Mission Statement

The Arts at Chautauqua: exploring the best in human values and the enrichment of life

Our mission is to expand the lives of our audience within and beyond the Institution’s gates through the power of the performing and visual arts.

We seek to serve the purposes of the Institution by inspiring, educating, entertaining and engaging a diverse and growing audience; by serving as an integral part of the Chautauqua community; by exemplifying artistic excellence in presenting programs that celebrate both tradition and innovation; and by demonstrating sound financial stewardship.

Popular (Evening) Entertainment

080417 punch brothers OS 14Popular entertainers are featured in our open-air Amphitheater.

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Symphony Orchestra

20170815 gf 07037Performing 21 concerts including two accompanying visiting dance companies, our resident professional orchestra also provides musicians that perform for Chautauqua Opera.

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071517 Noises Photocall DM 15Internationally known actors, directors, designers and writers join 19 emerging artists drawn from top training programs to produce a vibrant body of work in the historic Bratton Theater.

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Family Entertainment

072817 FamilyEntertainment RhythmicCircus CB 05This series appeals to family members of all ages providing fun, interactive entertainment.

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Chamber Music

ChamberFestInstrumental and vocal music from medieval chant to Brahms to jazz to the contemporary music of our time.

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070817 LOrfeo DM 08Chautauqua Opera is the oldest continuously producing summer opera company in the U.S. as well as the fourth-oldest American opera company overall.

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Sunday Entertainment

08xx17 glennmillerorchestra ec0293Sundays are always free at Chautauqua — free admission to the grounds and a free afternoon show in the Amphitheater.

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Visual Arts

062817 3GalleriesPrev055The Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution (VACI) includes the School of Art, the galleries of the Strohl Art Center, the Fowler-Kellogg Art Center, the Melvin Johnson Sculpture Garden and the visual arts lecture series.

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080217 pasdeDeux OS 03.jpgChautauqua showcases four visiting dance companies each season, with wide-ranging styles from masterpieces in classical ballet to modern dance and contemporary ballet.

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