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WoodsTalk: Live!

WoodsTalk: Live invites dynamic and engaging speakers to Bethel Woods Center for the Arts to lead explorations into the power and possibilities of arts and humanities, inspiring us to think critically and provoking us to become active members of our communities.

These events are live conversations, demonstrations, workshops, and roundtables where music, the ‘60s, and the value of arts and humanities will awaken the lessons of the past into their relevance today.

Significant efforts have been made to weave WoodsTalk:Live programming into the collections in the Museum at Bethel Woods and especially the 2018 Special Exhibit.

Join the conversation by visiting our blog, WoodsTalk.

Upcoming WoodsTalk: Live Events!

Thu, Jul 25, 2019 - 6:00 PM  at Event Gallery

PBS American Experience Screening

Woodstock: Three Days that Defined a Generation

Aug 31 - September 1 , 2019  at The Market Sheds

Mind: Body: Earth

Sat, Sep 21, 2019 - 8:00 PM  at The Event Gallery

An Evening with Chris Thile

Part of Vibrations Series

Sat, Sep 28, 2019 - 2:00 PM  at Event Gallery

Framing History

Wed, Oct 2, 2019 - 11:00 AM  at Event Gallery, Conservatory and Market Sheds

Youth Leadership Day

Sat, Oct 19, 2019 - 2:30 PM  at The Event Gallery & The Market Sheds

Sixties @ 50

A Restrospective

2018 WoodsTalk: Live! Schedule


6:30PM; The Museum Lobby & Theater

A film screening and multimedia event with actor, director, author and activist in conversation with TIME magazine journalist Nina Burleigh.

MAY 31, Woodstalk: Live presents MAD MIXOLOGY

7:00PM; The Green Room

Local Mixologists Josiah and Zeke bring the fruit of the agave and cousin of Tequila - Mezcal for a tasting and demonstration.

June 2, WoodsTalk: Live presents DOORWAYS TO ORIGINALITY

Time TBD; Market Sheds & Grounds

Explore the grounds and outdoor art installation in this artist led walk and workshop.


6:30 PM; The Conservatory

Chefs Giosue “Rino” Silvestro and Giacomo Palladino arrive straight from Naples, Italy to bring local ingredients and “food is love” to the forefront.

September 23, Woodstalk: Live presents SILK SCREEN WORKSHOP

10AM; The Conservatory

A day-long workshop offering experience-based, hands-on learning and take home work of your own - Inspired by the innovative ways Pater Max used printing to create his original art.

October 7, Woodstalk: Live presents LEGENDS IN THE SKY - STARGAZING

6PM; Market Sheds & Great Lawn

Astronomy fun under the fall night sky for family and friends alike! Enjoy hot chocolate, snacks, stories and a fireside chat with author Allan Wolf.

October 21, Woodstalk: Live presents THOREAU & LIVING DELIBERATELY

3PM; The Conservatory & Bindy Bazaar Trails

“All good things are wild and free” - walk, talk and forage the woods with Michael Schleifer from the Thoreau Society and Laura Silverman from the Outside Institute.

Past WoodsTalk: Live! Events

April 21, 2016 - WoodsTalk: Live presents Creole Cooking with Terrance Simien

August 26, 2016 - WoodsTalk: Live presents Indian Cooking with Aeilushi

September 4, 2016 - WoodsTalk: Live presents Artist Walk with Sculptor David Boyajian

September 16, 2016 - Woodstalk: Live Presents Poetry & Power with Roger Bonair-Agard

September 25, 2016 - Woodstalk: Live Presents View Finder: Photography and the Human Story

October 14, 2016 - Woodstalk: Live Presents Poetry & Power with Elana Bell

October 25, 2016 - Woodstalk: Live presents Art & Knowledge

November 18, 2016 - Woodstalk: Live Presents Poetry & Power with Sean Thomas Dougherty

December 16, 2016 - Woodstalk: Live Presents Poetry & Power Inspired Words

Dialogue Arts Project In Action with Jon Sands
Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 - The Museum Theater
WoodsTalk:Live on October 6, 2015 features an interactive evening with NYC's Dialogue Arts Project educator and Program Director Jon Sands, followed by a frank discussion about the power of diversity that can blossom from creative writing, performance, and self-expression.  Embodying the core tenets of the Bethel Woods mission, DAP truly, “inspires, educates, and empowers” both educators and students alike to “use their words” most creatively and with authority.

Tea For Three: Lady Bird, Pat, and Betty with Actress Elaine Bromka
Sunday, November 1st, 2015 - The Event Gallery
WoodsTalk:Live on Sunday, November 01, 2015 features award-winning actress Elaine Bromka in Tea for Three: Ladybird, Pat, and Betty.  This theatrical one-woman show offers a fresh, behind-the-scenes look at three of our First Ladies – Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, and Betty Ford. In this time of often polarizing politics, Tea for Three humanizes the arena, allowing audiences to stand in those women's shoes.  This warm, whimsical and deeply moving story has been playing across the country for several years



April 7, 2017 - Woodstalk: Live presents Art & Knowledge: NYC TEEN POET LAUREATE & AMBASSADORS

June 19, 2017 - WoodsTalk: Live Presents Kitschy Kitchen

June 26, 2017 - WoodsTalk: Live Presents Mad Mixology

July 1, 2017 - Woodstalk: Live Presents an Artist Walk with SCULPTOR GLENN ZWEYGARDT

August 26, 2017 - Woodstalk: Live Presents Art & Knowledge: Think, Ink, Act: Silk Screen Poster Workshop

October 1, 2017 - Woodstalk: Live PresentsTruth or Consensus: Survival Tools in the Age of Fake News

October 20, 2017 - Woodstalk: Live Presents Art & Knowledge: Poetry & Power with Jeffrey Mc Daniel

November 4-5, 2017 - WoodsTalk: Live Presents Art & Knowledge: Honing your Comically Counter-Cultural Voice

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Funding for arts and humanities, outreach and museum education programs has been provided by Bethel Woods members and donors and through generous gifts from foundations, individuals and agencies including: The American Gift Fund, the Tammy and Keith Anderson Foundation, the AT&T Aspire Program, the John N. Blackman Sr. Foundation, Annelise Gerry and Family, Robyn Gerry, Nellie and Robert Gipson, Humanities NY, IBM, Joan Kaplan, the William and Elaine Kaplan Family Foundations, Liberty Properties Inc., the Monticello Motor Club, New Music USA, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Resorts World Catskills, the Rhulen Loughlin Family -- in memory of Trevor John Loughlin, Rolling V Bus Corporation, James and Kelly Schmitt and Stewarts Shops. Transportation and tuition assistance has been made possible in part by Dan and Joan Silna, and TD Charitable Foundation, and the Williams Endowed Education Fund at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.


Additional support for The Museums and this program, provided by the following partners:

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