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. It restored the historic Hawthorne Barn where that legacy began and where its festival of concerts, conversations, artists residencies, and special events take place from mid-May to mid-June annually. 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.


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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.

Our 2017 Season Made Possible By:

Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust
Yerba Buena Fund
Elphaba Fund at The Boston Foundation

Special Thanks To:

Neil Balkowitsch
Thomas Biggert
The Torrence Boone and Ted Chapin Charitable Fund at The Fidelity Charitable Fund
Christopher E. Buck and Dr. Hara Schwartz
Guy Busa
Cape Cod Five Foundation
Dominic Cioffoletti
The Connors Foundation
Richard Crisman
Gary Danko
John Darian
Sheryl Fairbaugh
Ken Fulk
Lynn Hartness
Richard Holland
John Hurst
Frederick Latasanicks
MH Littlejohn
Anita McGahan
McLaughlin Upholstering Co, Inc.
Terrence Meck
Adam Moss and Daniel Kaizer
Richard Murray
Joseph Realmuto
Mary Beth Shimmon
Scott Squillace
Christopher Swope
Eugene Tartaglia
The Betty E. and Chester C. Thompson Foundation
Tatiana von Fursternberg and The Diller–von Furstenberg Family Foundation

Additional Support From:

8 Dyer Hotel
The Aerie House
Adria Aguado
Scott A. Allegretti and Provincetown Dental Arts
Mary and Eric Beck
Donald Bellan and John Kurker
Ezra Block
Suzanne and Jeffrey Bloomberg Foundation of the Jewish Communal Fund
Helen Branswell
Russell Braun
Burke-Brunger Fund of Horizons Foundation
Cape Air
Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce
The Captain’s Daughters
Matthew Conroy-Randall
Eileen Counihan
Mary DeRocco
Susan Donnelly
John and Yvette Dubinsky
Alan Duggan
Dunes Radio
Eben House
David Ebershoff
Carleton Eastlake
Anastasia Egeli
Charles Fagan and Ari Wiseman
Fine Arts Work Center
Harriet Finkelstein
Doug Freeman
The Gaslamp Bed and Breakfast
Janice Graham
Dan Gurney
Wendy Hamm
Michelle Haynes
Kristin Hein and Philip Cozzi
Phyllis Herschenfeld
James Hung
The Inn at Cook Street
Emmanuel Kemiji
Bruce Kohl
Thomas James Krauss
Peter Klint and Phil Wilson
Susan Kurtzman
James LaForce
The Lobster Pot
Noam and Aviva Lockshin
Maison Décor & Gallery
Carol Martignetti
Shawn McNulty
Susan Mikula
Lise Motherwell
Heather Murray
Deborah Paine
Robert Paster
Mark Phillips
Poor Richard’s Landing
Alan Poul
Provincetown Art Association and Museum
The Provincetown Bookshop
Provincetown Chamber of Commerce
Provincetown Office of Tourism
Ptown Pürl
William Rawn
The Salt House Inn
Linda Sargent
Schoolhouse Gallery
Snug Cottage
Andre Spearman
Watermark Inn
John Waters
Maureen Wilson

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