Nov 2-5, 2017 | Los Angeles

Tickets for the 2017 Common Field Convening are now available on our new Convening website, the hub for all Convening-related information.

Common Field, a national network of visual arts organizations and organizers, will host the annual Common Field Convening from November 2-5 in Los Angeles, CA, at the Japanese American Cultural Community Center and a constellation of sites across the city. A preliminary schedule is available here.

The full program of sessions, conversations, workshops, tours, presenters, after-hours and local arts events will be online in mid-September and updated weekly until the Convening. For e-mail updates, make sure you're signed up for our newsletter.

Find hotel and logistical info, as well as accessibility and our safer space guidelines, online.

Common Field’s Convening is an itinerant annual gathering that brings together 350+ local and national organizers to explore the state of the field of arts organizing and to share resources, knowledge and methods for artist-led, artist-run, and artist-centered projects, spaces and practices.

This is the first year the Convening will be held on the West Coast, in a city in which Common Field has decided to set down its roots. Los Angeles has provided especially fertile ground for the rapid expansion of our artist organization community. It’s an ideal time, we believe, to connect the interests of the national Common Field membership with the contexts and conditions specific to this sprawling, rousing city. There is also an urgency to come together around issues of social justice, equity, and environmental issues for many organizations in our network. It is a critically relevant moment to unite around common and uncommon causes, and the future. 

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APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP TO ATTEND THE CONVENING

The deadline for national scholarships was Friday, September 1, 2017. Learn more about them here.

Organized by Common Field with Lead Los Angeles Organizational Partners Center for Land Use Interpretation, Human Resources, Materials and Applications, and Women’s Center for Creative Work. 

National Convening Team organizers include Dana Bishop-Root, Transformazium (Braddock, PA); Elizabeth Chodos, Ox-bow School of Art (Saugatuck, MI); Amanda Choo Quan, Common Field (Los Angeles); Courtney Fink, Common Field (Los Angeles); Matthew Fluharty, Art of the Rural (Winona, MN); Hannah Grossman, Common Field (Los Angeles); Deana Haggag, United States Arists (Chicago, IL); Stephanie Sherman, (London, UK); and Aurora Tang, Center for Land Use Interpretation (Los Angeles, CA). 

A larger local network of Los Angeles organizations contributed to the effort including Affiliate Partners Clockshop, Contemptorary, Eastside International, Fathomers, Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (LACA), Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Machine Project, Side Street Projects, The Velaslavasay Panorama, and X-TRA as well as organizations from our local network of more than 40 organizations.

Thanks to the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Metabolic Studio for their lead support of the 2017 Los Angeles Convening. Additional support is provided by The Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation and Common Field’s Membership Network and local partners.