Our History

early Chaut audienceChautauqua 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.

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Our Mission

IMG 9843Chautauqua as a community celebrates, encourages and studies the arts and treats them as integral to all of learning. With symphony, opera, theater, dance, visual arts and a renowned music school, Chautauqua produces an eclectic mix of programming that can be found nowhere else.

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President and Board

MichaelHill IMG 0708 wned 2Michael E. Hill began his work at Chautauqua on Jan. 1, 2017, and immediately set about ushering in a fresh, expanded vision for the 145-year-old Institution, with emphasis on expanding civil dialogue in the nation, an evolution to year-round programming, and engagement beyond Chautauqua's physical grounds.

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Staff

Porchchat Master sk 4Directory of staff telephone numbers and email addresses. Chautauqua's primary administrative offices are located in the Colonnade on Bestor Plaza.

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Amphitheater Renewal Project

Previous C04 0708 smThe Chautauqua Amphitheater — the “Amp” — functions as our community’s most important place for assembly around arts, culture, and worship. What we see today is the result of decades of changes, and Chautauqua Institution intends to renew the Amp to meet the community’s needs for the next 100 years.

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Community

GreatAmericanPicnic10071815 RW masterWhether you are a year-round resident or a first-time visitor, Chautauqua is a vibrant community that encourages exploration of the natural and built environment and engagement with your neighbors.

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CPOA (Property Owners)

CHQ 07292015 0247The Chautauqua Property Owners Association serves as a communication link between individuals who own residences on the grounds and the administrative officers and trustees of Chautauqua Institution.

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Policy

CHQ 08092015 2081Governed by a 24-member board of trustees, Chautauqua Institution's policies and procedures are designed to protect and maintain its tranquil atmosphere, historic physical environment and nationally renowned programming.

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Property & Construction Resources

0617 Construction RLG02master landingpgThe built environment is an integral and vital component of the fabric of Chautauqua. Private property owners have the privilege and responsibility to improve and maintain this fabric through revitalization efforts as well as the occasional construction of a new dwelling.

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