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 visit to our grounds!

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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 more! 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:

MacDowell and 92Y Salon Series

This multi-disciplinary series of conversations about creativity and the arts serves to capture the magic of artists-in-residence from every discipline coming together on the MacDowell residency grounds. It features artists and luminaries from across the globe in dialogue including Change-rae Lee, P. Carl, Michael Chabon, Mary Schmidt Campbell, Lonnie Bunch, Marc Payot, and others soon to be announced. This partnership series between MacDowell and the 92nd Street Y will take place over the course of 2021 and is hosted by MacDowell Fellow, author, visual artist, and MacDowell Board Chair Nell Painter.

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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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