MacDowell brings together the community with the art and artists at our Peterborough, NH residency program and at our Chelsea, NY space in free programs as well as fundraisers to expand appreciation of the arts.

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Upcoming Events

National Benefit 2022

Mark your calendars for MacDowell’s National Benefit to be held in-person on October 17, 2022 at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in NYC! Featuring performances and installations by MacDowell Fellows as well as the presentation of the 3rd Marian MacDowell Arts Advocacy Award to Susan Unterberg, founder of Anonymous Was A Woman!

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MacDowell Downtown

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MacDowell Downtown events have been postponed until further notice* We hope to resume presentations as soon as is safe and practicable. These evenings are free to the public and hosted by MacDowell Fellows on the first Friday of the month from March to November in downtown Peterborough.

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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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Past Events

Medal Day 2022

On Sunday, July 10th, more than 1,000 enthusiastic community members, fans, and artists gathered for a beautiful, warm day on the verdant grounds of MacDowell to celebrate the internationally renowned poet, writer, and 62nd Edward MacDowell Medalist Sonia Sanchez!

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The 2nd Annual Katherine Min Fellowship Celebration

Watch a replay of the June 1 Katherine Min Fellowship celebration. The MacDowell community and the family and friends of Katherine Min gathered for the second annual celebration of the endowed fellowship awarded annually to elevate the voices of Asian American writers at MacDowell. MacDowell Fellow Alexander Chee hosted this year's celebration from the MacDowell NYC offices. The evening of readings and commemoration featured Jessica Shi, 2020 Katherine Min Fellow, Lisa Ko, 2021 Katherine Min Fellow, and Kayla Min Andrews, writer and daughter of Katherine Min.

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New Hampshire Benefit 2022

We welcomed our New England supporters back to our grounds for the 2022 New Hampshire Benefit on Saturday, May 7th for a special evening of cocktails, conversations, and performances after a two-year hiatus!

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National Benefit 2021

Writer, organizer, and educator Mahogany L. Browne received the second annual Marian MacDowell Arts Advocacy Award on behalf of Urban Word – one of the oldest and most comprehensive youth literary arts organizations in the country – during MacDowell’s National Benefit to be held virtually December 7, 2021. Watch the replay from this page!

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92Y-MacDowell Salons on Art & Creativity

Over the course of 2021, the 92nd Street Y and MacDowell partnered to present a series of five salons about the arts and creativity. Relive each of these unscripted, interdisciplinary conversations that happen every day at MacDowell from our series page via the button below:

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Annual Fellows Party

Neither rain nor hail nor lightning could stop the MacDowell Fellows Executive Committee from holding its 2021 Fellows Reunion! More than 60 MacDowell Fellows braved fiercely unseasonable weather to gather in Brooklyn at Berry Park on Saturday, November 13. View the slideshow.

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Medal Day 2021

Grammy-winning composer and performer Rosanne Cash became the 61st Edward MacDowell Medalist during an intimate event at our Peterborough, NH, property. You can watch the televised New Hampshire PBS-MacDowell co-production of Medal Day here, find links to the ceremony's speeches, and learn more via the button below:

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I Was Becoming: A Reading and Conversation

I Was Becoming celebrated the partnership between MacDowell and The Rona Jaffe Foundation with a reading and conversation with writers Elif Batuman, Chelsea Bieker, Monica Sok, and Julie Orringer on Monday, February 8th. You can watch the hour-long presentation at its page!

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Journalism in the Post-Truth Era

The MacDowell Journalism Panel, “Art and Urgency: Journalism in the Post-Truth Era,” took place on October 26 at 7 p.m. but you can watch the recorded discussion moderated by Virginia Quarterly Review Editor Paul Reyes with prominent journalists Alex Marzano-Lesnevich, Meera Subramanian, Alexis Okeowo, and Jeff Sharlet.

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James Baldwin Library Dedication

To recognize James Baldwin and his extraordinary cultural legacy, MacDowell’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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