Students in area schools will collaborate with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra in Link Up: The Orchestra Rocks, a music education program provided by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI). Students participating in Link Up will attend a culminating concert on Sunday, August 9 at the Amphitheater, where they sing, play the recorder and string instruments with the orchestra from their seats – becoming the center of a collaborative musical experience for all.

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Teachers: for curriculum and resources


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Important Documents:

ALU Compliance Certificate Application (PDF)

ALU Compliance Certificate Ledger

ALU Regulations (PDF)

Architects List (PDF)

Contractor Authorization Certificate (PDF)

Rules and Regulations (PDF)

2020 Contractor List

Important Contacts


The 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. This effort is only possible with the pool of talented professional contractors that commit to using their experience in this critical effort as well.

Being a unique place, there are unique circumstances under which capital improvement projects can be accomplished. As private property and an Historic District, there are certain processes, rules and regulations that have been put in place to help maintain Chautauqua’s national historic significance and presence. The Architectural and Land Use Regulations (ALU) was created for this purpose and the procedures that are required flow out of the need for continual and steadfast enforcement of the ALU.

The information contained on this page as well as the links to PDF documents and forms will help the homeowners, architects and contractors walk down the road to successful design and construction within the confines of the regulations. The following gives a brief overview of methods and process for completion of work within Chautauqua. The Operations Office is always available and willing to assist through the various stages along the way. 

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How To Work Here – What To Do

To be authorized to work on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution:

  1. Know and understand the Architectural and Land Use Regulations (ALU)
  • Request a printed copy ($25) from the Operation Office
  • Access it for free on our website
  • Schedule an appointment with the Administrator
  1. Complete a Contractor Authorization Certificate form and submit to the Operations Office
  • Request a printed copy from the Operation Office
  • Download it from our website
  • Return form in person, by mail or email to the Operations Office
  • Renew every year – by end of Season (August), Operations Office will send out new forms
  1. Activate or purchase new Contractor Vehicle Pass and hang on mirror – ALL YEAR
  • $10 one-time cost
  • Must contact operations office with Pass # to reactivate
  • Applies to all contractors and their employees

In order to complete projects on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution:

  1. Refer to Compliance Process Matrix to determine level of action required
  • See Article 6.3 of the ALU
  1. Submit completed Compliance Certificate Application to Operations Office
  • Can be done by either the Owner or Contractor
  • Schedule an appointment with the Administrator – I will guide you
  • Forms available from the Operations Office
  • Download it from our website
  • Return application and any documents in person, by mail or email to the Operations Office
  1. Review Process
  • Administrator and/or Architectural Review Board
  • Administrator will advise throughout and notify when approval complete
  • Operations Office will fax completed Certificate to Town of Chautauqua when relevant for a Building Permit
  1. Pick up, submit payment for and post the Compliance Certificate
  • Fees per the schedule
  • Violations and additional Fees if Certificate not posted
  • Work not to start until Certificate is approved and posted (unless written permission is granted from the Administrator) 


2013 ALU Revisions


At its annual end-of-season meeting on Saturday, Aug. 24, Chautauqua Institution’s board of trustees approved revisions to its Architectural and Land Use (ALU) Regulations, which will go into effect on Dec. 1, 2013.

The revised regulations include several important changes aimed at benefitting property owners and the larger Chautauqua community going forward:

  • The new regulations are geared toward preserving existing structures through restoration or renovation and discourage demolition. The process for renovation approval has been streamlined and simplified.
  • The new regulations have been designed to be clear, straight-forward and quantifiable. Definitions and requirements are more comprehensive, and quantitative measures have been defined for setbacks, height limits, percentage of green space and building size, to name a few. This information will help ensure consistent results.
  • The new regulations create 5 distinct districts (formerly 18) based on the character of buildings, lot layout patterns, building heights, setbacks, appearances and uses. We feel that the impact of this change on current property owners will be minimal since it’s reflective of existing conditions, allows for more uniform rules and regulations, and grandfather provisions will be made for prior compliant situations that are not compliant with new regulations.
  • The new regulations require that each project recognizes either the existing architectural style of a building or utilizes an academically identifiable architectural style for new construction.
  • Within each of the 5 districts a box or envelope has been created that follows the pattern in that district. Projects that work within that box or envelope will be reviewed by the Institution’s Architectural and Land Use Administrator even when a substantial rehabilitation project is proposed. Currently all substantial rehabilitation projects are reviewed by the Architectural Review Board.


Education Wednesdays

Education Wednesdays at Chautauqua offer current students, teachers and staff from Chautauqua County schools (K–12) a free gate pass (7 a.m. to midnight) on Wednesdays throughout the summer season. All a guest must do is show a school/organization identification card to receive  free entry to the grounds, which includes access to all events at the Amphitheater.

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Family Entertainment Series

Each week, Chautauqua programs Family Entertainment nights with a single ticket price of $20 for performances in the Amphitheater. The Family Entertainment Series also features free performances in Smith Wilkes Hall that appeals to family members of all ages.

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Children's School + One

Enroll your child in Chautauqua Children’s School for the first time and enjoy each morning at Chautauqua at no cost. With enrollment, one adult per family is provided five morning passes valid from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. A parent can enjoy a lecture or simply a lakeside walk. Pick up your children from Children’s School at noon and enjoy storytime at the library, playtime at Children’s Beach and lunch or ice cream on Bestor Plaza. For more information or to register, call 716-357-6250 or email

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Chautauqua Institution is proud to serve as a year-round resource for arts-integrated teacher training and development, bringing best-practice educational techniques to classroom teachers to present the arts to students as part of their daily classroom activities.


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About Kennedy Partners

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As a Kennedy Center Partners in Education team, Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua Lake Central School and Jamestown Public Schools present professional development workshops in Arts Integration. These workshops bring Kennedy Center national workshop leaders to help local educators learn new strategies toward achieving student learning goals. The teaching strategies introduced integrate the performing and visual arts with other core areas such as reading, math and science. Participating educators receive professional development credit towards their certification goals, as approved by their district. New in 2018-19, this program is being extended into Erie County school districts, in partnership with Erie 1 BOCES and support provided by the John R. Oishei Foundation.

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Participating Schools

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Jamestown Public Schools

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Chautauqua Lake Central School

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Generous support provided by: 


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John R. Oishei Foundation

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Chautauqua Institution is committed to serving as a year-round arts education resource for the youth, teachers and families of Chautauqua County and beyond. Reaching past the summer season and Institution gates, Chautauqua promotes excellence and creativity in engagement with the performing, visual and literary arts from grades Pre-K through 12. Through national partnerships with organizations such as The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Wick Poetry Center of Kent State University and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, Chautauqua Institution fosters relationships with educators and schools to provide enriching opportunities that demonstrate cutting-edge best practices in arts education.

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Generous support for these programs has been provided by: 

  • Mr. and Mrs. Arnold E. Bellowe 
  • The Carnahan-Jackson Foundation
  • Chautauqua Opera Guild
  • Chautauqua Region Community Foundation 
  • Court Family Endowment
  • Cummins, Inc. JEP 
  • The Winifred C. Dibert Foundation, Inc. 
  • The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation
  • Davis and Jean Fulkerson
  • Mimi and Jim Gallo 
  • The Goldin Foundation for Excellence in Education 
  • Mary and Pat Grant 
  • Greater Washington Community Foundation 
  • Kathryn Hogan 
  • The Kindness Foundation 
  • David and Nancy Moore
  • Iris and Mort* November and Rosemary and Richard* Corcoran 
  • The John R. Oishei Foundation 
  • Paul and Marnette Perry 
  • Gloria Plevin 
  • Mark and Patt Suwyn 
  • Cynthia and Steve Toth 
  • The Western New York Foundation 


Link Up

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School Residencies

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Young Playwrights Project

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Visual Arts Gallery Field Trips

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Chautauqua Opera Invasion

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Chautauqua Amphitheater Field Trip: Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet

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Chautauqua Music Camps

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Professional Development for Teachers

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Chautauqua Institution is a summer community located in southwestern New York State on Chautauqua Lake. Chautauqua specializes in the arts, education, religion and recreation and hosts over 2,200 events and 100,000 guests each summer.

Chautauqua is dedicated to the exploration of the best in human values and the enrichment of life through a program that explores the important religious, social and political issues of our times; stimulates provocative, thoughtful involvement of individuals and families in creative response to such issues; and promotes excellence and creativity in the appreciation, performance and teaching of the arts.

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onthegroundsThe “On the Grounds” section of the Chautauqua Institution website is designed to keep community members informed on the status of Institution projects, major initiatives considered by the Board of Trustees and environmental issues. Also provided is a menu of resources for property owners, including Institution rules and regulations, Architectural Review Board information, Institution staff contact information and FAQ.

“On the Grounds” will continue to provide updates throughout the off-season.