Chautauqua Institution invites area school children grades 4 and up to join us on the grounds at the end of June to learn about and explore our visual art galleries. Students and teachers take guided tours that end in a hands-on, summative project related to the exhibits. For many young students, this is their very first experience in an art gallery setting.

June 11–15, 2018 and June 18–20, 2018


Visual Arts Gallery Field Trip Reservation Form


Area Students Engage in Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution

The Post-Journal, June 20, 2017



Visual Arts Galleries Open Early to Give Area Youth a Sneak Peek

The Chautauquan Daily, June 25, 2016

Collage 2016 1

Girls in Gallery 2016

KC Contract color 2017 18Serving differently-abled students: This program is currently funded by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and VSA Kennedy Center.

Serving students of all abilities is a focus of the arts at CHQ, and two residencies are in their fourth year. These residencies are held at the Board of Cooperative Education Services sites at Chautauqua Lake School, Hewes Center (Ashville, NY) and the LoGuidice Center (Fredonia, NY).

Sing Me A Story, Play Me A Book
Led by Kennedy Center national teaching artist Deborah Sunya Moore and Manager of the Chautauqua Schools of Performing and Visual Arts Sarah Malinowski-Umberger, the program focuses on the integration of vocal and instrumental music and stories with an end goal of increased music and reading comprehension as well as the ability to work as a team through ensemble.

I Can Drum
Led by CSO principal percussionist and teaching artist Brian Kushmaul and Director of Arts Education Suzanne Fassett, the drumming residency builds self-confidence and collaboration through ensemble drumming for students with disabilities.


The Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater

The Chautauqua Amphitheater — the “Amp” — functions as our community’s most important place for assembly around arts, culture, and worship. Chautauqua Institution this off-season is rebuilding this essential facility, renewing the Amp to meet the community’s needs for the next 100 years.

June 16 2017 Amphitheater Photos (click to enlarge)

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Our streaming webcams

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Web camera time-lapse: January 17–23, 2017

Web camera time-lapse: January 17–23, 2017


Changes to Preferred seating

ampSeatingChart300CHQ will introduce a new Preferred seating option for select Amphitheater performances in the 2017 season. The Preferred section will occupy approximately the same footprint of floor seating as in previous seasons, but will be designated into two areas: a section of the front rows will be designated as Preferred 1 seats, at an additional cost of $30; the remaining reserved rows will be designated as Preferred 2 seats and will continue to cost an additional $20.

Both areas guarantee a seat in the reserved floor section of the Amphitheater on a first-come basis until the start of the performance. General Admission seating will also still be available on the floor on a first-come basis.




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Web cam time-lapse: Sept. 12-21, 2016


The following are off-season specials posted by individual property owners. Please contact the property owner directly for availability.

THE MAPLE INN – 8 Bowman Avenue

The historic Maple Inn is located in the center of Chautauqua Institution. All rooms have a full kitchen and private bath. Rates range from $90 to $140 per night. Stay two nights and receive ½ off the third or more nights. Perfect for a get-away any time of year!



Charming fully equipped house at 44 Foster in excellent central location - between Amp & Hall of Philosophy, sleeps 8–10, 5 BR (2 queen; 2 double; bunk beds on second floor; 1 double & study on third floor), LR/DR, Kitchen with Dishwasher, Laundry Room with W/D, 3 full baths, 1 on site parking space, central A/C and heat, Wi-Fi & TV plus more. No pets and no smoking.

For Rate Info: Contact Fredrika Groff or 720-949-1598 (Denver, CO)

Chautauqua Women’s Club – 30 South Lake Drive

Historic clubhouse available for family celebrations or retreats June 1-8, June 9-15, Sept. 1-7 and Sept. 8-14. Five guest bedrooms, kitchenette, dining, living rooms, catering kitchen and front porch with lake view. Minimum $3,250 for two nights; additional nights $1,625. Inquire at

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