Living history. Magnificent light. Four weeks of music, ideas, and art on the tip of Cape Cod. Here at Twenty Summers, we’re honored to say that the Hawthorne Barn–whose artistic legacy made Provincetown the creative mecca it is today–has been our home for three successful seasons. In our continued mission to preserve that legacy and keep it accessible to the public, we’re planning our fourth, but it’s also time for us to reach further and do more.
Can we ask for your support to make that happen?
Over the past three years, Twenty Summers has hosted more than 30 events in our annual Concerts & Conversations Series, welcoming musicians including Kaki King, Stephin Merritt, and Marshall Crenshaw. In this glorious barn high on a hill, we’ve heard from Barney Frank, marriage equality champion Edith Windsor, journalist Andrew Sullivan, and feminist Naomi Wolf.
We’ve staged theatrical events showcasing the talents of James Lecesne, Mary Stuart Masterston, and Jim True-Frost, and we’ve presented literary luminaries including Michael Cunningham, Adam Gopnik, and Geraldine Brooks. We’ve talked the art of strategy with baseball guru Bill James; we’ve been inspired by fashion writer Garance Doré’s tale of ambition and reinvention.
We’ve opened the barn’s doors to artists-in-residence including painters Jim Hodges and Dorothea Rockburne; photographers Jamie Beck, Kevin Burg, and David Hilliard. We’ve even hosted symposia on the history of the Hawthorne Barn itself and the artists who worked there through most of the twentieth century.
We’ve been busy, and we’ve been moved to watch you, our visitors and guests, walk the winding dirt path on Miller Hill to fill the barn with your enthusiasm and intellectual curiosity. Season four begins Friday May 12, 2017, and we’re writing to ask for your year-end support.
Our nonprofit is small, powered by a passion for arts and culture, dependent on individual and institutional donors to sustain us and to help us grow. We strive to offer Provincetown fresh programs available nowhere else on Cape Cod, in a decidedly intimate space that seats only some 60 people. We’re committed to accessible ticket prices, and we believe in the value of maintaining a video archive, effectively making all our events free to anyone with internet access.
More than ever, we believe in the essential nature of intellectual exchange; the balm and inspiration of music; the power of a community of people gathered under the raftered roof of a barn that’s withstood the harshest of winters for over a century.
We hope you will support our efforts today. We can’t wait to see you next spring.
And thank you!