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The next deadline for applications is February 10, 2024 for Fall 2024-Winter 2025 residencies. The application will open in January.Apply
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The 2023 National Benefit in NYC honored Fairfax Dorn with the Marian MacDowell Award. More than 350 Fellows, supporters, and guests enjoyed a fun evening of performances featuring the work of MacDowell Fellows and raised more than $750,000 for the residency program! Videos and a slideshow are available on the page.Read more
The award highlights the Ballroom Marfa Artistic Director'’s commitment to the arts and its creators and was presented during MacDowell’s October 16 National Benefit with Tony Award-nominated playwright and actor Sharon Washington as host.Read more
This latest group of individuals was chosen from MacDowell’s second largest applicant pool in its history for an admissions rate of 7.6 percent.Read more
In her first letter to the MacDowell community, Executive Director Chiwoniso Kaitano writes about MacDowell's charge to "honor our legacy at the same time we embrace what comes next," all the while keeping our eye on the enduring rule that centering the care of artists guides our mission.Read more
Madam Chairman of the MacDowell Board, Fellow, and author Nell Painter identifies the recent efforts to censor history as a repetition of the past in a new essay for our Why MacDowell Now? series. “Here we are again,” she writes, “face to face with powerful attempts to push Black Americans ... out of the American consciousness.”Read more
We created Virtual MacDowell as a space where Fellows could engage in earnest collaboration and exchange ideas. With an emphasis on bringing artists together to build community and broadening MacDowell’s outreach efforts, Virtual MacDowell (VM) is not an online residency, but a new program.Read more
Our Mission, Values, and Vision
In the summer of 2021, MacDowell’s staff and board of directors began the process of articulating a shared set of organizational values and revisiting our mission statement. We held our continuing work around diversity, equity, inclusion, and access at the core of these conversations. Read the full “Mission, Values, and Vision” statement here.Read About Our Vision
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Find out who has gone through our community and how their artistic dreams and passion are being fulfilled.Browse Artists
MacDowell’s staff and board acknowledge that our residency program takes place in Wabanaki, the Dawnland, on the traditional homelands of the Western Abenaki people ...Read our full statement
The writers, visual artists, composers, filmmakers, playwrights, interdisciplinary artists, and architects who have attended MacDowell have won:
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