A Place for the Arts: The MacDowell Colony, 1907–2007
The MacDowell Colony has nurtured some of the nation's most influential talents in the creative arts, from Edwin Arlington Robinson and Thornton Wilder to Leonard Bernstein, Milton Avery, and Alice Walker. Based on the idea that creative people work best when they have time, space, privacy, and the opportunity to interact with fellow artists, the Colony has for the past century provided individual studios as well as living accommodations to thousands of writers, visual artists, composers, filmmakers, architects, and interdisciplinary artists who have gone on to chart the course of the nation's artistic life.
Richly illustrated with original and vintage photographs, this book includes a colorful history of the Colony, as well as insightful essays by leading cultural commentators Vartan Gregorian and Robert MacNeil. In addition, it contains pieces by former MacDowell Fellows—Pulitzer Prize-winners Michael Chabon, Paul Moravec, and the late Wendy Wasserstein—on what it means to make art in America. A Place for the Arts documents what this country and the rest of the world continue to gain from the unique support MacDowell provides to the creative process. The book also includes contributions by Joan Acocella, Peter Cameron, Carol Diehl, Verlyn Klinkenborg, Robin Rausch, Ruth Reichl, Jean Valentine, Jacqueline Woodson, and Kevin Young.
Resources from The Library
- The Edward and Marian MacDowell Collection, Performing Arts Encyclopedia
- The Arnold T. Schwabb Collection, Performing Arts Encyclopedia
- The House That Marian Built: The MacDowell Colony of Peterborough, New Hampshire, American Memory
- Marian MacDowell Papers: A Register of Her Papers, Manuscript Reading Room
- The MacDowell Colony Papers: A Register of Its Records, Manuscript Reading Room
- Edward MacDowell Biography, Performing Arts Reading Room