Friends & Funding Fellowships

Funding Fellowships is at the heart of the Friends of MacDowell, our community of arts supporters who believe that The MacDowell Colony is a place where artists can make brave new work. Members enjoy exclusive experiences within the arts; discover contemporary artists in intimate, curated programs; and gain insider access to art scenes around the world.

By funding Fellowships we sustain MacDowell as a national center with a global view of creativity and multidisciplinary dialogue. Anyone who supports a Fellowship annually at the following levels is eligible for memberships for one or two people (all-inclusive except where noted).

The Young Friends of MacDowell is a community of supporters under 45 years of age whose contributions support emerging artists and first-time residencies. Young Friends also enjoy art experiences across our seven disciplines, including access and interaction with artists in social settings.

Name a Fellowship: $25,000+

Receive Fellowship Friends Membership:
You will be invited to salon evenings and outings as well as being eligible for two seats to the Chairman’s Evening, joining the Friends Trip, Medal Day weekend events, and a private colony visit!

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Fund a Fellowship: $10,000+

Receive Premium Friends Membership:
You will be invited to salon evenings and outings as well as being eligible for two seats to the Chairman’s Evening, joining the Friends Trip, and Medal Day weekend events!

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Fund One / Two Weeks: $2,500+ / $5,000+

Receive Full Friends Membership for one or two:
You will be invited to salon evenings and outings as well as being eligible for one/two seats to the Chairman’s Evening, joining the Friends Trip, and Medal Day weekend events!

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Feed an artist during their stay: $500+

Under 45 years of age? Receive Young Friends Membership:
You will be invited to salon evenings, outings and the Annual Young Friends Cocktail Party. This does not include the Chairman's Evening.

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Signature Events

Friends have the option of directing their support as sponsors for MacDowell’s signature events, which celebrate the work of artists and raise critical operating support for MacDowell’s residency program:

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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