Organization Aims To Engage More Individuals Than Ever Before With 2017 Program Offerings  

Bethel, N.Y. (February 14, 2017) - Arts and humanities-based educational offerings are a crucial component of programming at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. This spring will see the return of a variety of programs that have been designed to offer greater engagement, and inspiration to give audiences of all ages and backgrounds opportunities to explore history and the arts.

In 2016, over 31,000 individuals participated in education and community outreach programming at the not-for-profit Bethel Woods in addition to hundreds of school-aged students who participated in Explore the ‘60s curriculum. This spring popular programs Project: Identity and Saturdays at the Woods return as Bethel Woods looks to expand its reach to include more and more students each year and ensure the arts remain an essential and accessible part of their lives.

According to Americans for the Arts, "The arts are included as part of a ‘Well-Rounded Education' in federal law. This designation - alongside reading, math, science, and other subjects - is confirmation that the arts are essential to a complete education and belong in the main instructional day."

"We strongly believe in the transformative power of the arts and know that they are critical to the well-being of our community," said Bethel Woods' Chief Executive Officer, Darlene Fedun. "Strengthening arts education results in helping children achieve in school, work, and life. We will continue to offer immersive, affordable, easily accessible programs."

Project: Identity:
PI: Photography is a digital photography immersion program for 14-18 year old teens held at The Conservatory at Bethel Woods. The eleven week program will run from March 1st to May 24th with sessions on Wednesdays from 6:00-8:00pm and Sundays from 1:00-5:00pm. The teens will use digital photography as their artistic vehicle for expression. They will learn how to produce, manipulate and curate images through historical and contemporary examples and executions. This program is offered FREE OF COST.
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Saturdays at the Woods:
Saturdays at the Woods will return every Saturday from March 4th through May 6th from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Held at The Conservatory at Bethel Woods, the program allows participants to explore themes of the 1960s through artistic skill development and fun activities designed by Teaching Artists to nurture curiosity and creativity.
Age Groups and pricing:


  • Friendly Firs: Parents and their 0-3 year old - $100 for the series (includes parent and one child)
  • Pondering Pines: 4-6 year olds - $75 for the series per participant
  • Inspired Spruces: 7-9 year olds - $75 for the series per participant
  • Hip Hemlocks: 10-13 year olds - $75 for the series per participant
  • Original Oaks: Parents (with children in the program) - FREE (a comfortable space on the Bethel Woods site will be provided with creative programming options, wifi accessibility, museum access, a warm beverage, and more)

To learn more and register please visit:

Explore the '60s:
Explore the ‘60s is a field trip program that brings the lessons of the ‘60s to life through a 3 module program, inviting groups to use The Museum and its resources to explore connections to themes.
Content focus areas include:

  • Artful Activism
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Civil Rights
  • The Woodstock Music and Art Fair
  • Vietnam (new to 2017)

To learn more and register please visit:
For more information on upcoming educational offerings through the spring, summer, and fall, available tuition assistance, and to register, please visit:

Major support for Education and Outreach programming for individuals and families is provided by The American Gift Fund, Annelise Gerry and Family, Robyn Gerry, John J. & Regina B. Heldrich Foundation, Inc., Joan and Dan Silna, The Rhulen Loughlin Family-In Memory of Trevor John Loughlin and Montreign Resort Casino. Transportation and tuition assistance are made possible in part by TD Charitable Foundation and The Williams Endowed Education Fund.


About Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts inspires, educates, and empowers individuals through the arts and humanities by presenting a diverse selection of culturally-rich performances, popular artists, and community and educational programming.  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 arts education programming.
Through the in-depth study and exhibition of the social, political, and cultural events of the 1960s, as well as the preservation of the historic site of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, Bethel Woods educates individuals about the issues and lessons of the decade while inspiring a new generation to contribute positively to the world around them. The not-for-profit organization relies on the generous support of individuals, corporations, and foundations to develop and sustain programs that improve the quality of life in the region and beyond.
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