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Explore the '60s


Come Explore the ‘60s with Bethel Woods Center for the Arts! Our new, Common Core-aligned, school programming will immerse students, teachers, administration, and chaperones into the cultural explosion of the 1960s.

Explore the ‘60s is offered on select dates April through June and September through December.

Transportation and tuition assistance are available based on proof of need.

Program Details:
Drawing on the content in The Museum and our collections, we offer grades 2-12 programming that engages and deepens understanding of the decade as well as the lessons that remain relevant today.  Take a trip with us through an immersive, three module process:

  • Module 1: Begin any Explore the ‘60s experience with a pre-visit traveling trunk to be sent to your school. This trunk will be customized for your content focus, bringing The Sixties to life by creating understanding through hands on exploration and arts based activities. Don’t forget to bring your artwork in the day you visit The Museum at Bethel Woods!
  • Module 2: Once you arrive at the museum, hang your art in the Event Gallery! BWCA staff and volunteers will then guide the class on a deep exploration of The Museum, piecing together a collaborative puzzle of collected clues, ensuring a deep and meaningful, Common Core aligned learning experience – and a ton of fun! Once our puzzle is complete, participants create their own Sixties masterpiece to bring back to the classroom!
  • Module 3: Now that you’re back at school, the BWCA post-visit action packet will prompt students and teachers to bridge current connections from the 1960s to now! Common Core Anchor Standards will be reinforced by activities that will focus on each participant’s individual connection to the great decade, deepen their learning experience, and hone their skills!

*For an additional fee, a BWCA staff or teaching artist can visit your school after your trip to the museum for class(es), parent engagement sessions, or professional development. If interested, inquire at [email protected].

Content Focus Offerings

Artful Activism

Explore the ‘60s: Artful Activism explores symbols of the 1960s, their significance and their meanings today. Students and chaperones think about how symbols can communicate messages through analyzing the museum artifacts and 1960s posters. Once students and chaperones learn their history, we move into making our own symbols through an art activity that empowers them to identify issues to use their own voice to proactively support.

Behind the Scenes

Explore the ‘60s: Behind the Scenes takes participants on an exploration through the inner workings of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, a not-for-profit cultural organization that inspires, educates and empowers individuals through the arts and humanities. When touring the facilities, participants are asked questions about professional situations to learn problem-solving skills while learning about the jobs and guest experiences that build and sustain our organization and its mission.

Civil Rights

Explore the ‘60s: Civil Rights explores the history and impact of the Civil Rights Movement through the processes of inquiry and art literacy skill development. By utilizing the work of painter, Jacob Lawrence, and our museum as a primary source to the events, emotions and interpretations of the movement, participants create their own social justice artwork based on the techniques and history of artists and activists of the decade and today.

Woodstock Music and Art Fair

Explore the ‘60s: Woodstock Music and Art Fair explores how community, cooperation and counterculture created and transformed a music festival into an event of peace and love. Through an exploration of the museum, group discussions and a button making art activity, students and chaperones interpret the three c’s and create their own story of the historic Woodstock Music and Art Fair and its relevancy today!


Explore the ‘60s: Vietnam welcomes students and chaperones take a step back into the Vietnam War era in America to imagine life in the 1960s through activities which explore the draft and uses inquiry to explore key touchstones and events fueled by the war. By embodying the draft and exploring The Museum, participants will use poetry to explore war and create individualized poetry.

How does Explore the ‘60s align with the Common Core?
Each Explore the ‘60s content focus is structured to support, a minimum of one Anchor Standard for all grade levels. The combination of all three modules addresses reading, writing, speaking, and listening standards through art literacy projects, complex text, academic vocabulary, writing from sources, using text-based evidence, and clear and concise goals that meet the CCSS objectives.

It is essential to recognize how the artistic process parallels the Common Core State Standards process for accomplishing each grade level benchmark. Both processes utilize the techniques in research, construction, revision, and implementation in order to be proficient and professional for college or career life.

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Explore the ‘60s programming will guide, support, and illuminate any classroom’s efforts to reach the standards through our experiential, evidence based learning.


Explore the ‘60s is $10 per guest, including chaperones.

Transportation and tuition assistance available based on proof of need.


Through grant funding from TD Charitable Foundation and First Niagara Foundation, Joan and Dan Silna , and The Williams Endowed Education Fund, Bethel Woods is able to provide a limited amount of transportation and school program admission scholarships to Sullivan County public school students. Discounted transportation is also available for students from surrounding counties. Funds are limited, so please contact us early in the school year to determine availability.


Programs generally run on Thursdays and Fridays, April through June and September through December. Groups can arrive as early as 9:00 AM for the program. Special arrangements can sometimes be made for groups who cannot get to The Museum within the typical 9 AM – 1 PM time frame and run 3-4 hours depending on the lunch plan.

Group Size

During regular Museum hours, we have a minimum requirement of 15 students to run a program. Our programs can accommodate groups up to 75 students, not including chaperones. If you need to schedule on a day when The Museum is not normally open, there is a minimum requirement of 50 students. To check The Museum’s hours, please click here.

Chaperone Policy

All groups should maintain a ratio of at least one chaperone per ten students. Chaperones are expected to play an integral role in the program, including assisting with the activities and maintaining the schedule. We ask that the adult visitors in your groups (teachers and parents) be participants in assisting with program. This includes monitoring student behavior at all times on site, mixing with the students during program activities to help guide projects, and facilitating positive behavior.


If your group would like to order lunch from the museum café, your lunch order must be submitted at least 14 days prior to your trip. The café is not equipped to handle groups of ten or more without advance notice.

Please resister through our online form.  If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].

Funding for education, outreach and museum programming for individuals and families is provided by generous individuals, foundations and agencies including: Montreign Resort Casino, American Gift Fund, John N. Blackman Sr. Foundation, Annelise Gerry and Family, Robyn Gerry, IBM, Joan Kaplan, the Monticello Motor Club, the Museum Association of New York, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the Rhulen Loughlin Family -- in memory of Trevor John Loughlin, and James and Kelly Schmitt. Transportation and tuition assistance made possible in part by First Niagara Foundation, Dan and Joan Silna, and the Williams Endowed Education Fund at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.