Dear Chautauquans:

I write to update you with photos of the significant progress our construction crews have made at the Amphitheater site since my last message just a week ago. As we communicated then, work this winter and spring focuses mainly on the back-of-house area and the perimeter of the front-of-house. Included at the bottom of this message for your easy reference are the list of tasks for this pre-season construction phase and diagrams showing the planned back-of-house removal, construction site outline and construction routes in and out of the grounds. Remember that Amphitheater work will pause for the 2016 season and the facility will be fully operable to welcome audiences and programs this summer.

Weather permitting, National Grid crews will begin work Wednesday near the Main Gate to remove a number of large trees that are entangled in high-voltage transmission lines. These trees are located within the Discovery Garden area, along the brick wall separating the Chautauqua grounds from Route 394. Chautauqua Gardens and Landscapes staff will oversee the cleanup of the area, and plans are in progress to reshape that portion of the Discovery Garden.

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.