Common Field is a national network of independent visual arts organizations and organizers that connects, supports, and advocates for the artist-centered field. Founded in 2013 and launched in 2015, the Common Field network has 650+ members across 43 states. Programs include national convenings, grants, research, resources, forums, meet-ups and advocacy. Our vision is to increase understanding, involvement and knowledge of artists organizations and their value, and increase their capacity through national connectivity, dialog understanding and support. 

Common Field is proud to offer 25 national scholarships to support arts organizers with the costs of travel and attendance to the 2019 Common Field Philadelphia Convening from April 25 - 28, 2019.

The total value of each scholarship is up to $1,000, and includes:
- A free one-year membership to Common Field ($50 - $300 value)

- One Member-level ticket to attend the full Convening ($125+ value)

- Up to $875 in reimbursement for round-trip travel and accommodations

Application Deadline: Friday, January 25, 2019 11:59PM PST

Awards Announced: Friday, March 8, 2019


What is Awarded: A free, one-year membership to Common Field (if you are a current member, you’ll receive 12 months additional membership), one membership level Convening ticket ($125 value), up to $875 reimbursement for round-trip travel and accommodations. The total value of each scholarship is $1,000. 

Who Can Apply: Any national arts organization/arts organizer that does not have institutional support to attend. As membership is included in the award, you don’t have to be a member of Common Field to apply. The Scholarship is meant to support organizers outside of the Philadelphia area who will incur significant travel and accomodations costs. International and Philadelphia-based applicants are currently not eligible to apply. 

How to Receive the Funds: Scholarships are awarded as a reimbursement for travel and accommodation expenses up to $875. Funds can be used to reimburse (with appropriate receipts) airfare, ground transportation, and hotel/housing. Funds will be distributed after the scholarship recipient submits a reimbursement form with copies of receipts and brief final report after the conclusion of the Convening

Reporting: All recipients are required to submit a brief report about their experience by May 25, 2019, detailing the participant’s experience of the Convening.

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Scholarships will be awarded to organizers who are not attached to an entity that has a budget for professional development/conference opportunities and has at least two years experience in the field, either independently or as part of an organization. Organizers of color and from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Recipients will be selected on a competitive basis by a committee composed of member of the Common Field Network. 

The Common Field Convening National Scholarship program is made possible by a generous grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

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