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Elevating Black Artists and Holding Ourselves Accountable
The time for American innocence has past, past time for indifferent callousness. Artists have been showing us the way. It’s time to heed them and the MacDowell community of artists who are continuing this work at this crucial time.Holding Ourselves Accountable
A letter from our executive director in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and all related MacDowell postings online while we are temporarily closed.Director's message and updates
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“I died in Korea from a shrapnel wound, and narcotics resurrected me. I died in 1960 from a prison sentence and poetry brought me back to life.”Read more
“Any list of great American playwrights is incomplete without Alice Childress (65) — her cool eye saw deep into history, into the theater, into blackness, into whiteness,” writes MacDowell Fellow Helen Shaw (14) in a January 2020 essay for Vulture. Discover more about this pioneering American playwright.
Nell Painter (16, 19), visual artist, author, and MacDowell's new chair of the board was at Fondazione Bogliasco working on a new book when COVID-19 invaded Italy. This brief essay describes the experience and her self-examination as she and her husband eventually made their way back home.Read more
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Our next application deadline is September 15, 2020 for winter-spring 2021 residencies. The application period opens on July 15.Apply
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