2016 Common Field Convening Miami
October 20-23, 2016
Little Haiti Cultural Center

The Convening will begin Thursday Oct 20 @ 6pm and continue through Sunday Oct 23 in the afternoon. Find the full schedule, as well as sign-ups for capacity-limited workshops, below.

Friday, October 21


Saturday, October 22


Get Involved! Participation opportunities for attendees...

Give a Lightning Talk
Sign up to give a Lightning Talk! Planned session topics include Nomadic Spaces, Transitions (Small, Medium, Large), Good Intentions Aren’t Enough, and Epic Fail. Each session allows for 8 presenters to present for 7 minutes each. Convening organizers will curate talks from your brief submissions. Sign up to give a lightning talk here.

Sign up for an Advance Registration Workshop
These intimate sessions involve skill-sharing in a classroom-type setting. Attendees will walk away with at least a rough plan or tools in place to address a particular challenge.

Handling Controversy and Working with Difficult Subject Matter: A Workshop by the NCAC
Svetlana Mintcheva, Ph.D., Director of Programs, National Coalition Against Censorship
Friday, October 21, 2016, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM Sign Up here

Reflections on Power, Privilege, and Justice in Arts Organizing
Theresa Hwang, Dept of Places

Friday, October 21, 2016
11:30 am - 1:00 pm, limited to 25 participants, All participants. Sign up here.
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm, limited to 25 participants, POC participants only. Sign up here.

Saturday, October 22, 2016
11:30 am - 1:00 pm, limited to 25 participants, All participants. Sign up here.

Video Portrait Booth
Attendees are encouraged to introduce and share their organization or project through 2-3 minute video portraits to be published on Common Field’s Vimeo channel. Portraits aim to feature as many attendees as possible.

Organizer Speed Meetings
Sign up for short meetings and share your interest with strangers at the Convening. Simply post your name and what you are interested in connecting about, and open an invite others to join in.

Exchange Space
Common Field has created a physical space for the sharing and gathering of publications, materials, and memos from attendees’ organizations and projects. This is an opportunity to expand informational reach, learn about national happenings, and propose ideas. We encourage you to bring print materials to share.

Research Oasis
We’ll also be sharing our most recent research and resources list, in process. We invite you to share references and ideas for the list, to be published after the convening.  

Convening Archive
Consider sharing your documentation of the Convening with those who can’t attend. Help us build an archive for attendees to revisit and for future members to access. We need folks to take notes at working sessions and photos. 


Session Types

Panel: Moderated discussions feature a curated group of  4-6 practitioners who share perspectives and experiences on the main convening themes with all convening participants. Panel discussions will last 90 minutes and include an opportunity for discussion with the audience. Directly following the larger panel, attendees are invited to stay for smaller follow-up discussions that dive deeper into the ideas and experiences presented by the panelists and moderator. Conversations last 90-minutes and are limited to participants who have attended the preceding session.

Break-Out Session: Facilitated, smaller group sessions explore conference-related topics and themes through more intimate conversation. Break-out presenters will give a very short presentation, with the majority of the session focused on group dialogue. Break-out sessions offer an opportunity to explore the practical and theoretical implications of the convening’s panel topics as a starting point for discussion. Break-Outs last 90 minutes with an opportunity for conversation within the group. 

Lightning Talks: Lightning Talks are designed to provide an informal, open platform for the sharing of many ideas and voices on convening-related topics through a series of eight, 7-minute presentations. These sessions draw on the wealth of experience of convening attendees. Convening organizers will curate talks from convening attendees to present in these sessions. To express interest, see the program schedule and follow the link to send an inquiry. Lightning Talks are 90-minutes total--with 60 minutes of presentations and 30 minutes of discussion.

Workshop: These small, intense sessions involve skill-sharing in a classroom-type setting. Attendees will walk away with new tools or a rough plan to address a particular challenge. Workshops are 90-minutes and are limited to 15 attendees per session, unless otherwise noted.