Twenty Summers was founded with the dual aim of preserving the Hawthorne Barn in Provincetown, Mass., and maintaining its legacy as a place promoting the private creation of and public engagement with art.
Twenty Summers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization in Provincetown, Massachusetts, founded to foster public engagement with art and artists, and to honor the legacy of art in Provincetown. Its efforts led to a full restoration of the historic Hawthorne Barn, where that legacy began and where its festival of concerts, conversations, artist residencies, and special events takes place annually from mid-May to mid-June. To visit the Barn or purchase tickets, please see our calendar of events. Please note that the Barn is only open to the public when we have a listed event. Each season we film and record all events, having now grown a rich media archive. You can watch or listen to past events for free on our videos page and podcast page.
The name Twenty Summers is a phrase in Stanley Kunitz’s poem “Route Six” connoting both the pull of Provincetown and its legacy of art.
“[The Barn is] where many say this storied peninsula got its start as an art colony. Norman Rockwell studied there. Norman Mailer, renting a house next door, attended parties in the space. Tennessee Williams danced and Jackson Pollock got drunk in the barn…. [Twenty Summers’] launch is being hailed by locals, long-frustrated by bulldozers rolling over sites of historic significance.”
—The Boston Globe, May 10, 2014
The barn “is part of the foundation of American art history.”
—NPR, August 16, 2007
Twenty Summers “is eager to document the barn’s historic significance and preserve a living link to the barn’s heritage.”
—The New York Times, November 10, 2010
Camille Ives Beck