Friends & Funding Fellowships

Funding Fellowships is at the heart of the Friends of MacDowell, our community of arts supporters who believe that MacDowell is a place where artists can make brave new work. Members enjoy exclusive experiences within the arts; discover contemporary artists in intimate, curated programs; and gain insider access to art scenes around the world.

By funding Fellowships we sustain MacDowell as a national center with a global view of creativity and multidisciplinary dialogue. Anyone who supports a Fellowship annually at the following levels is eligible for memberships for one or two people (all-inclusive except where noted).

The Young Friends of MacDowell is a community of supporters under 45 years of age whose contributions support emerging artists and first-time residencies. Young Friends also enjoy art experiences across our seven disciplines, including access and interaction with artists in social settings.

Name a Fellowship: $25,000+

Receive Fellowship Friends Membership:
You will be invited to salon evenings and outings as well as being eligible for two seats to the Chairman’s Evening, joining the Friends Trip, Medal Day weekend events, and a private colony visit!

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Fund a Fellowship: $10,000+

Receive Premium Friends Membership:
You will be invited to salon evenings and outings as well as being eligible for two seats to the Chairman’s Evening, joining the Friends Trip, and Medal Day weekend events!

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Fund One / Two Weeks: $2,500+ / $5,000+

Receive Full Friends Membership for one or two:
You will be invited to salon evenings and outings as well as being eligible for one/two seats to the Chairman’s Evening, joining the Friends Trip, and Medal Day weekend events!

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Feed an artist during their stay: $500+

Under 45 years of age? Receive Young Friends Membership:
You will be invited to salon evenings, outings and the Annual Young Friends Cocktail Party. This does not include the Chairman's Evening.

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Signature Events

Friends have the option of directing their support as sponsors for MacDowell’s signature events, which celebrate the work of artists and raise critical operating support for MacDowell’s residency program:

Discussion on Women, Art & Identity

Join historian, author, visual artist, and MacDowell Board Chair Nell Painter on Wednesday, December 16 at 6 p.m. as she moderates 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.

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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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