In the 2020-2021 school year, the Visual Arts Gallery Field Trips will be re-conceiving this experience for remote delivery to best serve school needs. Students will view video presentations and guided online lessons in which they learn about the art and artists that will be featured in the CVA Galleries during the 2021 Summer Assembly Season. Students will also be encouraged to create art using the same process that the featured artists use, inviting them to share their works with the CVA staff either remotely, or by visiting the CVA Galleries themselves during the summer.

Visual Arts Gallery Field Trip Reservation Form


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

Residencies consist of weekly classes over the course of several weeks, allowing students to connect deeply with the creative process of arts learning. For the 2020-2021 school year, residencies have been developed to be delivered both in-person and remotely, adapting the program to school needs and safety protocols.

Two such residencies are available to select Chautauqua County students, with a focus on serving students with disabilities. Sing Me a Story focuses on the integration of vocal and instrumental music and stories, with an end goal of increased musical involvement and reading comprehension. Feelin’ the Beat integrates music learning with social emotional skill development through drumming. This VSA program is provided in 2020-21 under a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and is newly supported this year by The Children’s Guild Foundation.

Generous support is provided for this program by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.

Sample Sing Me a Story Lesson Plan

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    (Chautauqua, N.Y.) — A local partnership team consisting of Chautauqua Institution, Jamestown Public Schools and the Chautauqua Lake Central School District  has been named among 10 new inductees in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Partners in Education Program. Leaders from the three institutions will attend the 14th Partners in Education Institute from April 27 to April 30. The Institute promotes partnerships between arts organizations and local schools in communities across the nation, focusing on the development of education programs for teachers. The Chautauqua County team joins teams from Carmel, California; Naples, Florida; Pensacola, Florida; Mason City, Iowa; Flint, Michigan; Wilmington, North Carolina; Wooster, Ohio; Houston, Texas; and San Antonio, Texas, as new inductees. 

    “We are elated to be recognized by the Kennedy Center and to build upon Chautauqua Institution’s  engagement with local schools,” said Deborah Sunya Moore, vice president and director of programming at Chautauqua Institution, who has also served as a National Workshop Leader for the Kennedy Center since 2008. “Through this and projects like the Young Playwrights Project and arts-integrated residencies for students with and without disabilities, the Institution is committed to being an arts education resource in the lives of Chautauqua County children and their families. The goal for this partnership was set two years ago as a result of the Institution's strategic plan which outlined a desire to reach our community beyond the summer season and beyond the gates. Working with superintendents Ben Spitzer and Tim Mains has been an honor and I'm excited about our joint future in serving children through the arts." 

    “We are thrilled to deepen our partnership with Chautauqua Institution and to benefit from the staff development available through the Kennedy Center,” said Tim O. Mains, superintendent of Jamestown Public Schools. “By feeding our teachers new ideas and approaches, we will nourish the students they serve.” 

    “The Chautauqua Lake Central School District is extremely fortunate to have a well-developed, long-standing and vibrant relationship with Chautauqua Institution,” said Benjamin Spitzer, superintendent of CLCS. “This latest partnership moves the needle from excellent to outstanding, as we bring in the expertise and unique perspective of the Kennedy Center. We are very excited to take this journey together with Chautauqua Institution and our new partners in Jamestown.” 

    While at the Kennedy Center, each team develops a plan customized to their community for the partners to establish or expand arts-based professional development programs for teachers. Teams receive a detailed planning guide, attend performances, and meet with national education leaders and guest artists while at the Kennedy Center. The new teams will join the current 95 teams from 41 states and the District of Columbia already participating in the Partners in Education program, now in its 25th year. At the Institute, participants will examine the variety of educational offerings for teachers developed and refined at the Kennedy Center since 1976. 

    The newly selected teams met the criteria for selection by effectively demonstrating the potential for the arts organization and school system to commence or further grow programs for teachers and the stated commitment by both partners to collaborate on developing programs. 

    Since its establishment in 1972, the Kennedy Center’s Education Division believes the inclusion of the performing arts in a broad-based curriculum improves the quality of a child’s educational experience. The Kennedy Center’s Education Division is committed to its leadership role in promoting higher standards of national performing arts education programs and policy. For more information about the participating teams and the Partners in Education program, visit



    Chautauqua, New York 
    Chautauqua Institution 
    Chautauqua Lake Central School District 
    Jamestown Public Schools 

    Carmel, California 
    Sunset Cultural Center Inc. 
    North Monterey County Unified School District 

    Naples, Florida 
    Artis – Naples 
    Collier County Public Schools 

    Pensacola, Florida 
    Pensacola Opera 
    Escambia County School District 

    Mason City, Iowa 
    North Iowa Area Community College Performing Arts and Leadership Series 
    Mason City Community School District  

    Flint, Michigan 
    The Whiting 
    Swartz Creek Community Schools 

    Wilmington, North Carolina 
    UNCW – Office of the Arts 
    New Hanover County Schools 

    Wooster, Ohio 
    Wayne Center for the Arts 
    Tri-County Educational Service Center  

    Houston, Texas 
    Alley Theatre 
    Fort Bend Independent School District 

    San Antonio, Texas 
    The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 
    North East Independent School District 


    The pre-eminent expression of lifelong learning in the United States, Chautauqua Institution comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities. Over the course of nine weeks, more than 100,000 people visit CHQ and participate in programs, classes and community events for all ages — all within the beautiful setting of a historic lakeside village. Smithsonian magazine named CHQ the No. 1 “Best Small Town to Visit in 2014” in the cover story of its April 2014 issue.