The pulse of art beats through Chautauqua’s veins. Whether it is listening to the sounds of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra in the Amphitheater, seeing a row of young ballerinas in line for lunch, or attending a Friday night performance in Bratton Theater, there are myriad ways for Chautauquans engage with one art form or another.
For Ruth Gerrard Cole, family roots at Chautauqua run almost as deep as the Institution’s history.
This past week, from Monday through Wednesday in Smith Wilkes Hall, the Chautauqua Foundation presented the annual Scholar in Residence event, which this year featured Jon Alterman.
For students of the performing arts at Chautauqua, the grounds provide an artistic haven to hone old skills and develop new ones. And thanks to the generosity of various Chautauquans, the Institution can welcome the best and the brightest young talent in the world to study and perform their craft all summer long.
As a former member of the United States Foreign Service, the former owner of an antique business, the current owner of Hopper Historics, and president of the Manuscript Society, Bob Hopper may be a jack-of-all-trades, but he wouldn’t exchange anything for his summers at Chautauqua Institution.
Early last Wednesday in the Athenaeum Hotel parlor, the Chautauqua Foundation hosted a breakfast discussion to explore and celebrate the role of women as writers and performers inside the Chautauqua Theater Company as well as in their other professional theater engagements.
Last Saturday along the Chautauqua Boys’ and Girls’ Club waterfront, the NOW Generation hosted its first Summer Fest. With a variety of different events occurring this season, the NOW Generation took advantage of the sunshine at the campus of the oldest day camp in the nation for an afternoon of family activities, volleyball, music and food.
Ellen and Bob Gottfried are going to be retiring soon, and it’s not because they’ll be turning 65 — it’s because they want to be able to spend their summers enjoying Chautauqua Institution.
What can be said about someone who first started buying lottery tickets hoping to buy a place at Chautauqua with her winnings but now has made plans in her will for establishing an endowment fund for the future of Chautauqua? For Jeannette Ludwig, a dream has indeed come true, but planning and persistence made it happen for her and her husband, Claude Welch.
Keeping Chautauqua Institution affordable for visitors while maintaining its facilities and programming is a financial challenge.
Tim Renjilian, a member of the Institution’s board of trustees, and Sebastian Baggiano, Institution treasurer and vice president for finance and community services, discussed bringing more people to the grounds, maintaining affordable prices and philanthropy to improve the sustainability of the Institution during Wednesday’s Trustee Porch Discussion on the Hultquist Center porch.
The board’s challenge is to preserve the Institution’s environment in terms of programming, facilities and affordability, Renjilian said. To ensure that, the board must look at revenues, expenses and capital.