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: 

  • 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 


Link Up

063019 Link Up DM 22Students in area schools will collaborate with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra in Link Up: The Orchestra Rocks, a music education program provided by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI). 

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School Residencies

SW Last Day 1Now in its 6th year, the School Residencies program offers music learning offerings in 3 BOCES Educational Centers and 5 Chautauqua County Schools.

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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), Love (Jamestown), Panama, and Westfield Elementary Schools.

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Visual Arts Gallery Field Trips

06182018 KidsGallery BCH 6Chautauqua Institution invites area school children Grades 4 and up to join us on the grounds in June to take a docent-led tour and explore our visual arts galleries.

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Chautauqua Opera Invasion

Kayla teachingChautauqua Opera Young Artists present a 45-minute classroom lesson, followed by a 45-minute performance of a youth-oriented opera for the entire school body.

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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.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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