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

Journalism Panel

The MacDowell Journalism Panel, “Art and Urgency: Journalism in the Post-Truth Era,” will take place on October 26 at 7 p.m. and involves a 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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Medal Day

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Medal Day has been postponed until 2021* On Sunday, August, 8th, 2021 MacDowell will award the 61st Edward MacDowell Medal to composer and performer Rosanne Cash. 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. Virtual programming will honor Rosanne and music in 2020, as we lead up to gathering once more on the MacDowell grounds next year.

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National Benefit

On Monday, October 19th, 2020 MacDowell Fellows, supporters, board, and friends gathered virtually 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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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

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 MacDowell.

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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.
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, 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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Get Michael Chabon's Latest Book

Flash sale of limited-edition hardcover copies of Bookends by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and former 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 MacDowell 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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