The MacDowell Colony brings together the community with the art and artists at MacDowell in free programs as well as fundraisers to expand appreciation of the arts.
*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MacDowell NYC events have been postponed until further notice*
*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MacDowell Downtown events have been postponed until further notice* We hope to resume presentations as soon as is safe and practicable. These evenings are free to the public and hosted by MacDowell Fellows on the first Friday of the month from March to November in downtown Peterborough.
On Sunday, August, 9th, 2020 MacDowell will award the 61st Edward MacDowell Medal to a composer who has left an indelible stamp on American culture. Art lovers from around the region and around the country gather for our most anticipated event of the year on the lush MacDowell grounds to celebrate the achievements of leading voices in American culture. This event is free and open to the public. Check back, we'll be announcing the 2020 Medalist soon!
Find out where to experience Fellows' work anywhere on the planet. Our listing shows you where you can find the fruits of Fellow labor in film, literature, performance, architecture, theatre, visual art, music, and the interdisciplinary arts.
On Monday, October 19th, 2020 MacDowell Fellows, supporters, board, and friends will gather at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City for our annual National Benefit. All proceeds raised from the National Benefit support Fellowships for residencies that MacDowell provides to more than 300 artists who come to MacDowell each year from all corners of the globe.
Each December MacDowell caps off our year with this exclusive Friends of MacDowell members evening featuring Michael Chabon in conversation with some of the art world’s most fascinating voices. On Monday, December 9, 2019, Laurie Anderson and Margaret Atwood sat down for a witty and incisive conversation with Michael! Go to the page for video and a slideshow of the event.
Annual Fellows Party
On Wednesday, November 6, 2019, the Fellows Executive Committee hosted the Annual Fellows Party in New York, reuniting recent and past Fellows in celebration of MacDowell’s mission and its ongoing role in their lives. Proceeds from the event go toward a gift for The MacDowell Colony.
New Hampshire Benefit "At the Artist's Table"
Hosted by Fellow Dan Hurlin, the evening featured a performance and reading from Fellows Martha Mooke and Sigrid Nunez on October 19th, 2019. A slideshow will be posted to the event page soon.
Annually, the New Hampshire Benefit brings together artists-in-residence, MacDowell supporters, and business leaders for an intimate community celebration of art and artists.
James Baldwin Library Dedication
To recognize James Baldwin and his extraordinary cultural legacy, the MacDowell Colony’s library has been 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.
Get Michael Chabon's Latest Book
Flash sale of limited-edition hardcover copies of Bookends by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Chairman of the Board of MacDowell. The paperback of this book will not be available in bookstores until 2019.