E3: Artist in Residency Program

Bringing the performing arts to your school with music, dance, and theater performances and workshops.

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E3 programs at Bethel Woods bring visiting performance artists into your school!

It is our goal to inspire, educate, and empower students and educators in our community through the shared experience of live performance.   Bethel Woods Artist-in-Residence program provides access to world-class performing artists who inspire creativity and learning!


  • In-school partnerships include a school-wide assembly and classroom-based workshops for select classes. Schools are asked to contribute an honorarium to support the cost of this program.
    Final schedule based on visiting E3 performance group lesson plans, in cooperation with school administration and staff.


  • Bring your class for a free educational field trip to the Event Gallery at Bethel Woods for an hour-long school day performance by the E3 ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE.
    Transportation assistance available.


For more information, please contact Education@BethelWoodsCenter.org

Upcoming Residencies Include

The Story Pirates

February 27-March 3 | Grades 2-5 The Story Pirates believe that every child has a story to tell. They aim to motivate kids to write more and to express themselves, and to excite teachers and parents about the creative potential of their children. The mission of Story Pirates Change makers is to celebrate the words and ideas of young people and to create confident, literate students equipped with a variety of tools for written, verbal, and artistic self-expression.

Soul Inscribed

May 8-12 | Grades 5-8 New York-based, six-piece band Soul Inscribed brews up a mix of hip hop poetics and soulful vocals, propelled by a sonic blend of jazz, funk, and dub instrumentals. Soul Inscribed members are all veteran arts educators and have brought their music to young audiences across the world. Their educational programming uses the allure of hip-hop related art forms to get kids writing, expressing, moving, and thinking. Their educational performances share their music and bring participants up to perform as the band’s producer, as guest beatboxers, to program beats on drum machines, and provide topics for freestyle and improvisation.

Past Residencies Include

Camille A Brown and Dancers

During their week-long residency, teaching artists from Camille A. Brown and Dancers' celebrated community engagement platform EVERY BODY MOVE connected virtually with local students during school and after school workshops. EVERY BODY MOVE (EBM) works to inspire and incite ambitious collective action fueled by the art of social dance. Built on the belief that social dance works as a powerful tool for social change, EBM works to cultivate the creative capacity of its participants through innovative workshops, artistic encounters, educational experiences, public actions, and celebrations for people of diverse abilities, identities, and ages. Check out what more they have to offer on their website.

Sissieretta Jones

For two days in September 2021, we had the honor to host the residency workshop for the company Sissieretta Jones. Iconic soprano, the late Jessye Norman (1945-2019), along with producer Adina Williams and lyric coloratura soprano Harolyn Blackwell brought their collective gifts together after years of deep friendship, research, and conversation to form Woke Up Famous LLC in 2019, inspired by the singular vision to shine a light on an artist and woman of color whose voice in history and her story cannot be silenced, Sissieretta Jones! Jessye Norman’s Portrait of a Legend: Sissieretta Jones illuminates the remarkable life and accomplishments of Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones (1868-1933), the “Black Patti,” the superstar, yet unsung, singer of the American concert and theatrical stage at the beginning of the twentieth century. To learn more, please click here.

123 Andrés

Andrés and Christina are the Latin Grammy-winning music duo 123 Andrés. Their catchy songs and lively concerts get the whole family singing and learning, in Spanish and English.

Funding for E3. Engage. Experience. Explore. has been provided by TD Charitable Foundation, by Bethel Woods members and donors and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

View a copy of our annual report or visit our website  for a more comprehensive list of supporters.