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.


Into the Field
3 to 5PM / Soap Factory —

Into the Field: Roundtable for New & Emerging Arts Organizers 

Are you new to the field of independent, experimental arts organizing? Have an idea for an alternative art space, project or organization, but unsure how to begin? 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 Hand-in-Glove and an open space for questions, conversations and connections.

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

Daniel Tucker (Session Host)

Daniel Tucker
Misc Projects and Moore College of Art and Design / Philadelphia, PA

Daniel Tucker directs the Social and Studio Practices department at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. He also makes documentaries, publications and events inspired by his interest in social movements and the people and places from which they emerge.

Melinda Childs

Melinda Childs
Development Director, ArtStart / Rhinelander, WI

As ArtStart's Development Director, Melinda Childs' calling is to build individual, community and financial relationships that promote ArtStart and the arts as vital to Rhinelander’s creative and economic well-being. Childs has more than a decad of hands-on experience working in the arts-based community development field. She has organized neighborhood art festivals and guided artists and communities through the process of creating public art projects. While serving as Program Director and consultant for Forecast Public Art in Minneapolis, Childs designed professional and economic development training programs for artists and communities seeking to use art to activate their environments and economies. She participated in numerous grant committees, as well as the planning committee for the Great Places Initiative. Childs also worked on planning artist specific content for the Public Art Network's annual conference.

Monica Sheets

Monica Sheets
Artist / Minneapolis, MN

Monica Sheets was born in Toledo, Ohio and studied Photography at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Her experiences growing up in the Rust Belt (the former industrial heart of the US) were pivotal to her decision to work directly with participants, coming from a desire to reach audiences who might not normally visit galleries and museums. She received an MFA in Public Art and New Artistic Strategies from the Bauhaus-University Weimar in 2009. Her artwork has been recognized by the MCAD/Jerome Fellowship for Emerging Artists, the Minnesota State Arts Board, FORECAST Public Artworks and the Culture Foundation of the Free State of Saxony. In addition to her artistic work, she has worked in different capacities at a variety of non-profit art organizations, including as founder and director of Das Fundbuero e.V., a cultural organization dedicated to creating spaces in which former East German citizens can discuss their experiences of the German Democratic Republic and the aftermath of German unification in 1989.

The White Page

The White Page
Studio, Residency and Gallery / Minneapolis, MN

The White Page is a studio, residency program, and gallery space in South Minneapolis. It was founded and is collectively run by four artists: Alanah Luger-Guillaume, Kathryn Sheldon, Rebecca Spangenthal, and Alexis Stitler. Our The White Page’s mission is to provide emerging artists the opportunity to produce and exhibit their work while immersed in a community of practicing artists. Each residency is spent working adjacent to the prepared gallery space in which each resident will present an exhibition. Residents are exposed to the studio practices of 11 other studio members who rent and use space at The White Page. This creates an environment that allows constructive criticism, collaboration, and inspiration. 

Oskar Ly

Oskar Ly
Artist and Organizer, Asian Economic Development Association / Saint Paul, MN

Oskar Ly uses the arts and community organizing as a foundation to build community spaces that celebrate authenticity, discovery, and stories. She is a fashion artist, singer, and writer with a focus on social justice. She enjoys crafting to liberate beyond words, sharing food, culture, and conversations. She is an Artist Organizer with the Asian Economic Development Association / Little Mekong and with the Victoria Theater Arts Initiative.

Joan Vorderbruggen

Joan Vorderbruggen
Cultural District Arts Coordinator, Hennepin Theatre Trust / Minneapolis, MN

Artist and organizer Joan Vorderbruggen envisions possibilities for the most dejected spaces, transforming vacant storefronts into showcases of MN based creativity. In 2012, she developed and implemented the multiple award winning project, “Artists in Storefronts,” pairing more than 150 artists from 5 to 80 years old to create exhibits of original work in vacant and under-utilized commercial storefronts. In addition to creating a temporary, pop-up urban walking gallery, her project commissioned six permanent murals, hosted dozens of community events, tours, festivals, and over 50 live performances in alternative spaces. In just eight months of participation, eight properties with a combined vacancy of more than 20 years acquired short-and long-term lease agreements. She currently serves as the Cultural District Arts Coordinator for Hennepin Theatre Trust activating the downtown Minneapolis Cultural District with the project Made Here. Vorderbruggen continues to be a visionary source of creative urban revitalization that connects and celebrates diverse cultural landscapes. 

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 - What does the field need?
7 to 9PM / Soap Factory —

Paradigms & Priorities - What does the field need?

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?

This opening debate will surface some of the assumptions and issues underlying artist-centric organizing practices, providing context for Hand-in-Glove 2015 and an opportunity to reflect. Four arts leaders from Minneapolis / St. Paul will take the stage, introducing the values and goals that guide their projects. Attendees will be invited to participate, kicking off a lively convening about artists and arts work 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.

Steve Dietz

Steve Dietz
Artistic Director, Northern / Minneapolis, MN

Steve Dietz is a serial platform creator. He is the Founder, President, and Artistic Director of Northern He was the Founding Director of the  01SJ Biennial in 2006 and served as Artistic Director again in 2008 and 2010. He is the former Curator of New Media at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he founded the New Media Initiatives department in 1996, the online art Gallery 9 and digital art study collection. He also co-founded, with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts the award-winning educational site ArtsConnectEd, and the artist community site with the McKnight Foundation. Dietz founded one of the earliest, museum-based, independent new media programs at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 1992.

Sam Gould

Sam Gould
Co-founder and Editor, Red76 / Minneapolis, MN

Sam Gould is co-founder and editor of Red76, an expanded publication platform established in Portland, Oregon in the early 2000’s. Red76 works towards creating publics through the formation of ad-hoc educational structures and discursive media forms. While these frameworks are often situated in what is called “public space” -  street corners, laundromats, taverns, and the like - the pedagogy of their construction is meant to call into question the relationships, codes, and hierarchies embedded within these landscapes. Gould has taught within the graduate department for Social Practice at the California College of the Arts and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He has written and lectured extensively on issues of sociality, education, and encountering the political within daily life.

Maria Cristina Tavera

Maria Cristina Tavera
Artist and Independent Curator / Minneapolis, MN

Maria Cristina Tavera,  AKA “Tina” is an artist, researcher, curator, and community organizer. Her bilingual / bicultural upbringing between Mexico and Minnesota has greatly influenced her work experience, writing, curatorial, and visual art practice. Tavera has a Masters in Public Affairs - Leadership in the Arts from the University of Minnesota Humphrey School. As an independent curator she has organized exhibitions grassroots, locally, nationally, and internationally.  She has received fellowships from the Archibald Bush Foundation, the Smithsonian Latino Museum program, the Museum of Modern Art-New York, and the Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME): Promoters of Culture. Tavera's artwork questions issues related to race, gender, ethnicity, societal norms, and culture. She has exhibited locally and nationally receiving grants from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) and the Minnesota State Arts Board.  Her work is in private and public collections such as the Weisman Art Museum and the Plains Art Museum. Her writings have been published nationally and internationally by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, as well as a book titled, Mexican Pulp Art.

Jun-Li Wang

Jun-li Wang
Artist Community Organizer, Springboard for the Arts / St. Paul, MN

Jun-Li Wang is a connector of people, places, and ideas. As Artist Community Organizer at Springboard for the Arts, she directs the Community Development Program that organizes and empowers artists, builds reciprocal relationships between communities and their artists, and trains artists to address community challenges and opportunities. Jun-Li has extensive experience in asset-based community development, neighborhood leadership, workshop curriculum design and implementation, and training. She created and led Irrigate, a nationally-recognized creative placemaking program designed to train and support local artists to address community challenges. Jun-Li’s international experience includes 5 years in China for several international non-profits including The Asia Foundation and Project HOPE. Jun-Li holds a BA from Vassar College and MPS in International Development from Cornell University. Jun-Li is an alumna of The Creative Community Leadership Institute, and also served as a Leadership Institute faculty member. Jun-Li serves on the Saint Paul Planning Commission and Metropolitan Council Livable Communities Advisory Committee, manages Paint the Pavement and is active on the board of Urban Boatbuilders, a metro non-profit serving at-risk youth.  Most recently she launched Board Repair, an independent group organized by and for people of color to create a more effective non-profit sector by increasing participation of people of color on boards in the Twin Cities. When time permits, Jun-Li is a craft artist with guerilla art aspirations.

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

HIG Opening Party & Common Field Launch

Celebrate Hand-in-Glove 2015 and the launch of Common Field with a party that spans the Soap Factory’s galleries. Enjoy performances by Circadia, MAKR, and Davu Seru with ensemble Savon Noire. Food from Foxy Falafel’s Food Tuck and drinks 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, bagels and other local treats. Free WiFi is available.

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

What is our Common Field?

New and founding Common Field members from across the country will share some of the challenges and successes they've encountered in their respective locales. Short illustrated presentations will be followed by a conversational exercise encouraging all 350 Hand-in-Glove participants to meet each other and to share their own experiences as artists, arts organizers, administrators or supporters.

Elizabeth Chodos (Session Host)

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

Elizabeth Chodos is Co-Founder of Common Field and Executive and 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. Her Bachelors of Arts in Creative Writing is 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 May 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.

Dana Bishop-Root

Dana Bishop-Root
Co-Founder and Facilitator, Transformazium / Braddock, PA

Dana Bishop-Root is an artist and co-founder of Transformazium (with Leslie Stem and Ruthie Stringer), an 8 year-old collaborative project in a neighborhood just outside of Pittsburgh, PA. Transformazium projects aim to foster a multiplicity of amplified voices through the use of a neighborhood based design and print studio; recognize and participate in existing local arts discourses while making connections with regional and national discourses; and redirect money from an arts economy to a local economy through the creation of paid creative and cultural work. Through an embedded partnership with Braddock Carnegie Library, Transformazium’s work is informed by a diverse public of library users - it utilizes the spaces for expression, encounter, investigation and resource exchange that the library provides. Bishop-Root is also facilitator of General Sisters, a neighborhood corner store, installation, idea, structure, studio, exchange, living architecture, meeting place, kitchen, and garden.

Ryan Dennis

Ryan Dennis
Public Art Director, Project Row Houses / Houston, TX

Ryan N. Dennis joined Project Row Houses in October 2012. Her interests include African American and international contemporary art, with a particular focus on socially engaged practices in all media, site-specific projects, and public interventions. At Project Row Houses, Ryan has organized exhibitions and programs including, Round 41: Process and Action: An Exploration of Ideas (2014); Round 40: Monuments: Right Beyond the Site (2014); Social Practice. Social Justice Symposium (2014); Round 39: Looking Back, Moving Forward (2013). She has written for the 2014 Prospect 3 catalogue and the Studio Museum in Harlem Magazine. Prior to Project Row Houses she worked in New York City at the Museum for African Art as the traveling exhibition manager. She received her master’s degree in Arts and Cultural Management from Pratt Institute where her research focused on the role of the artist as the administrator and cultural producer through residencies, and collaborative programming. Prior to moving to New York City, Ryan worked as a community organizer and a curatorial assistant at The Menil Collection in Houston, TX.

Matthew Fluharty

Matthew Fluharty 
Executive Director, Art of the Rural / St. Louis, MO

Matthew Fluharty is an artist, writer, and researcher currently splitting his time between Winona, MN, St. Louis, and points along the Mississippi River. Matthew is the Executive Director of Art of the Rural, facilitator of its Middle Landscape projects, and a member of the M12 collective. He serves on the Council for Common Field, the Board of Directors for the Wormfarm Institute, and is currently a Research Fellow in the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. Matthew’s poetry and essays have been widely published in the US and abroad and are present within the field-establishing publication A Decade of Country Hits: Art on the Rural Frontier (Jam Sam, 2014). His collaborations with M12 on the Equine Anthology project have recently been featured at the Santa Fe Art Institute, and his multidisciplinary collaboration with Jesse Vogler in the American Bottom region of the Mississippi River was recently the subject of an exhibition at Central Features in Albuquerque.

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

Lunch: Community Meal

Join Chef James Baker of Sunnyside Cafe' for a BBQ lunch made with local ingredients, presented in the style of the multi-year public art project by Seitu Jones, Create: The Community Meal. Create, which was sponsored by non-profit arts organization Public Art Saint Paul, 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 and 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 Jones has created over 30 large-scale public artworks. Jones 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 at a 1/2 mile long dinner 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 Sunnyside 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 session, 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, Missouri. He has served as a founder and Executive Director of The Luminary, an incubator for new ideas in the arts, 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 Productions / New York, NY

Joe Ahearn 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 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 Aldrige 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 / Saint Paul, 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. She lives and works in St. Paul, MN.

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 artistic work, and 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 and 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. His 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.

Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz

Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz
Archivist, Lesbian Herstory Archives and Founder, Lambey Press / 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 and 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 day's closing session invites you to join small group discussions led by today’s session hosts, presenters or founding members of Common Field. Have something you want to discuss further? We’ll also have space for you to convene a conversation around your own questions and ideas.

Why Bother? Dinners Around Town for the Cynically Minded
7 to 9:30PM / Various Locations

Why Bother? Dinners Around Town for the Cynically Minded

We all come to these things - symposia, conferences, summits - with at least an inkling of skepticism. Or, at least we should. The ideas behind them are lofty, often assuming commonalities and allegiances that may not be present, or that are too fragile to sustain. Despite our cynicism, we gather in hopes that we might gain insight through (self)questioning, agitation, angst, or understanding our differences in parallel. With these thoughts at heart, we invite you to a small group dinner in the home or art space of a local resident, away from the panel discussions and prepared opinions. We’ll cook, drink, and talk unguardedly, working out the kinks and fissures, and maybe even begin to understand not just what we know, but what we collectively don’t.

Those who select this dinner option in advance will received an email introducing the location and host of their meal. Others can organize their own dinner conversations spontaneously using the materials provided. We’ve partnered with Temporary Art Review, MN Artists, and Red76’s Wooden Leg Print & Press to explore and extrapolate from conversations that begin at Hand-In-Glove. Notes and other reflections that you choose to share from these meals may be compiled into a publication following the convening.


Alma Lights
9PM to Midnight / Restaurant Alma

Alma Lights

Alma Lights is a collaboration between non-profit arts organization Northern and Restaurant Alma to create a temporary arts hub and experiment that supports a range of artist interventions prior to the building’s renovation this fall. As Restaurant Alma plans with James Dayton Design 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.

After dinner, stop by Alma Lights for a reception and special performance of “Malignum Aditum Puncti” by artist Piotr Szyhalski amd the Labor Camp Orchestra at 9:45PM. All are welcome!

“A sonic intervention in the two adjacent rooms sharing a wall creates a disjointed, yet cohesive musical experience. While the intense, immaterial presence of sound commands attention, and transcends the physical limitations of objects and spaces, the audiences are able to move freely between the two environments, effectively manipulating their own experience of the work. This new, live musical material is constructed and performed by the Labor Camp Orchestra specifically for the “Malignum Aditum Puncti” using analogue modular synthesis system.” - Alma Lights artist Piotr Szyhalski


Light Breakfast
9 to 10AM / Soap Factory

Light Breakfast

The Soap Factory will be open with coffee, bagels and other local treats. 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. 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 a notion that aesthetics are not a significant priority. This session begins with the assumption that aesthetic and social provocations are happening together. We’ll look toward 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 ways 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 as a result of interactions between audiences, social systems, and artists. The session will circle around topics of collaboration, aesthetics, and social context in relation to 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's Tatanka Truck, catering business of Chef Sean Sherman, who focuses on modern and traditional foods of the Dakota, Lakota, and 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 and Dakota forests and 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).

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.

Jamie Bennett

Jamie Bennett 
Executive Director, ArtPlace America / New York, NY

Jamie Bennett has been the Executive Director of ArtPlace America since January 2014. Previously, he served as Chief of Staff at the National Endowment for the Arts and Chief of Staff at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. He has also provided strategic counsel at the Agnes Gund Foundation; served as chief of staff to the President of Columbia University; and worked in fundraising at The Museum of Modern Art, the New York Philharmonic, and Columbia College. His past nonprofit affiliations have included the Board of Directors of Art21 and the HERE Arts Center; the Foot-in-the-Door Committee of the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation; and Studio in a School’s Associates Committee. Jamie received his B.A. from Columbia College in New York City.

Richard Birkett

Richard Birkett
Curator, Artists Space / New York, NY

Richard Birkett is curator at Artists Space, New York. He was previously curator at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London from 2007 to 2010. He has curated exhibitions and programs with artists including Chto Delat?, Aaron Flint Jamison, Bernadette Corporation, Hito Steyerl and Cosey Fanni Tutti; and group projects including "Nought to Sixty" (ICA, 2008), "Talk Show" (with Will Holder, ICA, 2009), "Radical Localism: Art, Video and Culture from Pueblo Nuevo’s Mexicali Rose" (with Chris Kraus and Marco Vera, Artists Space, 2012) and "Frozen Lakes" (Artists Space, 2013). Recent independent projects include "and Materials and Money and Crisis" (with Sam Lewitt, mumok, Vienna, 2013) and "Terry Atkinson" (Yale Union, Portland, 2014). He has edited publications including "Cosey Complex" (with Maria Fusco, 2012), and "Bernadette Corporation: 2000 Wasted Years" (with BC, Jim Fletcher and Stefan Kalmár, 2013) and contributed essays to journals and monographs including "Zak Kyes: Working With..."(Sternberg Press, 2012) and "Andrea Büttner" (MK Gallery, 2013).

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
Resources and Award Programs Director, Creative Capital / New York, NY

Before joining Creative Capital 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. Dent has also worked in film and the performing arts as a scenic designer, art director and producer. 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.

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 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.

Working Artists in the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.)

Working Artists in the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.)
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.

Continuing Conversations
5 to 6PM / Soap Factory

Continuing Conversations

This day's closing session invites you to join small group discussions led by today’s session hosts, presenters or founding members of Common Field. Have something you want to discuss further? We’ll also have space for you to convene a conversation around your own questions and ideas.

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 - Midnight / Location TBA —

Closing Party & Phonebook Launch 

Help celebrate the conclusion of Hand-in-Glove 2015 and the publication of the latest edition of Phonebook, a national directory of artist-run spaces and projects created by Threewalls in Chicago. 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 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 music from Sarah White and DJ Keezy.


Andy Sturdevant

Andy Sturdevant
Artist, Writer and Arts Administrator / 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 be open with coffee, bagels and other local treats. Free WiFi is 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 2015 attendees, are invited to join pre-arranged or spontaneous discussions and workshop groups in and around the Soap Factory. Discussions will include conversations about early plans for Hand-in-Glove 2016 and future plans and possibilities for Common Field. 

Katie Hargrave (Session Host)

Katie Hargrave
Artist and Educator / Chattanooga, TN

Katie Hargrave is an artist and educator interested in politics, history, mythology, and narrative. Her work elevates stories from popular culture, those hidden in the archives, and the everyday experiences of her neighbors and participants. She is a member of the Think Tank that has yet to be named.

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.