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.


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 


Meet the Dance Theatre of Harlem

DTH The Company in Balamouk Photo by Christopher Duggan Courtesy of Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival 1 artsedThis online informal performance provides an inside look at the art of classical ballet. From the training and preparation of a dance artist through the elements of choreography and stage craft, the viewer is given an intimate look at the power of this beautiful art form.

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Chautauqua Visual Arts Online Gallery Tour

06182018 KidsGallery BCH 6Students in grades 4 and up are invited to enjoy an online experience with the art and artists who will be featured in the Chautauqua Visual Arts Galleries during the 2021 Summer Assembly Season. Students will learn about the art, the artist and their process and be invited to create art using similar process to the artists.

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Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and Music School Festival Orchestra Concerts Online

06272019 EveningFirstOrchestra VG 11 2Select video performances of the CSO and MSFO have been chosen to share with area music educators to view and enjoy with their students. Teacher’s Guides will be made available to teachers that provide basic background on each orchestra, the conductors, various musicians and the repertoire.

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"Finding North" Play and Teacher's Guide

Finding North image“Finding North” is a one-man play drawn from historical research and oral histories that brings to the stage powerful stories of the yearning, sacrifices and dreams of the African-American Underground Railroad hero John P. Parker, as well as contemporary American immigrants.

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Young Playwrights Project

061818 YoungPlaywrights DM 05Chautauqua Institution Arts Education and the Chautauqua Theater Company is proud to present an interactive, three-phase playwriting project for area third and fourth grade students from Chautauqua Lake, C. C. Ring (Jamestown), Fletcher (Jamestown), and Panama Elementary Schools.

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School Residencies

SW Last Day 1Now in its 7th year, the School Residencies program offers music learning offerings in 2 BOCES Educational Centers and 8 Chautauqua County Schools.nd 5 Chautauqua County Schools.

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Professional Development for Teachers

k boyd w.studentsAs a Kennedy Center Partners in Education team, Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua Lake Central School and Jamestown Public Schools present professional development workshops in Arts Integration.

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Chautauqua Amphitheater Field Trip: Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet

061618 YouthBalletShow RR 21Should NYS safety and health regulations permit the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet Spring Gala performance to be held in the Chautauqua Amphitheater, CI Arts Education is planning to offer an Online Field Trip experience. This would include video and online educational resources designed to immerse students in a music and motion filled experience.

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Chautauqua Music Camps

082016 musiccamps dm 04CI Arts Education is working to investigate options to hold the beloved Chautauqua Music Camps in 2021, likely at reduced capacity, pending health and safety regulations.

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Chautauqua Opera Invasion

Kayla teachingStay tuned to this space for news for the 2020-2021 school year and into the future!

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Link Up

063019 Link Up DM 22CI Arts Education has postponed presentation of the Link Up program until 2022. The hope is that it will be able to resume during the 2021-2022 school year.

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