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At MacDowell with James Baldwin, to Stop and Do Nothing In Order to Start Anew

Read Nell Painter’s essay “At MacDowell with James Baldwin, to Stop and Do Nothing In Order to Start Anew,” the first in a new series of opinion pieces called Why MacDowell NOW? These occasional pieces are contributed by MacDowell Fellows throughout the year.

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MacDowell Awards Winter-Spring Fellowships to 87 Artists

Seventy-six percent of the upcoming artists-in-residence are first-time Fellowship awardees and come from 21 states and seven countries. The incoming Fellows reflect seven artistic disciplines and will arrive from locales as far apart as Poland, Mexico, Belgium, and Israel, as well as Tennesee, Washington, and Minnesota.

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2020 Public Season of Works-in-Process and Artist Conversations in New York

Beginning with a musical salon featuring performances and conversation about a work soon to premier at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater, the 2020 MacDowell NYC season features the work created at MacDowell by the 300 artists granted Fellowships there each year. Monthly events – both free to the public and ticketed – include gatherings small and large.

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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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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 Jan. 15, 2020 for summer 2020 residencies. The application period opens on October 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.