Visual artist Benjy Davies shared his drawing technique with ConVal art students in 2015. 
(Jonathan Gourlay photo)
Visual artist Benjy Davies shared his drawing technique with ConVal art students in 2015. (Jonathan Gourlay photo)

Community Programs

The MacDowell Colony is an enthusiastic partner in bringing together the local community with the art and artists at MacDowell in order to expand appreciation of the arts and inspire creative pursuits.

MacDowell Downtown:

MacDowell Downtown is a free series of presentations open to the public by MacDowell Fellows that takes place on the first Friday of the month from March to November in downtown Peterborough. Each season of MacDowell Downtown features a wide array of programming, including film screenings and workshops, readings, and writing seminars, art exhibitions, performances, talks, and more. MacDowell Downtown begins at 7:30 p.m. typically at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture in Peterborough.

“At MacDowell,” a column in The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, profiles the presenting artist the week of the event. Visit our Facebook Events page for the latest information on upcoming MacDowell Downtown events.

MacDowell in the Schools:

MacDowell in the Schools brings the excitement of the creative process to the classrooms of the Monadnock region. Students in grade school, high school, and college have all benefited from the time and expertise of MacDowell Fellows as they share their passion and their work with the next generation of artists and art lovers. Teachers and parents are invited to get in touch with the Colony should they have an idea or request related to MacDowell in the Schools.

The MacDowell Collection at the Peterborough Town Library:

Those interested in the works of art produced by MacDowell Fellows may visit the Peterborough Town Library, where an ongoing collection of music, film, books, and other media created and donated by MacDowell Fellows is housed. These works may be checked out by those with a library card or enjoyed while at the library.