For the first time, Common Field’s annual Convening gathered a national network of curatorial Partners to organize the 2021 Convening online. From care sessions and workshops to panels and a closing party, the program features voices, ideas and inspiration from across regions and localities - developed and presented through our Network-wide Open Call for Sessions and our 2021 Convening Partners & Fellows.
Oriented towards our work ahead, Common Field’s 2021 Convening theme – Sustaining Futures – sought to embrace a plurality of strategies, ideas, and expressions of how to sustain our values in practice while remaining responsive to local, national, and global shifts beyond the horizon of tomorrow.
Emerging in response to a need for reflection, solidarity, and sharing, the Convening theme provides a framework for addressing where we’ve been and how we commit to our values today and in the future. In a time when our communities are faced with ongoing inequity, injustice, and violence, Common Field offers this Convening as a site to build resilience and dream together.
Sustainability requires a sense of collective purpose and responsibility. The emerging forms of our field depend on how we bring our minds and hearts together now. This Convening hoped to encourage connection and dialog around building a shared vision for the future.
2021 CONVENING PARTNERS
AS220 (Rhode Island)
Center for Afrofuturist Studies (Iowa)
Martina Dodd (Georgia)
Racing Magpie (South Dakota)
S Rodriguez (Texas)
Wide Awakes (Worldwide)
COMMON FIELD STAFF
Mars Avila, Producer, Programs and Special Projects
Kristel Baldoz, Administrative Manager
E. Maude Haak-Frendscho, Convening Program Director
Sheetal Prajapati, Interim Managing Director
Kevin Ritter, Convening Technology Producer
Chris Tyler, Communications and Operations Manager
Cat Yang, Network Associate
Margaret Andersen, Lead Designer, 2021 Convening
Kathy Bates, Graphic Designer
COMMON FIELD BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jackie Clay, Secretary
James McAnally, Chair
Sarah Williams, Treasurer
Lead support for the Common Field Convening is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts. Additional significant support is provided by the National Endowment for Arts.