This Convening welcomes people involved with art spaces and projects that are self-organized, independent, experimental or noncommercial; people working at organizations that value artist-run, artist led and artist-centric priorities; researchers and historians studying the field today; arts funders and others that support or engage the field; and those simply interested in learning more about this community. 

Yes! Common Field is offering a limited number of scholarships for national organizers to attend the 2017 Convening. To learn more about scholarship opportunities, please visit our main website. The deadline to apply is September 1, 2017. Local residents can volunteer during the Convening in exchange for complimentary admission. To learn more about volunteer opportunies, please contact Lindsey Eichenberger, Convening Coordinator, at Lastly, all Common Field members receive discounted tickets.



Hand-in-Glove was a conference initiated and organized by Common Field founding member Three Walls. The first was in Chicago in 2011. Common Field was loosely ideated after that conference, as a means to keep the energy and conversation going and continue to serve the field. Common Field founding member Press Street organized the second Hand-in-Glove convening in Fall 2013 in New Orleans with Common Field support. Common Field launched officially in Fall 2015 in Minneapolis, at the third Hand-in-Glove, also known in this new configuration as the Common Field Convening. To keep things streamlined, going forward Common Field Convenings will simply be called the Common Field Convening. The Hand-in-Glove and Common Field Convening partnership demonstrated the importance of the Convening being driven by local issues while continuing to respond to and incorporate the needs of the national membership. The Convening also maintains a commitment to experimental formats—going beyond just panels to explore possibilities and practices of the field through breakouts, practical learning sessions, and creative opportunities that enable participants to meet and engage one another. This commitment to activating members and building creative momentum is what will keep the Convening exciting, relevant, and different year after year.

The Convening content is designed by the local partners with national advice from Common Field's staff and council, supplemented by the results of our Open Call. We are no longer currently accepting ideas for a sessions or events. However, if your member organization is holding a relevant event or peripheral activity during the time of the Convening that you would like our participants to be aware of, please email

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The Common Field Convening is an opportunity to meet others working in the field—radical arts administrators, curators, artists who build platforms for other artists, and staff at organizations. Some people work at established non-profits, others collectives, others artist studios. The Convening offers four days of energy, conversation, dialogue, debate,  and most importantly—connections with others working in the field. Most attendees leave with a renewed sense of purpose about their work, opportunities for collaboration, ideas about how to practice their job better, and a network of friends for ongoing mentorship and support. Funders and supporters also attend the convening, so it can be an opportunity to learn directly about how to get support for your projects alongside insights from peers.



The Convening is the annual opportunity for Common Field members and friends to gather, exchange, and connect in person.

The Common Field Convening themes are determined by the local organizers, but are consciensciously chosen to respond to issues and debates going on in the national and international field. The host city offers a context, flavor, and environmental lens through which to examine and discuss issues unfolding on a national scale. We aim to make the Convening content relevant to organizers coming from Los Angeles and beyond. At the Los Angeles Convening, regular breakouts will provide important opportunities for specific conversations and debates around key issues. Additionally, this year reflects the results of Common Field’s first ever Open Call, a deliberate attempt at ensuring that our programming even further affects the diverse voices of our network.

The Common Field Convening is organized by a coalition of leading local partners along with support from Common Field's national team and staff. Generally, the local partners determine the program themes, issues, and speakers, and the national team provides advice and support on structure, communications, and engagement. The local partners host a meet-up of local organizations and organizers to discuss issues and relevant topics. This year, however, this partner-lead content will be supplemented by programming selections from our first ever Convening Open Call, which you can read about here.

Common Field issues an open call for proposals for coalitions of hosts to present at the Convening. We look for locations that can accommodate national visitors, contribute to the ongoing dialogue about the dynamics and opportunities of our field, have the ability to garner financial support, and most importantly, that the Common Field Convening can contribute in a positive way to the dialogue and capacity of that city. To find out more about hosting the Convening in your city, e-mail Courtney Fink, Common Field Director, at, or Hannah Grossman, our Convening Manager, at

Yes, public transportation is available. The Metro Gold Line (804) Little Tokyo/Arts District is 0.4 miles (approx. 8 min walking) from the JACCC.

Explore the LA Metro website for additional public transportation information. For specific public transportation information to and from hotels/housing to the Convening, Metro Trip Planner can be used to plan your trip!

Your ticket includes light breakfast and lunch events on Friday and Saturday during the Convening, and on the day you choose if you've bought a day pass.  However, there is plenty of time to explore Little Tokyo’s diverse and eclectic culinary options. Little Tokyo is also located within the more expansive downtown center of Los Angeles. If you have the time, feel free to venture out and explore more of what Los Angeles has to offer.   

Common Field will honor all requests for refunds made at least 30 days in advance of the Convening—on or before October 3, 2017. Tickets purchased after that date cannot be refunded. Substitutions for registrations will be honored and should also be made in writing to the Convening Manager at

We would like to ensure that your experience at the Convening is pleasant and comfortable. Please make sure to indicate your specific situation in the designated area on the registration form.  You may also contact us by e-mail at

If you need to make changes to your reservation, please contact the hotel directly. If you are experiencing difficulty making reservations or would like to report a problem, please contact us by e-mail at