What is Chautauqua?

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Chautauqua is pronounced SHUH-tah-kwah, and it refers to the Chautauqua Institution, founded in the town of the same name in southwestern New York State in 1874. The Chautauqua Institution is dedicated to the exploration of the best in human values and the enrichment of life through a program of events that explore the important religious, social and political issues of our times; stimulates provocative, thoughtful involvement of individuals and families in creative response to such issues. Chautauqua promotes excellence and creativity in the appreciation, performance and teaching of the arts.

The Chautauqua experience is based on engaging the public in four areas called Pillars by the Chautauqua Institute.

Arts
We celebrate, encourage and study the arts and believe they are integral to all of learning.

Education
A cornerstone principal of Chautauqua is the belief in consistent self-improvement through lifelong learning.

Religion
At Chautauqua, religious faith is perceived, interpreted and experienced as central to the understanding and expression of our social and cultural values.

Recreation
We believe the recreative experience and a healthy lifestyle are essential to the Chautauqua experience and fuller life overall.

Each event in our overall program offering at Chautauqua-Wawasee reflects and emphasizes this foundation. If there are things you’d like to experience in upcoming events, let us know.