The MacDowell Virtual National Benefit 2021

December 7, 2021

Please join us for our 2021 Virtual National Benefit honoring Urban Word with the 2nd annual Marian MacDowell Arts Advocacy Award, including acceptance of the award by Mahogany L. Browne, Artistic Director of Urban Word NYC and Poet-in-Residence at Lincoln Center, performances and interviews by MacDowell Fellows, and a performance by a youth poet from Urban Word.

Please note: Ticket sales will end on Monday, November 29 at 11:59 p.m. for guaranteed delivery of perishable donor premiums.

The outside being here right now - inkjet print, etching, 2019, Sky Hopinka (MacDowell Fellow 2021)

Through the Marian MacDowell Arts Advocacy Award, we aim to honor arts advocates who uniquely and profoundly support and amplify the work of art and artists. This year, we are thrilled to honor Urban Word, one of the oldest and most comprehensive youth literary arts organizations in the United States.

This year's theme is "Met at MacDowell: Creative Collaboration." Join us to experience and celebrate some of the magic that happens at MacDowell when artists—writers, visual artists, composers, architects, interdisciplinary artists, filmmakers, and theatre artists—engage in artistic exchange to create new works.

Benefit Chairs

Susan Bay-Nimoy
Eleanor Briggs
Marcy Carsey
Rosanne Cash and John Leventhal
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
Peter Wirth and Catherine Lou

Benefit Patrons

Charles Gaines and Roxana Landaverde
Gerald and Teresa Gartner
Elizabeth and Russell Gaudreau
John Hargraves and Nancy Newcomb
Darrell and Robin Harvey
Charles F. Stone III and Theresa Stone

Thank You to Our Sponsors

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Past National Benefits


In 2020, MacDowell hosted our first-ever virtual National Benefit and awarded the inaugural Marian MacDowell Arts Advocacy Award to ARRAY.

2020 Virtual National Benefit


The national benefit at Gotham Hall in New York City in 2019 raised more than half a million dollars for our residency program.

2019 National Benefit


The national benefit at MacDowell's NYC space at 521 West 23rd Street in 2018 raised more than $620,000 for critical operating support.

2018 National Benefit