FREE & OPEN to the PUBLIC
RAIN or SHINE
12:15 pm Ceremony
1:15 pm Picnic Lunch (scroll down to order baskets)
2:00 - 4:00 pm Open Studios
Come and join arts lovers from around the region on Sunday, July 23 as the 63rd Edward MacDowell Medal is presented to esteemed filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin during our free and open-to-the-public celebration. After a brief award ceremony, visitors will enjoy a picnic lunch before artists-in-residence open their studios to the public, giving attendees the unique opportunity to look behind the scenes of the nation’s oldest artist residency and speak with the creators about their work.
Obomsawin was selected by a panel chaired by Tabitha Jackson, former director of the Sundance Film Festival. Joining her on the panel are Bird Runningwater, who guides the Sundance Institute’s investment in Native American and Indigenous filmmakers; MacDowell Fellows and filmmakers Natalia Almada, Rodney Evans, and So Yong Kim; MacDowell Fellow and Board Member Julia Solomonoff, and board member Josh Siegel, film curator at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Award-winning speaker and best-selling author Jesse Wente will give the presentation speech on Obomsawin’s impact on the culture and her career in documentary filmmaking.
More information on picnic basket sales as well as individual and business sponsorships is below. The picnic basket purchase deadline is July 10.
If you are interested in volunteering to help us on Medal Day with parking, greeting, and more, please contact Dan Millbauer.