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

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Painter Paul Anthony Smith.

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

- Edward A. MacDowell

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

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Charles Gaines is 60th Medalist

The Medal will be presented at a free public event on August 11, 2019 by author and Chairman of the Board Michael Chabon.

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The 2019 National Benefit

Get your tickets early to this signature annual event.... This year's theme: Made at MacDowell.

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Katherine Min Fellowship

Help establish this endowed Fellowship with Katherine’s friends and family. Katherine, who was in residence eight times, was excited about the idea of a fellowship in her name to help bring Asian American writers to MacDowell.

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Our next application deadline is Sept. 15, 2019 for winter 2020 residencies. The application period opens on July 15.

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