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
Helene Gayle, David Peckinpaugh Begin Terms Oct. 1 Chautauqua Institution’s Board of Trustees elected Dr. Helene D. Gayle and David Peckinpaugh to four-year terms of service at the body’s final meeting of the 2020 season on Aug. 29. The new trustee class officially begins its term on Oct. 1. 
CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. — Chautauqua Institution is proud to announce the program lineup for Week Nine of its 2020 season. The week, which begins Aug. 22 and concludes Aug. 30, features presentations released on the new digital collective called CHQ Assembly. Week Nine features former U.S. Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power; Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen; UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore; celebrated author Sandra Cisneros; and a program partnership with the UN Foundation, as part of the 75th anniversary celebration of the United Nations. Chautauqua Institution’s nine-week season features weekday lectures focusing on weekly cultural themes. Week Nine focuses on “The Future We Want, The World We Need: Collective Action for Tomorrow’s Challenges,” in which the 10:45 a.m. EDT Chautauqua Lecture Series partners with the UN Foundation to consider how we can work together to better prepare for our global future. The inquiry will include what we can learn from international communities and partnerships driving innovative solutions to global issues, identifying tools that communities can use to learn from one another and drive collective action.
The Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance (Alliance) is pleased to announce that The Jefferson Project at Lake George, a state-of-the-art program for water quality and Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) research, will be introduced to Chautauqua Lake in 2020.  In partnership with the Chautauqua County Government and Chautauqua Institution, the Alliance has finalized the arrangements to bring The Jefferson Project Team from Lake George to Chautauqua Lake later this month.  The Jefferson Project is a collaboration of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, IBM Research, and The FUND for Lake George, which employs a sophisticated technological approach to studying fresh water, with a goal of understanding the impact of human activity on fresh water, and how to mitigate those effects.