"What shall you do with your leisure? I understand that Chautauqua is trying to answer that question, and to open out fields of thought, to open out energies, a largeness of mind and a culture in the better sense." - President James Garfield, August 1880
In searching for historical models for LeisureArts, we discovered two related movements from the 19th century - the Lyceum movement and the Chautauqua movement. Links will do more to explain what they were/are than we are able to. Although Chautauqua should be noted to be the more apropriate model for our activities and philosophy for its multiple meanings and particularly for its blend of pop culture with "higher" forms of knowledge/learning.
What was Lyceum?
What is/was Chautauqua?
Another take on Chautaqua.
The comprehensive web resource for Chautauqua/Lyceum.