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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



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 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