Patti Smith, Salman Rushdie & Michael Chabon: Dec. 4

This year’s Chairman’s Evening on Monday, December 4th will feature Patti Smith, Salman Rushdie, and Michael Chabon in conversation in NYC. Event Details & RSVP here for current Friends of MacDowell members. For more information, see our Press Release.

Photo credits left to right: Beowulf Sheehan, Edward Mapplethorpe, Joanna Eldredge Morrissey

Watch the NH Benefit Slideshow!

In case you missed it, in case you want to relive it, or in case you are just curious who attended the 2017 New Hampshire Benefit on November 4th, take a look at our slideshow from the evening. Arts lovers and MacDowell supporters joined Board Chairman Michael Chabon and some fabulous Fellows for a successful evening celebrating the freedom to create! (scroll down on the next page)

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 Michael Chabon’s Humorous Closing and Intro of David Lynch’s Video Below:

Novelist Michael Chabon closes out the Medal Day ceremony and introduces the David Lynch acceptance with humor and humility.

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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

Michael Chabon’s Welcome Another Profound, Entertaining Message

Read the transcript: MacDowell Chairman and novelist Michael Chabon moved the crowd on Medal Day with a humorous and moving address that shined a bright light on the truth of creativity.

Netflix Deal for Adaptation of Fellow’s Novel

Dee Rees’s film adaptation of the novel Mudbound, a sweeping family epic by Hillary Jordan, scored big with audiences at the Sundance Film Festival and was picked up by Netflix.

MacDowell and Schelling Studio: 110 Years of Working Artists

Read the full story about the Colony’s first purpose built studio as we approach our 110th anniversary on the Portable MacDowell.

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.

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.

Take Our News and Artists With You

​Take a peek behind the scenes and find news, press releases, learn about artists and find out where you can experience their art around the world.

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.

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

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

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.