Jason Samuels Smith with Joel Harrison and his Search Septet.
National Benefit in New York City
The groundbreaking new art that is made at The MacDowell Colony goes on to be performed, published, and exhibited in major art centers and smaller communities across the country. To celebrate the wide impact of Colony Fellows’ work and raise critical operating support for the residency program, the annual National Benefit in New York City brings together artists, patrons, and friends of MacDowell. All proceeds go directly into Fellowships covering residency costs for the more than 250 artists who work at the Colony each year.
The 2012 National Benefit took place on Monday, December 3 at The TimesCenter in New York City.
Hosted by Chairman of the Board Michael Chabon, the evening featured a distinguished group of Honorary Chairs, among them Darren Aronofsky, Nico Muhly, Tracy Letts, Sarah Jones, and Zadie Smith. A visual installation for the reception was created by Marylyn Dintenfass. Program performances included a freestyled piece between tap artist Jason Samuels Smith and Joel Harrison with his septet Search; an excerpt from The Letter, an opera by Paul Moravec with librettist Terry Teachout, performed by Kristin Sampson and Trio Solisti; an introduction by Josh Bearman of an excerpt from the film Argo; and a song from the upcoming Broadway musical Hands on a Hard Body by Putlizer-Prize winning playwright Doug Wright and librettist and songwriter Amanda Green, performed by Jay Armstrong Johnson and Allison Case.
We hope you will join us for next year’s National Benefit. Stay tuned for details. In the meantime, we will continue to accept donations to support MacDowell's mission.
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