Cheryl Young Will Retire After 22 Years at the Helm of the MacDowell Colony

Cheryl A. Young has announced that she will be retiring from her position guiding the MacDowell Colony, one of the nation’s leading contemporary arts organizations. Young has served as executive director since 1997 and will remain in her position until her successor is in place in early 2019.

Young originally joined MacDowell in 1988 as its director of development and became deputy director in 1993, before becoming executive director. NewMusicBox sat down with Young to discuss the MacDowell Colony at length in 2003. You can read the full interview here.

Located on 450 woodland acres in southwestern New Hampshire, MacDowell welcomes more than 300 architects, composers, filmmakers, interdisciplinary artists, theatre artists, visual artists, and writers each year. These highly competitive fellowships carry an average value of $10,000 and last from two weeks to two months.

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