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.
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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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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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! “
“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.”
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.”
“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.”
“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!”
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40 Somerstown Rd.
Ossining, NY 10562
+1 (914) 944 - 4ART (4278)
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