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The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is a, performing arts center and museum located at the site of the 1969 Woodstock Music & Art Fair in Bethel, New York. The area encompasses a 800-acre (3.2 km2) site which includes a 15,000-seat outdoor concert venue, a 1,000-set outdoor terrace stage, an intimate 440-seat indoor hall, and the Museum at Bethel Woods. Concerts run June through September and feature many types of music genres.
In 1996, Alan Gerry, a longtime Liberty, New York resident and founder of Cablevision Industries, created a not-for-profit organization named the Gerry Foundation with the intent of revitalizing the economy of Sullivan County, which had faced severe hardships following the collapse of the Catskill's Borscht Belt tourism industry. That same year, the Foundation purchased the original 37-acre (0.15 km2) Woodstock festival field and hundreds of acres surrounding it, with eventual plans for an arts center.
In 1998, the Foundation hosted a three-day festival on the site named "Day in the Garden", and in 1999 hosted a four-day celebration of the 30th anniversary of the original Woodstock.
The on-site museum, exploring the 1969 Woodstock festival and the culture of the 1960s, opened in June 2008.
Today the area has been revitalized and is a center for the arts.
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts inspires, educates, and empowers individuals through the arts and humanities.
Envisioned future: A unique educational, performance, and retreat environment focused on building creative capital to inspire individuals to contribute positively to the world around them.
OUR CORE VALUES
We will draw inspiration from our unique place in history.
We encourage individual creativity and expression.
We recognize and value the arts and humanities and their contribution to physical and psychological well being and its positive impact upon individuals and communities.
We honor the participation of staff, volunteers, and donors and count as essential their contributions to Bethel Woods' mission.
We will create a safe and enjoyable environment for all who work and visit.
We intend to leverage our success for the economic and social benefit of Sullivan County.
We will maintain our grounds and facilities to the highest standards.
We respect all individuals and value diversity of ideas, abilities, and expression.
OUR CORE STRATEGIES
Preserve the unique experience of Bethel Woods and its place and representation in history.
Become locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally known as the premier Sixties cultural museum and exploration center.
Present a diverse selection of popular artists and culturally-rich performances, special events, festivals, and community events to become a premier cultural resource for our communities and cultural tourism attraction and destination.
Focus on building multi-disciplinary arts enrichment programming that provides our audiences with continual learning about the lessons of The Sixties—individual expression, heightened cultural engagement and social consciousness, empowerment, and inspiration.
Ensure the sustainability of Bethel Woods through earned and unearned income opportunities, board expansion, and creating a world-class endowment.
Continue and expand our efforts to support our community and revitalize the cultural and economic life of our region.
Poster Contest: Peace Love and Posters
Design a Poster to Inspire Passion and Purpose.
Design a poster that inspires passion and purpose and peace and love and ARTS!
The Woodstock festival of 1969 captured the spirit of a generation and the imagination of the world.
Fifty years later, Bethel Woods seeks a poster design that will capture how this spirit community and creativity continues.