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Thousand Islands Arts Center a non-profit educational institution concerned with preserving the skills of traditional artists and artisans and supporting the heritage arts, with a strong focus on river inspirations.

Located in Clayton, New York, the Thousand Islands Arts Center is focused on preserving the heritage of art while maintaining a year round curriculum, as well as various summer programs focused around the river such as River Clay camps or a yearly competition inspired by "Along the River’s Edge". The Arts Center’s goal is to sustain and grow this resource for artists, students, and the broader community while developing awareness, fostering skills and building appreciation for the heritage arts.


The Arts Center began as The Thousand Islands Craft School founded in Clayton in 1966. The first class had 44 students, and has grown to currently serve over 500 students on an annual basis with a diverse demographic. Today over 100 classes are held annually focusing on a wide variety of mediums and techniques in the heritage arts.

What You'll See

Some of the highlights to see and experience:

  • Visitors can view the permanent collection of over 2,200 textiles from around the world, dating from ancient Egyptian times to present day, two dedicated studios for weaving and pottery and a retail store which represents nearly 100 regional artists.
  • The Arts Center offers classes instructed by artists for adults, teens and children focusing on a wide variety of artistic mediums and heritage arts. Operating year-round a cornerstone of the school year is the After School Arts program running during the academic year for local students grades K-5.