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

Please note that due to capacity restrictions, we are not able to consider providing complimentary media access to Chautauqua Institutution venues during the 2021 Summer Assembly. We instead welcome media coverage of programs simulcast on CHQ Assembly. Please complete the form linked below to request complimentary access to our video platform, or contact Jordan Steves at with any questions. We anticipate the information provided below specific to on-grounds rules and procedures will apply in 2022, in this or similar form.

Chautauqua Institution invites media coverage from reputable regional and national outlets. During the Summer Assembly, June 26 to Aug. 29, 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 2021 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 2021 summer assembly season hashtag is #CHQ2021 — "CHQ" styled in all caps — and we encourage its use in all social posts regarding 2021 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
This is the fifth of our weekly “What To Expect” communications. There are only six weeks until the start of the 2021 Summer Assembly, and on Monday of each of those weeks we will send a communication to give you newly acquired information and to clarify previous statements based on your feedback from the prior week. New information will always be at the top, but we will maintain older information so you have it all in one place.  May 17 Updates and Clarifications COVID-19 Vaccinations, Testing, and other Screening and Prevention Measures, as Required by New York State  On May 13, the CDC released new guidance that vaccinated individuals need not wear masks in most indoor and outdoor settings (with the exception of airplanes, buses, trains and other public transportation, health-care settings, or other settings where state or local restrictions require them). While this and other announcements from Governor Cuomo are incredibly encouraging, we must emphasize that these announcements do not yet change how we are operating this summer. New York State will need to adopt such guidance officially before we can update the Institution’s protocols.  
CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. — Chautauqua Institution is pleased to announce eight exceptional books as the 2021 finalists for The Chautauqua Prize, now in its 10th year:    Having and Being Had, by Eula Biss (Riverhead Books)    The Night Watchman, by Louise Erdrich (Harper Collins)   The Office of Historical Corrections: A Novella and Stories, by Danielle Evans (Riverhead Books)  Transcendent Kingdom, by Yaa Gyasi (Alfred A. Knopf)  The Bear, by Andrew Krivak (Bellevue Literary Press)    Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir, by Natasha Trethewey (ECCO)   Deep Delta Justice: A Black Teen, His Lawyer, and Their Groundbreaking Battle for Civil Rights in the South, by Matthew Van Meter (Little, Brown)  How Much of These Hills is Gold, by C Pam Zhang (Riverhead Books)  » Purchase these titles at the Chautauqua Bookstore The Chautauqua Prize, inspired since its inception by the late literary and entertainment industry attorney Michael Rudell, and his wife, Alice, draws upon Chautauqua Institution’s considerable literary legacy to celebrate a book that provides a richly rewarding reading experience and to honor the author for a significant contribution to the literary arts. The winning book will be selected from this shortlist and announced in late May.
Chautauqua Institution today announced the appointment of Mark Wenzler as the inaugural director of the newly launched Chautauqua Climate Change Initiative. Wenzler currently serves as senior vice president for conservation programs at the National Parks Conservation Association. As part of the Institution’s longstanding commitment to environmental sustainability, the Chautauqua Climate Change Initiative builds on years of Chautauqua programs investigating this and related topics. The initiative elevates climate change as a key issue that Chautauqua is uniquely positioned to address through intergenerational and multidisciplinary experiences and programs. It also represents Chautauqua’s first major initiative that was conceived and created not only as a program that comes to life during its traditional Summer Assembly, but also that operates year-round and for multiple years — delivering on a strategic vision to expand and deepen the impact of Chautauqua’s mission both during and beyond the Summer Assembly.