Traditional Arts in Upstate New York. Traditional Arts of Upstate New York
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Canton, NY 13617
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Upcoming Programs


“Folk to Table” Project


You know we at TAUNY have always loved food--we love learning about people’s food traditions and practices, from recipes treasured over generations to new family favorites that shine a light on stories and experiences important to North Country life. And we love sharing food with you--at events, gathered round our own TAUNY Kitchen counter, and through stories, photos, and videos online.

So in some ways, it’s nothing new for us to be focused on food--from the abundance of foodlore that’s come up in our varied research projects, to the award-winning Good Food, Served Right cookbook and smaller recipe gathering projects, to the opening of The TAUNY Center Kitchen, to the work of Kitchen Specialist Teresa Stone over 2020 and the regular contributions of many volunteers, interns, and project participants--and of course the years of sharing delicious and meaningful tastes of food traditions at countless programs.

Going forward, we’re thrilled to have the chance to build on all this and more by diving into our new “Folk to Table'' Project. Over the coming months, Director of Research and Programs Camilla Ammirati will be shifting focus to this project in order to develop TAUNY’s work with the food traditions of the region and all who live here. 

The initiative will include things such as: ongoing research into regional food culture and the food traditions individuals and communities carry on throughout the North Country; projects and presentations featuring these food traditions; live (in-person and/or virtual) cooking demonstrations and workshops; videos and other social media features; and more. As we get this initiative going, we’re especially excited to start with a 2021 partnership with littleGrasse Community Farm to highlight the connections between food-growing practices and the food traditions they reflect and sustain. This project will feature food-growing both at littleGrasse and in personal gardens around the area and beyond. Stay tuned for more about this project, and let us know (at if you grow food (whether a single herb or crops that help sustain you) to help support your own food traditions and would like to share your story--and maybe a glimpse of your garden and the dishes you make with ingredients from it--for this project!

As with all our work, this is a community project--learning about, documenting, sharing, and celebrating the food traditions of our region begins with you! Keep an eye out in the coming weeks and months for calls to share stories, recipes, traditions, and more. And meanwhile drop us a line any time at if you want to let us know about your own food traditions--or anything food culture-related you see around you that you think we should know about--or if you’d like to get involved in the program as a volunteer or intern. 

Pictured: Camilla happily dives into the wonderful Adirondack Cookbook by Hallie Bond and Stephen Topper, to brush up on some research--and maybe decide on a dinner plan--as she starts shifting her focus to North Country foodways.

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 2021, 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.



Open Call for Knitting Projects


Jill here:  In my ideal world, everyone would wear hand-knits every day of the year.  We aren't able to bring you an in-person North Country Knits display this year, but let's have an online show & tell!  Please email a photo of one project you completed in 2020 to by January 22.  In the message, tell  something about the project. We'll post submissions in late January. 



Wool dress knitted by North Country Heritage Award recipient Annis Holmes, Chestertown, NY.  Annis made this finely knit garment when she was a pattern tester for a major yarn company. Dress shown on a model featured in the company's pattern books.



Open Call for Folkstore Purchased Artwork


Call for action! When you purchase an artwork and bring it home, there is an unspoken connection that is built between you and the artist. Periodically, artists mention to us how much they would like to see their work as it looks installed in the homes of purchasers. If you have Folkstore-purchased artwork in your home that looks especially nice in installation, we encourage you to share your photos with our Communications Director, Xiuke Wei at: If you have a story to tell, you can send it along with the photo too! This is an opportunity to support your favorite artists in a different way, while strengthening the bonds between the TAUNY community and local artists. 


Metal wall art by James Gonzales, shared by Alan Hersker.

A Visit to Jane Desotelle’s Garden


We took an off-season garden tour with herbalist Jane Desotelle, whose plant sanctuary is located in the city of Plattsburgh. Enjoy! And be inspired to plan for your own garden in 2021.

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3



"Get the Folk Through It" Pandemic Documentation Project

We want to hear about your experiences and creative responses over the past months and going forward, with the pandemic changing many of our daily ways, while also reinforcing our sense of what’s most familiar and important to us. Fill out a survey here to give us an idea of your experience, and stay tuned for more subject-specific surveys. You can also check out the project description here for more about what we're looking for and how to share it with us, and you can email us at any time with questions about the project, stories, further materials, or anything else you'd like to share that the survey doesn't cover.


 “Every Single Day: Life on North Country Dairy Farms” Exhibit Highlights Display

Opening Delayed

Selections from TAUNY’s 2014 exhibition “Every Single Day: Life on North Country Dairy Farms” will be on display in the upstairs gallery November 14 - December 24(Opening delayed). The original documentation for this exhibition was funded by an Archie Green Fellowship, awarded by the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. We are gladly revisiting these exhibit materials now to celebrate the news that this occupational folklife project collection is now fully available online in the American Folklife Center’s Archie Green Community Documentation Collection, housed in the Library of Congress. Click here for more information about this project.

For the 2014 exhibition, research and documentation for the exhibit were carried out by TAUNY staff. Program director Hannah Harvester and fellow folklorists Jill Breit (TAUNY executive director) and Varick Chittenden (special projects director) interviewed 40 farmers, family members, employees, and others in St. Lawrence, Lewis, Franklin, and Jefferson counties. Farms ranged in size from herds of 35 to 1,200 milking cows.

Stay tuned for our major exhibits next year!


2021 Folk Art From the Crandall Library Collection


2021 North Country Living Traditions Awards Digital Exhibition and Display


2021 Personal Collection Exhibit

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