With Carmina Burana premiering Saturday, the arts are taking center stage this week, including at Wednesday morning’s Chautauqua Board of
Robert Franklin believes religion is evolving at Chautauqua Institution.
Education is one of the pillars Chautauqua Institution was founded upon. At Wednesday’s Trustees Porch Discussion, the emphasis was placed on the various options on the grounds for youth education and activities.
Attract, attain, advocate, give. That was President Tom Becker’s mantra at the first Chautauqua Institution Board of Trustees Porch Discussion about the Institution’s strategic plan Wednesday morning.
It may be the end of another season for Chautauqua, but for the Institution’s senior administrative staff, it’s just the beginning of nine months spent brainstorming, planning and programming for summer 2015.
A group of about 60 rain-chilled people huddled, packed like sardines, onto wooden benches in the damp corners of Hultquist Center porch Wednesday morning for the Chautauqua Institution Board of Trustees porch discussion.
A swell of Chautauquans flooded Hultquist Center porch Wednesday morning, overflowing onto the steps and surrounding area to listen to the Trustees Porch Discussion, “Fine & Performing Arts & Inter-arts Collaboration.”
A group of roughly 25 parents, grandparents and friends of youth gathered Wednesday morning to engage in conversation with Institution leaders concerning children’s experiences in Chautauqua.
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.
At Wednesday’s weekly Trustees Porch Discussion on the Hultquist Center porch, the Rev. Joan Brown Campbell, director of the Department of Religion, spoke with Chautauquans about “Chautauqua as an Interfaith Community.”
When Campbell arrived at Chautauqua about 12 years ago, the Institution had just begun to “put its toe in the water” of becoming an Abrahamic community, with outreach to the Jewish community.
That was not difficult, she said, because there were already many Jews living on the grounds.
“I think one of the great traits of Chautauqua as an interfaith community is that we are a lived-in community, not just a dinner party that people have to introduce each other to people of other faiths,” she said. “People live here and live together. I think it’s a much deeper and profound way in which to begin an interfaith knowledge of one another.”