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A Plethora of Summer Programs at Chautauqua Institution & Athenaeum Hotel

Celebrated as the country’s cultural melting pot, New York is known for its aptitude for art. Diverse people, landscapes, and ideas make the Empire State the perfect place to cultivate your creativity. Stunning scenery and an array of recreation inspire visitors of this exciting state.

Nowhere is this inspiration more prevalent than at Chautauqua Institution, where unique programming ranges from performing arts to lakeside recreation. This nine-week summer program offers something for every age and provides maximum comfort for those who stay at the historic Athenaeum Hotel.

Set on the sparkling shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York, Chautauqua Institution heats up nine weeks of summer with a unique mix of performing and visual arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, golf, and lakeside recreation. With such an eclectic selection of entertainment, it comes as no surprise that the Smithsonian magazine named Chautauqua the “Best Small Town to Visit in 2014.”

This year’s lecture platform features Roger Rosenblatt discussing the art of storytelling with Tom Brokaw, Margaret Atwood, Jules Feiffer and others. Other weekly themes include “Feeding a Hungry Planet,” partnering with National Geographic, and “Emerging Citizenship: The Egyptian Experience,” a collaboration with Colonial Williamsburg.

"Chautauqua Institution remains committed to the enduring value of the encounter with great art,” President of Chautauqua Institution Tom Becker said. “We believe in the idea that critical thinking and artistic appreciation are developed qualities requiring effort and invested exercise."

Visitors of Chautauqua Institution can stay in style at the Athenaeum Hotel. This historic hotel features a full-service restaurant and exceptional amenities. In fact, this prestigious place has hosted presidents Franklin Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Bill Clinton, and others. Franklin Roosevelt delivered his famous “I Hate War” speech on the grounds.

"The hotel offers a premier Chautauqua experience,” Chautauqua Institution Marketing Manager Vanessa Weinert said. “The hotel is a great place. It's located right on Chautauqua Lake and it's next to the outdoor amphitheater, which seats 4,000 visitors. At the amphitheater, visitors will be inspired by daily lectures, popular concerts, and innovative artistic performances."

Featuring nine weeks of artful activities, outstanding accommodations, and rejuvenating recreation, Chautauqua Institution & Athenaeum Hotel offers a plethora of summer programs.