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: 

  • Chautauqua Opera Guild
  • Chautauqua Region Community Foundation
  • Court Family Endowment
  • Cummins, Inc.
  • 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

Link upStudents in area schools will collaborate with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra in Link Up: The Orchestra Sings, a music education program provided by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI). 

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School Residencies

IMG 5817Serving students of all abilities is a focus of the arts at Chautauqua, and two residencies are in their fifth year.

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Young Playwrights Project

061818 YoungPlaywrights DM 05Chautauqua Institution is proud to partner with Chautauqua Theater Company to present an interactive, three-part playwriting project for area third and fourth grade students from Chautauqua Lake, Panama, Fletcher (Jamestown) and Westfield elementary schools.

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Visual Arts Gallery Field Trips

06182018 KidsGallery BCH 6Chautauqua Institution invites area schoolchildren Grades 4 and up to join us on the grounds at the end of June to learn about and explore our visual arts galleries.

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Chautauqua Opera Invasion

Kayla teachingChautauqua Opera Young Artists worked directly with students in the classroom, followed by a 45-minute presentation for the entire school.

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Chautauqua Amphitheater Field Trip: Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet

061618 YouthBalletShow RR 21The Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet presents an exclusive preview performance of their Spring Gala for area students in the Chautauqua Amphitheater.

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Chautauqua Music Camps

082016 musiccamps dm 04The Chautauqua Music Camps features three camps in one: Orchestra Camp, Middle School Band Camp and High School Jazz Camp.

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Professional Development for Teachers

k boyd w.studentsIn collaboration with local school systems, Chautauqua is a year-round resource for arts-integrated teacher training and development.

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