Friday, September 29, 2023

City of Newburgh Residents Will Receive Free Admission to Art Museum in Beacon

City of Newburgh residents and families will now receive free admission to Dia Beacon, an art museum located along the Hudson River waterfront in the City of Beacon.

The announcement came today from New York State Assemblyman Jonathan Jacobson. The free admission will begin on Saturday, May 13, 2023. This year is Dia Beacon’s 20th anniversary.

Dia Beacon is part of the Dia Art Foundation, which has several other locations across the country. The foundation commissions single artist projects, organizes exhibitions, realizes site-specific installations, and collects in-depth the work of a focused group of artists of the 1960s and 1970s.

Dia Beacon is located at 3 Beekman Street in the City of Beacon. It is open from Friday through Mondays from 10:00am to 5:00pm. It is closed on Tuesdays through Thursdays.

In addition to artwork, Dia Beacon also offers a bookshop that is open from 10:00am to 5:00pm on Fridays through Mondays. Additionally, they have a cafe that is open from 9:45am to 5:00pm on Fridays through Mondays.

For those who are not City of Newburgh residents, tickets can be purchased online ranging from $5 to $20 on Dia Beacon’s webpage here.

“Over the last two decades it has been incredible to witness not just the growth of an amazing place for art, but also the forging of such strong partnerships between Dia Beacon and nearby communities,” explained Jessica Morgan, the Director of Dia’s Nathalie de Gunzburg. “We truly would not be here if it weren’t for support from Beacon and Newburgh residents as well as the entire Hudson Valley. Facilitating greater access to the arts is deeply important to Dia. I can think of no better way to celebrate our twentieth anniversary than to extend our free-admission policy across the river, making it easier for our neighbors to visit the museum as many times as they would like.”

Jacobson added, “I am pleased that Dia leadership heard my call to open their doors to residents of Newburgh, who can now join their Beacon neighbors across the river by enjoying this world class museum for free. I thank Dia leadership for their vision and look forward to seeing further partnerships to benefit Newburgh and Beacon residents of all ages.”

City of Newburgh Mayor Torrance Harvey thanked Morgan, Jacobson, and the Dia arts collaborative for their commitments to the City of Newburgh. “The arts and humanities connect us to each other, and for twenty years Dia Beacon has connected the Hudson Valley’s communities together as a shared place to experience, learn, and grow,” he said.

City of Newburgh Manager Todd Venning added, “We are excited to embark on a new era of cross-river cultural partnership with Dia and the City of Beacon.”

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