Spring 2016 season celebrates 10th anniversary of The Sanctuary for Independent Media!

Dec-ade graphicThe Spring 2016 season at The Sanctuary for Independent Media kicked off on April 2nd with Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited, a legendary 10-piece dance band from Zimbabwe. Throughout the season, The Sanctuary for Independent Media will present events ranging from music to films and speakers including a musical performance by breakout Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara, a talk by Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman, a screening of the new film "Nuts!" by Sundance sensation Penny Lane, a Super Secret brunch with The Yes Men, and more!

 

Now on the air: WOOC 105.3 FM

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WOOC coverage mapWe've just received program test authority from the Federal Communications Commission for WOOC 105.3 FM!  We're on the air now testing the signal--expect our new radio station to take shape gradually before your very ears over the next few weeks. Our broadcast studios are finished; now that we've figured out the details of the transmission end of things we are good to go!

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to our Buy-A-Watt fundraising campaign to build radio station WOOC 105.3 FM at The Sanctuary for Independent Media; if you haven't, remember that donations are tax deductible and can be made securely online here or with a check payable to Media Alliance sent to PO Box 35 Troy NY 12181.

Thanks again to everyone who's helped us get this far, and to all the future donors who will help keep WOOC 105.3 FM on the air!

Thanks for supporting our annual campaign!

Our annual campaign ran from December 1 through December 31, 2015. Your contribution will help us continue the cultural programming, arts and education projects, and community outreach we have been building for more than a decade.  We reached our goal of $10,000 (hooray!) but feel free to contribute to help us pay our ongoing operating expenses!

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All deductions are fully tax deductible.  If you'd rather, mail a check or money order payable to Media Alliance to PO Box 35, Troy NY  12181.  Thanks!

Fall 2015 season ended with a party!

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The Fall 2015 season at The Sanctuary for Independent Media kicked off on October 30 with "Moving Heaven and Earth," a fundraiser for radio station WOOC 105.3 FM featuring three local 518 roots bands.  And that was just the start!

Throughout the season, The Sanctuary for Independent Media presented many events ranging from music to films and speakers. Highlights include musical performances by jazz artists Satoko Fujii and Tani Tabbal, screenings of films by Jon Bowermaster, Nick Berardini, Lyric Cabral, and David Felix Sutcliffe, folk powerhouse Jayme Stone, an event on regional resistance to fracking, and much, much more!

Spring 2015 Sanctuary season rocked!

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The Spring 2015 season at The Sanctuary for Independent Media kicked off on March 21st with the Nile Project, a 15-piece band of musical activists which the New York Times called "a committed, euphoric international coalition, a superb example of small-world music, of what happens to traditions in the information age."

Throughout the season, The Sanctuary for Independent Media presented many events ranging from music to films and speakers. Highlights include musical performances by the African artists Tal National and Noura Mint Seymali, talks by anti-poverty activist Cheri Honkala, radical journalist Chris Hedges and media activist Pete Tridish, screenings of films by the 70s-era Videofreex camcorder pioneers and environmental activist Deborah Koons Garcia, and much, much more!

See below for details.

Fall 2014 season ends at The Sanctuary for Independent Media!

Fall 2014 brochure cover imageSchedule featured StoryHarvest at Freedom Square, musical performances, films, speakers, workshops and a new gallery show.

The Fall 2014 season at The Sanctuary for Independent Media kicked off outdoors in Freedom Square on September 27th with the fourth annual StoryHarvest celebration, featuring performances by the Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra and Nation Beat, plus art activities and a free community potluck BBQ.

Throughout the season, The Sanctuary for Independent Media presented many events ranging from music to films and speakers. Highlights include musical performances by the alt LA band Las Cafeteras, pianist Myra Melford and the genre-bending Jaimeo Brown Transcendence, a talk by radical environmentalist Leslie James Pickering, screenings of new films (with the filmmakers) including "The Yes Men Are Revolting" and another on the highly controversial subject of Palestinian rights, and much, much more!

StoryHarvest 2014!

StoryHarvest posterThe fourth annual StoryHarvest Festival community celebration, featuring free food, music, art activities and more, took place from 3:30 PM until sunset on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Freedom Square in North Troy (101st Street where 5th and 6th Avenues meet). 

Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra took the stage at 3:30 PM, performing their amazing original blend of Afro-Caribbean rhythms including salsa, merengue, cha-cha, bomba, plena and Latin jazz.

At 5 PM, the band Nation Beat brought on their 21st century mash-up of the thunderous grooves of northeastern Brazil fused with the strolling swagger of New Orleans funk.

It was a party!

Uptown Summer

Check out our amazing Uptown Summer 2015  experience!

UPTOWN SUMMER '15

Check out below our past Uptown Summers to see all the fun! 

UPTOWN SUMMER '14

UPTOWN SUMMER '13 

Spring 2014 season closed with a bang at The Sanctuary for Independent Media

The Spring 2014 season at The Sanctuary for Independent Media kicked off on March 15th with the Matthew Shipp Trio and concluded on June 7 with the Freedom Festival, featuring the Brooklyn-based Pitchblak Brass Band and Albany's own Oobleck on the outdoor concert stage at Freedom Square.

The season featured many events ranging from music to films to speakers. Highlights included performances from groups led by Brazilian singer Luísa Maita and Malian guitarist Oumar Konate, a look into the exciting field of bio art with Oron Catts, a career retrospective hosted by "Gimme Shelter" documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles as well as several new documentaries with the filmmakers including Sean Gallagher and "Brothers of the Black List," an investigation into the consequences of shale gas production, and much much more!

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