8.15.16 // Common Field–a national visual arts organizing network–and Miami’s BFI (Bas Fisher Invitational), Cannonball, Dimensions Variable, and Locust Projects are pleased to announce the Common Field Convening from October 20-23, 2016 in Miami, Florida. The 2016 convening will explore arts organizing in a time of accelerated capitalism through four days of panels, breakout sessions, workshops, tours and local arts events. 350+ arts organizers from Miami and across the nation will come together to share the values and practices of artist-run and artist-centered spaces and projects. Program information, tickets ($150 / $125 Common Field members), and scholarship applications due September 1st are now available at http://convening.commonfield.org.
The convening will be held at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, a venue known for its community access in a neighborhood at the cultural heart of Haitian diaspora. Building on feedback from the success and momentum of the 2015 Convening in Minneapolis, this year will offer even more opportunities for intimate conversations, practical resource exchanges, and informal connection with other attendees. The full program includes a Thursday opening event, two full days of panels, sessions and social events on Friday and Saturday, and Sunday reflections and tours. Friday and Saturday’s program will include four large panel sessions, each followed by breakouts sessions led by field visionaries that will foster intimate conversation across convening participants. All meals will feature locally-sourced food, commissioned projects, and will feature local artists. Evening events at neighborhood cultural venues will create interactions between attendees, friends of the field, and the local community.
This year’s convening provides a critical opportunity for Miami participants to create affiliations, connections, and alliances that can enhance the visibility and support for artists’ organizations in Miami into the future. The convening also provides an important outlet for national members to collectively plot futures for Common Field–brainstorming research trajectories, channels for resource exchanges, and outlining advocacy strategies for the second official year of the organization.
Tickets for the event are $150, and $125 for Common Field members. All past convenings have been sold out, so Common Field members are encouraged to buy tickets early for the event. A total of 50 scholarships for local and national attendees are available; those interested in the competitive program should apply by September 1st.