Community Events

Get the inside line on local, community events during the 2016 Common Field Convening!

Wednesday, October 19 | National YoungArts FoundationArtists as Citizens: in conversation with Teresita Fernandez, Mel Chin, and YoungArts Alumnus, Chat Travieso. Moderated by Carolina Garcia Jayaram. Admission is FREE for registered Common Field Convening attendees.

Friday, October 21 | Little Haiti Cultural Center: As a Free monthly cultural event, Sounds of Little Haiti, steams from the roots of Big Night in Little Haiti, where every Third Friday of the month a fun, family-geared cultural activity would be hosted at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex. With the birth of Sounds of Little Haiti, that tradition continues. Sounds of Little Haiti hosts Runway for Relief, a Haiti Relief Fundraiser brought to you by Haitian-American Hurricane Matthew Relief Effort. The night will feature performances by K-Zino, Rylax, and Kapi and surprise celebrity guests. All proceeds will go to Hurricane Matthew Haiti Relief efforts. 

Friday, October 21 | Locust Projects: Each year, Common Field Convening local organizer Locust Projects' Smash & Grab event brings contemporary artists and collectors together to raise funds for exhibitions and programming. Common Field Convening attendees are welcome to attend the members-only preview event. 

Friday, October 21 | O Cinema Wynwood: Don't miss this one-night screening of the Transversal Project. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, October 22 | Little Haiti Cultural Center: Join us for a talk and reception for the Open Source Art exhibition. This exhibit features the work of seven Miami artists as they introduce and share the unique methods employed within their personal practices. Open Source Art features real-time, hyper-current works that are in the process of being developed through a series of workshops and open sessions facilitated by featured artists. Featured artists Aurora Molina, Carolina Cueva, Hattie Mae Williams, Jahaira Ríos De Gálvez, Jean Chiang, Kira Tippenhauer and Loni Johnson will engage in a discussion about their current work, artistic practice and how art and art-making has the ability to facilitate connection/disconnection between the artist and viewer.

Saturday, October 22 | Michael Jon and Alan: Tomm El-Saieh: The head and the house Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tomm El-Saieh, currently considered the only contemporary abstract painter from his country, is constantly challenging the figurative ephemera that permeates in Haitian art. Devoid of motifs, the viewer is left with a widened vision of drone-like perspectives; akin to our modern time.

Saturday, October 22 | Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator: Help our local partner Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator celebrate #20YearsStrong at their Saturday Night Dance Party at Naomi’s Garden with special guests DJ Esther and DJ Moses, Steel Pan, Caribbean food and drinks. Tickets are just $25.00 and will help to support residencies for four artists in the 2016-2017 season.

Sunday, October 23 | Bas Fisher Invitational: As Common Field Convening comes to an end, join the opening of Virginie by Brace Brace is an emergency equipment brand, founded by Annika Kuhlmann and Christopher Kulendran Thomas to reimagine the aesthetics of safety. This exhibition has been developed in collaboration with Jan-Peter Gieseking.






Visit our Facebook group to connect with housing seekers and Miami hosts. Common Field Miami encourages local hosts to sign-on. The Local Housing Exchange is the place to share and find opportunities for peer-to-peer housing arrangements for the 2016 Common Field Miami Convening. Common Field members can also use the facebook forum as a way to coordinate housing shares with other members. We also recommend out of town attendees to review a variety of options to secure a pleasurable and inexpensive stay.  

Common Field is working as a facilitator providing the opportunity for parties involved to come together and work out their own housing arrangements. Common Field makes no promises, guarantees, warranties or claims regarding seekers or providers of housing. It is the responsibility of the participants to determine whether referred individuals are found to be compatible. All final decisions regarding home-sharing rest with the seekers and providers of housing. The final decision on any living arrangement made is voluntary and the decision will be made solely by the parties in the living arrangement.


Common Field has secured a limited number of reduced-rate rooms and group travel discounts available on a first come, first-served basis.

The Freehand Miami offers comfortable, affordable private and shared accommodations in the historic Indian Creek Hotel. Shared/Dorm Style Room [Co-ed and gender-specific accommodations available]: $36.67 per night. Private Room: $130+ per night. To make a reservation, click here. Enter promo code CommonField, to get 15% off stays from October 17-24, 2016.

SpringHill Suites Miami Airport East/Medical Center is just minutes from the Adrienne Arsht Center, Marlins Park, and the Port of Miami. Standard room: $119 per night. To make a reservation, please call Marriott Reservations at 1 (888) 287-9400 or (305) 575-5300 on or before Thursday, September 8, 2016. Please identify yourself as part of the Common Field group staying at the SpringHill Suites Miami Airport East/ Medical Center.

Atton Brickell Miami offering elegant, eco-friendly accommodations in downtown Miami’s Brickell neighborhood. Standard room: $169 per night. To make a reservation, please call Atton Brickell Miami’s Reservations toll free number 888-402-1260 or 786-600-2600.  Please identify yourself as part of the Common Field group.

The Betsy stands across the street from a palm-tree-lined green area and the beach on South Beach's Ocean Drive. Standard room: $225 per night. To make a reservation, please call 305-531-6100 and identify yourself as part of the Common Field group. 

Additionally, local area hotels offer unique accomodations:

The Vagabond is an urban oasis in the heart of the MiMo District with artistic charm, spacious rooms & boutique architecture along Biscayne Boulevard. Standard room: $155.10 per night. To make a reservation, click here.




Taxis, Uber, and UberPool are strongly recommended as your transportation needs during your stay in Miami. Please see below for approximate rates.


The 150 Airport Flyer travels from the Miami airport directly to Freehand Miami and leaves every 30 minutes, 7 days a week from 6am-11pm and will drop you off just half a block away on 28th and Indian Creek Drive. The fare is $2.35 and exact change is required.

Springhill Suites offers complimentary shuttle service to Miami Airport: Departs hourly (6am - 10pm). Please call (305) 575-5300 to request a pickup at the airport. Departures to airport can be scheduled at the front desk.

To the Freehand: 
UberX: $15-19 / UberPool: $9.86
From Springhill: 
UberX: $15-19 / UberPool: $10.09
From Atton Brickell 
UberX: $13-17 / UberPool: $8.07
From the Betsy
UberX: $17-22 / UberPool: $11.57
From the Vagabond
UberX: $14-18 / UberPool: $8.68


From the Freehand 
UberX: $10-14 / UberPool: $7.25
From Springhill 
UberX: $7-10 / UberPool: $6.15
From Atton Brickell 
UberX: $9-12 / UberPool: $6.43
From the Betsy
UberX: $10-14 / UberPool: $7.91
From the Vagabond
UberX: $5 / UberPool: $4.03


Miami is a big, sprawling city and the Metrorail, Metromover, Metrobus, and trolley provide low-cost alternatives to taxis and rental cars. The city’s public transportation is an excellent way to visit nearby neighborhoods and sites.

For routes and schedules, click here. Or, download the Miami-Dade County Transit Tracker app here!

Metro Mover: FREE
Trolley: FREE
Metro Rail: $2.25 per trip or guests may purchase day passes, weekly passes, and monthly passes.
Bus: $2.25


Common Field believes in creating a fully accessible space for all attendees. Please notify us your accessibility needs as you register for the Convening or email us at The earlier we know, the better we can prepare. Let us know if you need listening devices, ASL interpretation, scent-free space, wheelchair accessibility or any other aids that will help us to create a better gathering for everyone. If you find yourself in need of specific support during the conference, please share them with our front desk.

Gender Neutrality

As we get to know one another, instead of assuming someone’s gender by appearance or names, inquire respectfully about one’s preferred gender pronouns. Furthermore, attendees are encouraged to use gender neutral language in their presentations and discussions.

Gender neutral bathrooms are located throughout the Convening locations.

Safer Space

The organizers of Common Field Convening strive to create an open and inclusive environment in which participants feel safe to take risks, and engage in challenging discussions. We see the need for safer spaces in all organizing and are committed to it as a part of our work. We encourage our attendees to learn how to create such spaces in each of our gatherings and adopt such practices pertinent to their own organizing. Below are some principles that guide our commitment to collective practice.

- Hold ourselves accountable first, and enter each space with a humble heart and loving criticality.​ Center care in our interactions with others and in representing our own needs.

- In order to grow a common field that is truly intersectional and inclusive, we need to recognize that inequity is systematic. Before entering each organizing space, take a moment to acknowledge our own differences and be honest about our own privileges and power. ​Make a conscious effort to resist ableism, racism, classism, ageism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia in our language, imagery, and examples.

​-​ Prioritize listening is essential in creating inclusive space. When we listen, center the voices of people with disability, trans & queer, black & brown, low-income, non-English speaking or other non-white folks. Silence can be helpful especially when it means we are actively listening and processing.

- Rather than reacting to one’s immediate need to manage disagreement or achieve perfection, give space for discomfort, mistakes, vulnerability and non-closure. It is often through mistakes and discomfort that we grow.

- Respect each other's privacy and personal boundaries, including confidentiality. Understand that safety, accessibility and personal boundaries mean different things for different people. The way to create a safer and more accessible space for everyone is to ask respectfully and learn from one another interpersonally.

- Have fun. Take breaks. Allow space for yourself and others to enter and leave according to their needs.

The planning of our convenings is always a collaborative and learning effort with many different parties involved. We welcome any suggestions and feedback that will help us to take better care of each other intentionally and creatively throughout the convening and beyond. If you encounter any difficulties during the event, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at the front desk or email us at

To learn more about safer space and other facilitation tools, please visit:
Safe Space: a tool for allowing deep and consensual dialogue by Berkeley Student Cooperative

Participants Agreement by Allied Media Conference

Location Details

Little Haiti Cultural Center

Located in the heart of Little Haiti, the Little Haiti Cultural Center provides visitors and residents with a resource for information on the attractions and happenings in Little Haiti as well as other heritage and multicultural neighborhoods throughout Greater Miami. The Little Haiti area boasts art galleries, Haitian book and music stores, authentic dining experiences, and is increasingly becoming a burgeoning center of small independent businesses of all kinds.

The Little Haiti Cultural Center broke ground in 2006, as a result of a long-awaited vision of the late City of Miami Commissioner Arthur E. Teele, Jr. It has become a key engine in Downtown Little Haiti and nearby neighborhoods to spur economic and community growth. Over 100,000 people per year visit or take part in programs at the cultural facility.

LHCC offers a unique opportunity for residents and visitors to gain exposure to Afro-Caribbean culture, expand their knowledge of the arts and develop new talents. The complex is committed to fostering imagination, creativity, and positive experiences for children and adults year round.