Traditional Arts in Upstate New York. Traditional Arts of Upstate New York
53 Main Street
Canton, NY 13617
(315) 386-4289

About TAUNY

What is TAUNY?
TAUNY is the only organization in New York’s North Country dedicated to showcasing the folk culture and living traditions of the region.

What does TAUNY do?
TAUNY collects, preserves, interprets, and presents the customs and traditions of the North Country. With archives, exhibits, and programs in Canton and throughout the region, TAUNY celebrates the diversity of living traditions inherited from the past, maintained in the present, and passed on to the future.

What is the North Country?
Our North Country is the 14-county region north of the Mohawk River, from Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River to Lake Champlain, including the Adirondack Mountains.

How does TAUNY’s work benefit the region?
By celebrating our North Country’s distinct identity – and the everyday people, places, and things that define it – TAUNY encourages an understanding and appreciation of life in the region, for residents and visitors alike.  This understanding contributes to enhanced regional pride, increased economic vitality, affirmation of regional values and traditions, and encouragement of the stewardship of these customs and traditions for posterity.

Mission Statement
Traditional Arts in Upstate New York is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people understand and appreciate the folk traditions and local culture of everyday life--present and past--in the North Country. To do so, TAUNY seeks to research and preserve a record of diverse groups, customs and traditions; to recognize and empower traditional arts and artists; to identify and promote regional identity; and to provide opportunities for people of all ages to learn about folklore and local culture.

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TAUNY’s  EVERGREEN logoA stylized fir tree from a 19th century stoneware jug made in the North Country--suggests the nurturing of old and new traditions that could easily be abandoned or forgotten if those who inherit them lose sight of their worth or usefulness. The “folk art” image of an evergreen tree, which appears throughout our region—in the Adirondack woods, on islands in the St. Lawrence,  in farmers’ woodlots and village streets—implies that there are some things we all have in common here.  It also speaks to the fact that everyday life—and traditions--in the region constantly involve interaction of humans with the natural environment.


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