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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

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

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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.

Artoberfest 2019

Artoberfest 2019

The 1st annual Artoberfest is coming to Bethany Arts Community on October 5, 2019.

Join us for art, music, crafts, food and family fun! Featuring visual artists, live musicians, food, live and interactive demonstrations, the festival will be a great experience for all ages!

ARToberfest will illuminate arts spanning a variety of styles and mediums and celebrate the unique culture of the Hudson Valley region.

A great experience for all ages! People Free.

Flyaway Productions Residency at Bethany Arts

Flyaway Productions Residency at Bethany Arts

Flyaway Productions is embarking on a new partnership with Bethany Arts Community in Ossining, NY and will be in residence at BAC September 16th – 22nd, 2019. During this residency, the dancers will be preparing for the East Coast premiere of The Wait Room, an outdoor dance program created by Flyaway Productions of San Francisco to honor the lives of women whose loved ones are incarcerated. They will use the facilities at Bethany Arts Community to immerse themselves in the Master Dance Class and create performce art that the community can experience and engage with through open rehearsals, community dialogues and public events.

Arts Westchester

Bethany Arts Community’s residency programs are made possible by ArtsWestchester with support from Westchester County Government.

1st Annual Bethany Arts Fundraiser

1st Annual Bethany Arts Fundraiser

Join Bethany Arts Community for an evening of cocktails, food, performance, exhibit, silent auction and more!

This year we celebrate the many successes of Bethany’s first year of providing meaningful arts programming and creating community through the arts. We celebrate our support for artists who have found Bethany a nurturing and inspiring environment where they can grow and further the creative artistic process. Your support helps advance our mission to continue to create a space and environment where the many forms of art can be learned, produced and flourish.

Save the Date! November 16, 2018 | Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Cost: $125

Antigravity Performance Project artist residency at BAC

Antigravity Performance Project artist residency at BAC

Dear Diary LOL

Antigravity Performance Project is embarking on a new partnership with Bethany Arts Community in Ossining, NY and will be in residence at BAC July 8 – July 13, 2018. During this four-week residency, the company will be developing new work. Dear Diary LOL is an ensemble-driven comedic theatre work born verbatim from the real-life, tween-teen diaries of the show’s actual creators.

Antigravity Performance Project at Bethany Arts Community

Antigravity Performance Project at Bethany Arts Community

Dear Diary LOL explodes its source diaries with moments of direct address, music, dance, and physical comedy, colliding the style of melodrama with the inherent humor found in the earnestness of young girlhood musings (with all the benefits of hindsight). Antigravity’s devising ensemble invites you to cringe, laugh, and cry at their most earnest desires, deepest fears, secret shames, and terrible poetry written as coming-of-age girls in the late 90s/early 2000s.


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