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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Upcoming Events

MacDowell NYC

Beginning on January 23, The MacDowell Colony kicks off the year-long MacDowell NYC Salon Series “Spark & Illumination” with an evening of original musical theatre with James Lapine, Tom Kitt, and Michael Korie. See the entire monthly schedule via the link below with ticket opportunities to be announced soon.

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Fellows Events

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.

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MacDowell Downtown

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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Medal Day

On Sunday, August, 11th, 2019 MacDowell awarded our 60th Edward MacDowell Medal to conceptual artist Charles Gaines. 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. Next year’s Medalist, in the discipline of music composition, as well as the date of next year’s Medal Day will be announced Spring 2020!

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National Benefit

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.

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Past Events

Chairman's Evening

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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MacDowell Now

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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