Ground Floor Farm is pleased to present our third annual Chautauqua on Saturday, February 4th, 2017. Hailed by Teddy Roosevelt as “the most American thing in America”, chautauquas were a popular form of mass education and entertainment in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. They celebrated education and culture, featuring music, lectures, demonstrations, performance, and sermons.

This year, our Chautauqua will be a theatrical variety show that untangles ideas around webs. Artists and community members may submit proposals for 10 minute performances, in addition to an extremely limited number of 20 minute slots. These should be educational and/or entertaining in nature. They may take the form of music, dance, theatre, film, lecture, demonstration, game, story, etc. This year’s show will center around the theme ‘WEBS’. From patterns in nature to human connection and interaction to the interdependence of all things, webs surround us, protect us, and lift us up. We hope to curate an evening of diverse experiences that explore webs from different angles, from the familiar to the abstract, from the small to the unknowable, from the personal to the cultural, scientific, and mythical. We’re looking for belly dancers, puppeteers, astronomers, folk music historians, engineers, cooks, philosophers, fiddlers, story tellers, and many more to put together presentations that will engage, challenge, and delight our audience.

If you’d like to be a part of the chautauqua performance, please fill out the  application and send it back to no later than January 1st, 2016. Applications will be accepted and notified on a rolling basis.

The Chautauqua will take place on Saturday, February 4th, 2017 from 7pm-10pm at Ground Floor Farm, 100 SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Stuart, Fl 34994.