Twenty Summers is a new nonprofit arts center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, founded to foster public engagement with art and artists, and to honor the legacy of art in Provincetown. It restored the historic Hawthorne Barn where that legacy began and where its programs take place from mid-May to mid-June annually. To visit the Barn, please see our calendar of events to purchase tickets. Please note that the Barn is only open to the public when we have a listed event.

The name Twenty Summers is a phrase in a poem by Stanley Kunitz connoting both the pull of Provincetown and its legacy of art.


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“[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

Press Contact:
Camille Ives Beck

Our Sponsors

Twenty Summers’ programs are made possible by the generous support of our many generous sponsors, including our major distribution partner, Comcast.

Special Thanks To:

Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust
Christopher E. Buck and Dr. Hara Schwartz
Elphaba Fund of Boston Foundation
Adam Moss and Daniel Kaizer
Yerba Buena Fund

Additional Support From:

8 Dyer Hotel
The Aerie House
Elizabeth Andersen
Donald Bellan and John Kurker
The Betty E. & Chester C. Thompson Foundation
Helen Branswell
Russell Braun
Cape Air
Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce
The Captain’s Daughters
Matthew Conroy-Randall
Eileen Counihan
Amy Diamant
Dunes Radio
Eben House
Elizabeth Ellsworth
Charles Fagan and Ari Wiseman
Fine Arts Work Center
Harriet Finkelstein
Doug Freeman
Ken Fulk
The Gaslamp Bed and Breakfast
Ruth Grande
Dan Gurney
Michelle Haynes
Phyllis Herschenfeld
The Inn at Cook Street
Kate Jones
Susan Kurtzman
The Lobster Pot
Noam and Aviva Lockshin
Shawn McNulty
Mark Phillips
Poor Richard’s Landing
Provincetown Art Association and Museum
The Provincetown Bookshop
Provincetown Chamber of Commerce
Provincetown Office of Tourism
William Rawn
The Salt House Inn
Schoolhouse Gallery
Snug Cottage
Watermark Inn
Ann Whittaker