Chautauqua Institution News & Announcements

Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution Leaders Don Kimes, Lois Jubeck to Step Down Following 2018 Season

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Chautauqua Institution today announced that Don Kimes and Lois Jubeck, artistic director and managing director, respectively, of the Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution (VACI), will step down from their posts at the end of 2018. Kimes has led Chautauqua Institution’s visual arts program since 1986; Jubeck joined him officially in 1989.

"Don and Lois have helped bring about a renaissance in the visual arts at Chautauqua, cultivating an atmosphere of excellence, community and camaraderie,” said Deborah Sunya Moore, vice president of performing and visual arts. “Don is a tremendous artist, and a kind and generous teacher. His and Lois' genuine care for their students is evident in the incredible alumni network of brilliant artists whose talents were mentored in our School of Art, including many who have returned as teachers or as exhibiting artists. We are grateful for the many ways in which their leadership has sculpted not only a program, but also a community that is central to the Chautauqua story."

Kimes and Jubeck will depart Chautauqua for Umbria, Italy, to work with the Pieve International School, which hosts university programs for students from all over the world in art and a variety of other disciplines. Moore will lead a national search for Kimes' successor at Chautauqua.

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A Message of Thanksgiving from Chautauqua

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As we enter a season filled with family, friends, fellowship and reflection, I wanted to take a moment to thank you. This is an extraordinary time for Chautauqua Institution. In the past year, Chautauqua has experienced monumental change and achievement — we've successfully closed a nine-figure capital campaign, delivered the most ambitious building project in our modern history, and realized promising growth in long-term attendance. Also in that span, it was my great honor and privilege to begin work as your 18th president. Now we embark upon a bold new shared vision to raise Chautauqua's prominence in our national conversation. None of this would be possible without extraordinary generosity and outsized investment of so many members of our community.

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How to Embrace Diversity When You Have None, or Very Little

Chautauqua Institution President Michael E. Hill addressed the annual Nonprofit Day conference hosted on Oct. 24, 2017, by The Nonprofit Partnership at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, Pennylvania. His remarks as prepared for delivery, with light edits, are provided below.

As many of you in the audience know well, Chautauqua Institution is a nonprofit community whose mission is currently exemplified through a nine-week summer season, where we celebrate the best in human values through the arts of nearly every type and manifestation, educational experiences, a wide array of recreation activities and programs, and through interfaith exploration.

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Michael D. Metzger, Marnette Perry Join Chautauqua Institution Board of Trustees

Outgoing Trustees Laura Currie, Ron Kilpatrick Celebrated for Their Contributions

Chautauqua community members Michael D. Metzger and Marnette Perry have begun their four-year terms of service on the Chautauqua Institution Board of Trustees. The pair replaces longtime trustees Laura Pembridge Currie and Ron Kilpatrick, who depart after reaching their term limits. Metzger and Perry were elected by the board at its Aug. 26 meeting on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution; they officially began their terms on Oct. 1.

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Update on Chautauqua Lake Preservation Issues

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Dear Chautauqua Institution Property Owners: 

Following the conclusion of a highly successful season at Chautauqua, I am writing to provide an update on Chautauqua Institution’s efforts to stay informed of developments related to the use of herbicides on Chautauqua Lake. Indeed, the care for our lake is a year-round enterprise. To revisit my July update on lake issues, please click here.

Toward the end of the summer, members of Chautauqua Institution leadership team (Executive Vice President and CFO Sebby Baggiano, Vice President for Campus Planning and Operations John Shedd and I) met with Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan and Assemblyman Andrew Goodell. In September I also received a reply to a letter I sent in August to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), which controls all decisions about Chautauqua Lake. Both the meeting and correspondence concerned the latest information available regarding the early-summer use of herbicides in Bemus Bay and ongoing efforts to care for the lake. In both instances, we articulated the Institution's primary interests in this matter: that there be no negative effect of any weed- and bacteria-management activities on our community's drinking water, shoreline and recreation activities; that we and our community be kept up to date on matters of the lake's health and conservation activities; that future permitting processes for herbicide use include an opportunity for public comment; and our concern that trusted authorities on the lake and its health continue to disagree about the use of herbicides to combat Chautauqua Lake's water-quality issues.

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Changes to Chautauqua Institution's Sale of Alcohol Policy

Chautauqua Institution’s Board of Trustees has approved revisions to the policy on the Sale of Alcoholic Beverages. The recommendations were presented to the Board by a working group of the Board of Trustees appointed by Board Chairman James Pardo and chaired by Board Member Judith Claire. The updated and approved policy aligns Chautauqua’s policies with those of similar and competing communities, venues and organizations. The policy also contains controls to honor the mission of Chautauqua Institution and to maintain the signature, family-friendly environment and experience for which the Institution is known.

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Prayers and Thoughts on the Equinox

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Periods of transition often inspire us to reflect on that which we leave behind and the new experience ahead.

As we welcome the arrival of the fall season on this day of equal day and night time, I find myself reflecting on that ideal of equality and what it means for our society and the mission of Chautauqua. It conjures memories of our dialogue during the 2017 season on issues of balance, on the nature of fear, on the state of the Supreme Court and so many other inspirational experiences of enlightenment and engagement with the other.

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Acclaimed Book Inspires Inter-arts Initiative

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The award-winning novel The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, regarded as a seminal work of Chicano literature, is inspiring an original musical composition, inter-arts performance and an art exhibition at Chautauqua Institution this summer. The book tells the story of Esperanza Cordero, a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. It is among 20 books featured as selections of the 2017 Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle and its Young Readers program.

Mango Suite, composed by Derek Bermel, is a 45- to 50-minute symphonic work that reimagines Cisneros’s observations through 12 musical vignettes that explore and emphasize themes such as the natural and supernatural world, cultural identity and alienation, maturity and longing for independence, and disappearance and death. Performed by the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, with members of the Chautauqua Theater Company, and Chautauqua Voice Program and School of Dance, it premieres at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, July 22, in the Chautauqua Amphitheater.

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David Griffith Named Emily and Richard Smucker Chair for Education

David Griffith Named Emily and Richard Smucker Chair for Education

Chautauqua Institution to Grow Youth Programming

Chautauqua Institution President Michael E. Hill today announced the appointment of David Griffith to the position of Vice President and Emily & Richard Smucker Chair for Education effective Sept. 1. Griffith is currently Director of Creative Writing for Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, Michigan.

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Chautauqua Institution Announces Department of Religion Reorganization

Chautauqua Institution Announces Department of Religion Reorganization

Bishop Gene Robinson Appointed Incoming Vice President/Senior Pastor and Chair of President’s Advisory Council on Faith in Society

In anticipation of the departure of Director of Religion the Rev. Dr. Robert Franklin at the conclusion of the 2017 Chautauqua Institution season, President Michael E. Hill today announced plans to reorganize the Department of Religion with an eye toward shaping a national dialogue on faith in society.

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