TITLE: A Place for the Arts: The MacDowell Colony, 1907-2007
SPEAKER: Robin Rausch
EVENT DATE: 2007/10/30
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 44 minutes
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Founded in 1907, The MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, N.H., was the first artists' residency program in America and is the model for hundreds of others. The vision of founders Edward McDowell and his wife Marian, both pianists, was to provide artists of exceptional talent with uninterrupted time, a private workplace and a dynamic community of peers to inspire creativity and excellence. To date the Colony has awarded fellowships to more than 6,000 writers, visual artists, composers, playwrights, filmmakers, architects and interdisciplinary artists. In 1997, The MacDowell Colony was awarded the National Medal of Arts for nurturing and inspiring many of the 20th century's finest artists.
Rausch was the curator of "A Century of Creativity: The MacDowell Colony 1907-2007," which was on view at the Library of Congress from Feb. 22 to Aug. 18, 2007. Composers Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein, playwright Thornton Wilder and novelist Willa Cather were among the many artists featured in the exhibition.
Speaker Biography: Robin Rausch is a senior music specialist with the Library's Music Division.