The 2018 National Benefit: MacDowell NOW

Monday, May 7, 2018
Gotham Hall, NYC

A star-studded group of artists performed and read from works by MacDowell Colony Fellows at our annual National Benefit in NYC. The event raised more than $620,000 for critical operating support. All proceeds from the National Benefit support Fellowships for residencies for the more than 300 artists who come to MacDowell each year from all corners of the globe.

The evening’s Honorary Chairs were Susan Davenport Austin, Mary Carswell, Robert MacNeil, and Thomas Putnam and the event was co-chaired by Christine Fisher and Anne Stark Locher.

Actress, author, former MacDowell Board member, and former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts Jane Alexander hosted. The evening featured performances from Hamilton’s Javier Muñoz, and MacDowell Fellows Joseph Keckler and Shaina Taub. The evening also featured readings from Fellow Tayari JonesAn American Marriage. Fellow Susan Blackwell served as emcee. Executive Director Cheryl Young was honored for her 30 years of creative leadership at the nation’s first artist residency program.

Other program participants in the evening’s festivities included Eisa Davis, Ato Essandoh, Robin Macatangay, David Petersen, Victor Rosario, Andréa Burns and the NYC Master Chorale.

Click here for a full video of the evening’s program.

For information about sponsoring our 2019 event please contact Dean Klingler at or 212.535.9690.

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