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

I Was Becoming

I Was Becoming: Join The Rona Jaffe Foundation and MacDowell for a reading and conversation with writers Elif Batuman, Chelsea Bieker, Monica Sok, and Julie Orringer at 7 p.m. on Monday, February 8th.

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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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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

Discussion on Women, Art & Identity

Historian, author, visual artist, and MacDowell Board Chair Nell Painter moderated a discussion with actor and writer Andrea Martin, theatre director Indhu Rubasingham, and author Jacqueline Woodson about the relationship between their identities and their art on Wednesday, December 16. You can view a reprise of the presentation from this 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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Virtual National Benefit

On October 19th, MacDowell artists, supporters, board, and friends gathered virtually, led by MacDowell Chair and evening host Nell Painter, to celebrate our program and the presentation of the inaugural Marian MacDowell Arts Advocacy Award to ARRAY. ARRAY founder Ava DuVernay accepted the award from Ford Foundation President Darren Walker and from former MacDowell Board member and former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts Jane Alexander. Watch the full benefit replay!

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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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