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.

Our Calendar of Events

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:

Medal Day

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

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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New Hampshire Benefit

The New Hampshire Benefit will be held on Saturday, October 19th, 2019 at the Colony and bring together artists-in-residence, MacDowell supporters, and business leaders for an intimate community celebration of art and artists.

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Annual Fellows Party

On Wednesday, November 6, 2019, the Fellows Executive Committee will host 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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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.

The Glasshouses Chelsea
Monday, December 9th

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National Benefit

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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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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Friends of MacDowell

Discover where Friends will go next and what kinds of opportunities there are to meet the artists who make the work in intimate settings.

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