Weekly Themes 2020

Week 1: Climate Change: Prioritizing Our Global and Local Response (June 27 - July 4)
Week 2: Forces Unseen: What Shapes Our Daily Lives (July 4 - July 11)
Week 3: Art and Democracy (July 11 - July 18)
Week 4: The Ethics of Tech: Scientific, Corporate and Personal Responsibility (July 18 - July 25)
Week 5: The Women's Vote Centennial and Beyond (July 25 - August 1)
Week 6: Rebuilding Public Education (August 1 - August 8)
Week 7: The Science of Us (August 8 - August 15)
Week 8: Reframing the Constitution (August 15 - August 22)
Week 9: The Future We Want, The World We Need: Collective Action for Tomorrow's Challenges (August 22 - August 30)

For details, visit the Institution's Page.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What IS Chautauqua?

The Chautauqua Institution is a not-for-profit, 750-acre community on Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York State, where approximately 7,500 persons are in residence on any day during a nine-week season, and a total of over 100,000 attend scheduled public events.

Chautauqua is dedicated to the exploration of the best in human values and the enrichment of life through a program that explores the important religious, social and political issues of our times; stimulates provocative, thoughtful involvement of individuals and families in creative response to such issues; and promotes excellence and creativity in the appreciation, performance and teaching of the arts.  Learn more here.

What other costs are involved in a trip to Chautauqua?

You will need to purchase a gate pass and parking pass. Most programming is included in the gate pass, but some requires additional ticketing.  Sundays are free.

What is there to do in Chautauqua?

From the morning lecture to the evening concert, Chautauqua programming offers activities for all ages all day.  Check out the calendar for daily activities as well as the Special Studies Guide for additional courses offered.

Where are the nearby grocery stores?

If you turn right out of the Institute, you will be driving towards Mayville.  About 5 minutes down the road is the Lighthouse which offers very basic groceries.  Five minutes further down the road is Tops, the main grocery store in Mayville.  If you turn left out of the institute and drive about 30 minutes, you'll find Wegmans or Walmart in Lakewood.

What are the dining options on or around the grounds?

The Institute and surrounding area offers a wide variety of dining options.

How does one get around on the grounds?

Walking or biking is encouraged where possible on the grounds.  Red brick roads are dedicated to pedestrians only and bikes can be rented weekly.  The Institute also offers bus and tram services throughout the grounds.  These can be tracked live through the "Mambo" App.