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Mission Statement

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is a not-for-profit cultural organization that inspires, educates, and empowers individuals through the arts and humanities.


Arts and Humanities Programs:

At Bethel Woods we strive to inspire and educate through the arts and humanities. We believe that the arts are critical to the strength of a community and our programs are designed to give audiences of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to explore and experience the arts, from the written word to the performing and visual arts.

Many of our arts and humanities programs take place at the Conservatory at Bethel Woods. The warm and relaxed atmosphere of the Conservatory offers an encouraging environment in which teens and others can explore their creative interests, interact with each other, and connect with the many professional artists and musicians who come here to talk about their work.

The Museum at Bethel Woods:

The award-winning Museum at Bethel Woods is dedicated to telling the story of the 1960s and the decade’s twin pillars of individual self-expression and social responsibility. Through its comprehensive collections, exhibits, research and historic preservation, the museum has become the nation’s leading authority on the history of this decade and its transformative impact on the world.

The world-class main exhibit summarizes the key events and attributes of the decade, featuring the Woodstock festival as its centerpiece. The programs of special exhibits permit a deeper investigation into the themes of the time: youth counterculture, freedom of speech, the movements for civil and women’s rights, the Vietnam War and the protests against it, the questioning of authority, and the undercurrent of optimism and hope that it is possible to make the world a better place.


Bethel Woods may be best known for the broad array of concerts and other performances it presents. The offerings are diverse and eclectic, covering such genres as classical, rock & pop, contemporary, country, and electronica. Many of the legendary musicians who played at the Woodstock festival have returned here to play again, including Crosby, Stills & Nash, John Sebastian, Carlos Santana and Richie Havens, whose ashes are now scattered on the historic field. These performances celebrate the legacy of the site while connecting new audiences to this iconic music.

The largest performance venue at Bethel Woods is the Pavilion Stage, an outdoor amphitheater that can accommodate 15,000 guests, both under cover and on a natural sloping lawn under the stars. The other venues at Bethel Woods include the 1,000 seat outdoor Terrace Stage and the Event Gallery, an intimate indoor space for performances, lectures and special events. In addition to these-site specific venues, the original outdoor Woodstock Festival concert site allows up to 30,000 concertgoers to attend major musical events. Bethel Woods has been the Hudson Valley Magazine Readers’ Pick for Best Outdoor Venue for Plays and Concerts for six consecutive years.


The festivals at Bethel Woods offer performances, exhibitions and programs of the highest quality to our local, national and international visitors. The festivals reflect our dedication to supporting sustainability and continued regional economic developments by providing a seasonal venue for local farmers, artisans, community organizations and businesses. Each festival showcases the highest quality of craftsmanship and artistry that our larger community has to offer. Our goal with the Festivals is to create an appreciation for all aspects of the fine arts as well as the bounty of unique and intriguing products raised, farmed, bottled, produced, fermented and hand made in our area.





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