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MacDowell Medal Day

  • Jul. 21, 2024 12:15PM - 4:00PM
MacDowell Medal Day
MacDowell Medal Day

Festival Details - "MacDowell Medal Day"...

Start: Sunday, July 21, 2024 12:15PM
End: Sunday, July 21, 2024 4:00PM

Please join us on Sunday, July 21 for MacDowell's annual Medal Day celebration, honoring interdisciplinary arts icon and activist Yoko Ono with the 64th Edward MacDowell Medal during a free and open-to-the-public celebration. This year we are being honored as a location of two Yoko Ono Wish Trees to be installed in our orchard.

MacDowell Madam Chairman of the Board, Fellow, and best-selling author Nell Painter will present the Medal to Ono's long-time music manager David Newgarden. Newgarden will be on hand because the medalist cannot make the trip. The brief ceremony will feature curator, art historian, and arts policy specialist Nora Halpern, who will place Ono's oeuvre in a larger cultural context in her introductory remarks.

American avant-garde multimedia artist, Grammy-winning composer, and musician Laurie Anderson chaired this year's Medal selection panel. Other members included Bushwick Starr Arts Center cofounder and MacDowell Board member Noel Allain, MacDowell Fellow and acclaimed choreographer Bebe Miller, National Black Theatre CEO Sade Lythcott, MacDowell Fellow and interdisciplinary artist Christopher Doyle, and Arts Student League Artistic and Executive Director Michael Hall.

Since 1996, Yoko Ono has invited people from around the world to write their personal wishes on a piece of paper and tie them to Wish Tree installation sites around the world. The wishes are returned to Ono and continue on in connection with her Imagine Peace Tower, a 2007 installation on Vioey Island off Reykjavik, Iceland, dedicated to the memory of her late husband John Lennon. To date, more than two million people have shared their wishes. We welcome Medal Day participants to take part in this project after the ceremony.


Artists: Yoko Ono, Nell Painter

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