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Bethany Arts Community 1st Annual GiveRaiser 2020

Join us to participate in this collective project. Please register and our gift will be delivered to you.

Beauty lies within the simplicity of giving.

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.

Visit our Sculpture Park

Discover Bethany’s current sculpture installations

Call to Artists

Bethany Arts Community is accepting submissions for a large sculpture piece


Every new dollar donated is eligible to be matched by ArtsWestchester with the support of Westchester County Government.

Bethany Arts Community welcomes new Executive Director

Announcing our new Executive Director, Abigail Lewis

The Reincarnations: Finding the Past in the Present – Online Course

Join Jill Kiefer, Ph.D. as she leads this Online Course for (6) Sessions: Tuesdays – 10 AM – 11 AM, February 13 – March 20, 2021.

Paul Cézanne: The Father of Modern Art – Online Course

Join Jill Kiefer, Ph.D. as she leads this Online Course for (6) Sessions: Tuesdays – 10 AM – 11 AM, January 19 – February 23, 2021.

Fall 2020 Residency

View our Fall 2020 Artists in Residence and Events

The Chicago Mosaic School Online

We invite you to upcoming Online classes & workshops with the professionally trained Chicago Mosaic School staff. Register now and get a 30% discount using discount Code: BAC30

A message from our Founder, David Lyons

Bethany was founded with one guiding vision: that as a society we need more places that welcome all of us – artists of all ages and levels of experience and the community at large – to gather together to explore and create art, to engage in artistic endeavors, and through these experiences to enhance our perception and perspective of the world. At Bethany, everything we do is shaped by this vision and our aim to inspire sharing, connection and collaboration.

The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted our efforts just as it has changed life for all of us. Self-isolation, absolutely necessary these past few months, is so contrary to our vision of community. While it has been tough, we remain committed to our vision and are working hard to responsibly re-open.

We now look forward with our 4-Phase reopening plan. Phase 1 began in early July when our new Executive Director joined the Bethany team and our Associate Director returned to the office. We began the work of developing policies and procedures, training staff and contractors, and cleaning and preparing the facility for the public. Phase 2 commenced in July permitting limited access for gallery visits and allowing for our resident artists to return to their studios.  Phase 3 starts in September when we welcome a few artists to our fall residency program which was substantially reduced to enable plenty of room for social distancing. The public program component of our residency will largely take place virtually or outdoors with limited, socially distanced seating available. More details to come as we get closer. Finally, we look forward to the day we can enter Phase 4 and return to a full offering of programs and events.

Each stage of our reopening plan allows us to carefully track and adjust our practices so we can do our part in helping our visitors, artists and staff stay safe. We are carefully tracking federal, state and local guidance and will continue to evaluate our reopening plan at each phase. We intend to make adjustments to this plan as required or as our team deems prudent.

We are excited to have our studio artists back in their second “home” and welcoming visitors to our gallery.

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About Us

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Upcoming Events at BAC

Sculpture Park

Exhibition of contemporary outdoor sculpture


Workshops, camps, courses, scholarships and more


Artist Showcase and Applications


View our online exhibitions


Campus, Map and Directions

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

Help Us Grow Our Community

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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