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2020 Common Field Convening (ONLINE)

April 23 - 26, 2020

Topic: Networking/Field Learning

Provider/Presenting Organization: Common Field

Location: National


UPDATE: MARCH 18, 2020:

The Common Field Convening – originally scheduled to take place in Houston, TX from April 23 - 26, 2020 – is moving online in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. In this unprecedented situation, there remains an urgent need to stay connected, build knowledge from the field and create a growing set of broadly-shared resources accessible to all. To that end, registration for this year’s virtual Convening will be FREE. It’s of course a dynamic moment for all of us, so we’ll share the new schedule, program and free registration process with you as they are ready in the coming days.


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April 23-26, 2020

Join Common Field – the national network of experimental, independent, visual arts organizations and organizers – for our annual Convening from April 23 - 26, 2020 in Houston, TX! Passes and a full program lineup are now available. 

With more than 500 arts organizers in attendance, the Convening interrogates the current state of cultural work while facilitating the exchange of resources, knowledge and methods for artist-centered projects. 

This year, the Common Field team is proud to collaborate with an expansive network of Houston-based organizers to connect local contexts and conditions with the interests of the greater Network. Join us as we collectively strategize around issues of justice, access and survival in the arts – all while building capacity and expanding the parameters of what’s possible.


Convening Pass Levels Include: 

  • Common Field Network Member Pass| $125
  • Common Field Non-Member Pass | $150
  • Common Field Non-Member Day Pass | $80
  • Common Field Network Member Day Pass  | $80
    Day passes includes access to both day and nighttime activities and meals for one day (Friday or Saturday).
  • Common Field Supporter| $250
    Your support helps Common Field keep Convening Passes affordable for all.
  • Common Field Advocate | $500
    ​​​​If you work for an institution who can help cover your registration, we encourage you to select this registration rate, which is closer to the true cost per person ($600) of the convening. 

(Passes will sell out, so don’t delay!)


Engage with more than 100 leading arts organizers in 27 dynamic sessions over the course of the Convening. Selected via a national open call and organized by Houston Partners and Common Field, this year’s Convening programs explore progressive strategies for racial, economic and environmental justice in the arts, as well as stronger and more accessible infrastructures for community building and creative practice.

Check out the program, presenters, and full schedule on our website.

(And be sure to follow @common_field on social media for regular program updates!)


We can’t wait to see you in Houston. Visit our website for a list of resources – as well as accessibility information and our safer space guidelines – to get you thriving during your stay.

(We encourage you to book your travel soon for the best pricing.)


The 2020 Convening is organized by Common Field with an extensive network of Houston-based partners to shape its program, sites, commissions, and goals. Partners include Art League Houston, Aurora Picture Show, DiverseWorks, Emilý Æyer, Emily Sloan (Curation Myth + Mystic Lyon), Galveston Arts Center, Henry G. Sanchez (Law Office Center for Citizenship and Art + The BioArt Bayou-torium), Jessi Bowman (FLATS), Lawndale Art Center, Matt Manalo (Filipinx Artists of Houston), Megan Sparks (The Resistance Healing Clinic), Moe Penders, Project Row Houses, Reyes Ramirez and Rothko Chapel. 

We’ve also had the privilege of connecting with nearly 60 Houston-area Network Members whose time, advice and thinking further shaped the Convening project.


Special thanks to The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Stardust Arts and Common Field's national network of members for their support of the 2020 Convening.