On Monday, May 6th MacDowell artists, supporters, board, and friends gathered at Gotham Hall in New York City to celebrate the power, diversity, and influence of art. We showcased a selection of works Made At MacDowell over the course of the evening where we raised more than half a million dollars for our residency program. All proceeds from the National Benefit support Fellowships for residencies for the more than 300 artists who come to MacDowell each year from all corners of the globe.
The MacDowell Colony National Benefit 2019:
Made At MacDowell
May 6, 2019
Video Excerpts of the Gala
The evening’s Honorary Chairs were Barry Diller and Diane Von Furstenberg, Ava DuVernay, Baz Luhrmann, Anna Deavere Smith, and Sir Patrick Stewart.
Each piece presented was created at, inspired by, or finished at MacDowell during an artist’s residency. Emcee Susan Blackwell* welcomed the crowd and introduced a musical tribute to James Baldwin* by Meshell Ndegeocello. Jiehae Park* introduced an excerpt of her play Peerless performed by Sasha Diamond, Tiffany Villarin, and Adina Verson, and Rodney Evans* shared a section of his film, Vision Portraits. After dinner, Tommy Orange* read from his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel There There with actress Kyla Garcia. The crowd heard speeches from MacDowell Colony Executive Director Cheryl Young, Board President Andrew Senchak, and Incoming Executive Director Philip Himberg. The evening ended with a fabulous paddle raise and a performance by Grace McLean* from her new musical In The Green.
Other program participants in the evening’s festivities included Chris Bruce, Rachel Duddy, Ashley Perez Flanagan, Justin Hicks, Hiroyuki Matsuura, Ada Westfall, and Hannah Whitney.
(*MacDowell Colony Fellow)
Click here for a full video of the evening's program.
For information about sponsoring our 2020 benefit to be held Monday, October 19th at Ziegfeld Ballroom please contact Brett Evan Solomon or call 212.535.9690.
Christine and Todd Fisher
Anne Stark Locher and Kurt Locher
Robert and Stephanie Olmsted
Thomas and Babs Putnam
Andrew and Barbara Senchak
Amy Davidson Sorkin and David Sorkin
Bill and Bunny Beekman
Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman
Elizabeth and Russell Gaudreau
John Hargraves and Nancy Newcomb
Darrell and Robin Harvey
Charles F. Stone III and Theresa Stone
Helen S. Tucker
Past National Benefits
The national benefit at MacDowell's NYC space at 521 West 23rd Street in 2018 raised more than $620,000 for critical operating support.