Join in the fun and contribute drawings or words to the “Summer Traditions” themed chalk art mural outside of the The TAUNY Center this July!

Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY), in partnership with SLC Arts, is participating in #AsyncArts with a community chalk art mural project created by local artist contributors. Located at 53 Main Street, in downtown Canton, NY the mural project will run through July 31.

The #AsyncArts program creates art experiences the community can view and be a part of while maintaining social distance, rather than coming together in the usual gallery or museum setting. This #AsyncArts Chalk Mural will give North Country inhabitants the opportunity to explore and illustrate their own “Summer Traditions.” From picnics to paddling, bonfires to barn quilts, road trips to reading in the hammock, the mural project allows us to reflect on summer traditions of the past, present and future.

If you would like to add to the mural by chalking images or words of your own on this theme, or adding a sidewalk barn quilt square, stop by any time and use the chalk provided (or bring your own). You are also invited to share a summer tradition in writing, whether an explanation of your chalk contribution or a story of its own, on one of the note cards provided with the chalk.

“Quarantine has made it harder for us to connect with the community around us. #AsyncArts is about finding ways to share the art and beauty in your own life and feel the support of others around you appreciating what you have done and sharing their own art and beauty too,” described Jeanna Neefe Matthews, one of the #AsyncArts project’s founders and professor at Clarkson University.

For those curious about more #AsyncArts projects, and local artists showcasing their work in public outdoor spaces in ways that people can engage with safely and contact-free, you can find more information on Facebook, Twitter, and the SLC Arts website.

TAUNY 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. Learn more about the TAUNY Community Chalk Art Mural and other upcoming programs and projects at tauny.org.