Community, Education & Wellness Programs at Bethel Woods in New York

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.

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, workshops, performances, and yes, sleepovers in our 1960s history museum, create lasting memories. All ages find inspiration in the colorful decade of the '60s.

Festivals By bringing a creative element (story-times, to-go art-making , scavenger hunts) to New York 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.

Family Concert Series Families enjoy performances and workshops celebrating music, art and the joy of shared experience while making new memories at Bethel Woods.

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

E3: Engage. Experience. Explore Our artist in residence program at Bethel Woods 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 1960s 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 5-15, P.L.A.Y. programs offered throughout the summer offer bring the joy of explore unique opportunities for skill development in a variety of art forms.

Project: Identity Teens ages 14-18 have the opportunity to gain new skills sets in photography, media design and content creation as well as attend weekend workshops and off-site field trips to visit arts and cultural events and organizations.

Studio at the Woods Throughout the year, studio classes and after-school workshops for kids ages 8-18 offer lessons in music, painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, and design.

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



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

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

Art of Wellness Inviting guests to the historic site to connect through creative arts workshops and mind-body practices that focus on resilience, health, and wellness.

Studio at the Woods: Adult Workshops Lifelong learners can explore their creative passions through workshops offered throughout the year in photography, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and music.

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To learn more about our programs held in Bethel Woods in New York, or ask questions please email