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Together as a Community

A message from our Founder, David Lyons…Salutations and Happy New Year to one and all. As we embark on a New Year, Bethany expresses our hope for the future. The value of personal interaction and connection has become appreciated with a much deeper sense and importance. The lessons to be learned and the changes to be embraced are many. We are excited to meet the challenge with a renewed perspective of the landscape before us. As the year unfolds, we look to continue and expand the community we began before recent events, a lasting and far reaching Community centered around and within the Arts. Please look at our calendar and check back as more programming is presented.

May the coming year be better than the last yet not as good as the one to follow.

Black History Month at Bethany Arts Community

Join us for musical performances, artists talks, art history and exhibition of Black History & Culture in Ossining, NY

 Feb 6th @ 2pm: Exhibit Opening-Ossining Black History & Culture: RESILIENCE. DEDICATION. EXCELLENCE.

Feb 13th @ 5pm: Table Wizard Spinny Spin and the Separate 5 Mcs: The Untold Story of the beginning of Ossining Hip Hop Culture with Spencer Thomas

Feb 19th @ 7:30pm: Art History – The Harlem Renaissance – A Golden Age with Dr. Jill Kiefer

Feb 20th @ 5pm: An Evening of Music and Talk with Ted Daniel

Feb 21st @ 2pm: Artist Talk with Diana “Princess” Lemon

Feb 24th @ 12pm: Artist in Residence: Oluwadamilare (Dare) Ayorinde – Choreographer’s Talk

Feb 27th @ 5pm: An Evening of Music with KJ Denhert

Fall 2021 Residency

Dates for the Fall 2021 Residency:
Artists may apply for residencies of 12 days between September 21 and October 23.
Application Deadline: April 15, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST
Notifications: May 24, 2021

Explore The Materials

This after school class will include an exploration of a new material and technique each session, including experimental printmaking, painted paper collage, mixed media collage, watercolor painting, oil pastels, and paper making.
Wednesdays: April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12  / 4:00 – 5:30 PM


Oil Painting 101: Live Pop Art

Learn the basics to paint your favorite items from life with Bethany Arts Community studio artist, Peter Leeds.

For Ages 12- 16, Thursdays March 11, 18, 25, April 8, 15, 22 (3:30pm-5:00pm)


Photography Courses

Bethany Arts Community is offering photography classes with Instructor, Julia Forrest

Make your Own Pinhole Camera / March 16th, 23rd & 30th

Virtual Family Project: Photography Wheatpasting / March 20th

Photography Wheatpasting / March 22nd

Photography 101 / March 24th


Collabortions: Words & Images

(an Online Talk with JILL KIEFER, Ph.D.)

Join us Friday, April 9th at 7:30 PM via Zoom for “Collabortions: Words & Images”


When Arts Collide

(Online Course)

Join Jill Kiefer, Ph.D. as she leads four sessions for BAC
“When Arts Collide” April 14th – May 5th at 10AM – 11AM
Come explore four outstanding examples of how new experiences are born when art and literature collide!


Call to Artists

Bethany Arts Community is accepting submissions for a large sculpture piece

Studio Artist Gallery

A collection of works by Bethany Arts Community studio artists.

Matisse: A World of Colors and Patterns

(Online Course)

Join Jill Kiefer, Ph.D. as she leads six sessions for BAC
April 6th – May 11th at 10AM – 11AM
Learn why artist Henri Matisse is widely regarded as the greatest colorist of the 20th century.


Michelangelo: The First Modern Artist?

(Online Course)

Join Jill Kiefer, Ph.D. as she leads six sessions for BAC
Saturdays, 10:00 – 11:00 AM, April 10th – May 15th
Michelangelo is one of art history’s earliest true “characters” and his influence on art continues to be unparalleled.


Using a Camera to Tell Your Story


Join Anne Carpenter as she leads six sessions for BAC
Tuesdays 4-5:30 PM, April 13, 20,27, May 4,11,18
While learning basic photography skills, students will be examining the details of their immediate environment more closely through the lens and learning to connect that with their own stories.



Celebrate Black History with BAC this February

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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

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.

Get Involved in the Arts

Everyone has a role to play.

  • Volunteer
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  • Donate to help us support our artists

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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