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

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Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY) is seeking an outgoing, service-oriented individual to be part of the organization’s North Country Folkstore team. TAUNY is a non-profit organization that explores, honors, and celebrates the diverse cultures, skills, and crafts of everyday life in New York’s North Country. TAUNY’s home is The TAUNY Center, a restored historic building on the Main St. of Canton, NY.

TAUNY offers exhibits, programs and services throughout the North Country. The North Country Folkstore in The TAUNY Center sells the work of nearly 200 North Country artists, artisans, and small-scale producers. TAUNY offers a positive work environment and opportunity to be creative. TAUNY is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
TAUNY is seeking a part-time associate to work in the North Country Folkstore. The Folkstore is open year-round Monday-Friday 10-5, Saturday 10-4, with extended hours in November and December. Interested parties must be willing to work some weekend shifts. Hours worked will average 12-20 hours, over 3-4 shifts.
Folkstore Associates are members of a team responsible for welcoming visitors to The TAUNY Center, providing customer service in the retail operation, and interacting with the artists and producers whose work is sold in the Folkstore. This is an hourly position that pays $12.50/hour to start.
  • Specific tasks include:
  • Greeting visitors to The TAUNY Center and orienting them to The TAUNY Center.
  • Answering questions about products in the Folkstore.
  • Handling sales transactions. Comfort with technology is necessary.
  • Receiving inventory into the Folkstore’s Point of Sale System.
  • Processing and shipping online orders. 
  • Attending periodic staff meetings and participating in ongoing activities at TAUNY. This may include taking on additional responsibilities as need arises.
Please mail a letter of interest and a resume to TAUNY Executive Director, Jill Breit, at
Friends! Come join us! TAUNY’s Board of Directors has recently adopted a new strategic plan for TAUNY. We are inviting YOU to help us make it happen! There are opportunities on the governing board, advisory board, and volunteer corps. The new plan emphasizes goals for greater diversity and inclusion through new program initiatives and strategies for audience development, expanded use of technology, facility improvements, and new fundraising initiatives. 

We are looking to the future and we want to bring together as many voices, skills, and perspectives as we can to be sure that TAUNY continues to be relevant and effective. The TAUNY team is collegial and hard-working. We think you’ll find getting more involved a great experience! To see a summary of the new strategic plan, visit here. For more information or to discuss participating, contact us at

Introduction to TAUNY
If you are interested in TAUNY, and what TAUNY does, check out this video we made recently! If you would like to get involved on the Board of Directors, as an Advisor, in the Expert Network, or looking for other volunteering opportunities, send an email to! We would love for you to join us, and make our community bigger, stronger, and better!  

It's Not Too Soon to Think About Gingerbread Houses!
Our annual Sugar & Spice Gingerbread House display is a favorite of visitors to The TAUNY Center. Usually, we choose a specific theme each year, but this year we are leaving it up to wherever your imagination takes you. Our 2021 theme is … Maker’s Choice! We are taking a hiatus from competition and categories this year. All makers who enter will receive a prize. Whatever your skill level, TAUNY invites you to participate and make this tradition continue! We are excited to see the outcomes and look forward to all of your gingerbread houses. 

Submissions can be dropped off at The TAUNY Center during business hours Friday, November 26th through Thursday, December 2nd. Click here to download the submission form. 
Photo Captions: Some submissions from the “2020” Gingerbread Contest.


At the peak of the summer time, while everything is so green and lush, we paid a visit to herbalist, native plant conservationist, and TAUNY North Country Living Traditions Award recipient Jane Desotellle in Plattsburgh, NY for our Grow and Tell video project. Watch this video here, see how Jane grows her wild edible and medicinal garden, and listen to the stories that she shares about family, friends, traditions, and plants.
Tending the Wild Edible Garden with Jane Desotelle

TAUNY turns 35 this year! In honor of this occasion, we’ll bring you our 35@35 series, featuring highlights from TAUNY’s history.

From the very beginning, we’ve loved developing exhibits at TAUNY. Through exhibits, we’ve been able to share so many wonderful people and places in our North Country. Here’s our list of 35 favorite exhibits from the past!

TAUNY's Open Call for Personal Collections

Do you or does someone you know have a collection related to folk art and/or traditional life in the North Country? We’d like to hear about it! In 2022, we’ll showcase collections from around our region in a revival of our popular Personal Collections Series. Contact TAUNY Executive Director Jill Breit,, 315-386-4289.

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