A new collaboration of nonprofit organizations have started working together to produce a comprehensive strategy to highlight the many arts resources across the Adirondack North Country region, as well as provide artists and artistic venues a stronger presence and a dedicated online home to engage with residents and visitors.

The Adirondack Regional Arts Trail (working name) will connect the region’s arts organizations, galleries, theaters, artists and craftspeople through an online platform, and help foster a unified identity for arts and artisan businesses across Northern New York.

Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA), BluSeed Studios, Saranac Lake ArtWorks and Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY) recently received a grant award to get the project started. The grant, in the amount of $59,200 from the New York State Council on the Arts was part of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) awards announced Dec. 11 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

“ANCA sees the work of our region’s artists, artisan businesses, galleries, arts events and arts institutions as being a very important part of the overall economy. The Art Trail project clearly supports the North Country REDC’s goals of elevating global recognition of the region, and nurturing its entrepreneurs, and is a great opportunity to showcase the arts and the role they play in attracting newcomers and visitors more prominently. We look forward to collaborating with new partners across the region to make this happen,” said Kate Fish, Executive Director of ANCA.

BluSeed Studios is pleased and excited that it will play a significant role in developing an arts trail for the Adirondacks and North Country. We look forward to working with ANCA, Saranac Lake Art Works and TAUNY, along with the broader art community in developing an arts trail that will further enhance our region as an arts destination and build on the many rich programs already in place.  We are confident that this project will not only serve the many artists and arts organizations in our region but will strengthen BluSeed Studio’s continuing efforts to “Connect the Community to the Arts,” said Larry Poole, BluSeed board president.

Benefits for artists and artisans

“The Art Trail will set up a network of galleries, arts organizations, artists, and craftspeople that will enable the wonderful creative products, exciting art events and enriching venues of our region to be accessible as a whole to a much wider audience than most individual entities ever reach,” said artist Sanda Hildreth, who is a founding member of Saranac Lake ArtWorks and member of the Adirondack Artists Guild Gallery.

“The Adirondack North Country is rich in cultural resources.  This is a wonderful opportunity to put the spotlight on creative people living in our region, and to help them receive the attention and support they need to be able to develop and prosper in their work.  Regional artists both reflect and shape understanding of this place.” – Jill Breit, Executive Director of TAUNY.

Next steps

Project partners will be meeting in January. For more information on the project, and for inquiries on how you or your organization can get involved, please contact Melissa Hart, ANCA Communications Specialist at mhart@adirondack.org.

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