Week Two :: June 29–July 5

Uncommon Ground: Communities Working Toward Solutions

In an age of divisive posturing at the national level, are communities uniquely positioned to come together on the toughest issues, to find a way forward for the common good? We recognize the role of communities in effecting real change, and present a solutions-focused week of power and promise.

  • Each day, we highlight case studies of communities at work, finding sustainable solutions to society’s most pressing problems.
  • What conditions must exist for community stakeholders to engage one another, and who needs to be at the table? What’s possible when there isn’t a shared sense of community? Do differences need to be bridged in order for solutions to be found and sustained?

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Interfaith Lecture Theme :: Common Good Change Agents

At times when the world seems conflicted, humanity continues to find ways to be its best advocate toward its highest aspirations. In this week we welcome examples of change agents who are recognizing needs and responding in life-enhancing ways to actualize their hearts’ best intentions for the common good — and leading by powerful example.

  • Thursday, July 04, 2019 | 04:00pm

    Chautauqua Theater Company: A Midsummer Night's Dream

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    Note location change to Children's School

    CTC’s FREE outdoor Shakespeare returns with a magical midsummer comedy. Follow jealous lovers, mischievous fairies and first time players as they journey through the woods. Love potions, live music and physical comedy enchant in this energetic 90-minute version of Shakespeare’s most beloved play.

    Location: Children's School


  • Thursday, July 04, 2019 | 04:15pm

    Afternoon of Song Recital #2

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    Enjoy the sunny ambiance of the Athenaeum Parlor and a view of the lake as you are serenaded with a variety of art songs ranging from the very old to the very new.

    Location: Athenaeum Parlor


  • Thursday, July 04, 2019 | 08:00pm

    Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: "Independence Day Celebration”

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    Stuart Chafetz, conductor | Michael Preacely, baritone | Independence Day Pops:  Selections from Broadway, Movies and Patriotic Tunes!

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Friday, July 05, 2019 | 10:45am

    Eric Klinenberg

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    Eric Klinenberg is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University and the author of Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life. 

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Friday, July 05, 2019 | 12:30pm

    "Communities Working Toward Solutions" Corry, PA

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    The Revival of Corry, Pennsylvania: Panel Discussion Sponsored by Erie Insurance featuring Joe Nickol, Bill Nichols, Brad Allen and Chuck Gray.

    Location: Smith Wilkes Hall


  • Friday, July 05, 2019 | 01:30pm

    Il Barbiere di Siviglia Operalogue

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    Get all the colorful details about Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) from General & Artistic Director, Steven Osgood, and hear excerpts from the opera performed by Chautauqua Opera Apprentice Artists.

    Location: Norton Hall


  • Friday, July 05, 2019 | 02:00pm

    Mustafa Akyol

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    Mustafa Akyol is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, where he focuses on the intersection of public policy, Islam, and modernity.

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Friday, July 05, 2019 | 03:30pm

    American Tapestry: The Stories We Tell Ourselves

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    Dr. Andrew Roth, former interim president, St. Bonaventure University.

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Friday, July 05, 2019 | 04:00pm

    Chautauqua Opera Company: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)

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    In Rossini’s lively comic opera, a young Count Almaviva (in disguise) is wooing the spirited and savvy Rosina, Dr. Bartolo’s young ward. Dr. Bartolo plans to marry Rosina himself, but Seville’s favorite trickster, Figaro, is on the scene to foil his schemes and help the young lovers unite, with hilarity and hijinks aplenty.

    Location: Norton Hall


  • Friday, July 05, 2019 | 04:00pm

    Chautauqua Theater Company: The Christians

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    Pastor Paul has grown his church from a storefront to a mega-complex, but nothing prepared him or his congregation for the biggest change of all: a change of heart.

    Location: Bratton Theater


  • Friday, July 05, 2019 | 07:00pm

    Samuel Peck and Bonnie Ashmore, VACI Lecture Series

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    Location: Hultquist Center


  • Friday, July 05, 2019 | 08:15pm

    Diana Ross

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    This event is sold out.

    National treasure Diana Ross is known as one of the world’s greatest entertainers of all time. She has been inducted to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and is the recipient of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Tuesday, July 16, 2019 |

    Small Sculptures: Big Impact

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    June 23–July 16 | Opening Reception: Sunday, June 23, 3–5 p.m.

    The first floor of Strohl Art Center will be filled with pedestals highlighting small three dimensional sculptures created by several contemporary artists. 

    Location: Strohl Art Center/Main Gallery


  • Monday, July 22, 2019 |

    Lineages in Bloom: New Works by Daisy Patton

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    June 23–July 22 | Opening Reception: Sunday, June 23, 3–5 p.m.

    This exhibition featuring new work by Daisy Patton explores female relationships. 

    Location: Strohl Art Center/Bellowe Family Gallery


  • Sunday, July 28, 2019 |

    Chautauqua School of Art Students and Emerging Artists Exhibition

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    June 23–July 28 |  Opening Reception: June 26, 3–5 p.m. | Shows will be open to the public on Sunday, June 23 

    One of our most popular exhibitions of the summer will once again be displayed on the second floor of Fowler– Kellogg Art Center. 

    Location: Fower-Kellogg Art Center


  • Monday, July 29, 2019 |

    Reconstructing Identities

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    June 26–July 30 | Opening Reception: Wednesday, June 26, 3–5 p.m.
    First Floor Galleries and the Angela Fowler Memorial Gallery

    Curated by Erika Diamond, Assistant Director of VACI Galleries, this exhibition features work by contemporary artists Sonya Clark, April D. Felipe, Roberto Lugo, Jiha Moon and Wendy Red Star. 

    Location: Fowler-Kellogg Art Center


  • Monday, August 19, 2019 |

    On Common Ground: Works on Paper

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    June 23–August 19 | Opening Reception: June 23, 3–5 p.m.

    This exhibition highlights artists who paint, draw and sculpt but also create evocative works on paper or with paper. 

    Location: Strohl Art Center/Gallo Family Gallery


  • Wednesday, August 21, 2019 |

    Melvin Johnson Sculpture Garden

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    June 22 – August 21 

    The Melvin Johnson Sculpture Garden hosts six to eight outdoor sculptures each summer created by some of the most recognized artists in the country.

    Location: Melvin Johnson Sculpture Garden