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MacDowell drops “Colony” from its name, citing the “occupation and oppression” tied to the term.

Jessie Gaynor

July 7, 2020, 5:11pm

The artist’s retreat formerly known as the MacDowell Colony announced today that it would drop the “Colony” from its name going forward and be known simply as MacDowell (which is, I gather, what the cool kids have been calling it for years, anyway).

Nell Painter, MacDowell’s board chair, said the decision was “in keeping with the organization’s longstanding commitment to eliminate financial, geographic, cultural and accessibility barriers to participation.”

Wait, you mean you can change the name of a thing without “erasing history”? Weird!

[via AP News]

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