2016 Field Grants

Common Field Field Grants provide small grants of $500-1000 to support projects that generate exchange, connection, and thinking on arts organizing projects and practices. The purpose of Field Grants is to enable organizations doing reflective work to share this work with Common Field’s national network, and to facilitate broader learning and insight from local and issue-based organizing projects happening across the US with the expanded Field. Grantees contribute documentation of their activities for the Common Field website (written descriptions, photos, audio, videos are encouraged!). Projects must be led by a Common Field membership organization and include other member collaborators. All member organizations and Chapters are welcome and encouraged to apply. Funds are awarded as long as they are available.

TBA. Applicants will be notified approximately one month from the date of their submission. Projects start date should not begin until after notification of grant award.

Send a single 1-2 page PDF to hello@commonfield.org that includes the following information with the questions below answered numerically.
1) Project name
2) Lead organization contact (who will also serve as fund recipient) and project collaborators. Indicate Common Field members by linking to their profile. Note: Lead applicants must be organizational members and applications must reflect a partnership between at least two Common Field members.
3) A short description of your project vision, intention, and action. Please also explain how you will share your project with Common Field members (written description, photos, video, audio, etc.).
4) A brief timeframe for the project
5) A short budget formatted in a table indicating expenses and income and any details of how funds would be used.

​Field grantees are asked to prepare a short post for the Common Field website that shares their project findings with the field (including at least one image) and offers any ideas, tools, and perspectives for Common Field within two months of completing their project.

Requests are reviewed by a 3-person team of Common Field Council and Members.


Trans.lation Vickery Meadow (Dallas, TX) + Women’s Center for Creative Work (Los Angeles, CA)
Women’s Center for Creative Work in Los Angeles, CA, will host Carol Zou from Trans.lation Vickery Meadow in Dallas, TX for a residency in Winter 2016. Zou’s residency will focus on sharing lessons learned from the affordable housing struggle in Dallas with Los Angeles-based groups working on affordable housing.

The 2nd Floor Rear (Chicago, IL)
2nd Floor Rear is an annual DIY festival of art in experimental contexts, apartment galleries, and ephemeral and migrant projects. Ongoing discussion across Chicago’s independent art space cohort, particularly Corner’s Art + Value conversation series, has revealed a need for artist-run spaces to engage with local communities that may feel alienated from contemporary art spaces and conversations. 

Aggregate Space Gallery + Great Wall of Oakland (Oakland, CA)
Aggregate Space Gallery and Great Wall of Oakland will host Oakland Congress of Experience-Based Art in March 2017! The convening will bring Arts organizations together in the East Bay to discuss opportunities and collectively work together to identify solutions to the rapid changes that are impacting the art community.

Chicken Tractor (Iowa) + Darger HQ (Nebraska) + Plum Blossom Initiative (Wisconsin)
Bridge Work helps emerging artists develop exhibition experience and connects them to their larger, regional context. Local shows later combine with neighboring participants into a regional event. The Field Grant helps us support our artists’ participation and funds creation of sharable resources so you can recreate Bridge Work in your neck of the woods. 

Maiden LA
​For the month of August, Maiden LA, a playful anagram and homophone of ‘Made in LA,’ has produced a printed map and a website promoting a network of exhibitions, events and happenings in both traditional and unconventional spaces throughout Greater Los Angeles.

Artists of Color BlocA Common Project
Artists of Color Bloc Research Project will survey the work (labor), living (housing), and art making (studios) situation for artists of color in New York.

Transformer + Elsewhere
Southern Constellations, a day-long convergence of organizers in the South brought together artists and organizers to discuss their work, access to resources, and modes of experimentation in cities like Houston, New Orleans, Atlanta, Charlottesville and DC.