About Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is located at the National Register Historic Site of the 1969 Woodstock festival in Bethel, NY.

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Welcome to Bethel Woods Center for the Arts: a nonprofit cultural organization located at the historic site of the 1969 Woodstock festival.   

Located 90 miles from New York City at the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival in Bethel, NY, the lush 800-acre campus includes a Pavilion Stage amphitheater with seating for 15,000, an intimate 440-seat indoor Event Gallery, the award-winning Museum at Bethel Woods, and a Conservatory for creative learning programs.  As a 501(c)3 nonprofit cultural organization, our goal is to provide innovative, program-driven experiences for all ages at our 800-acre campus in the Sullivan Catskills of Upstate New York.

Each year, the Center presents a diverse selection of culturally-rich performances, popular artists, and community and educational programming.

History:

The story of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts begins with Alan Gerry, a born-and-raised resident of Liberty, NY. Read more here.

Mission:

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts inspires, educates, and empowers individuals through the arts and humanities. 

Vision:

Envisioned future: A unique educational, performance, and retreat environment focused on building creative capital to inspire individuals to contribute positively to the world around them.​​​​

Values:

+ We recognize and value the arts, humanities, and their contribution to physical and psychological well being.

+ We will create a safe and enjoyable environment for all who work and visit.

+ We will draw inspiration from our unique place in history and will maintain our grounds and facilities to the highest standards.

+ We honor the participation of staff, volunteers, and donors and count as essential their contributions to Bethel Woods' mission.

+ We encourage individual creativity and expression and respect all individuals and value diversity of ideas and abilities.

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Become A Part of Our Community

Events Calendar

Planning a visit to Bethel Woods? Here for the museum and wondering what's happening today? Check our events calendar for up-to-date information about events, programs, concerts, & festivals!

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Donate Today

Submit your donation to Bethel Woods Center for the Arts and support preservation efforts, museum exhibits, and future programs for guests of all ages.

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Volunteer at Bethel

Discover more about what it means to volunteer at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts and join our community today!

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