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 May 15 to June 15 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.
“[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
“I’m also psyched about the Twenty Summers program, which will inaugurate this year, with a series of events in the glorious, vaulted barn that Charles Hawthorne built for his painting school in 1907 and Hans Hoffmann subsequently took over. ”
—Andrew Sullivan, May 27, 2014
“Meet the Hawthorne Barn. More than 100 years after it was built, the soaring, rough-hewn space still soaks in the beautiful light of Provincetown, and when it gets quiet, you can almost see the ghosts of artists working — or maybe mixing martinis.”
—Cape Cod Times, May 16, 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
“The buzz around town, as well as the approval by townspeople to use $75,000 of Community Preservation Act money to help with the restoration project, is testa- ment to how strongly Provincetown feels about the Hawthorne Barn.”
—Provincetown Magazine, June 23–29, 2011
“If the Provincetown artists’ colony can be said to have a birthplace — that is, something more structural than the dunes and tidal flats and cape light — this is the place.”
—David Dunlap, Building Provincetown
Twenty Summers’ programs are made possible by the generous support of our many generous sponsors, including our major corporate sponsor, Comcast.