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


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A letter from our executive director in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and all related MacDowell postings online while we are temporarily closed.

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The MacDowell Colony is a leading contemporary arts organization located in Peterborough, NH.

Since 1907, our mission has been to create a space where inspiration happens on a daily basis. We do that by providing essential support for emerging and established artists by bringing together diverse, multidisciplinary talent to exchange ideas and pursue creative work.

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Artist Accolades

The writers, visual artists, composers, filmmakers, playwrights, interdisciplinary artists, and architects who have attended MacDowell have won:


A house of dreams untold – It looks out over the whispering treetops and faces the setting sun.

- Edward A. MacDowell


Our next application deadline is September 15, 2020 for winter-spring 2021 residencies. The application period opens on July 15.



The MacDowell Colony relies on the generosity of individuals and foundations
to provide vital support every year to more than 300 artists in seven disciplines.