Share your sandcastle photos

Our Children’s Beach lifeguards want to encourage everyone to get out and enjoy the beach this summer by inviting you to post your sandcastle creations here for all to enjoy! Whether your sandcastle is near the ocean, a lake or in your backyard sandbox, share a photo here and help us spread a little sun and beach cheer around the internet this summer.  

You can also share your sandcastle photos on Instagram and Twitter with the tag #CHQsandcastle.

Our lifeguards will vote on your submissions on Aug. 14 and award a Chautauqua Institution gift card to a couple of their favorite entries!


Chautauqua Mirror Project

thumbnail image002Chautauqua Institution has a history of convening conversations and dialogue, with the African American Heritage House at Chautauqua hosting some of the most dynamic and important conversations about race on the grounds. The Institution and the AAHH are partnering on a project designed to spur community discussions about racism this summer and beyond.

The Mirror Project is a chance for the Chautauqua Institution community to reflect on racism and to help shape CHQ Assembly Virtual Porch discussions that will be offered online during the 2020 assembly and into later months. Starting this summer, the Institution and the African American Heritage House will host moderated discussions about the themes, concerns, or debates that emerge from our posted reflections.

Please answer as many of the prompts below as you wish and we will post responses here. Your responses will influence directly the topics chosen for discussion on the CHQ Assembly Virtual Porch. Throughout the summer, we will add additional questions and prompts based on presentations from speakers, artists, chaplains and guests.

We ask that you avoid hateful language and that you respect the opinions of others, even if you do not share them. Chautauqua Institution may remove any response it feels violates these guidelines.

Additional prompts that emerge from our online platform, such as questions posed to speakers, will be posted throughout the summer and we hope that you will come back often to respond to new prompts so the conversation grows and evolves.

The Initial Questions:

• How has your thinking about racism evolved since national protests and related media coverage began toward the end of May?

• Are you discussing racism in your family? If so, what are some of the learnings or insights you have had from those discussions? Is the conversation different among your friend group, colleagues or other cohorts? If so, how?

• Confirmation bias is a form of bias through which we interpret new evidence or information in a way that confirms our view on a topic. Do you think confirmation bias is at work in your thinking about race or racism? If so, how do you acknowledge it and how are you working to identify and prevent it? Does that work involve taking a more active stance, and, if yes, how so?

Added July 16:

• How do you respond to Clint Smith's Ted Talk, "The Danger of Silence?" Have you had an experience where you regretted not speaking up? Can you recall a time where you were glad you did say something?


Added July 20

• Where are you in your understanding and acceptance of systemic racism as a concept? Do you agree with Dr. Rose's statement that it exists alongside individual attitudes? If not, why not?


Added July 28

• What are you reading regarding race? Do you agree with all the author is saying? Do you prefer to read these materials alone or as part of a reading circle? Why or why not?

Added August 3

• Conduct an "inclusion audit" of yourself, your family, your community and share what you discover. For more about what an "inclusion audit" entails, you can view our August 3, 2020 Virtual Porch Chat with Dr. Robert Franklin.

Added October 15

Last month, we held our first Mirror Project Reading Circles during which more than one hundred people discussed Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. As follow-up:

Write a letter about race to someone or something. It can be a loved one, a stranger, an institution, a generation, a country, etc. In the letter, like Ta-Nehisi Coates, use current and past experiences, historical facts, and anecdotes and testimonies to support your topic. 

Register for October’s Reading Circle here:


Added November 2

In Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community, Martin Luther King advocates for social changes that persist to this day. In this spirit, we encourage you to write about something in our society that you have long wished to see changed and, in your own words, tell us how we as a society can change it. Please note that submissions cannot be longer than 1000 words. 

Your Answers:
Respond using our form below or tag #chqmirror on Instagram, Twitter. To view the gallery, click "View Submissions" in the green bar below.


Here is a list of links to articles we've shared on Instagram in order of the date they were shared.

Nov. 23, 2020:

Nov. 18, 2020: Chautauquan Daily coverage of Scott Kelly 2019 lecture

Nov. 11, 2020, Veterans Day post:

  • Selections from Past Chautauqua Seasons
    All books available from the Chautauqua Bookstore:

    Redeployment by Phil Klay
    Winner of the 2015 Chautauqua Prize
    2016 Chautauqua Lecture

    The Long Walk by Brian Castner
    2013 Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection
    CLSC Roundtable Program

    Love My Bible More than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army / Plenty of Time When We Get Home: Love and Recovery in the Aftermath of War by Kayla M. Williams
    2016 Chautauqua Lecturer (recording not available)

    Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of U.S. Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan by Doug Stanton
    2018 Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection
    2018 CLSC Author Presentation

    Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War by Mark Bowden
    2009 Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection
    CLSC Roundtable Program 

October 28, 2020: Profile of Carnahan-Jackson Garden by the Bird, Tree & Garden Club

October 27, 2020: Chautauquan Daily coverage of Elaine Weiss 2020 lecture | View the lecture on CHQ Assembly

October 20, 2020: Chautauquan Daily coverage of Jelani Cobb 2018 lecture

October 6, 2020: Chautauquan Daily coverage of Cecile McLorin Salvant's 2016 lecture/performance

August 8, 2020: Week Six Programs

August 4, 2020: What about Woodwinds?

August 3, 2020: Chautauqua Opera Company: Featuring Steven Osgood and Guest Host, Chauncey Packer

August 3, 2020: Chamber Music Series: Cantus

August 3, 2020: The Mirror Project Discussion

August 1, 2020: Chautauqua Mirror Project | The Chautauquan Daily

July 27, 2020: Two Russians, Eight Strings

July 27, 2020: Into the Music with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra

July 24, 2020: School of Music Piano Recital

July 24, 2020: Old First Night Run/Walk

 July 23, 2020: Week Five Programs of the Chautauqua Assembly

July 23, 2020: Student Music Recital

July 23, 2020: Events Today

July 22, 2020: New Play Workshop 2: Tomorrow Will Be Sunday | The Chautauquan Daily

July 22, 2020: School of Music Voice Recital

July 22, 2020: Avett Brothers bassist Bob Crawford in conversation with Chautauqua's Gene Robinson

July 21, 2020: Into the Music with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: Sharing IDEAs: A conversation on inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility with Sphinx Organization

July 21, 2020: CVA Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Miguel Luciano

July 21, 2020: Chautauqua Theater Company: NPW 2 Brown Bag

July 20, 2020: Fitness Center Programs

July 18, 2020: Week Three | Art and Democracy

July 17, 2020: Cocktails, Concerts & Conversations featuring Gina Chavez, 5 p.m. EDT

July 17, 2020: Student Piano Recital, 4 p.m. EDT

July 16, 2020: Paula Kerger discusses “PBS American Portrait"

July 16, 2020: Week Four Programs of the Chautauqua Assembly 

July 15, 2020: Online Classroom and Youth Programs

July 15, 2020: African American Heritage House Lecture: Fahamu Pecou

July 15, 2020:  Mirror Project

July 14, 2020: Arts Events Today

July 14, 2020:  Mirror Project

July 11, 2020: School of Music Events

July 10, 2020:  An Evening with Ben Folds

July 10, 2020: Derek Thompson Lecture

July 10, 2020: Week Two lectures in review, The Chautauquan Daily

July 10, 2020: Chautauqua Opera Invasion

July 9, 2020: The Chautauquan Daily 

July 9, 2020: Into the Music with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: "Swing into the Season with CSO"

July 8, 2020: Afternoon Piano Recital with Nicola Melville and John Milbauer

July 8, 2020: Online Classes and Engagement for Youth and Adults

July 6, 2020: Chautauqua Assembly Online Platforms

July 5, 2020: Assembly Platforms and Schedule

July 4, 2020: Independence Day Celebration featuring Stuart Chafetz, Tony DeSare, Capathia Jenkins and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra

July 3, 2020: Week Two Programs of the Chautauqua Assembly

July 3, 2020: Chautauqua Theater Company: Hello, Chautauqua!

July 3, 2020: Song requests for CSO concert on Monday July 7

July 1, 2020: Week Two Classes and Youth Programs

June 29, 2020: 2020 Opera events

June 28, 2020: Sign up for weekly youth programs

June 28, 2020: Katharine Wilkinson at Chautauqua

June 28, 2020: What Is Ecofeminism? Understanding The Intersection Of Gender & The Environment

June 27, 2020: Chautauqua Assembly

June 26, 2020: Christine Todd Whitman to speak at Chautauqua

June 26, 2020: Christine Todd Whitman on CNN

June 26, 2020: Opening Three Taps

June 25, 2020: New Online Youth Programs

 June 24, 2020: Chautauqua Opera Virtual Sing-In - Part 1, 5p.m. on June 24

June 23, 2020: June 24 Authors Convening 

June 23, 2020: Chautauqua Assembly

June 23, 2020: Darren Walker: Corporate America Has Failed Black America

June 23, 2020: Darren Walker at Chautauqua, July 14, 2020

June 22, 2020: Imani Perry conversations with Krista Tippett at Chahtauqua Institution

June 21, 2020: Maurice Carlos Ruffin, CLSC Author, We Cast a Shadow

June 20, 2020:

June 19, 2020: 1619 Project

June 19, 2020: Nikole Hannah-Jones Examines Racism From ‘Slaveocracy’ to ‘Democracy’ | June 25, 2019 The Chautauquan Daily

June 19, 2020: Young Playerights Project

June 17, 2020: Pulitzer Winner David Blight to Expand on Frederick Douglass’ Life & Legacy | Chautauquan Daily 2019

June 17, 2020: One Week to Save Democracy | By David W. Blight

June 15, 2020: Prayers from Chautauqua's Interfaith FamilyNo. 15 • From the Jewish Tradition

June 14, 2020: Chaplain Ottis Moss II, God Provides Moral Compass, ‘Moral Imagination’ for Tough Times

June 14, 2020: Otis Moss III sermon archive

June 13, 2020 | Regenerative products just might save the planet – and the economy

June 12, 2020: Who is the ‘we’ in ‘We the People’? Cobb examines ‘fundamental divide’ of racism in defining identity

June 11, 2020: The Guardian | Quoting 2019 lecturer Eric Klinenberg: ‘Are you immune?’ The new class system that could shape the Covid-19 world

June 11, 2020: Sociologist Eric Klinenberg to Discuss Need for Shared and Community-Building Spaces | July 4, 2019, Chautauquan Daily

June 11, 2020: Eric Klinenberg Lauds Value of Libraries as Social Infrastructure | July 6, 2019, Chautauquan Daily

June 10, 2020: Director DuVernay discusses the politics of filmmaking | Chautauquan Daily, July 29, 2015

June 10, 2020: Sick of the ‘blue code of silence,’ director Ava DuVernay starts an initiative to spotlight police brutality

| Washington Post, June 8, 2020

June 8, 2020: Prayers from Chautauqua's Interfaith FamilyNo. 14 • From the Christian Tradition | Michael-Ray Mathews 

June 8, 2020: “Is America Possible?” | By By Dr. Corey D. B. Walker

June 7, 2020: Bryan Stevenson imparts Martin Luther King Jr.’s requirements for justice, peace

June 6, 2020: Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton | In interfaith lecture, Sutton suggests 4 steps for racial equality

June 5, 2020: Statement from President Michael E. Hill

June 5, 2020: Richard Rohr's Daily Meditation, Alternative Community

June 5, 2020: Racism is the temptation white people have yet to overcome | By Joan Chittister


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