Media Resources

The pre-eminent expression of lifelong learning in the United States, Chautauqua Institution comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities. Over the course of nine weeks, more than 100,000 people visit Chautauqua and participate in programs, classes and community events for all ages — all within the beautiful setting of a historic lakeside village. As a community, we celebrate, encourage and study the arts and treat them as integral to all of learning, and we convene the critical conversations of the day to advance understanding through civil dialogue.

Media Access

Chautauqua Institution invites media coverage from reputable regional and national outlets. During the summer season, June 22 to Aug. 25, access to Chautauqua’s grounds and venues is restricted. A limited number of complimentary press credentials is available at any given time. We place priority on requests from journalists who:

  • report for outlets capable of reaching large or influential audiences, particularly in our target markets;
  • have a track record of insightful coverage of topics aligned with Chautauqua’s programming, history and/or role as the pre-eminent lifelong-learning travel destination; and/or
  • have a specific assignment for fulsome coverage of Chautauqua or an aspect of its programming.

So that we may properly prepare for and support their efforts, journalists on assignment should request access at least 24 hours — and ideally at least a week — in advance of a program they wish to cover by completing the 2019 Media Access Request form at this link:


Please note the following:

  • Photography and video and audio recording on the grounds and in our venues is strictly limited and often prohibited; prior permission must be obtained prior to capturing any multimedia. Chautauqua Institution is often able to provide high-quality files of these assets.
  • We do not issue media credentials to freelance writers who do not have a specific assignment from a reputable outlet.
  • Only approved Media Pass holders may produce coverage for media outlets of events and activities on the Chautauqua Institution grounds.
  • All Amphitheater and Hall of Philosophy lecture platforms are considered on the record for journalistic and editorial purposes.
  • Our official 2019 summer assembly season hashtag is #CHQ2019 — "CHQ" styled in all caps — and we encourage its use in all social posts regarding 2019 programming.

Media Pass Procedure

  • Journalists who have not pre-arranged access using form linked above will not receive a Media Pass or official access to grounds.
  • If approved for access to the grounds, journalists and supporting colleagues will be provided complimentary parking voucher and Media Passes at the Welcome Center Ticket Office upon arrival. All individuals must be pre-cleared.
  • Institution gate passes assigned by name to each individual will be affixed to Media Passes.
  • Media Passes will be clearly marked with start and end dates/times.
  • Standard parking is in the Main Lot; on-grounds parking should not be expected and must be approved before arrival.
  • Media Passes and gate passes must be worn and displayed at all times.
  • Media Passes and lanyards must be returned to Will Call window at Main Gate Welcome Center upon departure.
  • Misuse of Media Pass access will result in dismissal from venue and grounds, and loss of future privileges.


News & Announcements

Recent News
From President Michael E. Hill This year has brought challenges unlike any most of us have ever known. There is little about daily life that is not markedly different from a year ago. We are more attuned than ever to our physical and mental health, and to the presence — and absence — of others. Our nation has endured parallel crises of this pandemic, economic struggle, and social upheaval over issues of racism and justice, all taking place against the backdrop of a rancorous presidential election. The list of disruptions and discontinuities goes on and on; you know and feel many of them in your life.And yet we are called to a ritual of gratitude this week — a pause to acknowledge the fruits of labor, the interconnectedness of our worlds, and the blessings yet to come. I offer my deeply felt thanks to you, our Chautauqua family. Thank you for your continued engagement with and support of Chautauqua’s mission. Thank you for your questions and your good counsel. Thank you for carrying the light of Chautauqua in your home communities. 
Celebrated Musician and Jamestown Native First to Hold Jared Jacobsen Endowed Chair CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. — Chautauqua Institution today announced the appointment of Joshua Stafford as the Department of Religion’s Director of Sacred Music, including its organist, and the first to hold the newly established Jared Jacobsen Chair for the Organist of Chautauqua Institution. Stafford served as Institution organist in an interim capacity during the 2020 summer assembly season. An internationally renowned and award-winning organist and native of neighboring Jamestown, Stafford succeeds the late Jared Jacobsen, his mentor and teacher, as the principal performer on the historic Massey Memorial Organ. Stafford’s role as Director of Sacred Music will also serve as conductor of the Institution’s two volunteer choirs, the Chautauqua Choir and the Motet Choir. 
ROCHESTER, NY— Internationally renowned string quartet the Ying Quartet, in partnership with Bowdoin International Music Festival, Chautauqua Institution, and the Eastman School of Music, will present the full Beethoven String Quartet cycle in a series of concerts throughout the 2020/2021 season, in honor of Beethoven’s 250th birthday. The Yings have given the series the overall title Only Art Held Me. The first in a series of 10 concerts will be held Sunday, December 6 at 4 p.m., including a Q&A with the Ying Quartet after the performance. All concerts in the series will premiere on Chautauqua’s CHQ Assembly video platform and will be available on demand for audiences to enjoy on their own time, in addition to the initial viewing.