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David Macy, Resident Director, The MacDowell Colony

Since its founding in 1907, the New Hampshire-based MacDowell Colony has hosted over 7,500 visual artists, composers, musicians, writers and interdisciplinary artists, including James Baldwin, Leonard Bernstein, Willa Cather, Michael Chabon, Aaron Copland, Spaulding Gray, Suzan-Lori Parks, Alice Sebold, Alice Walker and Thornton Wilder. Each year, the Colony provides nearly 300 residencies, offering private studios and room and board for durations of up to eight weeks.1 Macy, the Colony’s Resident Director, spoke about the following three aspects of the colony:

  1. •  A brief history of the program, in order to provide a historical context for his talk, much of which can be found here.
  2. •  The artistic disciplines supported by MacDowell and the experience of living and working in residence. In addition to receiving solitude and three meals per day, artists form friendships and connections that last far beyond the duration of the Fellowship. More information about the experience of living and working at the Colony is available here.
  3. •  The application process and range of artists in residence who come to MacDowell. Artists of all backgrounds are encouraged to learn about the application process and criteria for acceptance here.


[1] This information is paraphrased from the MacDowell Colony’s website,