Programming @ Common Field

Convening Program Director March 2018-present

As the Convening Program Director, I oversee partner cultivation and facilitate on-going programming collaboration with local leader cohorts, including for the Philadelphia (April 25-April 28, 2019) and Houston (April 23-26, 2020) national Convenings of the artist-centered organizing field. I lead local outreach efforts with prospective partners and work alongside them throughout the development of partner-led programming around the Convening, namely opening and closing parties, artist commissions on-site during the Convening to activate the space and its context, and tours and experiences around town that frame the host city for attendees. In this, I manage logistics and budgets for hospitality and venues in support of all local programming, artist commissions, and Convening-related projects, as well as develop a roster of locally-based vendors, support staff, contractors, and volunteers to flesh out the support team for the Convening. 

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Common Field Convening Houston 2020 is in development now! Save the date for four days of break out sessions and programming around town from April 23-26, 2020.


Common Field Convening Philadelphia 2019

April 25 - 28, 2019
Friends Center, Philadelphia

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.

Philly Field Conversations

Summer 2018
One day only: Friday, June 21, 2018 | 4-10PM

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).