James Baldwin Library Dedication

To recognize James Baldwin and his extraordinary cultural legacy, The MacDowell Colony’s library is being named in his honor. Baldwin’s work as a novelist, poet, activist, essayist, playwright, social critic, and cultural leader continues to have enormous impact on the public imagination. For three residencies between 1954 and 1960, Baldwin came to MacDowell to advance books that became seminal works and he recalled the Colony as his “favorite sanctuary for writing.”

Housing more than 15,000 books, recordings, musical scores, films, and visual works created by past Fellows, the James Baldwin Library offers an extraordinary resource and connects artists across the decades. Savidge, the original one-room library built in 1926, continues to serve its essential function as a space where artists gather to share evening presentations of creative work. In 2012, the library was re-designed by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien Architects to meet the needs of contemporary artists-in-residence. The elegant, modern glass and granite building quadruples the total square footage while incorporating the original structure and respecting its primacy.

Light refreshments will be served in the library after an outdoor ceremony.

Dedication Ceremony
Sunday, November 4th, 2018
11:00 am

100 High Street
Peterborough, New Hampshire

Rain or shine, space is limited
RSVP required.

James Baldwin

Photo by Allan Warren

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Letter James Baldwin wrote from the MacDowell Colony to actor Engin Cezzar
From a letter James Baldwin wrote from the MacDowell Colony to actor Engin Cezzar, circa 1958.

Baldwin Fellowships

In conjunction with this naming, MacDowell’s upcoming initiative is to improve our outreach to, advocacy for, and service of artists from historically marginalized communities. We intend for the Baldwin Project to uphold the values of cultural equity and exchange, and to help accelerate change in the art world by validating the wish to be an artist, connecting resources, and investing in equal opportunity for outstanding talent.

As always, supporting artists is at the heart of all that we do at the MacDowell Colony, and Fellowships are the cornerstone of this effort. Each yeah, we provide Fellowships to some 300 living artists—including architects, composers, filmmakers, interdisciplinary artists, theatre artists, visual artists, and writers—to pursue their work at the Colony.

Any artist may apply for residency at MacDowell; the sole criterion for acceptance is talent demonstrated by work samples. Every accepted artist receives a Fellowship covering all residency essentials. Your support goes straight back into upholding our Fellowship program.

To learn more about the Fellowships and MacDowell please click here.

Group shot of Fellows from 1954
Author James Baldwin (who was at MacDowell three times) is seen second from left in this group shot of Fellows from 1954. (Bernice B. Perry photo)