Thought Leadership

Equity, Representation, and Rejection: Artists and cultural workers face complex personal and systemic issues every day.

From unconscious bias in curation to mid-career failure, The Field is committed to unpacking these issues with thoughtful research, transparent analysis, and provocative live events that push for change, growth, and action. Browse our programs below, and join our mailing list for updates


  • Activate Equity  An annual symposium for artists, arts administrators, and educators to tackle answering the question, "How can we create a more equitable arts sector in New York City?" Our fifth annual Activate Equity convened on April 10, 2021 via Zoom.
  • Artists Prospering!  In the summer of 2019 The Field circulated a nationwide artists' survey to learn about your art-making, needs, and priorities - both personal and professional. Artists Prospering! highlights what we learned and what we are doing with this information as we build out The Field's Vision to help artists to lead full, prosperous lives. Our October 2020 addendum includes follow-up research and present-day analysis through the lens of a national pandemic and racial uprising. 
  • Rent is due May 1st. What now?  Watch video footage from our April 28, 2020 webinar with IndieSpace and Communities Resist as we discussed all things related to NYC real estate during the COVID-19 crisis. Learn how to deal with your landlord, how to document your hardships during this time, and access our guests' additional resources on commercial and residential leases and real estate. 


Activate Equity 2020 recap video by Jamal Curtis Jones
Subtitles by Natalie Marmol


  • to fail and fail big  Are you afraid to fail? How do you define creative success? In 2013 The Field interviewed successful mid-career artists and creative leaders about success, failure, and the impact of privilege on their careers for a publication, to fail and fail big: A Study of Mid-Career Artists, Success and Failure. In 2018 we caught up with these artists, and gathered their updates - along with new content sourced by present-day early-career artists - in a series celebrating the five-year anniversary of this groundbreaking study.
  • Beyond 26%  The Field partnered with Harlem Stage for a study on racial equity in arts leadership, “diversity pipeline” programs, and their outcomes. Together, our Fellows surveyed individuals from organizations committed to developing the careers of arts administrators of color. Read about their methodology, findings, and analysis in this 4-page report.
  • Intention, Accountability and Equity  Download our free e-book sharing an inside glimpse into our 18-month leadership development program, Field Leadership Fund. With personal accounts from The Field's staff, program leaders, and the Fellows themselves; it reveals where we succeeded, where we failed, and what we learned. 
  • I Hate Your Work  A live, interactive event featuring panel discussions and breakout sessions examining unconscious bias and racism in judging artists’ work.
  • Economic Revitalization for Performing Artists 2008-2012  Are there new ways to make money in the arts? Or is the system broken and stale? Follow four artists as they experiment with radical ways to make more money for their work.