Philly Field Conversations

Summer 2018
June 11 - June 21, 2018

Philly Field Conversations was a series of conversational events about the state of the artist orgainzing field in Philadelphia, co-presented by local partners and Common Field. Ulises co-founders invited discussion on a constellation of issues close to self organized spaces and arts initiatives: burnout, viability, and sustainability (June 11, 2018); Rafael Damast of Taller Puertorriqueño and José Ortiz Pagán of Fleisher Art Memorial asked what it means for longstanding and established organizations to continue to advance their programming and impact as the communities they serve and artist practices change (July 17, 2018); Rob Blackson of Temple Contemporary, Homer Jackson of Philly Jazz Project, and poet Trapeta Mayson joined in conversation facilitated by Nicole Pollard of Philadelphia Contemporary to discuss the role of partnerships in arts organzing, from collaboration across difference and how relationships change over time (July 18, 2018); and organizer and artist Daniel Park, introduced by Carol Zou of Asian Arts Initiative, invited conversation on the question of where Philadelphia is at in the national conversation for racial and cultural equity, and particularly what a national network like Common Field can do to build intersectional coalitions and advocate for a more equitable arts community (July 21, 2018).