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.
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Annual and Upcoming Events

Join us August 11 as we award the 60th Anniversary Edward MacDowell Medal to conceptual artist Charles Gaines. Art lovers from around the region and around the country will be on hand at the lush Colony grounds to celebrate the achievements of this leading voice in American culture. This event is free and open to the public.

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MacDowell Downtown is a free series of presentations open to the public by MacDowell Fellows that takes place on the first Friday of the month from March to November in downtown Peterborough.

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Each year, the Fellows Executive Committee hosts the Annual Fellows Party in New York, reuniting recent and past Colony Fellows in celebration of MacDowell’s mission and its ongoing role in their lives. Proceeds from the event go toward a gift for the Colony.

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The New Hampshire Benefit 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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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.

The High Line Hotel Refectory Room

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On Monday, May 6th MacDowell artists, supporters, board, and friends gathered at Gotham Hall in New York City to celebrate the power, diversity, and influence of art. We showcased a selection of works Made At MacDowell and we raised more than half a million dollars for our residency program.

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Past Events

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.

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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.

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Join The MacDowell Colony and The Curator Gallery on Wednesday, April 18 for the opening of MacDowell NOW: Recent Abstract Painting featuring the work of MacDowell Fellows.

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