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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

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

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.

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.

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

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company artist residency at BAC.

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company artist residency at BAC.

Patch article by Lanning Taliaferro on May 10, 2018

BAC is pleased to announce a four week residency, in May, with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, a world-class dance-theater company.

OSSINING, NY: Bethany Arts Community is a new space and environment based at 40 Somerstown Road whose founders hope the many forms of art can be learned, produced and flourish.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to launch our artist residency program with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane company,” David Lyons, founding executive director, said in a press release. “From the beginning, we wanted to provide a space that attracts and nurtures this caliber of international talent while also making these artists and their work accessible to our regional community.”

Until June 1, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company will be creating a new work and expanding existing work, in residence at BAC. They will use the opportunity to immerse themselves in the creative process, spending valuable time together and with the BAC community through open rehearsals, community dialogues and public events. The nature of a residency outside of the city, even if just a few short train stops away, allows the artists to truly leave mundane activities that can sometimes get in the way of process and focus on engaging in the art form and their colleagues.

Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Company is beginning a new work, currently titled The Deep Blue Sea, which they will continue to work on at BAC. Drawing inspiration from Melville’s evocative description of Pip, the young black “cabin boy”, floating alone in the sea, The Deep Blue Sea explores the relationship of solidarity as it pertains to, or contrasts to group identity. The work will begin with a solo figure that will be performed by Mr. Jones or a company member, evolving over time into an ensemble of ten (the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company), that further expands into a community of one hundred people. The Deep Blue Sea will be a meditation on the nature of community building in a confusing era.

Additional programming for the community will be offered during the residency, including being able to observe the entire Company in action during their month-long residency at Bethany and even participate in a developing new work.

There are many exciting activities happening at BAC, including an afterschool program which is currently in progress, a second large sculpture to be installed in the garden, readings from Westchester Collaborative Theatre, a summer camp from Theatre O called The Camp of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and many upcoming residencies to be announced in the near future, BAC officials promised.

Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Company at Bethany Arts Community

Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Company at Bethany Arts Community


Upcoming Events:

May 12, 19, 26 1p – 4p FREE Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Company Community Dance Project: Join the creative process with the BTJ/AZ Company and volunteer to participate in the company’s latest work, The Deep Blue Sea. Participants will be asked to move, think and create with the nine members of the company with Bill T Jones and Associate Artist Director Janet Wong. Sign up for any of these dates here. www.bethanyarts.org/calendar/btjcommunitydance

May 19 7p – 10p Fundraiser with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company Performance: The evening’s festivities will include music, a selection of gourmet foods and beverages, and the latest art exhibition in the galleries – an exploration of motion and movement called (Not) Staying Still. The highlight of the evening will be a performance by the world famous Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company accompanied by some commentary from Bill himself. www.bethanyarts.org/calendar/fundraiser

May 24 7p – 9p Meet the makers: Bill T. Jones and Janet Wong: An intimate setting for an evening of conversation with choreographer, dancer, writer Bill T. Jones, the founder and artistic director of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company and their Associate Artistic Director Janet Wong. Hear from the two of the biggest creative forces in contemporary dance and culture. www.bethanyarts.org/calendar/btjartisttalk

May 30 7p – 9p Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company Performance: At the conclusion of the dance company’s residency at Bethany, a rare opportunity in Westchester to see a performance by the world-renowned Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Company. www.bethanyarts.org/calendar/btjperformance

May 31 7p – 9p An Evening of Works in Process Studio Showing: Many of the talented dancers within the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, who have spent time at BAC in residence are also working on their own independent projects. Here’s another rare opportunity to see a diverse group of dance professionals sharing the pieces in various stages of development–a sampling of the different works and hear from the creative talents behind them. https://bethanyarts.org/calendar/worksinprocess/

PHOTO: Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company dancers at work./ via BAC

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