Bethel Woods to host summer arts programs

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts will host a series of summer program on the grounds of the historic 1969 Woodstock Festival for students age 5 to 15.

Guided by Bethel Woods Teaching Artists, “Peace. Love. Arts. You.” programs invite children to hone in on the specifics of various arts modalities, from art and music to film and theater, while weaving together Bethel Woods themes of community, caring and creativity.

P.L.A.Y. All Day weekly programs will be held July 11 to Aug. 19, with no program July 4.

  • Children ages 5 and 6 will enjoy outdoor exploration, storytelling, social play and creative fun.
  • Programs for children ages 7-9 will have themes focusing on cumulative skill-building in music, fine arts, story-telling and theater.

    There will also be weeklong programs for students ages 10-12.

    • Design Lab will be offered July 15-19, were student will explore design and print techniques to communicate a message effectively in creating a self-promotional poster.
    • Animation Lab will be July 29-Aug. 2, where students will be introduced to the fundamentals of 2D and 3D animation and gain hands-on experience in the center’s new computer lab.
    • Game Lab, from Aug. 12 t0 Aug. 16, will have participants play and build games collaboratively with peers and teaching artists from the professional gaming community.

    For children ages 10-15 there will be two-week immersive programs.

    • Rock Camp will take place from July 1-12, with no program July 4, and will focus on classic rock instruments and styles. Student musicians will collaborate to form the “ultimate rock ensemble.”
    • Film production will be the focus July 15-26. Navigating the filmmaking process from scriptwriting to post-production, students will unleash their imagination and bring their unique visions to life on screen.
    • Rock Opera will be the offered July 29 to Aug. 9. Students will explore the history and artistry of rock opera as inspiration to create their own performance, choosing their own track of pit orchestra, art crew or stage performers.
    • The final two-week session will be on fine arts, from Aug. 12-23, when students will gain experience in the foundational aspects of drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and more.

    For more information or to register, visit

    In fulfilment of Bethel Woods’ mission to provide extraordinary experience and access to the arts, tuition assistance is available up to 100%. For more information, email

    Funding for PL.A.Y has been provided by Nellie and Robert Gipson of the Tianaderrah Foundation, the William and Elaine Kaplan Family Foundations, the Cornelia T Bailey Foundation, the John N. Blackman Sr. Foundation, and the County of Sullivan through the Sullivan County Youth Bureau. Additional funding has been provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and by Bethel Woods Center for the Arts members and donors.