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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

COVID-19 Safety Statement

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.

M-F 10am – 12am & 1pm – 3pm

Advanced Appointment

  • Advanced appointments are highly recommended.
  • Appointments may be made by emailing us at infor@bethanyarts.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.
  • Walk-in visits will be allowed if space permits.

Be Prepared

  • Face masks are required for everyone over 2 upon entry and throughout your visit. If you are uncomfortable wearing a mask, we ask that you reschedule your visit for a later date.
  • Groups are limited to five people.
  • If at the time of your scheduled visit you are feeling unwell or know or believe you have been exposed in the prior 14 days to someone who has COVID-19 we ask that you reschedule your visit for a later date.
  • Keep up to date by following us on our website: bethanyarts.org

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


A message from our Founder, David Lyons:


Bethany was founded with one guiding vision: that as a society we need more places that welcome all of us – artists of all ages and levels of experience and the community at large – to gather together to explore and create art, to engage in artistic endeavors, and through these experiences to enhance our perception and perspective of the world. At Bethany, everything we do is shaped by this vision and our aim to inspire sharing, connection and collaboration.

The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted our efforts just as it has changed life for all of us. Self-isolation, absolutely necessary these past few months, is so contrary to our vision of community. While it has been tough, we remain committed to our vision and are working hard to responsibly re-open.

Our current exhibit of deeply moving photographs by Artour Toulinov is available online. And, these past few months we made two of Dr. Jill Kiefer’s classes available online, including her 100 Greatest Artists of the 20th Century series. Upcoming online classes include Picasso: The Man – the Myth – the Legend and American Modernism: The Other Modern Art.

We now look forward with our 4-Phase reopening plan. Phase 1 began in early July when our new Managing Director joined the Bethany team and our Assistant Director returned to the office. We began the work of developing policies and procedures, training staff and contractors, and cleaning and preparing the facility for the public. Phase 2 will commence July 20 and will permit limited access for gallery visits and will allow for our resident artists to return to their studios. We also hope to welcome Theater O’s summer camp in August. Phase 3 will start September 18, when we will welcome a few artists to our fall residency program which was substantially reduced to enable plenty of room for social distancing. The public program component of our residency will largely take place virtually or outdoors with limited, socially distanced seating available. More details to come as we get closer. Finally, we look forward to the day we can enter Phase 4 and return to a full offering of programs and events.

Each stage of our reopening plan allows us to carefully track and adjust our practices so we can do our part in helping our visitors, artists and staff stay safe. We are carefully tracking federal, state and local guidance and will continue to evaluate our reopening plan at each phase. We intend to make adjustments to this plan as required or as our team deems prudent.

We excitedly look forward to welcoming our studio artists back to their second “home” and visitors to our gallery.

Opportunities to stay informed and connected

Opportunities to stay informed and connected

A message from our Founder, David Lyons…

Greetings and salutations to the Bethany Arts Community! 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 through the month of April 2020. 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

Share your creative space!

1) Take a photo of your creative space while under the COVID-19 watch
2) Tag us at #BACTOGETHER on Instagram

Like and follow us on Instagram to see your creative space featured @bethanyartsorg


with Dr. Jill Kiefer

We will be offering an art history course, “Ninth Street Women Series”, through virtual means starting April 25th…stay tuned for details!


curated by Anna Adler

We expect to present our first virtual exhibition, (s)mother, curated by Anna Adler starting May 8th with a virtual opening reception. The exhibit will be on display through the month of May.

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