Residencies consist of weekly classes over the course of several weeks, allowing students to more deeply participate in the creative process of arts learning. 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. I Can Drum integrates music learning with social emotional skill development through drumming. This VSA program is provided in 2019-2020 under a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

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

Sample Sing Me a Story Lesson Plan

The following are off-season specials posted by individual property owners. Please contact the property owner directly for availability.

ERA Team VP offers private rental accommodations from houses to condos within Chautauqua Institution and on the outskirts. Please contact our office and one of our team members can assist you. Please mention you are coming to enjoy the Winter Village and we will remove our $70 booking fee. A 2-night minimum is required. Please call ERA TEAM VP at 716-413-0201 to make your reservation.

21 South Avenue

21 South Avenue features four bedrooms, three baths, and sleeps nine.  Located near the Hall of Philosophy, the house is fully-winterized and exquisitely-restored for winter comfort.  It features hydronic radiant heat, a fantastic kitchen and all modern amenities. It has generous, welcoming interior spaces and roomy bedrooms for your extended family and entertaining friends. Four-day suggested minimum stay: $800.00.  See the house at

Contact Ron at (650) 464-9882 (Pacific Time) or 

KEYSTONE Condo 24-3

Just off Bestor Plaza available. Large 4 bedroom/3 bath (including Jacuzzi) with gourmet kitchen/open floor plan, skylights and served by private elevator. Winter weeks $1500 and weekends $700, both plus security deposit and tax. See pictures on Accommodations website Call Jack at 440-333-1000 or

Vanity Fair 56 Scott

Sleeps 8 to 12 people, 2800 sq ft. 4-5 bedrooms, handicapped access. Every modern convenience available. $400 a night. Contact Shirlee Moss 216-544-9323 or email

15 Ramble Unit E, Upper

For 2 adults, no pets and no smoking. There is a 2-night minimum, 135.00 per night. Please visit the property webpage:  This is an all new property next to colonnade building in the center of town, street parking only. Contact Brian Bermel at 716-983-2162 or

THE MAPLE INN – 8 Bowman Avenue

Season rentals available! The Maple Inn is offering their beautiful efficiencies, one bedroom units and a 2 bedroom suite for the season. Each suite is equipped with a full kitchen, private bath, air-conditioning, and a private porch. View the lovely remodeled rooms at Prices range from $3,000-$7,000 for 9 weeks(normally $12,000- $26,000). Chautauqua has tons to offer even without the programming, so come and enjoy the lovely weather, the lake, and the beautiful grounds of Chautauqua! Bring your friends at these prices!

Call The Maple Inn at (716) 357-4583 to make your reservation.

St. Elmo Condominiums in the Off-Season

We have over 20 condominiums to choose from during the off-season.

  • Studio: $110-140/night
  • Loft: $150-175/night
  • 1-Bedroom: $160-190/night
  • 2-Bedroom: $180-210/night

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The Chautauqua Amphitheater — the “Amp” — functions as our community’s most important place for assembly around arts, culture, and worship. During the 2016–17 off-season, Chautauqua Institution rebuilt this essential facility, renewing the Amp to meet the community’s needs for the next 100 years.

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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.