Programs at Bethel Woods

Celebrating our past and inspiring a future of creativity and positive impact.

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History and the arts give us a place to gather, engage, and share.

At Bethel Woods, our reach extends far beyond our summer concert series. Our team presents programming for families, children, adults, and the community, all with a goal to celebrate our past and inspire a future of creativity and positive impact.


Arts and culture are critical to the strength of a community. We are a destination that connects people through shared experiences and creative learning.



Festivals, workshops, performances, and yes, sleepovers in our museum, create lasting memories. All ages find inspiration in the colorful decade of the '60s.



Art, music, theater, and photography provide an opportunity to learn something new as they develop tools for self-expression, leadership, collaboration, and life!



As educational as entertaining, workshops and lectures spark conversations and thoughtful creativity.



Bethel Woods on Main This traveling teaching artist program brings residencies to local towns, libraries, schools, and other community spaces, using the power of the arts to promote change, self expression, collaboration, and civic dialog.

Sensory-Friendly Museum Days Individuals of all ages with autism, complex developmental disabilities, or sensory sensitivities are welcome to experience our Main Exhibit, gift shop, and cafe during special early-morning hours before The Museum opens to the general public.

Teaching Artist Program Our 12-month Artist-In-Residence program offers a unique, exciting opportunity for artists to develop as professionals and engage with audiences of all ages.


Festivals By bringing a creative element (story-times, to-go art-making , scavenger hunts) to events such as Harvest Festival, Halloween at the Woods, and Peace, Love & Lights, the Museum Education and Creative Program team is able to reach a wider and more diverse audience.

Museum Sleepovers Families explore Woodstock’s history, dance to the sounds of the festival, enjoy story time with milk and cookies, and fall asleep under the colorful lights of our Main Exhibit.

Studio at the Woods Through the year, studio classes and drop-in workshops for adults, children, and families offer lessons in music, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, and design.


E3: Engage. Experience. Explore A school and community-based artist in residence program that brings high caliber performance art education into local classrooms for students K-12. The residencies culminate with a free community performance in the Event Gallery.

Explore the ‘60s Museum field trips (offered in-person and virtually) bring the lessons of the ‘60s to life. Each field trip includes a teacher planning consultation, customized pre and post virtual visit activities, and resources for continued exploration and learning.

P.L.A.Y: Peace. Love. Arts. You. Offered for children ages 4-15, P.L.A.Y. programs (including Art, Music, Theater and Movement), explore unique opportunities for skill development in a variety of art forms.

Project: Identity Photography Photography: High school teens learn the basics of photography, composition, historical photo processing, and Adobe Photoshop during this 12-week program. Photo II: Past photography participants return to Bethel Woods for continued education in the media arts.

Youth Leadership Day Local high school students examine how they can find their passion and purpose through inspiring presentations and interactive sessions.


WoodsTalk: Live! Workshops, performances, lectures, films, and conversation for life-long learners celebrate our historic site, museum collections, and community. Offered virtually during COVID-19 under title “Bethel Woods @ Home”

Creative Arts Therapy Through creating art and reflecting on the products and processes, people can increase awareness of self and others, cope with symptoms, stress, and traumatic experiences, and enjoy the life-affirming pleasures of art and wellness.

Art of Wellness Inviting guests to the historic site to connect and practice self-care through creative arts workshops and exercise activities.

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