Public Programs & Artist Residencies

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ALERT 3/11/2020: Given the swiftly evolving spread of COVID-19, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund has made the difficult decision to close our offices, including The Pocantico Center, beginning Wednesday, March 11 until further notice. Learn more.

The Pocantico Center shares the 100-year history of Kykuit, the Rockefeller family home, with the public, and also offers programs that reflect the values of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Public programs make use of the estate’s buildings, grounds, and gardens to nurture learning and artistic experiences. 

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Pocantico Forum

The Pocantico Forum is a semi-annual lecture series to provide information on a wide range of issues and topics that reflect the Fund’s broad program objectives. The lectures are hosted by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and will, from time to time, involve partnerships with other local, regional, and national organizations and institutions.

Public Learning Opportunities

The Pocantico Center offers learning experiences utilizing the collections and gardens of Kykuit.  A variety of other learning experiences are presented through classes and workshops conducted by scholars and experts. Participants of all ages are offered a variety of educational opportunities including gardens, fine arts, decorative arts, and history. See our calendar.

Performing Arts Events

The Pocantico Center extends the work of the Fund’s grantees through the Pocantico Arts Collaborative which links the Fund’s Charles E. Culpeper Arts & Culture grants with the resources and beauty of the Pocantico estate. The events showcase dance, music, theater and more.

Artist Residencies

By providing residencies to a growing number of artists, The Pocantico Center shares the creative process with the public through on-site performances, readings, exhibits and various artist interactions. Residents are selected by the Fund’s grantee organizations and stay at the historic Marcel Breuer House.

Public Visitation

More than 30,000 people visit the historic Pocantico area annually. The Fund contracts with Historic Hudson Valley, a nonprofit organization that owns and interprets five sites in the Hudson River Valley, to operate tours of Kykuit and its sculpture collection and gardens, as well as the carriage and automobile collections in the Coach Barn. Tours are conducted between early May and early November. Learn more at

School Garden

A student gardening program teaches third and fourth graders from Pocantico Hills Central School about health, wellness and sustainability using the property’s greenhouse, cold frame and garden area. The lessons apply across curriculum lines and provide the children with the satisfaction of eating a soup, salad or snack that they have planted, harvested and cooked.