Mission & History

Arts and culture workers need access to opportunities, resources, funding, advice and information to bring their visions to life. It is The Field’s mission to provide this access for artists, with an intentional focus on those who experience barriers to advancement based on race, cultural identity, disability status, sexual orientation, or other identities.

These values are manifested in our programming, staffing, and advocacy. The Field is intentionally practicing, implementing, learning, and doing. The work is constant and consistent. We are a work-in-progress.

Ultimately, it is our goal to create a vibrant cultural community that authentically and intentionally includes a representation of resilient and self-determined artists and makers of all identities.


Choreographer Wendy Lasica founded The Field in 1985 as a performance space supporting risk and experimentation in SoHo, New York. In 1986 the organization was formally incorporated as The Performance Zone Inc. (dba The Field) and Wendy set off for the land down under, leaving The Field in the expert hands of fellow artist Steve Gross.

Steve served as Executive Director of The Field for nearly twenty years, pioneering non-curation as a radical way to disrupt unconscious bias in adjudication and to increase artists’ access to opportunities, funding, and creative growth. These values are manifested in Fieldwork, Fielday, and the fiscal sponsorship program launched at The Field during Steve’s remarkable tenure.

The Field offers these core programs to this day, adapting and supplementing them to respond dynamically to artists’ needs. For seasonal programs and updates from The Field, Join Our Mailing List.

ACCESSIBILITY  It is the express policy of The Field that all of our programs be available and accessible to artists without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, marital or partnership status, age, disability, height, weight, handicap, Vietnam era or disabled veteran status or any other protected characteristic protected under federal, state or local law. We will provide program accommodations (sign language interpretation, large-print materials, etc.) upon request.

PRIVACY POLICY  We are working on a comprehensive legal document in compliance with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In the meantime, we can assure you that:
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