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Canton, NY 13617
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Kindred Pursuits: Folk Art in North Country Life

A nonprofit organization dedicated to showcasing the folk culture and living traditions of New York's North Country. Explore this site to discover the diverse customs and traditions--like storytelling, music, crafts, foodways, and folk art--that make life special in our region, from the St. Lawrence River to the Adirondack Mountains.

TAUNY is the North Country's only non-profit organization dedicated to identifying, recording, and preserving the rich, living cultural heritage of our region. For over 30 years, community members like you have been contributing their time, money, and talent to help us accomplish our mission.

Our spring fundraiser is underway! We have exciting plans for this year and we need your help. Your gift makes a real difference. Join us in celebrating the unique culture of the North Country by making a tax-deductible gift to TAUNY today.

The TAUNY Center and North Country Folkstore

Monday-Friday 10:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Closed Sunday


This year, TAUNY is working with the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, the St. Lawrence County Arts Council, the Hammond Barn Quilt Trail Committee, and the Town of Colton Tourism & Beautification Committee on a major Barn Quilt Tourism Project. This project, funded by a New York State Council on the Arts Regional Economic Development (REDC) grant, highlights, celebrates, and encourages barn quilt activity in St. Lawrence County and beyond. In addition to the “Towns of St. Lawrence County Barn Quilt” mural, the project will feature a range of exciting elements including: a series of summer “Barn Quilt Parties” in green spaces around the county, a pilot tour of an area barn quilt trail, support for several contemporary, folk, and traditional artists to produce new works inspired by the barn quilt concept, and an online map on which people in and around St. Lawrence County will be encouraged to post their own barn quilts and the stories that go with them. Click here for more details about the 2019 Barn Quilt Tourism Project and learn more about barn quilts and existing county trails here.

“How-To” Barn Quilt Class: Basics from Inspiration to Installation

June 20-22 (Full Class)

(10:00 am-5:00 pm on day one, 10:00 am-5:00 pm on day two, and 10:00 am-4:00 pm on day three)

June 27-29

(10:00 am-5:00 pm on day one, 10:00 am-5:00 pm on day two, and 10:00 am-4:00 pm on day three)

Registration required.

For more details about the program and fees click here.

Barn Quilt Painting Sessions

June 11-12 and June 27-29

Barn Quilt Project

Call for Artists

New 4'x4' Art Inspired by Barn Quilts

Deadline Extended: Applications due July 8

Barn Quilt Party Series Summer 2019!

July 14: Colton, NY

Swift Field

1:00-5:00 pm

July 20: Wanakena, NY

Wanakena Green


August 3: Hammond, NY
Iva Smith Memorial Gallery

10:00 am-12:00 pm

August 10: Massena, NY
Nicandri Nature Center

1:00-4:00 pm

Note: All events will take place rain or shine!

Nature Up North/TAUNY Campfire Jam with Barb Heller

Thursday, August 1

7:15-8:45 pm

Location: Wachtmeister Field Station



For information about TAUNY's upcoming programs and events click here.

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Photo: Barn quilt on display at the Iva Smith Gallery of Fine Art, on the Hammond Barn Quilt

Trail. Photo taken by Evelyn Saphier, courtesy of the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce.


From Jamaica to Peru

April 13-October 26, 2019

The North Country Folkstore

TAUNY's Folkstore sells work from over 200 regional artists, artisans, and producers inspired by and reflecting on North Country traditions.


Note: All images, text and other material found in this website © 2019 TAUNY. All rights reserved.