Get Your Tickets to the 2018 National Benefit in NYC!

The benefit at Gotham Hall in New York on May 7, 2018 will honor Cheryl Young for 30 years of creative leadership. Get more information here.

Salman Rushdie, Patti Smith and Michael Chabon On Politics, Creativity

Check out the photos and listen to the entire evening on Soundcloud as Michael Chabon engages Salman Rushdie and Patti Smith in conversation.

​MacDowell Enters New Partnership with Spain-USA Foundation

Agreement will extend Fellowships to Spanish composers, helping us find new ways of extending our mission internationally.

More than 300 emerging and established boundary-pushing artists receive
MacDowell Fellowship
s each year. Of these, 66% go to first-time Fellows.

MacDowell Gets $30,000 NEA Grant

This grant will support artists from diverse communities and backgrounds who have never been in-residence before.

See MacDowell in Action on Vimeo

Ta-Nehisi Coates and Lena Dunham joined Michael Chabon at our last Chairman’s Evening. You can watch their exchange as well as other videos here.

Meet Artists Who Make New Work

This community of arts patrons are invested in the brave new work that artists create at The MacDowell Colony.

MacDowell makes a place in the world for artists, because art makes the world a better place.

At MacDowell we believe that art makes the world a better place. We also believe that to create inspiring art, artists need a place that inspires them. At MacDowell we create a space where inspiration happens on a daily basis, so that artists can do the work of inspiring us to take a fresh look at the way we connect to the world and to each other.

Watch a new video about our ongoing mission to provide artists with time and space:

Filmmaker Charles Poekel gathered a handful of friends he met at MacDowell in 2017 to illustrate the value of a MacDowell Colony residency in this humorous yet touching three-minute film.

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Fellows Meredith Monk, Dave Malloy, Peter Zuspan, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Eileen Myles, and Sarah Jones speak about the importance and value of a MacDowell Colony residency in this 3-minute film.

All of the things that help our work go deep—are more than just supporting individual artists. It’s a way of valuing the imagination, valuing creative thinking, at a time when we need it more than ever. I can’t imagine anything more important. Thank you for this gift! Asa Horvitz, theatre/performance artist 2017

Novelist and MacDowell Colony Chairman of the Board Michael Chabon welcomes Medal Day visitors on August 13, 2017. Go to our Vimeo page to watch the entire ceremony.

Time expanded, thoughts were formed, matured, and came to fruition on the page. I haven’t been able to delve this deeply into my work in many years. This was a gift whose value can’t be measured. — Irene Cheng, architect 2016

The 2017 National Benefit in May raised a whopping $600,000 for our program. You can watch the entire program of the evening here.