Each season Chautauqua Institution offers opportunities for a few families with limited incomes, who have never been to Chautauqua in the past, to enjoy a first-time one-week Chautauqua experience. Funded through Chautauqua Foundation endowments, scholarships cover costs such as Institution gate passes, tuition for Special Studies classes, children’s activities (Children’s School or Boys’ and Girls’ Club) and housing rental. Awards require residency on the Chautauqua grounds for one full week.

Applications for the 2018 season will be accepted through April 1, 2018. There is no application fee. Family Scholarship Program awards will be determined by April 18, 2018, based on reviews of the programmatic and financial information outlined in the application. Approximately one month before the opening of the Chautauqua season, each family will submit a final plan of activities selected from the current season’s program.

Any family interested in obtaining a Family Scholarship Program application should contact Rindy Barmore at 716-357-6222 or

Chautauqua Institution is proud to partner with Florida Studio Theatre to present an interactive, three-part playwriting project for area third and fourth grade students from Chautauqua Lake, Panama, Fletcher (Jamestown), Ripley and Westfield Elementary Schools. In the first stage of the project, teaching artists from Florida Studio Theatre visit every third and fourth grade classroom at each school to guide students through the process of writing a play. During the second stage, students and teachers take a winter field trip to Chautauqua Institution where community and staff volunteers read each student’s play aloud. Awards are given during a closing reception to celebrate each student’s efforts and creativity and recognize winning plays. The third phase of the program sees the winning plays published online by Chautauqua Institution as well as performed by our Chautauqua Theater Company at the end of June. The success of this performance has led to the Young Playwrights Project winning plays being the first offering on the Institution’s Family Entertainment Series. All participating schools and their families are invited onto the grounds to attend the performance! 

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Final performance for the schools: June 18, 2018 in Lenna Hall

Public performance: June 26, 2018 at 5 & 7 p.m. in Smith Wilkes Hall



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.


Sample Arts Integrated Lesson Plan

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

VACI Gallery Field Trip Teacher's Guide

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

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 fsgroff@comcast.net 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 lisawallacecwc@gmail.com.