“Every Child is an Artist.”
As luck would have it, my decision to begin testing the Institution’s hearing enhancement system during a musical act was well-rewarded.
When Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster began eating cookies as a “sometimes snack,” PBS was responding to an epidemic of childhood obesity that has swept the country over the past several decades. This week at Children’s School, the kids will learn about their bodies and staying healthy.
When Lewis and Clark finished their journey to the Pacific Ocean, they looked back on their travels with awe commensurate to the continent they had just crossed. Though the passage of time has worn highways along the route by which they traveled, lifelong Chautauquan Hayley Grabner stood looking back on the cross-country bicycle journey she had completed on Aug. 10 with a similar state of disbelief.
By the time Daniel Karslake finished film school at the University of Southern California, he discovered that he didn’t much care for Hollywood. It was the two years he spent working as an intern in now-president Tom Becker’s office in the Chautauqua Foundation that would turn him in the direction of his first job raising money for City of Hope, a cancer research center. A brief stint working for PBS showed him that his love for fundraising could be combined with his talents as a filmmaker and storyteller.
Kemal Kirişci — the TÜSİAD senior fellow and director of the Center on the United States and Europe’s Turkey Project at Brookings Institution — will bring decades of study on his home country to the Amphitheater at 10:45 a.m. today in the final morning lecture on Week Eight’s theme, “Turkey: Model for the Middle East?”
Kirişci’s expertise in Turkish foreign policy and migration studies will guide him as he sheds light upon the question mark that looms over the end of the week’s title. The integrity of Turkey’s democratic principles has come under fire in light of the protests this past May and the government’s responsive police action. This morning, Kirişci will speak about the complexities that have recently beset the already complicated nature of democracy in the country.
Behind the musical visions brought into being by Chautauqua Opera Company’s 26 Young Artists is a staff of six devoted coaches who work tirelessly to ensure that each singer’s voice is thoroughly prepared for performance.
For “Mystery Week” at the Children’s School, the 3s will make “Who am I” masks, which will both conceal and reveal their true selves. They will also be dying coffee filters and spray painting fish with stencils, as well as crafting wheel paintings.
For decades, fashion designer Sandy D’Andrade has been weaving a wintry tree of life into her opera-inspired garments. Although her signature design, the “Winter Tree,” bears no leaves, it is a living, breathing “symbol of life,” the designer said. “It’s one of those images that crosses through every age and every culture, every religion. We draw it reaching down into the roots, into the earth to symbolize potential and growth, healing and renewal.”
It is every child’s birthday at the Children’s School this week, as Chautauqua Institution glides through the week of the 139th anniversary of Chautauqua’s founding. In the manner of Lewis Carroll, the children are observing five “un-birthdays” during Week Seven at Children’s School, themed “Happy Birthday Chautauqua.”