Miami transforms into the flashy center of the art world each December for Art Basel. But this week, the city will morph into a more cerebral cultural hub. Common Field Convening, commencing in Little Haiti this Thursday, is a conference that brings together arts organization administrators, artists, activists, and community leaders to hold a conversation about the challenges the art world faces.
Common Field Convening will consist of four days of panels, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities. The panels include Art & Economics 101; Handling Controversy; Reflections on Power, Privilege, and Justice; and Gentrification — all issues especially relevant to Miami arts. The convening will bring together more than 350 arts organizers and individuals from across the United States and the world.
Stephanie Sherman, co-director of Common Field, says, “We’re trying to create a convening where everyone has a voice. We have a smaller participation format. We’re trying to move away from spectacle. Participants will walk away with a new way of thinking and new practical tools. Through connection with others, people will find new skills.”
Written by Minhae Shim Roth and originally published by the Miami New Times.