News | Spring 2017


Mark you calendars! The 2017 Common Field Convening is heading West to Los Angeles, California. From November 2 - 5, 2017, 350+ arts organizers will come together for three days of dialog, discussion, debate, workshops, and practical and social exchanges exploring the state of our field. 

Share your Politically Resistant Programming with Common Field

In January, more than forty Common Field members responded to our call to share their actions, statements of solidarity, and politically resistant programs in the wake of the inauguration. Please join them by taking a few minutes share your responsive programs and creative actions with Common Field. We are working to compile and amplify this work, and by extension, the critical risk-taking and responsive programming being done by our field that challenges and questions the dominant discourse.

Respond to our survey and be added to our growing national field guide.

New Online Conversation Series
In April, Common Field launches the first in a series of online video conversations featuring members who are addressing the resistance movement through their programming. Stay tuned for details.

Common Field joins with countless others in support of the value of artists by taking a stand against the proposed elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and other federal agencies that provide critical support to the cultural diversity across our nation. We believe that investing in artists and the arts is critical to a healthy society. The White House's budget proposal for includes more than $54 billion in cuts to domestic programs, including the elimination of funding for the NEA, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). 

There are many ways to help defend the NEA. We recommend the following resources: 
Americans for the Arts Arts Action Fund 
PEN America 
Public Matters 

Common Field is excited to announce the award of a one-year, $275,000 grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts to support Common Field’s 2017 core activities and annual Convening. The Warhol Foundation has supported Common Field since it’s inception in 2013 and official launch in the fall of 2015. This grant extends support for the coming year as Common Field continues to grow, evolve and build momentum, connectivity, and advocacy for artist-run and artist-centered organizations. 

Common Field is proud to share the compilation of essays published as a part of the 2016 Field Perspectives: Art Organizing within Accelerated Capitalisms as a downloadable PDF. The publication contains a series of eight essays that were commissioned and co-published by Common Field, Miami Rail, and Temporary Art Review for the 2016 Common Field Convening in Miami, Florida, held from October 20-23, 2017 at the Little Haiti Cultural Center. The essays address core convening themes of Accelerated Capitalism, Gentrification, Transitions, and Criticality, and were co-published across platforms during the months leading up to the convening to catalyze discussion, dialog, and debate before, during and after the event. The essays were authored by by Michael Allen, Dana Bassett, Rob Goyanes, Sarrita Hunn & James McAnally, Christopher Kennedy, Joshua Simon, Monica Uszerowicz, and Patricia Margarita Hernandez & Natalia Zuluaga. DOWNLOAD YOUR COPY HERE! 

APPLY FOR A FIELD GRANT: Next Deadline April 15
Common Field is excited to announce the 2nd year of our Field Grants Program. Member organizations are invited to submit proposals for Field Grants of $500-1000 to support collaborative projects that generate reflection, exchange, connection, and thinking on arts organizing and share that work with the national network. 2017 deadlines to apply are April 15, July 15, and November 15. Learn more about application process and how to apply here. Read more about the 7 Field Grants we awarded in 2016 here.

More than ever, it is crucial for arts organizers to connect locally, share ideas and discuss the opportunities and challenges in arts organizing in the new political climate. Email us if you are interested in organizing a meet-up in your area and we’ll help as well as offer support. Visit Common Field’s Meet-Up page for more information. 

Common Field is now 550+ members strong. 342 organizations and 213 organizers have joined us across 40 states. 

Welcome new members! CA > Berkeley, Kala Art Institute, Joshua Tree, High Desert Test Sites; Los Angeles, 18th Street Arts Center, Contemp+orary, Fathomers, KCHUNG, lacarchive, Materials and Applications, Southland Institute, X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly; Oakland, Oakland Light Factory, ProArts; San Francisco, Black & White Projects; FL > Fort Lauderdale, ArtsUP; NC > Greensboro, Greensboro Project Space; NY > Brooklyn: Cricket Farm, Ortega y Gasset Projects, Smack Mellon; Fisher Island, The Lighthouse Works; Manhattan: Betty's Daughter Arts Collaborative; MA> Boston, DARTboardcollective; MD > Baltimore, Art in Praxis; MI> Detroit, Good Lab; OH> Cincinnati, Wave Pool; Findlay, The Neon Heater Art Gallery; National > Get Artists Paid, Port to Port, Traveling Artists Residency

We are excited to share 34 short video portraits of Common Field members made during the Common Field 2016 MIami Convening. Member organizations generously shared stories about their work at our video portrait booth that are now published on our Vimeo channel. We invite you to check them out and learn more about some of the incredible projects and organizations that make up the field. 

Common Field is working with NY-based, field-friendly design studio Project Projects to transform our website into a dynamic and user-friendly online platform. We are designing a more streamlined interface and developing a robust members login section that will provide outlets for resource sharing, tools, connection and collaboration. As we begin this process, we’d love to hear from our members on the most important functionality and features for the site. Please take a few short minutes to share your vision for 2.0 here: Thank you! 

Special thanks to The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for their founding and ongoing support for Common Field. Thanks to the Hemera Foundation for their early support of Common Field. Additional generous support for the 2016 Miami Convening was provided by the Knight Foundation and The Miami Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs. Thanks to the Common Field national Council, Founding Members, members and allies for their ongoing support, partnership and advocacy.