two new people to our growing Los Angeles team. Please welcome Amanda Choo Quan, Communications and Membership Manager, and Hannah Grossman, Convening Manager. Read more about them online

We extend heartfelt thanks to Annie Shaw, Common Field’s outgoing Membership and Media Coordinator for her incredible dedication and commitment over the past year. Annie will remain an ally, advisor, and member of Common Field.

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

Common Field now has 600+ members! We are happy to welcome the following new organizational members to the network: 

CA > Los Angeles, Durden and Ray, Human Resources LA, Incendiary Traces, JOAN, KNOWLEDGES, Metabolic Studio, Public Matters, Side Street Projects, SoftCore LA, Thank You for Coming, The Underground Museum, What’s on Los Angeles; San Francisco, Creative Catalysts, Root Division; FL > Miami, Miami Music Club, FIFTY-FIFTY artist collective; IL > Chicago, Chicago Artist Writers, Culture/Math; NY > Brooklyn, The Shandaken Project, Wendy's Subway; Buffalo, Squeaky Wheel; New York, Forward Union; ME > Portland, TEMPOart; MI > Detroit, Fringe Society; Kaleva, THE PROVINCIAL; MN > Minneapolis, Art Shanty Projects; NC > Raleigh, Lump Gallery; OR > Portland, Disjecta; RI > Providence, The Design Office; TN > Nashville, COOP Gallery; National > ARTS.BLACK, DIRT. 

THANKS TO ALL

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