Common Field Convening 2019: Philadelphia

April 25 - 28, 2019
Friends Center, Philadelphia

As the Convening Program Director for Common Field, took point on organizing partnered programs, both on-site and off-site, special projects and artist engagements, opening & closing events, and operational production for the main Convening programs. Among the partner-planned programs: a Kick-Off Party at Christ Church Neighborhood House featuring the artists Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela, Alex Shaw, and DJ Precolumbian developed by partners BlackStar Film Festival and Vox Populi Gallery; a Closing Party at Icebox Project Space featuring SCRAAATCH, viDEO sAVant, DJ Rashid Zakat, among others programmed by Icebox, Grizzly Grizzly, Li Sumpter, and Vox Populi; a series of off-site programs such as the day-long program “Art, Displacement, and Intentional Community” developed by The Colored Girls Museum and a series of tours including “Tracing the Boundary: Chinatown North Walking Tour” co-presented by Asian Arts Initiative, Grizzly Grizzly, and Vox Populi to explore the spatial politics unfolding in a contested neighborhood. Commissioned projects included a participatory Mama’s Day Bail Fund Poster and Tee screenprinting project from People’s Paper Co-op, the Why Philly? booklet, and Ode to Philly opening performance by Valerie Gay and Ursula Rucker to welcome attendees and contextualize the Quaker space of the gathering.