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Gallery Hours:
Monday – Friday (10am-12pm & 1pm-4pm)
Saturday Feb 20 (10am – 2:00pm)
Saturday Feb 27 (10am – 2:00pm)
Wednesday Mar 3 additional evening hours (5pm – 8pm)

Appointments are scheduled based on capacity.

We accept appointments for groups based on capacity. If you would like to schedule a group visit, contact us.

Please contact us with any questions 914-944-4278


The novel coronavirus is at the front of everyone’s mind. Here’s how we are managing your safety and ours here at Bethany Arts Community.

During Your Visit

  • All visitors are to use hand sanitizer upon entry.
  • Visitors will be asked to provide contact information to support state and local COVID-19 tracing efforts. The provision of information is highly encouraged but optional.
  • Face masks are to be worn at all times and visitors are to observe social distancing which at this time means at least 6 feet from staff and visitors not in your family/arrival party.
  • Follow the posted one-way traffic pattern and enter through our front door (in the rear of the building by our main parking lot) and exit through Gallery 1.

What we are doing to keep our visitors and staff safe

  • Limiting visitors and building / room occupancy to enable comfortable social distancing.
  • 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


Exhibit: Ossining Black History & Culture: RESILIENCE. DEDICATION. EXCELLENCE.

Exhibit: Ossining Black History & Culture: RESILIENCE. DEDICATION. EXCELLENCE.

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)

Appointments strongly encouraged.

With Thanks and Acknowledgement:
This exhibit is sponsored by Ossining Innovates!

Bethany Arts Community is supported by The National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Arts Westchester and donations from our community.

Bethany Arts Community 1st Annual GiveRaiser 2020

Bethany Arts Community 1st Annual GiveRaiser 2020

During these times, life‘s landscape changes so dramatically and abruptly, leaving many voids in our daily lives as well as in ourselves. It’s in these empty spaces where we can be renewed with simple acts of kindness, consideration and compassion toward each other. Leading with the idea of “how can we help,” Bethany gratefully presents our first annual GiveRaiser.

We hope this gift will bring our community together by bringing you and yours together. 

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.

Up to two (2) per household
On a first come, first served basis
Limited quantity available
Completely Free

Call to Artists: Bethany Arts Community is accepting submissions for a large sculpture piece

Call to Artists: Bethany Arts Community is accepting submissions for a large sculpture piece

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 first location for a new installation is visible from the road and has a prominent position as we grow the sculpture park. 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 site ahead of time, to understand the site’s constraints, so their proposals may take these into consideration.

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 Feb 28th.

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.

Itemized Budget
A preliminary budget of project expenses.

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 meditation trail.


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.

For a list of jobs and volunteer opportunities, Please view opportunities and apply.

Bethany Arts Community is supported by The National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Arts Westchester and donations from our community.

Bethany Arts Community is pleased to be included in the 2020 Arts Westchester Challenge

Bethany Arts Community is pleased to be included in the 2020 Arts Westchester Challenge

Greetings and salutations,

During these challenging times, art is a beacon on the horizon and a place of hope. Despite limitations, Bethany Arts Community has managed to continue meaningful programs for kids, adults, and professional artists virtually and safely in person.

At Bethany Arts Community:

  • our workshops, classes and youth arts programs offer experiences in drawing and painting, mosaic, theater and dance.
  • our residency program for professional artists – currently in session with a reduced number of artists, in a safe, distanced way – offers opportunities to develop new works and engage with peers and the public
  • our gallery, sculpture park and gardens are open and free for all.

Central to the mission of our organization and to ensure accessibility, Bethany Arts Community lowers barriers to participation through scholarships and a policy that no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

We cannot do this work without you.

Bethany Arts Community has been offered a challenge by ArtsWestchester. For every NEW donation to Bethany Arts Community, ArtsWestchester, with the generous support of the Westchester County Executive and Board of Legislators, will match those contributions 1:1, effectively doubling your gift. If you’ve never given to Bethany before, or if you are able to increase your contribution, now is the moment.

Creativity and bold, creative action are the only path forward to a brighter, more equitable future. Join Bethany Arts Community to make these programs possible. Donate now, and your contribution will ensure our arts education programs will continue into a school year full of doubt and budget cuts.

Donate now and support artists facing unprecedented income and opportunity loss. Donate now and your contributions will be doubled by ArtsWestchester. Now is the moment.

The 2020 Art$W Challenge is now available!
Eligible donations will be matched through Dec 31, 2020.
Download Donor Certification Form to make sure your donation is matched!

Tax deductible contributions may be made online at bethanyarts.org/support
or by check made payable to: Bethany Arts Community.

In addition, the Donor Certification Form must be completed and returned to Bethany by the donor to be eligible for the ArtsW Challenge match. Checks and donor forms can be mailed to Bethany Arts Community, 40 Somerstown Road, Ossining, New York 10562 or scanned and e-mailed to info@bethanyarts.org

As always, thank you for your support of Bethany Arts Community and stay safe, well and connected!

David Lyons, Founder & Board President
Abigail Lewis, Executive Director

Bethany Arts Community welcomes new Executive Director Abigail Lewis

Bethany Arts Community welcomes new Executive Director Abigail Lewis

Greetings and salutations,

It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that Bethany Arts Community announces that our position for Executive Director has been filled with the installation of Abigail Lewis. The Board of Directors are incredibly enthusiastic in the direction Bethany will be going with Abby leading the way. With her strong leadership background in place, the potential and possibilities for Bethany‘s offerings have increased exponentially. We look forward to what the future will bring with Abby’s leadership.

Please stay safe, stay well, and stay connected to one another for when we come together as a community no task is to large no problem too great.

David Lyons
Founder and Board President
Bethany Arts Community

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