Yes. The weight of those implications was palpable in the online room as trustees deliberated. As we have seen play out in the nation and the world, every big decision during this crisis requires choosing between imperfect options. The Board chose to prioritize the health and safety of Chautauqua Institution’s employees, patrons and neighbors over other needs.

We understand that not everyone will agree with that prioritization, but the Board took this stance after thoughtful consideration. Neither the Board nor the administration feels any joy in taking this step. We believe, however, that it is the one that best positions the Institution to continue to contribute to the local economy and the national conversation for years to come.


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