Common Field Presents
Hand-in-Glove 2015

A national convening for the field of alternative art spaces, artist-led projects and artists' organizations

September 17th - 20th
Minneapolis / St. Paul, MN


Common FieldWorks Progress Studio and The Soap Factory invite you to join the third Hand-in-Glove convening, an itinerant gathering created by and for practitioners in the field of alternative art spaces, projects and organizations. Over four days in Minneapolis-St. Paul we will investigate the contexts and conditions of artist-led culture across the country, exploring existing and emerging structures of support, and deepening peer-relationships. 

What to expect at Hand-in-Glove 2015

An opening debate about arts organizing paradigms and platforms; The official public launch of the new Common Field network; Provocative panel discussions with leaders from the field; Artist-designed social gatherings and small group conversations; Opportunities to experience local art spaces and projects; A publication party for the latest edition of Phonebook, a national directory of artist-run and underground culture; And a chance to make new connections with other artists, arts organizers, arts administrators and supporters!

Amid the vibrant artistic cultures and communities of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Hand-in-Glove 2015 will invite participants to question, reflect and speculate on the possible futures of artist-led and artist-centric projects, spaces and organizations. The convening will conclude with an open space workshop for attendees to propose and host their own sessions around the ideas, issues and opportunities that emerge over the course of the weekend.

Introducing Common Field

Common Field, a new network for visual arts organizations and organizers, will officially launch at Hand-in-Glove 2015, celebrating the public opening of its webspace and membership. Common Field assembles a broad spectrum of independent organizations and organizers, from grassroots projects and artist spaces, to mid-sized nonprofits. Common Field creates connections amongst people working across this varied sector, explores historical precedents for this field of practice, and develops resources and support structures that respond to the social, economic and political contexts in which artists live and work. We are excited to announce that one free Common Field membership is included with your ticket to Hand-in-Glove 2015!

You can also sign up for the Common Field mailing list to be among the first to know when the new website launched and membership opens in September.

More About Hand-in-Glove 

Since 2011, Hand-in-Glove has assembled hundreds of arts leaders from across the country to address pressing issues and innovations in arts organizing through panel discussions, workshops and networking opportunities. Hand-in-Glove was founded by Threewalls in Chicago and the first convening took place there in 2011. Press Street organized the second Hand-in-Glove convening in New Orleans in 2013. And now, as Common Field's annual convening, Hand-in-Glove will move across the country, adapting to local issues and prompting national conversations. Hand-in-Glove 2016 will be hosted by Cannonball in Miami, Florida.

Visit the Hand-in-Glove living archive to learn more about past Hand-in-Glove convenings. Hand-in-Glove 2015 will be live streamed and documentation from the convening will be archived on the new Common Field website after the convening.


Roundtable for New & Emerging Arts Organizers
3 to 5PM / Soap Factory —

Roundtable for New & Emerging Arts Organizers 

Are you new to the field of arts organizing? Have an idea for an art space, project or organization, but unsure how to find support? This organizer roundtable, led by experienced and emerging arts leaders who work in a variety of communities and contexts, will introduce some of the language and ideas you'll encounter at Hand-in-Glove 2015, providing orientation to the convening and an open space for questions, conversation and connection.

This optional pre-conference session is free and open to the public. Hand-in-Glove registration is not required, but please RSVP here.

Shanai Matteson (Session Host)

Shanai Matteson
Works Progress Studio / Minneapolis, MN

Shanai Matteson is an artist, writer and arts organizer who develops, creates and enables collaborative public art and design projects. In her artistic and organizing work, Shanai draws on her experiences growing up in a working class community in rural Minnesota, on her academic studies in comparative literature and history of science, and on her experience as an artist working with environmental organizations. She’s interested in creativity and connection at the margins of established fields and practices, and believes in elevating everyday expertise, as well as creating more opportunities for artists and designers to learn through collaborations with and in community. Shanai is a Co-founder and Co-Director of Works Progress Studio and Director of Public Art Saint Paul’s City Art Collaboratory, a fellowship for artists and scientists to develop cross-disciplinary collaborations in the public realm. Shanai is a 2011 alum of the Creative Community Leadership Institute at Intermedia Arts, a 2013 Bush Leadership Fellow, and the recipient of a 2015 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant. 

Check-in & Information Table
Opens at 4PM / Soap Factory

Check-in & Information Table

The Hand-in-Glove check-in and information table will be located inside The Soap Factory’s 2nd Street SE entrance. It will be open from 4PM on Thursday until Saturday at 5PM. Stop by to get your convening materials, or to inquire about transportation options, nearby restaurants and businesses, or local art spaces and projects to visit while in the Twin Cities.

superusted: 2015 Midwest Biennial at The Soap Factory
Open throughout the convening.

superusted: 2015 Midwest Biennial at The Soap Factory

Exhibiting at The Soap Factory during HIG 2015 will be The Soap Factory's 4th Midwest Biennial exhibition,superusted. Curated by Cheryl Wilgren Clyne, and featuring the following artists from five states across the Midwest:

Alexa Horochowski, Andrea Carlson, Areca Roe, Carlos DeGroot, Clarence White, Dyani White Hawk Polk, Jennifer Rogers, Jessica Christy, John Fleischer, Laura Primozic, Lindsay Smith, Mandy Martinson, Margaret Pezalla-Granlund, Phil Olmstead, Pritika Chowdry, Shana Kaplow, and Sonja Peterson.

The Soap Factory’s biennial is purposely set outside of the usual biennial survey, and is deliberately presented as the selection and choice of one or of a small group of curators. For 2015, superusted has been brought together by Saint Paul curator Cheryl Wilgren Clyne, presenting artists within the context of what she sees as important for contemporary art in the Midwest.

Click here for more information.

Peer Resource Exchange
Opens at 4PM / Soap Factory

Peer Resource Exchage

Have information, promotional materials, or other resources about your arts organization or project to share? Bring them to Hand-in-Glove 2015! We'll provide a large bulletin board and several tables inside The Soap Factory for attendees to share information and exchange resources. You're also invited to use this space to convene small group conversations or to make and post bulletins throughout the convening.

Opening Debate: Paradigms & Priorities
7 to 9PM / Soap Factory —

Opening Debate: Paradigms & Priorities

How do we imagine and communicate the value of our art spaces, projects and organizations? What are the most pressing concerns of our field — at local, regional and national scales? Which paradigms influence the ways we develop and sustain artists and arts activities, and how do these frameworks shape our sense of what is possible? 

This opening debate will surface some of the assumptions and issues underlying arts organizing in Minneapolis-St. Paul and beyond, providing context for the location of Hand-in-Glove 2015, and an opportunity to reflect on the ways that arts organizing paradigms and networks develop, overlap, or diverge. Four arts leaders from the Twin Cities will take the stage, introducing the values and goals that guide their projects. Attendees will be invited to participate, asking questions and setting the stage for a lively convening on arts organizing in different locales across the country.

DeAnna Cummings (Debate Moderator)

DeAnna Cummings
Executive Director, Juxtaposition Arts / Minneapolis, MN

DeAnna Dodds Cummings has a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard University. In addition to being a co-founder of Juxtaposition Arts, she is one of six women who co-founded B-Girl Be: A Celebration of Women in Hip Hop, a program of Intermedia Arts. She has spoken at universities and arts education venues across the country. DeAnna was recently asked to speak about the work she is doing at JXTA at the United Nations.

Opening Party & Common Field Launch
9 to 11PM / Soap Factory —

HIG Opening Party & Common Field Launch

Celebrate the launch of Common Field and hear more about what's next for this new national network! Check out superusted: 2015 Midwest Biennial, meet Biennial artists, and enjoy performances by Circadia, MAKR and Davu Seru with Ensemble Savon Noire. Food and drink will be available for purchase. 


Crystal Myslajek, Liz Draper, Chris Hepola, John Marks / Minneapolis, MN

Drawing equally from minimalist composition, contemporary classical music, and experimental rock, the quartet creates a sonic arc that is spacious and driving. For this performance, they will incorporate site specific film and video projections by Sam Hoolihan and John Marks to create an immersive multimedia experience that reflects the spirit and community of Hand in Glove.

Davu Seru & Ensemble Savon Noire

Davu Seru & Ensemble Savon Noire
Nathan Hanson, Mankwe Ndosi, Devon Gray / Minneapolis, MN

Davu Seru is known internationally as a jazz, free jazz and improvising musician and is one of the Twin Cities most in-demand drummers. Davu will bring together an ensemble of improvising musicians featuring members of the Twin Cities jazz and hip hop communities: saxophonist Nathan Hanson (Fantastic Merlins), vocalist Mankwe Ndosi, and keyboardist Devon Gray (Heiruspecs).


Mark McGee / Minneapolis, MN

McGee is a composer/producer originally from Richmond, VA whose music is dark and brooding, creating an eerie world of drone and spasms. MAKR, McGee’s solo project, is designed to explore music though repetition, slowly unraveling itself into an epic story. McGee also performs with RONiiA, Votel, Father You See Queen, Marijuana Deathsquads, and BLOODEATH. He is currently writing an original score for The Adventures of Prince Achmed by Lotte Reiniger for the Walker Art Center’s Summer Music + Series this August.  

John Marks

John Marks
Minneapolis, MN

John Marks is a Minneapolis-based artist, performer, and curator working at the intersections of media, music, and visual art. John’s work has been presented at the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Mono No Aware Vlll (Brooklyn), Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, Slamdance (Park City Utah), Minneapolis / St. Paul International Film Festival, Cellular Cinema (Minneapolis), Roman Susan Gallery (Chicago), and Northern Spark (MN). He served as co-curator of The Soap Factory’s 2013 Minnesota Biennial, The Tuesday Improvised Music Series, and co-founded Art of This Gallery, and MirrorLab (Twin Cities).

Sam Hoolihan

Sam Hoolihan
Minneapolis, MN

Sam Hoolihan is a Minneapolis-based visual artist and teacher blending photography, film/video, and performance. His films have screened in Brooklyn, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Sam has been a resident artist at Elsewhere in Greensboro, North Carolina, and Art of This Gallery in Minneapolis, MN. He is co-founder of MirrorLab, a studio, film lab, and project space for explorations in integrated art forms. Sam teaches handmade cinema and media arts at MCAD and the University of Minnesota.


Light Breakfast / Soap Factory
9 to 10AM

Light Breakfast

The Soap Factory will be open with coffee and bagels courtesy of Common Roots. Free WiFi is available.

What is our common field?
10AM to 12PM / Soap Factory —

What is our Common Field?

This opening session will introduce new and founding Common Field members from across the country, who will each share some of the challenges and successes they've encountered in their respective locales. Their short illustrated presentations will be followed by a conversational exercise encouraging all 350 convening participants to meet each other and to share their own experiences as arts organizers. 

Elizabeth Chodos (Session Host)

Elizabeth Chodos
Executive and Creative Director, Ox-Bow / Saugatuck, MI

Elizabeth Chodos is Co-Founder of Common Field and Executive & Creative Director of Ox-Bow. She is interested in creative and enterprising arts administration projects and practices, and moonlights as a creative writer and independent curator. Chodos received a Dual Masters degree from the departments of Art History, Theory and Criticism, and Arts Administration from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her Bachelors of Arts in Creative Writing, from Sarah Lawrence College. She was formerly Executive Director at Threewalls, where she now chairs the Community Cabinet.

Nat May (Session Host)

Nat May
Executive Director, SPACE Gallery / Portland, ME

Nat is the Executive Director of SPACE Gallery, a multidisciplinary contemporary art space in Portland, Maine. He is a founding member of Common Field, a founding board member of the Hewnoaks Artist Colony, and was a founding member of the Bakery Photo Collective, a not-for-profit darkroom and digital photo lab. He has served on the boards of the Portland Arts and Cultural Alliance, Portland's Downtown District, and Creative Portland.

Lunch: Community Meal
12 to 1:30PM / Soap Factory —

Lunch: Community Meal

Artist Seitu Jones and Chef James Baker will prepare a delicious BBQ lunch made with local ingredients, in the style of Seitu’s multi-year public art project, Create: The Community Meal, sponsored by Public Art Saint Paul. This project culminated in dinner for 2,000 community residents at a 1/2 mile-long table on St. Paul’s Victoria Street. Our Hand-in-Glove community meal will also happen outdoors in the street alongside The Soap Factory. Expect a delicious and filling lunch, as well as free-flowing conversation, beginning with the questions: How do we nourish ourselves; our artistic, organizing or administrative practices; and the communities where we live and work?


Seitu Jones

Seitu Jones
St. Paul, MN

Working on his own or with others, Seitu has created over 30 large-scale public artworks. Seitu was awarded a Loeb Fellowship in the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He was millennium artist-in-residence for 651 Arts, in Brooklyn, NY and was the City of Minneapolis’ first Artist-in-Residence. Last year Seitu developed CREATE: The Community Meal, a dinner for 2000 people at a table ½ mile long that focused on access to healthy food. In addition, he is working with members of his neighborhood to create a 5-acre farm in a new city park in Frogtown, Saint Paul.

James Baker

James Baker
Executive Chef, Sunny Side Cafe and Elite Catering / Minneapolis, MN

Chef James Baker was the Executive Chef for CREATE: the Community Meal. This meal fed 2,000 people on a 1/2 mile long table on Victoria Street in St. Paul, Minnesota. Except for the rice, all of the food for the meal came from within 42 miles of the project site. Baker and his wife, Alice, own and operate Elite Catering and the Sunny Side Cafe in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Creating Discourse, Connecting Communities
2 - 3PM / Soap Factory —

Creating Discourse, Connecting Communities 

Since the beginning of the recession, and in the shadow of art's spectacular market ascendency, artist-centric action has again taken root as a dominant mode of working. In this panel discussion, artists and organizers of alternative media platforms will talk about modes of creating discourse and connecting communities. Investigating current examples and imagining future possibilities, we will ask: What are the implications of creating our own platforms—our own media, critical discourse, and opportunities for connection—rather than waiting for outside agents to do so for us? As we circulate as individuals and as ideas, what are we building? How can we not just imagine alternate modes of connection, but embody them?

James McAnally (Session Host)

James McAnally
Co-director, The Luminary Center for the Arts, Editor, Temporary Art Review / St. Louis, MO

James McAnally is an artist, curator and critic based in St. Louis. He has served as a founder and Executive Director of The Luminary, an incubator for new ideas in the arts based in St. Louis, MO as well as the Executive Editor and co-founder of Temporary Art Review, a national platform for contemporary art criticism that focuses on artist-run and alternative spaces. In his artistic practice, he works as a part of the collaborative US English. He has exhibited and lectured widely at venues such as the Walker Art Center, Open Engagement at the Queens Museum, The Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Fosca (Florence, Italy), Cannonball, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Transformer and Washington University in St. Louis, is a founding member of the Common Field network of independent arts projects and spaces, and has served as a Visual Arts panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts.

Joe Ahearn

Joe Ahearn
Host and Curator, Clocktower Radio / New York, NY

Joe Ahearn, Curator for Clocktower Productions, is an explorer of the interdependence between lifestyle, community, and arts practice. Since 2008 he has been a resident curator of the Brooklyn/Queens performance and arts collective Silent Barn, a leading voice in the new national network of music spaces. Ahearn spent six years as the Managing Director of Showpaper, a non-profit, bi-weekly arts and music newsprint. Ahearn is a frequent participant on panels and public programs focusing on the "DIY" phenomenon. He is also expert in inter-organizational, multi-disciplinary, and collaborative cultural events based in unusual locations throughout the city.

Jessica Lynne

Jessica Lynne
Co-editor, ARTS.BLACK / Brooklyn, NY

Jessica Lynne is a Brooklyn based writer and arts administrator. She received her BA in Africana Studies from NYU. She has been awarded residencies and fellowships from The Sarah Lawrence College Summer Writers Seminar, Callaloo, and The Center for Book Arts. Jessica's research interests lie at the intersection of Africana studies, contemporary art, and the publishing industry. Jessica  is co-editor of ARTS.BLACK, a digital publication of art criticism from Black perspectives.

Taylor Renee

Taylor Renee
Co-editor, ARTS.BLACK / Detroit, MI

Taylor Renee is a Detroit based cultural enthusiast, recent graduate of Harvard University’s Museum Studies Masters program, and former Goldman Sachs Fellow at The Smithsonian. She is currently spearheading an arts business course program initiative at the N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art in her hometown of Detroit. Taylor’s interests are rooted in the desire to examine and alter antiquated inequitable cultural spaces, in an effort to promote inclusivity.

Susannah Schouweiler

Susannah Schouweiler
Co-director and Editor-in-Chief, Mn Artists / Minneapolis, MN

Susannah Schouweiler is a writer, arts critic, and Editor-in-Chief of Mn Artists, an artist-driven, online media platform based at the Walker Art Center covering the art and artists of the Midwest. Before her work with Mn Artists, she served as the editor of Ruminator, a nationally distributed art and literature magazine.

Place, Race, Geography & Power
3:30 to 4:30PM / Soap Factory —

Place, Race, Geography & Power

Artists and arts organizers propose, create and advocate for alternative projects, spaces and institutions in a variety of communities and contexts. Place, race, geography and power matter to the field. Popular narratives about artists and arts organizing often simplify our roles, the contours of our identities and our artistic work, as well as our participation in broader social movements. This session will consider assumptions and alternatives to widely-held notions about artistic centers and margins, provoking new questions and possibilities for the field.

Chaun Webster (Session Host)

Chaun Webster
Founder and Co-owner, Ancestry Books, Director, Free Poet’s Press / Minneapolis, MN

Poet/performer/publisher/co-founder and co-owner of Ancestry Books, Webster’s first full length collection of poems, Fuck Poetry: Bread is the Politik of the Hungry was published in 2010 by Free Poet’s Press. Their work exists at the intersections of people and place questioning norms of legitimacy and utilizing counter myths as a means of remapping origin and possibility. Webster’s latest book, Because When We Say NAT It Be Writ Large, is a biomythography published in 2013 by Free Poet’s Press of which Douglas Kearney says “Webster’s words run off into the bush, not to flee but to ambush, not to hide but to shake every tree.” As of June 2014, along with partner Verna Wong, Webster opened the first bookstore in North Minneapolis, Ancestry Books, a third place dedicated to re-centering narratives from Indigenous authors and authors of color. 

Dylan Miner

Dylan Miner
East Lansing, MI

Dylan Miner is a Wiisaakodewinini (Métis) artist, activist, and scholar. He is Director of American Indian Studies and Associate Professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University. He is adjunct curator of Indigenous Art at the MSU Museum and coordinates a new Indigenous contemporary art initiative. Miner is a founding member of the artists collective Justseeds. He holds a PhD from The University of New Mexico and has published more than fifty journal articles, book chapters, critical essays, and encyclopedia entries. In 2010, he was awarded an Artist Leadership Fellowship from the National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian Institution). Since then, he has been featured in sixteen solo exhibitions and has been artist-in-residence at institutions such as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, École supérieure des beaux-arts in Nantes, Klondike Institute of Art and Culture, Rabbit Island, Santa Fe Art Institute, and numerous universities, art schools, and low-residency MFA programs. His book Creating Aztlán: Chicano Art, Indigenous Sovereignty, and Lowriding Across Turtle Island was published in 2014 by the University of Arizona Press.  Miner has solo exhibitions upcoming in Vancouver, Ontario, Nevada, and Idaho, among other developing locations. His solo exhibition 'Silence of Sovereignty' opened at articule in Montréal this spring and will travel to Winnipeg this summer.

Shawn(ta) Smith

Shawn(ta) Smith
Lesbian Herstory Archives / Brooklyn, NY

Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz is a zinester, writer, and storyteller. She sells her Zines (and potentially yours) with her new imprint, Lambey Press. Shawn has been a volunteer archivist at the Lesbian Herstory Archives for ten years. She is founder of Queer Housing Nacional Listserv for which she has published a book chapter in Informed Agitation: Library and Information Skills in Social Justice Movements and Beyond(2014) and a zine, Queer Housing Nacional Zine (2014). Her writing also appears in multiple journals and anthologies. Shawn is on the Board of Fire & Ink, an organization for LGBTQ writers of African Descent, and has served as Board member and collective member of WOW Café Theater, the longest running women and trans collective theater space where for ten years she was producer of Rivers of Honey, a performance space for women of color. Shawn has an MFA in Fiction, and MLS with concentration in Archives from Queens College. Shawn is Head of Reference at the Graduate Center Library of the City University of New York, recently appointed as Assistant Professor.

Maria Sykes

Maria Sykes
Co-director, Epicenter / Green River, UT

Maria Sykes graduated in 2008 from Auburn University with dual Bachelor of Architecture and Interior Architecture degrees. After school, Maria sought after a community where her skills and passions could be utilized for good. Following a summer visit to the town of Green River (pop. 952) in beautiful southeastern Utah, she moved there to co-found Epicenter with colleagues from architecture school. Epicenter is a non-profit organization focused on community and economic development through arts and design. During her time at Epicenter, she has co-led the renovation of a 100+ year old building using mostly volunteer labor and an inconceivably tight budget; co-founded the Frontier Fellowship which has hosted over fifty artists/designers in four years; and facilitated countless successful arts workshops, small projects, and community events. Maria continues to co-direct Epicenter and has a contagious passion for working in the rural.

Continuing Conversations
5 to 6PM / Soap Factory

Continuing Conversations

This session will invite convening participants to join small group discussions in and around The Soap Factory led by today’s session presenters and founding members of Common Field, or to convene conversations around their own emerging questions, ideas and possibilities. 

Dinners Around Town
7 to 10PM / Various Locations

Dinners Around Town

Local artists and art supporters will open their homes, studios and art spaces for small group dinners with Hand-in-Glove attendees. Reflections and other ephemera gathered from these dinner conversations will be compiled into booklet following the convening. Registered attendees who select this dinner option will receive information about the specific location of their meal and their dinner hosts prior to the convening. 

Alma Lights
9PM to Midnight / Restaurant Alma

Alma Lights

Alma Lights is a collaboration between Northern and Restaurant Alma to create a temporary arts hub experiment that supports a range of artist interventions at 528-530 University Ave SE prior to Restaurant Alma’s renovation of the building in the fall. There are many precedents for such artist interventions, from Gordon Matta-Clark’s radical “anarchitecture” in which he sawed and cut out sections of houses, to the Heidelberg Project and related house “conversions” in Detroit, to the seminal Womanhouse performance and installation space organized by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro, to David Byrne’s Playing the Building. As Restaurant Alma plans with James Dayton Design how to reconfigure the space with expanded restaurant facilities, a cafe and boutique hotel, Northern has invited a number artists to create interventions, installations, and activities throughout the building between July 8 and September 15.

On Friday, September 18, there will be a reception from 9 pm – midnight with a special performance for Hand-in-Glove attendees. All are welcome.


Light Breakfast
9 to 10AM / Soap Factory

Light Breakfast

The Soap Factory will open with coffee and light breakfast. Free WiFi is available.

Aesthetics, Relevancy & Social Context
10 to 12PM / Soap Factory –

Aesthetics, Relevancy & Social Context

While the commercial art market in America is riding an incomparable high, an alternative art world is growing just as substantially, perhaps in reaction to the distorted appreciation of art by wealth-based standards. Artists and organizers working in this alternative cultural realm are increasingly making a case that social practices not only activate communities but should be valued along with paintings, sculpture and other more tangible works. However, when it comes to art practice that is socially engaged, there exists the long held notion that aesthetics are not a significant priority. This session begins with the assumption that aesthetic and social provocations are in fact, happening together. We’ll look towards a deeper understanding of what is fueling new shifts and trends in art as a vehicle for social change today. How can artists and arts organizers think about the way in which they create, share and categorize their work in response to a changing landscape for art and social practice? Panelists will illustrate and explore the emergence of new hybrid identities for artists, arts organizers and organizations a result of interaction between audiences, social systems, and artists. The session will circle around topics of collaboration, aesthetics and social context in relation to work in this field, but also to this unique, present moment in history.


Tricia Khutoretsky (Session Host)

Tricia Khutoretsky
Curator and Co-Director, Public Functionary / Minneapolis, MN

Tricia Khutoretsky is the Curator and Co-Director of Public Functionary, a new exhibition and social space in Northeast Minneapolis working to build new audiences through unexpected art experiences. A local tastemaker and arts leader, Khutoretsky has been featured in cover stories by publications such as HerLife Magazine, The Star Tribune and Vita.Mn, and was recently recognized as a “40 under 40” by Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal. Growing up overseas (Egypt/Thailand/Saudi Arabia) as a Thai-American, Khutoretsky draws from a culturally-mixed background, and continues to develop both a local and global perspective as an art curator. Past experiences include working with the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project, through which she produced 3 major exhibits of contemporary Iraqi and American art. She has also worked as a curator for local galleries, Co Exhibitions and XYandZ Gallery. She received a B.A. from Macalester College and an M.A. in Arts and Cultural Management from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, where she is now an Adjunct Instructor.

Chaka Mkali

Chaka Mkali
Director of Organizing and Community Building, Hope Community / Minneapolis, MN

My name is Chaka Mkali and I was born 1972 in Los Angeles California. When school failed, art ignited the fire of rebellion and gave me a language and articulation— a way to channel my rage and passion into a calculated weapon of visible justice in a world of voiceless outsiders. My work is about creating linkages between the diverse worlds I live in; hip hop, community organizing and racial justice, creating a dynamic and interdependent intersection between music, art, and democracy.

Complex Movements

Complex Movements
Waajeed, ill weaver, Sage Crump, Wesley Taylor and Carlos Garcia / Detroit, MI

Complex Movements is a Detroit-based artist collective composed of graphic designer/fine artist Wesley Taylor, music producer/filmmaker Waajeed, hip-hop lyricist/activist Invincible, and multi media artist/performance systems architect Carlos Garcia (L05). Wesley Taylor has a graduate degree in 2-D Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art and teaches design at Wayne State University. He also manages the artists’ studio collective, Talking Dolls in Detroit and is co-founder of Emergence Media, along with Invincible. Collectively, Complex Movements has over 30 years of direct community organizing experience in Detroit and nationally. Complex Movements collaborates with Detroit based architect Aaron Jones whose skills help relate the physical environment in which the work takes place and Sage Crump, a culture strategist based in the South, who reimagines traditional touring models as movement building.

Rosten Woo

Rosten Woo
Artist, Designer, Writer, and Educator / Los Angeles, CA

Rosten Woo is a designer, writer, and educator living in Los Angeles. He produces civic-scale artworks and works as a collaborator and consultant to a variety of grassroots and non-profit organizations including the Advancement Project, the American Human Development Project, the Black Workers Center, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, and Esperanza Community Housing Corporation, as well as the city of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County. His work has been exhibited at the Cooper-Hewitt Design Triennial, the Venice Architecture Biennale, Netherlands Architectural Institute, Storefront for Art and Architecture, Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and various piers, public housing developments, tugboats, shopping malls, and parks in New York and Los Angeles. His work has been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. He is co-founder and former executive director of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), a New York Based non-profit organization dedicated to using art and design to foster civic participation. He has written on design, politics, and music for such publications as the Village Voice, Rolling Stone, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Metropolis Magazine. His book, "Street Value," was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2010.

Lunch: Picnic by the Mississippi River
12 to 1:30PM / Soap Factory –

Lunch: Picnic by the Mississippi River

Healing Place, an indigenous artist-led collaborative, explores how the Bdote—or Mississippi River area of the Twin Cities—provides a source of healing for individuals and for our fractured society. We'll gather by the river for a picnic with conversation led by the indigenous artists, activists and other members of Healing Place Collaborative. A picnic lunch will be prepared by The Sioux Chef, the catering business of Chef Sean Sherman, who focuses on modern and traditional foods of the Dakota, Lakota & Ojibwe. 

Mona Smith

Mona Smith
Artist Lead, Healing Place Collaborative / Minneapolis, MN

Mona Smith is a Dakota media artist, business owner, and artist lead for the Healing Place Collaborative. She works in installation, production, organizing, and education. She is happy to live near the Bdote, grounding her in Dakota homeland.

Sean Sherman

Sean Sherman
The Sioux Chef / Minneapolis, MN

Chef Sean Sherman, Oglala Lakota, born in Pine Ridge, SD, has been cooking in Minnesota, South Dakota and Montana for the last 27 years. In the last few years, his main culinary focus has been on the “pre-reservation” indigenous knowledge of wild and traditionally cultivated food history, flavor, and culinary technique. His studies have taken him to the Crow tribes of the Bighorn and Beartooth Mountain Ranges in Wyoming and Montana, to his native Lakota plains in the Dakotas, to the Ojibwe & Dakota forests & lake region throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Advocating for the Alternative
2 to 3PM / Soap Factory –

Advocating for the Alternative

Artist-led and artist-centric organizations are both affected and ignored by mainstream arts advocacy, which does not so much champion art or artists as much as celebrate “the arts” as an industry. Focusing predominantly on the economic impact of large cultural institutions and their proverbial general publics, or on the measurable social impact (read: economic impact) of community-based and placemaking approaches, the standard narratives make no argument for an enduring and vital alternative art sector that is non-entrepreneurial, dedicated to working artists, and allows for experimentation and failure. With the historical model of governmental support severely challenged, with the scars of the so-called Culture Wars still shaping the field, where and to whom should this under-resourced sector turn for support? Can common cause be made between advocacy specific to artist workers and non-arts advocacy engaging issues that impact both artists and wider constituencies – such as anti-gentrification or social equity? Can we articulate new ways of valuing art and artists? From there can we forge new policy?

Gavin Kroeber (Session Host)

Gavin Kroeber
Experience Economies / New York, NY

Gavin Kroeber is a curator and critic whose work focuses on art, urbanism, and landscape. His talks, writings, and projects draw in equal measure upon visual art, urban theory, performance, and cultural studies, using and abusing the tools of each. Recent and upcoming projects and texts include Experience Economies: Landscape Experience, a two-week session at the Mildred's Lane art complex, "The Event Landscape," an essay in the journal PAJ's special section on urban dramaturgies, and At Home He's a Tourist, a series of unorthodox dialogues orchestrated for One Architecture Week in Plovidv, Bulgaria. He is half of the curatorial collaborative Experience Economies (with Rebecca Uchill,) which has presented event-based projects by Caitlin Berrigan, Tania Bruguera, Theaster Gates, David Levine, and others. From 2005 through 2010 he was Producer at Creative Time in New York City, where he was instrumental in the realization of projects such as Michael Rakowitz's Return (2006), Paul Chan's Waiting for Godot in New Orleans (2007), David Byrne's Playing the Building (2008), and Paul Ramirez Jonas' Key to the City (2010). He lives in New York City’s over-hyped inner periphery.

Abigail Satinsky (Session Host)

Abigail Satinsky
Executive and Artistic Director, Threewalls / Chicago, IL

Abigail Satinsky is the Interim Executive and Artistic Director at Threewalls, a nonprofit visual arts organization in Chicago programmed in collaboration with a rotating committee of local artists. Her work at Threewalls includes editing Phonebook (a national directory of artist-run spaces and projects); co-founding Hand-in-Glove and co-directing Common Field, a national grassroots network for artist-run projects and spaces; and as administrator for the Propeller Fund, which gives grants to independent, experimental and artist-run collaborative and public projects in Cook County. Satinsky is a founding member of InCUBATE, a research collaborative on art economies, and co-initiator of Sunday Soup, an international micro-granting project, which inspired over sixty-five chapters around the world. She regularly writes on socially engaged artists and practices and most recently, is the Editor of Support Networks, on the history of socially-engaged and artist-run initiatives in Chicago, published by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and University of Chicago Press and released in Fall 2014. She is a Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in art administration and curatorial practice. 

Paul Bonin-Rodriguez

Paul Bonin-Rodriguez
University of Texas / Austin, TX

Paul Bonin-Rodriguez is a writer-performer and dancer from San Antonio who has toured extensively throughout the United States. His book, Performing Policy: How Politics and Cultural Programs Redefined U.S. Artists for the Twenty-first Century (Palgrave, 2014), assesses how research and development initiatives since the late 1990s have radically reshaped artistic practices nationwide. Chronicling both historical, paradigm setting moments and contemporary artist driven initiatives, Performing Policy demonstrates how “creatives” regularly negotiate market-based and value-based concerns and shows how they may more effectively and ethically pursue opportunities in communities where they work. His articles appear in Artivate: a Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts, Theatre Topics, and a forthcoming anthology on New WORLD Theater. His plays have been published in The Color of Theatre: Race, Culture, and Contemporary Performance (Continuum, 2002), Jump-Start Playworks (Wings Press, 2004), and Text and Performance Quarterly. 

Sheila Smith

Sheila Smith
Minnesota Citizens for the Arts / St. Paul, MN

Sheila M. Smith has been Minnesota Citizens for the Art’s Executive Director since 1996. She was a leader in the 2008 "Legacy" campaign, passing a Minnesota state constitutional amendment to create 25 years of dedicated funding for the arts and environment. As Chair of the Creative Minnesota project she led a team of arts supporting organizations to create a new report on the health and impact of Minnesota's nonprofit arts and culture sector in 2015. Smith has been Chair of the State Arts Action League, part of Americans for the Arts, and was recipient of the 2009 Alene Valkanas State Arts Advocacy Award which honors an individual who has dramatically affected the political landscape through arts advocacy efforts at the state level. An Adjunct Professor for the University of Minnesota she teaches and lectures nationally about the arts, grassroots advocacy, and other issues. For the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, she is part of the Public Policy Cabinet and a member of the Board's Executive Committee. Smith has a Masters in Arts Administration from St. Mary’s University and a B.A. in Shakespeare from St. Olaf College. She is, periodically, also an artist in wood and paint.

Art Works?
3:30 - 4:30PM / Soap Factory –

Art Works?

When and how should artists be compensated for their work? This panel takes as its starting point position statements by diverse practitioners on the question of value in the arts, and aims to use those statements to generate a conversation on the complexities of the valuation of artistic practice. How should we account for the relational value of artists’ activities, for the social value of arts organizations? Should art work be for-profit, non-profit, low-profit, no-profit? As artists professionalize, what’s lost — and what’s gained? How should artists and arts organizations respond to inequities in the arts and in our communities? With this panel we aim to illuminate the political, ethical, affective and relational dimensions of valuation in the arts, and to promote both practical and utopian gestures towards a sustainable artistic practice.


Alison Gerber (Session Host)

Alison Gerber
Uppsala University / Uppsala, Sweden

Alison Gerber is a sociologist whose research focuses on artists as workers, value in working life, and working life as public life. She investigates the ways that artists, broadly defined, account for the value of their own practice, looking to artists as a lens through which to investigate valuation in contemporary working life. Her current projects aim to develop a theory of disagreement and revaluation in economic and political processes. Alison is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Social and Economic Geography’s research center on Culture, Creativity, and the Economy at Uppsala University in Sweden.

Lisa Dent

Lisa Dent
Director, Resources & Award Programs, Creative Capital / New York, NY

Before joining Creative Capital as Director of Resources & Award Programs, Lisa Dent served as the Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio. Dent previously held curatorial staff positions at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and was a director at Friedrich Petzel Gallery in New York. In addition, Dent has worked in film and the performing arts as a scenic designer, art director and producer on numerous projects. From 2004-08, Dent owned and managed Lisa Dent Gallery in San Francisco, where she presented the work of emerging and mid-career international artists. She has served on several juries and committees and is currently a board member of Visual AIDS. She has taught courses in art history and design at Cooper Union, University of California, Davis, Columbus College of Art and Design, and The Ohio State University. Dent received her BFA from Howard University, her MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and completed the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in curatorial studies.


Working Artists in the Greater Economy
Lise Soskolne, Working Artists in the Greater Economy / New York, NY

Founded in 2008, Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.) is a New York-based activist organization focused on regulating the payment of artist fees by non-profit art institutions, and establishing a sustainable labor relation between artists and the institutions that subcontract their labor. In 2014 W.A.G.E. launched a national certification program that publicly recognizes those institutions demonstrating a history of, and commitment to, voluntarily paying artist fees. W.A.G.E. Certification is the only model of its kind—and the first in the U.S. to establish a sector-wide minimum standard for compensation, as well as a clear set of guidelines and standards for the conditions under which artistic labor is contracted.

Wing Young Huie

Wing Young Huie
Lead Artist, The Third Place Gallery / Minneapolis, MN

Wing Young Huie has been an independent photographic artist for over 35 years, documenting the dizzying socioeconomic and cultural realities of American society, much of it centered in his home state of Minnesota. His work has been exhibited in museums nationally and internationally, and his public installations —Frogtown (1995), Lake Street USA (2000) and The University Avenue Project (2010) — transformed major Twin Cities’ thoroughfares into epic photo galleries, reflecting the everyday lives of thousands of its citizens in the midst of some of the most diverse concentrations of international immigrants in the country. The Third Place Gallery that Wing opened in 2012 on the corner of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue in South Minneapolis, furthering his concepts of using art as a community-building catalyst. Once a month gatherings are held, featuring artists and thinkers from a wide array of disciplines who engage in a salon-style discussion with the audience, followed by ping-pong and karaoke.

Continuing Conversations
5 to 6PM / Soap Factory

Continuing Conversations

This session will invite convening participants to join small group discussions in and around The Soap Factory led by today’s session presenters and founding members of Common Field, or to convene conversations around their own emerging questions, ideas and possibilities. 

Art on the Line, From MPLS to STP
5 to 9PM / Various Locations

Art on the Line, From MPLS to STP

Make your way from The Soap Factory in Minneapolis to Bedlam Lowertown in St. Paul on the Green Line, a light rail train that connects the two cities and passes through many different neighborhoods. Maps will orient you to some of the artist-run projects, spaces and organizations along the way, as well as unique places to eat and drink. Planned and spontaneous arts activities will be clustered near three different light rail stops, led by local arts organizers. 

Closing Party & Phonebook Launch
9PM - Midnigght / Location TBA —

Closing Party & Phonebook Launch 

Help celebrate the conclusion of Hand-in-Glove 4 and the launch of the latest edition of Phonebook, a national directory of artist-run spaces and projects created by Threewalls (Chicago, IL).  Artist Andy Sturdevant, along with Phonebook editor Abigail Satinsky, will lead a live-mapping project to visualize the connections between Phonebook contributors and audience members, physically representing how Phonebook can be used as a tool to bring together artists and organizers working on a local and national scale. We’ll close this year’s Hand-in-Glove with a dance party featuring live music from Sarah White and DJ Keezy.

Andy Sturdevant

Andy Sturdevant
Minneapolis, MN

Andy Sturdevant is an artist, writer and arts administrator living in South Minneapolis. He has written about art, history and culture for a variety of Twin Cities-based publications and websites. His essays have also appeared in publications of the Walker Art Center and the Jerome Foundation. Andy writes a weekly column on neighborhoods, art, history and architecture in Minneapolis-St. Paul for MinnPost. His first book, Potluck Supper with Meeting to Follow, was published by Coffee House Press in 2013. Some of his projects has been exhibited locally at The Soap Factory, Art Of This Gallery, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, as well as in galleries and spaces in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Austin, Milwaukee, North Carolina, and Kentucky. Andy is also Artist Resources Director at Springboard for the Arts in Lowertown St. Paul. He was born in Ohio, raised in Kentucky and has lived in Minneapolis since 2005.

Sarah White

Sarah White
Minneapolis, MN

Sarah White is an internationally known songbird, emcee and music maker, and has shared stages with many talented artists worldwide, including Jose James, King Britt, Fishbone, Alice Smith, Imani Uzuri, M.anifest and more. From live bands to DJ sets, vocal soundscapes to intimate acoustic underground, Sarah strives to keep it eclectic, versatile, and mind opening. Influenced by the streets and the soul, her sound is genre-smashing and ever changing. Sarah independently released 2 solo albums, has been featured on label releases from the midwest to Tokyo, won Scion’s Best Electronic Vocalist competition in 09’ and recently recorded vocals for a sound exhibition at the Walker Art Center. 

DJ Keezy

DJ Keezy
Minneapolis, MN

Influenced by the music she grew up with, especially female artists, DJ Keezy loves bringing people together by creating a high energy atmosphere with dope remixes and throwback jams!


Light Breakfast
10 to 11AM / Soap Factory

Light Breakfast

The Soap Factory will open with coffee and light breakfast. Free WiFi will be available.

Open Space Workshop: Looking Forward
10AM to 1PM / Soap Factory –

Open Space Workshop: Looking Forward

New and founding members of Common Field, along with other Hand-in-Glove attendees, will lead pre-arranged and spontaneous discussions and working groups in and around the Soap Factory — including a conversation about early plans for Hand-in-Glove 2016, which will be hosted by Cannonball in Miami, Florida. 

Colin Kloecker (Session Host)

Colin Kloecker
Works Progress Studio / Minneapolis, MN

Colin Kloecker is an artist, designer and documentary filmmaker who works at the intersection of public art and civic design. Colin is a Co-Founder and Co-Director of Works Progress Studio, and a founding member of Common Field. Colin believes we can make cities and communities more resilient and supportive by amplifying and nourishing everyday knowledge and creativity where it already exists. He grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and studied visual art at Milwaukee High School for the Arts. In 2001, Colin moved to Minneapolis to attend the University of Minnesota’s College of Design, where he received an undergraduate degree in architecture. He worked for 5 years at an architecture firm focused on affordable and supportive housing before founding his own socially-focused art and design studio. He is 2011 Fellow in the Creative Community Leadership Institute at Intermedia Arts, and has received individual artist grants from Forecast Public Art, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Tickets to Hand-in-Glove 2015 are $125

This includes:

  • Admission to all convening events, including parties on Thursday and Saturday night.
  • 3 light breakfasts, 2 chef-made lunches, 1 dinner at a local home/art space.
  • HIG 2015 guidebook with original essays and in-depth info about the convening.
  • Free travel on Metro Transit buses/trains and reduced rates on Nice Ride bike share.
  • Access to HIG homestay resources connecting you with local HIG homestay hosts.
  • The opportunity to share info about your organization or project with other HIG attendees.

Free Common Field Membership with Ticket Purchase

Your Hand-in-Glove 2015 ticket includes a one-year organizer membership to Common Field. Those preferring to register as an organization will be able to do so at a discounted rate. Memberships will be redeemable when the Common Field network launches in September.

Local/National Balance

An important goal of this convening is to strike a balance between local and national attendance. If you live or work in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, please select Local Ticket below. If you're coming to the convening from out of town, please select a National Ticket.

There are 300 tickets avilable and we're currently allocating 150 tickets to each type. We will reevaluate local/national balance as the date approaches.

Multiple Tickets

Tickets must be purchased one-at-a-time so that we can gather contact information and meal preferences for each individual attendee.

Scholarships & Volunteer Opportunities

Local scholarships are being distributed through partnering arts organizations to artist organizers in their communities. National scholarships are being distributed by Common Field through a Call for National Scholarship Applications. Applications are due August 15th.

If you are interested in volunteering with the Soap Factory during the Hand-in-Glove convening, fill out this Volunteer Interest Form. Once you sign up you will receive more information on upcoming orientations and shift opportunities. You must be 18 years or older to volunteer. Volunteers who commit to 3 shifts will receive complimentary registration to all Hand-in-Glove events and sessions. 


A partial refund of $100 per ticket will be available until September 1st, at which point refunds will no longer be available. Contact for details.

Hand-in-Glove 2015 is presented by Common Field and hosted by Works Progress Studio and The Soap Factory

Common Field is a visual arts organizing network supporting artist-led projects across the United States and beyond. Common Field connects independent arts organizations and organizers, artists and curators, and others with a grassroots ethos through convenings, advocacy, and research.  

Works Progress Studio is an artist-led LLC founded in 2010 and based in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. Led by wife-husband Collaborative Directors Shanai Matteson and Colin Kloecker, Works Progress engages an expansive network of artists, designers, organizers, researchers, advocates and other creative collaborators to realize imaginative public projects rooted in place and purpose.

Celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2015, The Soap Factory is a laboratory for artistic experimentation, audience engagement and emerging cultural practices. As an organization, they produce innovative programs across artistic disciplines – more than 300 exhibitions, performances and events since its founding in 1989.

Lead Organizers

Shanai MattesonColin Kloecker

Project Staff 

Kate Arford
Lacey Prpić Hedtke, HIG Project Coordinator / Minneapolis, MN
Beth Loraine Bowman, Soap Factory / Minneapolis, MN

Local Advisors

Mona Smith

Common Field Leadership Cabinet

Abigail Satinsky, Threewalls / Chicago, IL / Common Field Co-Director
Stephanie Sherman, Elsewhere / Greensboro, NC / Common Field Co-Director
Elizabeth Chodos, Ox-Bow / Saugatuck, MI
Courtney Fink, Southern Exposure / San Francisco, CA
Nat May, SPACE Gallery / Portland, ME

Common Field Council

Dana Bishop-Root, Transformazium / Braddock, PA
Matthew Fluharty, Art of the Rural / St. Louis, MO
Ryan Dennis, Project Row Houses / Houston, TX
Martha Wilson, Franklin Furnace / New York, NY
Paul Bonin-Rodriguez, University of Texas-Austin / Austin, TX
Anne Focke, Independent / Seattle, WA
Mark Allen, Machine Project / Los Angeles, CA
Kemi Ilesanmi, The Laundromat Project / New York, NY
Colin Kloecker, Works Progress Studio / Minneapolis, MN
Lane Relyea, Northwestern University / Chicago, IL

Funding Partners 

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

The McKnight FoundationKnight Foundation

In-Kind Sponsors

Black Coffee and Waffle BarBolger PrintingCommon Roots CafeEmpire Coffee + PastryMetro TransitNice Ride MNRed Stag Supper ClubSeward Community Co-opSift Gluten FreeWedge Community Co-opWhole Foods Market Hennepin.

Contributing Partners

Asian Economic Development AssociationBedlam LowertownCenter for Hmong Arts and TalentCreative Enterprise ZoneForecast Public ArtJuxtaposition ArtsKulture Klub CollaborativeMn ArtistsMinnesota Museum of American Art, Northern Lights.mnPublic Art Saint PaulSmallest Museum in St. PaulSpringboard for the ArtsTemporary Art ReviewWorkhorse Coffee Bar.

Convening Locations

All Hand-in-Glove activities will take place at The Soap Factory in Minneapolis unless otherwise noted. Small group dinners on Friday night will happen at homes and art spaces across the Twin Cities. Registered attendees will be notified ahead of the convening about the location of their dinner. Saturday evening’s activities will take place at various locations along the Green Line in St. Paul, including activities at the Minnesota Museum of American Art.


Hand-in-Glove registration includes the following meals: Light breakfast on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday; Catered lunch on Friday and Saturday; Dinner on Friday at a local home or art space. Meal preferences are collected during the registration process.

Where to Stay

Those interested in a homestay with local artists, arts organizers or other arts supporters can email for further details. Nearby hotels: Aloft Minneapolis, The Hotel Minneapolis, LeBlanc House Bed and Breakfast, Nicollet Island Inn, Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, Residence Inn Minneapolis Downtown at the Depot and University Inn.

Getting Around

Attendees will be receive a complimentary pass to utilize Metro Transit buses and trains, and discounts on Nice Ride bike share. Local Taxis: Rainbow Taxi (612) 332-1615, Blue and White Taxi (612) 333-3333, Gold Star Taxi (612) 343-8888, Red and White Taxi (612) 871-1600.


The Soap Factory has limited public parking. We encourage attendees to make use of bikes, shared rides or the Metro Transit public transportation system.

Photo/Video Permission

Your registration constitutes permission to use photos and video recordings taken of you at the event for promotional and educational purposes in connection with communications and promotions about Hand-in-Glove, Common Field and organizing partners The Soap Factory and Works Progress online and in print.


Hand-in-Glove will be accessible to all attendees. Please notify organizers when you register to make arrangements for assistive listening devices, ASL interpretation, wheelchair accessibility or other accessibility needs.

Safer Space Policy

The organizers of Hand-in-Glove 2015 are committed to providing a supportive, welcoming and harassment-free environment for everyone who participates. We welcome people of all races, gender identities and expressions, sexual orientations, abilities, physical appearances, educational backgrounds, classes and beliefs. We’ve written this code of conduct because we believe a clear code of conduct is a necessary part of building a respectful community space.

Be considerate in speech and actions, and actively seek to acknowledge and respect the boundaries of fellow attendees. Respect others’ opinions, beliefs, differing states of being and differing points of view.

Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech. Harassment includes, but is not limited to: deliberate intimidation; stalking; unwanted photography or recording; sustained or willful disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact; use of sexual or discriminatory imagery, comments, or jokes; and unwelcome sexual attention.

If you feel that someone has harassed you or otherwise treated you inappropriately, please alert any Soap Factory staff or member of the Hand-in-Glove organizing group in person, via the phone/text line listed in the convening booklet, or via e-mail.

Take care of each other. Speak up and alert Soap Factory staff or a member of the Hand-in-Glove organizing group if you notice oppressive language, behavior or actions, someone in distress, or violations of this code of conduct, even if the harm seems relatively inconsequential. Should an issue arise with a participant or attendee during Hand-in-Glove, we will do our best to remedy the situation, either immediately or at a later time. We assume the positive intent of all participants and need everyone to help make Hand-in-Glove a safer space for all who attend.

General Contacts

General questions about Hand-in-Glove 2015 can be addressed to Lacey Prpić Hedtke at  
General questions about Common Field can be addressed to Stephanie Sherman at

Sign up for the Common Field mailing list to be among the first to know when the full website launches and membership opens in early September. 

Media Contacts

Hand-in-Glove 2015 Media Contact
Shanai Matteson / Colin Kloecker
Hand-in-Glove 2015 Lead Organizers
(952) 686-1340 / (612) 839-0810

Common Field Media Contact
Stephanie Sherman
Common Field Co-Director
(610) 462-8665

Who is Hand-in-Glove for?

This convening welcomes people involved with art spaces and projects that are self-organized, independent, experimental or noncommercial; people working at organizations that value artist-run, artist-led and artist-centric priorities; researchers and historians studying the field today; arts funders and others that support or engage the field; and those simply interested in learning more about this community. 

Are scholarships available?

Local scholarships are being distributed through partnering arts organizations to artist organizers in their communities. National scholarships are being distributed by Common Field through a Call for National Scholarship Applications. Applications are due August 15th.

Are there volunteer opportunities with the Hand-in-Glove convening? 

Yes! If you're interested in volunteering during the Hand-in-Glove convening, fill out this Volunteer Interest Form. Once you sign up you'll receive more information about upcoming orientations and shift opportunities. You must be 18 years or older to volunteer. Volunteers who commit to 3 shifts will receive complimentary registration to all Hand-in-Glove events and sessions. 

Where can I find a place to stay in the Twin Cities?

To connect with people in Minneapolis and St. Paul that are hosting visiting artists and arts organizers in their homes during Hand-in-Glove, email

I'd like to host a visiting artist or arts organizer! Where do I sign-up?

We are still looking for local (Minneapolis-St.Paul) Homestay Hosts! If you are interested in hosting an out-of-town artist or arts organizer in your home, fill out this Homestay Host Sign-up form.  

Will you be streaming the convening live?

Yes! We will be streaming most Hand-in-Glove activities live and also archiving video on, which will be launching in early September. More details coming soon.

How do I join Common Field?

Common Field memberships will be available in early September with the launch of the new website. Sign-up here to receive an email announcement about this launch. An individual membership to Common Field is included with registration to Hand-in-Glove 2015.