Mission Statement

The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild provides a vibrant center for arts and crafts in the beautiful and unique rural community of Woodstock, NY, while preserving the historic and natural environment of one of the earliest utopian arts colonies in America. It offers a unique and inspiring combination of residency, exhibition, and performance programs that encourage creative collaboration among a diverse array of artists, students, arts professionals, and the public.

Who We Are

The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild is a regional center for the arts located in Woodstock, New York. From its 250-acre mountainside campus and its arts and performance center in the village of Woodstock, Byrdcliffe offers an integrated program of exhibitions, performance, classes, workshops, symposia, and artists’ residencies. Byrdcliffe embraces all disciplines of artistic endeavor in a collaborative spirit, and seeks creative partnership with other not for profit and educational entities in order to leverage its unique resources for the benefit of the cultural life of the Hudson Valley region. Byrdcliffe was founded in 1902 and has operated as a nonprofit organization since 1938.

As is common for not-for-profit service organizations, Byrdcliffe is funded by a combination of contributed income and earned income. Sources of contributed income include individual memberships, bequests, foundation grants, government agency grants, income from our endowment, and corporate and individual contributions. Byrdcliffe receives earned income from rentals, tuitions, sales, and tickets. Byrdcliffe is a member of the Woodstock Arts Consortium and the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce.

Learn more about the history of Byrdcliffe. Walking tours are conducted regularly during the summer, and visitors can access a map here.

Statement of Diversity

We believe our mission is most effectively fulfilled through a commitment to diversity and inclusiveness as a core value and practice. The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild is an organization that is committed to building and sustaining diversity in all of its programs and activities. We support diversity across all lines of difference, including age, economic circumstances, ethnicity, sex, race, religion, range of abilities, sexual orientation, and gender identity/expression.