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Why Support Chautauqua

"The arts invite us, in the old phrase, to come apart from our world. Every beautiful thing one hears at Chautauqua, concert, opera, or lecture, reverberates longer in one's consciousness than would be possible in a less tranquil world."

~ John Erskine, President, Juilliard Foundation, 1930

Why Support Chautauqua

Chautauqua is the rarest of creatures, a community of art. That is to say, this is a place that still houses all of its own artistic companies, sustains all of the major art forms, intimately mixes professional training with broader arts education, emphasizes education and performance equally, and supports artists as treasured members of the community. Such an approach, such an environment, is virtually without parallel. Artists and audience members alike share the deep satisfaction of producing the artist experience.

At a moment when our culture continues to reduce resources for arts education, Chautauqua provides a caring web of support for these students—a superb international faculty, a community where 290 students of art, dance, music, and theater live together, a curriculum steeped in the excellence of the past and alive in the vanguard of the present, and a supportive village filled with the life of the mind and the spirit.

In order to enhance Chautauqua’s leadership in the training of young artists and to sustain the enrichment of those who teach and learn here, we must ensure that our students continue to rank among the best in the world, that the faculty who instructs them is comprised of individuals of outstanding artistic talent, and that the facilities they use are commensurate to their needs.

This would not be possible without active philanthropy! The cultivation of exceptional programming and rich educational opportunities is a costly endeavor. Great strides are made to provide a high-quality Chautauqua experience to as many families, students and visitors as possible at an affordable cost. Philanthropy closes the gap between these real costs and the immeasurable value of the collective experience. The Chautauqua Foundation is the vehicle that addresses this need.

Role of the Foundation

Since its inception in 1937, the Foundation has devoted itself to securing the future of Chautauqua. For most of its existence, that effort was focused on raising permanent endowment whose income could provide growing support for the Institution's programmatic and facility needs. In the early 1990s, that focus was greatly expanded to include a collaborative delivery of all means of philanthropic support including annual giving, grants, and capital improvements in addition to the continual expansion of endowment resources. The success of this corporate strategy is evident throughout Chautauqua's grounds and in the breadth and depth of its programs today.

The Institution relies on the Foundation's delivery of planned philanthropic support for its current year's operation, and also the delivery of resources pointedly designed to enable the future envisioned by its strategic plan. This support arrives from four distinct giving vehicles: annual support, capital and other support, endowment support and deferred giving support.

The Foundation's continued success in meeting its objectives depends on one's belief in the intrinsic value of Chautauqua in your life, and a corresponding philanthropic response to our collective mission. With your assistance and generosity, the Foundation is dedicated to protecting and enriching Chautauqua's legacy for generations to come.

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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.