March 18, 2019

2019 Convening in Philadelphia

Common Field

Common Field 2017 Convening Los Angeles. Photo: Ian Byers-Gamber. Design: Tiffanie Tran.

Bringing 500+ arts organizers to Philadelphia

Common Field, a national network of independent, experimental, contemporary visual arts organizations and organizers, is proud to announce the 2019 Convening in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from April 25-28, 2019. The Common Field Convening is an itinerant gathering that brings together 500+ local and national arts organizers to explore the state of the field of artists organizations and to share resources, knowledge and methods for artist-led, artist-run, and artist-centered projects, spaces and practices.

Registration to attend is open and passes are available online at Common Field offers a range of registration options from 65 USD for a day pass, to 125 USD for a members pass and 150 USD for non-members. Tickets are still available but going fast; get yours today.

The Convening provides an inclusive platform for arts organizers to have critical conversations about the current social and political climate and opens up an important space for local and national peers to share strategies, resources and envision the future of the field together. There is an urgency to gather around issues of social justice and equity as well as practical needs and tools for many organizations in the Network.

Explore the vital four day program of 30+ sessions and workshops, presented by 125+ leading national arts organizers bringing critical thinking and visioning from the field. The Convening also includes practical and social exchanges, tours, shared meals, commissions, performances, and creative evening programs, which will be held at a constellation of venues across Philadelphia. Attendees will also participate in evening parties including special Satellite Dinners hosted by 20+ local arts organizers.

23 break-out sessions were selected from a national open call to the network, allowing for a diversity of programs across generations, geographies, race, form and practice. Hear from critical voices of the field on topics and themes as varied, integral and far-ranging as organizational growth and transitions, archiving, race & curation, education and strategies of creative resistance + resilience.

The 2019 Convening is organized by Common Field together with a network of Philadelphia partners and members from it’s national network of 700+. Local partners have worked together to shape the Convening goals, program, sites and commissions over the past year. Partners include Asian Arts Initiative, BlackStar Film Festival, Grizzly Grizzly, Icebox Project Space, Philadelphia Contemporary, Slought, Street Road, Li Sumpter, Taller Puertorriqueño, Temple Contemporary, The Colored Girls Museum, Daniel Tucker, Ulises, and Vox Populi, in addition to Common Field’s local Member Network of 80+ Philadelphia based organizations and organizers.

Philadelphia is known for its many small-scale, artist-run, informal and experimental artist organizations. As a platform for gathering these communities, the Convening recognizes the value of their contributions as a critical and central part of the city’s cultural fabric. The Convening builds awareness of these practices that often take place in unique contexts, and serve and represent more diverse communities.

It is a critically relevant moment to unite around common and uncommon causes, and the future. Common Field seeks to connect the local contexts and conditions in Philadelphia, with the interests of the national Common Field Network across the US.

Common Field is a national network of independent visual arts organizers that advocates for the artist-centered field. It aims to increase understanding of artist organizations and strengthen their capacity through national connectivity and support. Since its launch in 2015, its Network has grown to 700+ members across the US.

Generous lead support for the Common Field 2019 Philadelphia Convening is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Support is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional local support is provided by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage.

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