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The MacDowell Colony | Peterborough, NH

Founded in 1907, The MacDowell Colony nurtures the arts by offering creative individuals of the highest talent an inspiring environment in which they can produce enduring works of the imagination.

Location: This retreat-style residency is situated on 450 acres in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire, where a striking natural environment and robust cultural scene combine to provide a wealth of options for residents and visitors alike.

Residency length: 1 month minimum stay, up to 2 months

Average # of artists in-residence at a time: 25 - 32

Housing: Private housing in individual cabin or shared building.

Studios + other facilities: Private studios are provided. A variety of facilities are available throughout MacDowell’s 32 studio buildings, including equipment for ceramics, digital media, exhibition/installation, film/digital editing, metals, music composition, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and woodworking.

Meals: All meals are provided (3 meals a day, 7 days a week) Accessibility: Accessible housing and studios are available; common areas are accessible. Because of its location in a wooded area, some of the terrain may be difficult to navigate.

Presenting opportunities + public engagement: Fellows are not required to present work or engage the public in any way, and Colony grounds are closed to the public except for the annual Medal Day celebration each August. There are, however, opportunities for Fellows to engage the local community, should they wish to do so. MacDowell Downtown is a series of presentations by Colony Fellows that takes place on the first Friday of the month from March to November in downtown Peterborough. Each season of MacDowell Downtown features a wide array of programming, including film screenings and workshops, readings and writing seminars, concerts, visual art shows, dramatic performances, talks, and more. MacDowell also organizes outreach programs in the local schools and library. Fellows who wish to develop work in the community may communicate with MacDowell’s staff in advance of the residency so staff can assist in identifying appropriate partners.

Other services: Colony Hall, MacDowell’s dining facility and common buildings, offers Fellows a space for recreation and casual exchange. MacDowell also maintains a library with work by past Colony Fellows. Internet is only available in the library.

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