Welcome to Chautauqua Institution
Chautauqua Institution is a community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state that comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities. Over the course of nine weeks, more than 100,000 visitors will stay at Chautauqua and participate in programs, classes and community events for all ages—all within the beautiful setting of a historic lakeside village.
WQED documentary provides behind-the-scenes access to Chautauqua Schools of Fine and Performing Arts
A new, hourlong documentary following four students of Chautauqua Institution’s Schools of Performing Arts premieres at 8 p.m. Thursday on WQED-TV, the Pittsburgh PBS affiliate. “Chautauqua: Charting a Life in the Arts” tracks the progress of violinist Adé Williams, singer Jean-Michel Richer and sibling dancers Colby and Christina Clark through their auditions, practices and performances during Chautauqua’s 2013 season.
Smithsonian magazine has named Chautauqua, N.Y., as the No. 1 "Best Small Town to Visit in 2014" in the cover story of its April 2014 issue. The feature, by former New York Times "Frugal Traveler" columnist Susan Spano, cites Chautauqua Institution's mix of lectures, classes, recreational activities and fine, performing and literary arts programs as the basis for the distinction.
Course Catalogs are now available.
Whatever educational experience you are seeking, Chautauqua’s Special Studies program continues to create distinct new learning opportunities for the 10,000 lifelong learners that enroll in courses each summer.
Self-improvement through lifelong learning was at the heart of the impulse that motivated Americans and founded Chautauqua in 1874. Chautauqua's tradition of self-improvement through lifelong learning continues today through a variety of programs aimed at the exploration and exchange of ideas in an atmosphere that encourages civil discourse.
The Chautauqua experience is based around one’s engagement in five program areas: arts, education, religion, recreation, and youth. Start your day with a walk or run along the lake shore or with a trip to the Farmers Market for fresh fruit, vegetables, and other locally grown and made products.
Chautauqua launches $98.2 million campaign
First published in the Winter Chautauquan, 2014
For three seasons now, curious Chautauquans have passed under prominent banners hung on the Colonnade and the Post Office Building. Each banner displays a single word, five in all: CIVIL, SUSTAINABLE, INNOVATIVE, INCLUSIVE, ENGAGED.