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.

Explore our events below.

Upcoming Events

Medal Day 2022

Plans are in the works for an outdoor Medal Day celebration in the summer of 2022. In the approach to our announcement of this year's medalist, we hope you'll enjoy perusing the links on our Medal Day History page to find out why this popular event attracts so many enthusiastic friends, fans, and artists to our verdant grounds. We can't wait to tell you who we will be celebrating this summer!

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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

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

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

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 Panel

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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Katherine Min Fellowship Celebration

Watch a replay of the March 30 celebration of the life of author Katherine Min with friends and family. The evening of readings and commemoration also celebrated the endowment of the Katherine Min Fellowship.

Fellows Victoria Chang (19)—the inaugural recipient of the Katherine Min Fellowship— and Cathy Park Hong (7x 03-18) read from their work, and Katherine’s daughter, Kayla Min Andrews, read a selection from her mother’s work. After the readings, Marie Myung-Ok Lee (04) moderated a commemoration of Katherine’s life and legacy, and invited participants who knew Katherine to share their stories and memories.

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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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