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

New Hampshire Benefit

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

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The 2nd Annual Katherine Min Fellowship Celebration

On Wednesday, June 1 at 7:00 p.m. ET, please join the MacDowell community and the family and friends of Katherine Min for the 2nd annual Katherine Min Fellowship celebration. The Katherine Min Fellowship is an endowed fellowship awarded annually to elevate the voices of Asian American writers at MacDowell.

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Medal Day 2022

Join us under the Medal Day tent for the first time since 2019 on Sunday, July 10, 2022 for a return to an outdoor Medal Day celebration this summer! This year's Medalist is internationally renowned poet Sonia Sanchez! Learn more about Medal Day festivities, our Saturday night Garden party, and picnic basket and sponsorship sales via the button below!

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National Benefit 2022

Mark your calendars for MacDowell’s National Benefit to be held in-person on October 17, 2022! Since we are in the early planning stages for this annual extravaganza, check out our 2021 benefit page in the meantime.

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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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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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