Bethany Arts Community is proud to announce our 2022 Season of Justice.
Since Bethany’s founding, our belief that engaging with the arts expands our perceptions and broadens our perspectives on the world has been central to our mission. This idea was important in 2015 when Bethany was in formation. It is an urgent calling today, at a time when our society is increasingly polarized and the pandemic and economic hardships are fueling fear and anxiety.
During the 2022 season, we curate a series of programs that endeavor to deepen our understanding of some of today’s most pressing societal issues, including the American justice system, the criminalization of otherness – color, ethnicity, religion … – and explore themes of isolation, healing, and hope.
By engaging artists working in different media who have personal and lived experience, or who collaborate closely with those who do, the 2022 Season of Justice will be both deeply personal and accessible.
The Season of Justice will showcase the power of artistic work and the creative process to deepen our understanding of ourselves and each other, promote healing, and reimagine our world.
Stay Tuned for more about this year’s programs. Mark your calendars now, and register, for programs beginning in January and February!
“Art changes people and people change the world.” – John Butler
2022 Season of Justice Highlights beginning with January and February include:
THIS FAR AND NO FURTHER
An exhibition of powerful photographs by William Abranowicz of the ordinary places that shaped the civil rights movement.
Opening Reception: January 7, 6:30pm – 8:30pm Exhibit Open: January 7 – 29 Artist Talk: January 12, 7:00pm
A dance triptych exploring the metaphor of light, freedom, and hope, inspired by the question “Where do we find our freedom?” posed by Jarvis Jay Masters, a Buddhist practitioner incarcerated and on death row in San Quentin, CA. Original score by Dan Blake and Choreography by Todd Hall and James Jandrok.
Performance and Talk: January 22, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Intergenerational Transfer in collaboration with Works & Process at the Guggenheim.
As the Ladies of Hip-Hop look beyond the traditional lens of exposure for Black bodies in dance, which has overwhelmingly focused on Eurocentric dance aesthetics including modern, contemporary, and ballet, together again Works & Process and Bethany Arts Community will provide a LaunchPAD “Process as Destination” residency in March, 2022, with an in-process showing for the local community.
March 19th at 8pm – Ladies of Hip Hop – Public Show and Tell, open to the public. Registration required. Capacity- 25 (Covid permitting additional seats may be added). This will be followed by a premiere in theater at The Guggenheim on March 27th.
Ladies of Hip Hop – Show and tell for students from Ossining’s AMD
Events at the Works & Process at the Guggenheim in New York City:
As a community organization, we are committed to doing our part to help protect everyone. Here’s how we are continuing to manage your safety and ours at Bethany Arts Community.
Vaccination checks are no longer required for entry
Entry for Events, Classes and Workshops: some events, classes and workshops are open ONLY to those individuals who are fully vaccinated. Please check registration for details.
Masks are Optional
M-F: 10am – 5pm Saturdays: varies, see exhibits and events for details. Late Wednesday Hours: varies, see exhibits and events for details.
Exhibit hours may vary by show. View events calendar for upcoming exhibits to learn more.
While not required, appointments may be made by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling: (914) 944-4278. If we do not answer, please leave a message with your phone number and the day and time you would like to visit. We will return your call and confirm your visit or work with you to find a new time.
BAC retains the right to limit capacity following NYS and CDC guidelines, and in our own discretion for the safety of visitors and staff.
Face masks are optional.
If you are feeling ill or know or believe you may have been exposed to COVID, we ask that you please wait to visit BAC at a later date.
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During Your Visit
Hand sanitizer is available upon entry.
Visitors are asked to sign-in.
Face masks are are optional.
What we are doing to keep our visitors and staff safe
Making hand sanitizing stations and wipes available.
Requiring daily staff and resident artist health checks.
Frequent cleaning and disinfecting of all open spaces
Increased monitoring of employee and community health
Ensuring that staff members follow all recommended safety precautions
Recommended Practices to Reduce the Spread
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available.
Follow cough and sneeze hygiene.
Social distance and wear a mask when in public.
Stay home when you are sick.
Stay abreast of CDC, NY State and Westchester Department of Health guidelines. [CDC.gov, coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home, health.westchestergov.com
Bethany Arts Community (BAC) invites artists to propose project ideas for the sculpture park we are developing on the BAC property
The Sculpture Park
The location for the installation is visible from the road and has a prominent position as we grow the sculpture park. We are looking for a large sculpture that can be seen at a distance. No taller than 15 feet. The work may be site specific, or the artist may submit an already existing piece. Proposals may be shown as photographs, hand drawn sketches, digital renderings, or models/maquettes. The sculpture committee suggests that artists visit the location prior to submission to understand the site’s constraints and so their proposals may take these into consideration.
We are looking for a 2 to 3 year sculpture loan. We want to keep the park dynamic and showcase multiple artists over the coming years.
A $2,000 honorarium will be provided to cover transportation and installation. BAC will provide a concrete slab and $200 towards a crane for installation.
How to Apply: To respond to this Call to Artists, prepare the materials listed below and submit through our online application page. Application deadline is Apr 30th.
Artist Description Bio, resume, CV or other documents that describe the artist’s background and experience.
Statement of Interest and Initial Project Concept Narrative describing an initial artistic concept for this site, and the processes you might use for the project. Relevant Work Samples Images of completed past work that you feel is relevant to this site.
Bethany Arts Community’s campus is situated on 25 serene and picturesque acres and combines a charming 1920’s period building with a later addition of a 1950’s dormitory and instructional style wing. BAC is surrounded by abundant perennial beds, expansive lawns and a fruit orchard. BAC is preserving its historic structure while providing the community with a range of accessible arts programs and creating opportunities that will draw global artists to our region. We offer children’s and adult instruction, a performance venue, multiple galleries, rehearsal spaces, affordable studio spaces, short-term artist residencies, a public sculpture garden and beautiful gardens.
VIEW PROPOSED SCULPTURE SITE PHOTOS
About Bethany Arts Community Our mission is to create a space and environment where the many forms of art can be learned, produced and flourish. Artists of all ages and levels of experience are welcome to explore and create art that the community can experience and be engaged in while enhancing their perception and perspective of the world. BAC aims to inspire sharing, connection and collaboration in a culture designed for the benefit of the local community and beyond.
Bethany Arts Community is dedicated to providing a supportive, creative and stimulating work environment for staff, interns and volunteers. We encourage all to reach their full potential offering unique opportunities to meaningfully contribute to Bethany’s overall organization.
Exhibit: Ossining Black History & Culture: RESILIENCE. DEDICATION. EXCELLENCE.
On display February 6 – March 5 Curated by Joyce Sharrock Cole, Ossining Village Historian
To commemorate Black History Month, Ossining Black History & Culture will honor over 190 years of economic, social, spiritual, political and education contributions made by the African American community of the Village of Ossining.
There is an absence of documented history and lore of the Ossining black community. This exhibit reveals an unseen glimpse into local black culture. Through their drive, resilience, and perseverance, the black community has been an integral component of the growth and prosperity of Ossining, laying foundations that we still benefit from today. Highlighting and amplifying their contributions (spanning two centuries), this exhibit will acknowledge the challenges they faced, celebrate their triumphs, and recognize their commitment to the Ossining community. Thought-provoking, eye-opening, and inspirational, Ossining Black History & Culture is an effort to connect, empathize, and honor the generations of black citizens that broke through barriers to benefit the community of Ossining as a whole.
The photographs and ephemera were loaned/donated by Ossining community members, past and present.
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday (10am-12pm & 1pm-4pm) Saturday Feb 6 (opening) (10am – 2pm) Saturday Feb 20 (10am – 3:30pm) Wednesday Feb 17 additional evening hours (5pm – 8pm)