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Dia Beacon Announces Free Admission for Newburgh Residents

Expansion of Free Admission for Local Residents Celebrates the Museum’s Twentieth Anniversary

Beacon, NY, May 5, 2023 – At a press event today Dia announced that its free-admission policy for local residents will now extend to residents of Newburgh as of May 13, 2023. Free admission is already offered during all regular hours to residents of Beacon, including the adjacent communities of Chelsea, Fishkill, and Glenham, and to all residents of the Hudson Valley on the last Sunday of each month. The expansion to Newburgh of local free admission marks the occasion of Dia Beacon’s twentieth anniversary and reflects the enduring ties the museum has with its neighbors. In addition to expanded free admission, Dia will continue its robust educational programming in these surrounding areas, encouraging people of all ages to engage with art. New York State Assemblymember Jonathan Jacobson further announced $150,000 of new funding for Dia Beacon for the year ahead.

“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. We truly would not be here if it weren’t for support from Beacon and Newburgh residents as well as the entire Hudson Valley,” said Jessica Morgan, Dia’s Nathalie de Gunzburg director. “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.”

“I am proud to have secured $150,000 in new funding for Dia Beacon for the year ahead. The museum has been instrumental in Beacon’s revitalization and continues to draw visitors from around the globe. I am pleased that Dia’s leadership heard my call to open their doors to residents of Newburgh, who can now join their Beacon neighbors by enjoying this world class museum for free. I thank Dia for its vision and look forward to seeing further partnerships that benefit Newburgh and Beacon residents of all ages,” said Jonathan G. Jacobson, New York State Assemblymember.

“The arts and humanities connect us to each other, and for twenty years Dia Beacon has been a shared space where Hudson Valley communities can come together to learn and grow. Dia’s presence in Beacon has been transformative for the City of Newburgh’s arts community. Now, thanks to Assemblymember Jonathan Jacobson and Dia’s incredible leadership, our residents—including families—will have free access to this transformative art space. The City Council thanks Jessica Morgan, Assemblymember Jacobson, and the entire Dia arts collaborative for their leadership, vision, and commitment to Newburgh,” said City of Newburgh Mayor Torrance Harvey.

“I just want to congratulate Dia Beacon on twenty years in Beacon and offer our thanks for its free-admission policy for local residents, which has allowed so many Beacon residents to enjoy Dia’s art and facility,” added City of Beacon Mayor Lee Kyriacou.

For more information on hours, admission, and current exhibitions, visit Dia’s website.

Dia Art Foundation 

Taking its name from the Greek word meaning “through,” Dia was established in 1974 with the mission to serve as a conduit for artists to realize ambitious new projects, unmediated by overt interpretation and uncurbed by the limitations of more traditional museums and galleries. Dia’s programming fosters contemplative and sustained consideration of a single artist’s body of work and its collection is distinguished by the deep and long-standing relationships that the nonprofit has cultivated with artists whose work came to prominence particularly in the 1960s and ’70s.

In addition to Dia Beacon, Dia Bridgehampton, and Dia Chelsea, Dia maintains and operates a constellation of commissions, long-term installations, and site-specific projects, notably focused on Land art, nationally and internationally. These include:

  • Walter De Maria’s The New York Earth Room (1977) and The Broken Kilometer (1979), Max Neuhaus’s Times Square (1977), and Joseph Beuys’s 7000 Eichen (7000 Oaks, inaugurated in 1982 and ongoing), all located in New York City 
  • De Maria’s The Lightning Field (1977), in western New Mexico 
  • Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty (1970), in the Great Salt Lake, Utah 
  • Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels (1973–76), in the Great Basin Desert, Utah 
  • De Maria’s The Vertical Earth Kilometer (1977), in Kassel, Germany  


For additional information or materials, contact:  

Hannah Gompertz, Dia Art Foundation,, +1 212 293 5598 

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