Great Basin Young Chautauqua


Great Basin Young Chautauqua is an award-winning youth program with more than a hundred inspired satellite programs throughout Nevada and around the nation—Young Chautauqua has become a rite of passage for young people, ages 8-18, who share a love of history and exploring characters from the past. Now in its 27th year, Great Basin Young Chautauqua continues to impart a deeper appreciation of history to young scholars throughout northern Nevada.
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Nevada Humanities' 27th Great Basin Young Chautauqua Season

A new year of Great Basin Young Chautauqua (GBYC) is about to begin, and we are excited to share with you our plans for 2019. Our goal is to provide our Great Basin Young Chautauquans with a dynamic, inspiring, and educational season, in an atmosphere that is both fun and supportive. This year we will be bringing in a variety of award-winning Chautauquans, theatre professionals, and lecturers to help teach and mentor our Young Chautauquans as they work to prepare and perform their monologues. GBYC favorites Frank X. Mullen, Juanita Westbrook, and Doug Mishler, as well as local theater experts, will be leading workshops. Young Chautauquans will be giving public performances throughout May, with a larger public performance at the end of the month. To learn more about this program, or to become a GBYC participant, call Nevada Humanities at 775-784-6587 or email

Participation in the GBYC program is free and open to all youth ages 8 – 18. There are some minimal expenses associated with participating in the program, which include: costume supplies, and parental transportation to and from workshops and performances. Young Chautauquans receive the annual GBYC t-shirt for participating in the program; any additional t-shirts (for family) need to be purchased. Scholarships are available to families in need. Contact the Nevada Humanities office for more information. Nevada Humanities provides all creative supplies associated with the workshops.

Interested? We are holding an organizational meeting for the 2019 GBYC season on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at the KNPB building, 1670 North Virginia Street, in Reno.

Founded by Nevada Humanities in 1993, Great Basin Young Chautauqua (GBYC) is a nationally recognized and award-winning youth program in which young scholars research and portray historical figures. Through monologues and question-and-answer sessions, young scholars – in and out of character – engage their audience in lively discussions and provide insight into historical study. The GBYC program is a valuable way to increase a young person's understanding of, and engagement with, the humanities. In 2002, Nevada Humanities received a Coming Up Taller Award from the President’s Commission on the Arts and Humanities for inventing and developing Young Chautauqua. Nevada Humanities celebrated the 20th anniversary of the GBYC program in 2012. The program continues to inspire and educate children in Nevada and beyond.


Underwriting for the program is provided by the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, individual donors, parent and community volunteers, and many other community partners. To contribute to the perpetual health and vitality of this program consider making a gift to Nevada Humanities by visiting our donor page. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.