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
CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. — Chautauqua Institution is proud to announce the program lineup for Week Two of its 2020 season. The week, which begins July 4 and concludes July 11, features presentations released on the brand-new digital collective called CHQ Assembly. Week Two includes renowned guests such as multiplatinum singer-songwriter Ben Folds; expert analyst on 21st-century policing Cedric L. Alexander; Washington Post opinion editor and author Ruth Marcus; and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Rohde. Chautauqua Institution’s nine-week season features weekday lectures focusing on weekly cultural themes. Week Two examines “Forces Unseen: What Shapes Our Daily Lives,” in which speakers in the 10:45 a.m. EDT Chautauqua Lecture Series program explore how we are influenced in ways we often do not know or understand, by people, algorithms and nature. The 2 p.m. EDT Interfaith Lecture Series is themed “Forces that Shape Our Daily Lives: The Contemporary Search for Spirituality,” tracing the evolution of modern faith traditions, and seeking common ground between adherents and so-called “nones” who don’t identify with a mainstream religion, but of whom many are indeed on a journey seeking spirituality and meaning. 
146-year tradition will continue with launch of CHQ Assembly; 2020 summer lineup includes Ben Folds, Jon Meacham, Sir Ken Robinson, Brian Greene, and others 90-day free trial provides access to robust lineup of guest lecturers, performing and visual arts, events, and more To coincide with the commencement of the summer season, Chautauqua Institution is today announcing the official launch of a brand-new digital collective called CHQ Assembly. This collection of five digital platforms will extend the Institution’s high-caliber programming beyond its Chautauqua Lake campus and engage participants across the U.S. year-round by removing geographic, cultural, social, economic, generational and class barriers to engagement at a pivotal time in our country. For 146 years, Chautauqua Institution has gathered members and visitors for a summer schedule of in-person and hands-on programming that centers on the most critical issues of the day through lectures, classes, arts and entertainment, and recreation. In lieu of a physical assembly in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the interactive CHQ Assembly collective will continue to provide access to dynamic content experiences that explore the very best in human values and enrichment through education and conversation.
Collaboration Will Enrich and Enhance Lives of Those 55+ CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y., and EVANSTON, ILL.— Recognizing the opportunity of collaboration to better reach and serve the nation’s 55-plus population, Chautauqua Institution and Mather, a nearly 80-year-old not-for-profit organization, have entered into partnership to jointly pursue research and programming to engage and enrich lives. The partnership is composed of three primary components: connecting communities for enriching online engagement; conducting research to inform services and support to adults 55-plus; and sharing research findings via online programming. “This partnership signals the opportunities before us now that we will have a robust online expression of Chautauqua’s mission,” said Chautauqua Institution President Michael E. Hill. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work in new and exciting ways with an organization of Mather’s distinction that also has a mission that is perfectly aligned with ours.”