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Black History Month at Bethany Arts Community

Bethany Arts Community is pleased to honor Black History Month
with an exhibit and series of events.
Exhibit: Feb 2 – Mar 8
Opening: Feb 2 @ 7-9pm

Exhibit Hours:
Monday-Friday 10am-4pm
Saturdays (February 3, 10, 17, 24, Mar 2) 10am-4pm
Closed Sundays


The galleries will close on the following dates/times to accommodate school visits: To be announced

To inquire about booking group or student tours of the exhibit, email julias@bethanyarts.org


(BAC) is honored to announce Black History & Culture: Black Presence. Profound Influence. BAC’s annual Black History Month exhibition is curated by Ossining Village Historian, Joyce Sharrock Cole. 

The 4th installment of this award-winning exhibit will open on February 2, 2024 (through March 8, 2024). It will expand the historic storytelling out of the Ossining borders into the surrounding communities that have impacted the world. Each uniquely themed Exhibit Gallery will highlight a particular period in American History where the black presence made a profound impact on the community. The exhibition will utilize oral history accounts and genealogical research to unearth the histories of Black entrepreneurs and Black organizations from all facets of the community’s business and social life. Programming will include a theatre production, talks, and living museum actors with events in person, online, and traveling throughout the year with the History Walls.  

The exhibition will utilize oral history accounts and genealogical research to unearth the histories of the Black experience from all facets of life. A notable addition is an exhibit room dedicated to the history of the Rosenwald schools, highlighting the partnership of Julius Rosenwald and Booker T. Washington, who built schools and buildings that supported the education of Black people during the Jim Crow era. 

—Joyce Sharrock Cole, Ossining Village Historian

This exhibit would not have been possible without the help and support of the Ossining community.
Curated by Joyce Sharrock Cole

Feb 2 @ 7pm

Exhibit Opening:
Black History
& Culture

Feb 7 & Feb 28 @ 6pm

Guided tours and talks
with the curator,
Joyce Sharrock Cole

Feb 16- 25 (fri-sat)

The Execution of Helen Ray Fowler
Based on Actual Events
a stage play

Sponsor Black History Month at Bethany Arts Community

BethanyArts Community (BAC)seeks sponsorships to continue the success of this engaging exhibition of black history and culture.

Recognition, media coverage, and last year’s attendance have set a great foundation for the Impact Exhibition this year. In 2021-2023 exhibit attendees went from 500 to 3500. Media coverage will continue to expand its reach from News 12 to online regional journals with a goal to reach national outlets. As our social media presence and sponsorships grow, we continue to expand our outreach partnerships. We are excited to announce our partnership with The Ossining and Tarrytown School Districts and their commitment of 4,000 student visitors and families for 2024.We have expanded our student docent program to include adults and students from the 5th-12thgrade. The Docents guides students and community members through the exhibit’s educational experiences. Transportation support for the families to attend will be included.

Docent Program at Bethany Arts Community

Docents are trained volunteer teachers who provide group-learning experiences in the form of museum tours. The program expands the students’ knowledge of art and history while strengthening communication, critical thinking, and leadership skills.

The program is designed to offer students/individuals an exciting and engaging experience that stimulates learning, understanding, and compassion for others lived experiences. This program supports Bethany’s mission to foster the intersection of ideas, sharing, connection, and collaboration, in an inclusive culture where people experience the power of art to improve lives and deepen their perceptions and perspectives of the world. 

If you enjoy…

  • Telling and listening to a good story.
  • Meeting new people and interacting with diverse audiences.
  • Learning about history and culture from different groups.

  If you have…..

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Desire to have stronger interpersonal and communication skills

This program is for you.

These trainings are for adults and high school students who are interested in becoming docents.
To learn more, email: joycec@bethanyarts.org

Docent Duties and Responsibility

  •  A Docents main duty is to serve visitors to the Bethany Arts Community exhibits/programs. 
  •  Interpreting the exhibits for visitors through interactive programming. Communicating directly with visitors, including the public, students, and special interest groups.
  •  Docents must work in concert with other staff and volunteers of the Galleries too.
  •  Facilitate interpretive programs as designed by the curator in a manner consistent with program goals and objectives.
  •  Attend training sessions about facilitation and exhibit content.
  •  Maintain an attitude of flexibility and respect in all relationships with visitors, peers, and staff.
  •  Docent candidates must successfully complete all required training for their assigned programs and be able to commit to regular volunteer service.

With Thanks

and Acknowledgement

Black History Month programs at Bethany Arts Community are sponsored by Theater O, Journeys to Change, Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, and Feast & Fettle.

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