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

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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8,000+ artists

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

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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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The highly anticipated event is held at the Colony each year and brings together artists-in-residence, MacDowell supporters, and business leaders for an intimate community celebration of art and artists.

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Join us as we present the 59th annual Edward MacDowell Medal in the Arts to Pulitzer Prize-Winning graphic novel pioneer Art Spiegelman.

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As media resources continue to shift to free content and fast news, The MacDowell Colony is doubling its fellowship support for writers engaged in…

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Our next application deadline is Apr 15, 2019 for fall 2019 residencies. The application period opens on Feb. 15.