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“My family and I were so excited to learn that I was accepted to this prestigious program on a full scholarship. I have been waiting for this opportunity and I am very glad that it is finally here; I will use this time to further my passion for the fine arts. The Chautauqua Institution is the perfect place to concentrate on the creative process.”

~ Ioana Manolache, art, Cooper Union in NYC

For more information, please contact:

Tina Downey

Director of the Chautauqua Fund

(716) 357-6406 |


It is rare that in the course of our everyday actions we have the unique opportunity to so directly shape the life of a young person and to help propel his or her artistic future. And yet, that is precisely what a scholarship gift does.

The students who are enrolled in the Schools of Fine and Performing Arts provide the energy and vibrancy Chautauqua welcomes and celebrates each summer. Philanthropy makes possible the continued flow of fresh talent and creative vigor that is at the heart of the Chautauqua experience.

Currently, approximately 85% of the students enrolled at Chautauqua will receive financial aid with the average scholarship award being $2,500. The average cost of tuition, room and board–which varies slightly based on the program in which the student is enrolled–is approximately $4,100. It is an ongoing challenge to ensure that all students–regardless of their economic means–have the opportunity to study their craft and excel in their creative endeavors at Chautauqua.

Extraordinary talent and desire bear no relation to financial means. Countless Chautauqua dancers, musicians, actors, artists, and singers have come to study here from limited financial backgrounds, then have gone on to achieve prominence in their art forms. As one student put it, "A summer at Chautauqua is an amazing time for artistic development.... It was an opportunity to put life on hold and just focus on necessary artistic growth and development."


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P.O. Box 28
One Ames Ave.
Chautauqua, N.Y. 14722
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Chautauqua Institution is a non-profit organization, dependent upon your gifts to fulfill its mission. Gate tickets and other revenue cover only a portion of the cost of your Chautauqua experience. A community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state, Chautauqua Institution comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities. Visit our website for more information.