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United as a Community

A message from our Founder, David Lyons…
Greetings to the Bethany Arts Community! There is one thing we see at Bethany and that is change. Change is constant and continually happening all around us in dramatic fashion and in the simplest acts. Bethany encourages all to come together as a community to help one another, protect one another and care for one another. Every day each individual has the opportunity to be part of the problem or part of the solution. I invite all to be part of the solution. Be safe…be healthy…be well.

Artour Toulinov Exhibition

an (online) exhibition at Bethany Arts Community

Jun 20th – August 7th, 2020
Gallery open by appointment

Fall 2020 Residency

Residency Dates: September 18 – October 15, 2020 and October 20 – October 31, 2020

100 Great Artists of the 20th Century

Join Jill Kiefer, Ph.D. for this art history course looking at the great artists of the 20th century will touch upon all of the major art movements of that century—in the European, American, and non-Western arenas

Online Course will be held on Saturdays – 10AM – 12PM / Dates: June 20th – July 25th

Show Camp with Theater O

Register for Show Camp. In a single week, participants put on a show! Soup to Nuts. Sets, costumes, rehearsals and more.

Monday – Friday August 17 – 21, 2020

The Camp of Witchcraft and Wizardry with Theater O (Online Camp)

Explore the magical world through theater, art, music, puppetry, storytelling, games and more.

Theater O is moving the much loved Harry Potter themed, arts-based camp online for summer 2020.

July 13-17 and July 20-24.  9am – 12noon daily.  $400/week.  Ages 7-13.

A message from our Founder, David Lyons

Greetings and salutations to the Bethany Arts Community in Ossining, NY. As we are all aware, the world and society is in a transition period. Bethany has been closed and will remain closed to the public until we are permitted by NYS and are prepared to safely reopen. We will monitor and re-evaluate the situation through the coming weeks. Hopefully daily life will return to resemble something of what was in the near future. Until then, continuing with one of the founding ideas that “change is constant and always” and should be embraced, we will be offering a variety of opportunities for the entire Community to stay informed and connected.

View our Community Online page >


Please stay tuned for the many necessary and exciting changes that will be coming to Bethany in the future. Please support the arts however you can and whenever you can. I think it’s during stressful times that coming together and working as a community is the cement of our foundation as a society. It is that cement that makes us stronger for the next challenge, the next change that will come. Please stay safe and healthy, look out for one another. As a community, we are strong.

Come on, gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you
Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’

– Bob Dylan

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Founders Welcome

I had a vision of creating a community of artists that not only interacts with each other but with the community as a whole, locally and globally. BAC is a place where the established artist can tap into the potential that resides within, the new artist can continue to find their creative voice and the beginner (including the “I am not an artist”) can learn and grow. BAC is a place where all levels of artists can gather to help each other and each other’s art flourish. It is exciting to have you here and we are looking forward to enhancing the creative process.

Thank you for joining us. – David Lyons

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As always, we can use your help. We rely on your support, at any level to make our programs possible. Bethany Arts Community is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. All donations made to Bethany Arts Community are tax deductible under federal law. Please give today. Your generous support of this organization will help us help support artists in creating new work and in developing workshops, programs and events that introduce art into the local community and beyond. We thank you.

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Resident Artist Feedback

“Bethany Arts Residency is a special experience. It offers a combination of solitude on a Hudson Valley hilltop, as well as the comradery of artists from all over the world. I was continually inspired and creatively challenged by our exchanges. The combination of community and solitude proved magical for my writing. The particular combination of cross-cultural conversations and solitary creative immersion made my residency incredibly productive—I nailed down the first part of my second novel. Thank you Bethany—I hope to be back! “

Sari Wilson

Author, Girl Through Glass

“Bethany Arts Community is one of the only residency programs in close proximity to New York City that offers studio space, housing, lodging, and weekly stipends to choreographers and their dancers alike in an engaging, close-knit artistic community. BAC is one of those rare places where intensive art-making and community find a true harmony.”
Christopher Williams

Choreographer, Christopher Williams Dance

“Arts and artists have a way of raising up a community to its highest potential. Bethany arriving in Ossining is a game changer for an already artistic community. Not only will Bethany serve as inspiration, but also as an art making home to so many artists at so many points in their artistic lives. I can’t wait to see the conversations, collaborations and artistic growth that Bethany will be home to. And I am delighted that Bethany chose Ossining as its home.”

Jessica Irons

Artistic Director, Theater O

“I decided to work on a solo piece for kids that I had been dreaming on for some time, concerning how we humans process and overcome fears, anxieties, and other obstacles in mental health. While I found that creating solo work was challenging in my residency week, where I was able to be incredibly productive was in creating a world for the piece, one in which hopefully a story will grow. The reed sculptures I created may become set pieces or puppets, lanterns or characters in a future mobile piece for youngsters. Bethany gave me the time to create this world without pressure. The world of the piece and the structures in it emerged organically, something I feel like I as an artist can rarely achieve while dodging my everyday busy schedule.

Beyond that it is clear that Bethany is a very special, nourishing place from the artists it attracts. I feel as if I met some of the most inspiring artists who will or already are leading their fields forward. I also mean “nourishing” quite literally: we residents were incredibly spoiled when it came to food and accommodation, which was the cherry on top of an already generous experience.”

Viktoria Lange

Theater Artist / Teacher

“We were thrilled to be the first company in residence at Bethany Arts Community this past May! When the company is able to disconnect from their every day lives and just be in the room together, working, creating, that is when inspiration is found. Our gracious hosts at Bethany took care to make sure we had that space in a beautiful environment with amazing food and a welcoming community that nourished our bodies and souls. Thank you all! We hope this is the beginning of a long journey together.”

Kyle Maude

Director of Producing and Touring, Bill t. Jones/Arnie Zane Company

“I just returned to NYC last night after a week at BAC. It’s less than an hour away, yet it felt like a true respite from the stress and pressures of every day NYC living. My days started with my yoga mat on the beautiful back lawn and then a few hours of work at the rock circle. I am developing a new theater piece and was at BAC for a few days on my own before some of my company came to join me for the rest of the week. After lunch I would take a walk or hike (plenty of options) and then find another peaceful work spot. I got a tremendous amount done and am very thankful for the opportunity to have that kind of focused and relaxed time. My room was cozy and comfortable and exactly what I needed. The food was healthy and delicious, and the staff were warm, inviting and available to help or support in any way. We got to know the other residents (dancers from SF), see the excellent work they were creating and performing, and there was an inspiring community vibe all around. We had a lot of fun. Overall, it was a beautiful and productive week and I look forward to returning to BAC! Thank you to David and all involved for creating this home away from home.”
Emily Joy Weiner

Artistic Director, Houses on the Moon Theater Company

“From exploring the trails to writing in the solarium or singing in the former chapel, we felt inspired, productive, and very well taken care of during our time at Bethany Arts Community. The BAC team has created a nurturing and dynamic place that, we discovered, was an ideal home for our collaborative writing process. Our in-progress reading of excerpts from The Village of Vale, along with our conversations with local audience members, helped us focus and clarify our ongoing work on the show. We’re grateful, and we hope we get to come back soon!”

Jonathan Karpinos

Playwright and Teacher, The Village of Vale

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