A Friends of MacDowell trip to the new Whitney Museum with featured Fellow <strong>Akosua Adoma Owusu</strong> (far right) in 2015.
A Friends of MacDowell trip to the new Whitney Museum with featured Fellow Akosua Adoma Owusu (far right) in 2015.

Friends of MacDowell

The Friends of MacDowell is a community of arts patrons who are invested in the brave new work that artists make at The MacDowell Colony. As people who enjoy close experiences with art, members share in exclusive MacDowell events, insider access to artists and their work, and the annual Friends Trip, which takes us to less traveled corners of the art world. Along the way, Friends have a voice in sustaining MacDowell as an international center of creativity and multidisciplinary dialogue. Donors contributing annually at the following levels are eligible for memberships of one or two people (all-inclusive except where noted):

MacDowell Membership – $25,000+ dual

Named Fellowship in an artistic discipline of your choice
Chairman’s Evening (2 seats)
National Benefit and NH Benefit table (10 tickets)
Private Colony visit
Artist events, Salon evenings
Friends Trip access*
Medal Day garden party and weekend trip*

Sustaining Membership – $15,000+ dual

Chairman’s Evening (2 seats)
National Benefit and NH Benefit table (10 tickets)
Private Colony visit
Artist events, Salon evenings
Friends Trip access*
Medal Day garden party and weekend trip*

Premium Membership – $10,000+ dual

Chairman’s Evening (2 seats)
National Benefit or NH Benefit table (10 tickets)
Private Colony visit
Artist events, Salon evenings
Friends Trip access*
Medal Day garden party and weekend trip*

Full Membership – $2,500+ individual / $5,000+ dual

Chairman’s Evening (1-2 seats)
National Benefit ticket(s)
Artist events, Salon evenings
Friends Trip access*
Medal Day garden party and weekend trip*

Gala Membership – $1,500

National Benefit ticket
Artist events, Salon evenings

Salon Membership – $500

Artist events, Salon evenings

All gifts eligible within calendar year.
* Travel and occupancy not included.

To make a gift online, click here.

You may also email Friends Chair Barbara Senchak or Director of Development Stacey Bosworth, or call the Development Office at 212-535-9690.

As Friends of MacDowell, members have access to:

  • Friends’ salons, studio tours, and other artist happenings: We have toured various artists’ studios in Brooklyn and attended intimate readings and conversations with authors and playwrights, concerts with composers, screenings of films, and talkbacks on Broadway. Recently we have kept the company of Pulitzer prize-winner Annie Baker and Alexander Chee whose latest work was 10 years in the making.
  • Special offers for theatre, concerts, and other shows: Friends receive house tickets and special pricing for MacDowell Fellows’ work. We saw Fun Home before its history-making moments at the Tony Awards and we were thrilled to meet with Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, a rising star in the theatre world.
  • Insider tours at museums, galleries, and private collections: Friends attend curator- and artist-led tours of the finest institutions in the country. Recently, Zoe Leonard hosted us at the Whitney Biennial and Sascha Braunig toured her solo gallery show with us.
Friends of MacDowell and guests enjoy the Medal Day festivities. (Joanna Eldredge Morrissey photo)
Friends of MacDowell and guests enjoy the Medal Day festivities. (Joanna Eldredge Morrissey photo)
  • Friends of MacDowell Member Trip: Open to all supporters at the Friends level or above, the trips take us around the world. We have been to America’s Deep South, Berlin, Cuba and beyond. The trip offers a mix of fine art and funky experiences. Trip participants explore the old and new, the famous and infamous through the unique art-filled lens of The MacDowell Colony. If you would like more information or would like to register for the trip please contact Stacey Bosworth at sbosworth@macdowellcolony.org or Dean Klingler at dklingler@macdowellcolony.org. Click here for more information and a downloadable version of the brochure.
  • The Chairman’s Evening: Inaugurated in 2013, this exclusive member event brings together two iconic artists of our time to engage in the kind of high-octane conversation about creativity that takes place at the Colony every day. The first program featured an enchanting exchange between Stephen Sondheim and Paul Simon, moderated by Michael Chabon. Since then we have hosted Ira Glass and Zadie Smith, and Lin-Manuel Miranda and Martin Scorsese.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Martin Scorsese and Michael Chabon join forces for our exclusive Chairman’s Evening 2016. (Brian Sargent photo)
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Martin Scorsese and Michael Chabon join forces for our exclusive Chairman’s Evening 2016. (Brian Sargent photo)

Friends have the option of directing their support as sponsors for MacDowell’s signature events, which celebrate the work of artists and raise critical operating support for MacDowell’s residency program:

The National Benefit: The Colony’s chief fundraising event, the National Benefit is well known for its star-studded company and Broadway-quality showcase of music, dance, theatre, film, literature, and visual art.

Medal Day: A grand MacDowell tradition, Medal Day offers the public a coveted glimpse inside the artists’ studios and the opportunity to meet an iconic artist of our time. Recent recipients of the Edward MacDowell Medal include Stephen Sondheim, Sonny Rollins, Kiki Smith, I.M. Pei, and Alice Munro.

The New Hampshire Benefit: This regional fundraiser brings together leaders in the arts and business communities of New Hampshire for an intimate program and dinner in Colony Hall, the center of life at MacDowell.

Gifts may be designated for Fellowships or need-based stipends for artists working in specific disciplines. They can underwrite studio construction and other capital projects, or help provide public programs, special equipment, landscaping elements, and endowment funds. Naming opportunities are available for gifts at various levels. MacDowell gratefully accepts donations in the form of cash, bequests, property (such as securities and real estate), and in-kind gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations. All gifts large and small will be directed entirely to support the artist residency program and will be recognized in MacDowell’s annual report.

Become part of the process, and make a gift today to keep creativity alive at MacDowell! And feel free to contact us at 212-535-9690 or via e-mail with your ideas for supporting artists.