Fall 2016 Season Comes to a Close!

The Fall 2016 season at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy kicked off the weekend of Fri 9/30 and Sat 10/1 and continued with events ranging from music to films to speakers including talks featuring Medea Benjamin, Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn; musical performances by incendiary jazz trombonist Frank Lacy and the Malian roots music sensation Trio Da Kali; the There Goes the Neighborhood Film Festival; gallery shows, workshops and more!

Brenda Ann Kenneally photo


Gallery Openings FRI & SAT SEPT. 30 6-9 PM & OCT 1 2-7 PM FREE

Exhibitions all take place on the same block as the Sanctuary and are part of Troy Night Out—take the free historic Troy Trolley to and from Freedom Square, with stops at the Arts Center, Collar Works, and through the Breathing Lights installation.

VACANT BUILDINGS, VANISHED DREAMS by Youth Media Sanctuary, Julie Casper Roth and Melissa Sarris

Stories of working peoples' struggle to survive amidst urban blight. Neighborhood ambassadors will lead walking tours supplemented by an interactive map, sponsored by Workforce Development Institute.

Meet at The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 6th Avenue, Troy


In a newly-reclaimed once-abandoned building, young peoples' stories are situated alongside a timeline of Troy’s rich history in an exploration of post-industrial culture.

At 3334 6th Avenue, Troy



6th Annual StoryHarvest at Freedom Square 39 5th Avenue, Troy

An outdoor community party with the Chill Smith dj collective, Breathing These Words poetry readings, free food, arts activities, and more!

Rain site: The Sanctuary for Independent Media

Frank Lacy photo


7:30 PM SAT OCT. 8 $15 Advance tickets

Frank Lacy and 1032K

1032K. The Planck temperature. The temperature at which matter ceases to exist, and conventional physics breaks down. Also an apt description for what happens when you mix the cerebral flamboyance of Frank Lacy’s trombone with Andrew Drury’s kaleidoscopic percussion, and the big broad bass sound of Kevin Ray.


Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn photo


7 PM SAT OCT. 15 By donation Advance tickets

Demand the Impossible: An evening with Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn

In an era defined by mass incarceration, endless war, economic crisis, catastrophic environmental destruction, and a political system offering more of the same, radical social transformation has never been more urgent. Join Bill Ayers, author of the new book Demand the Impossible, and fellow activist/educator Bernardine Dohrn for an engaged conversation about the world, this historical (or hysterical) moment, and where we go from here.


Trio Da Kali photo


7 PM WED NOV. 9 $20 Advance tickets

Trio Da Kali

Trio Da Kali is a group of outstanding musicians from the Mande culture of southern Mali, featuring Hawa Kasse Mady Diabaté, Lassana Diabaté and Mamadou Kouyaté. Comprised of voice, ngoni and balafon, the Trio aims to bring a contemporary twist to ancient and neglected repertoires.


There Goes the Neighborhood Film Festival production still


12-9 PM SUN NOV. 13 By donation

There Goes the Neighborhood Film Festival

A community event featuring compelling new films on the themes of urban struggles and hopes, with Capital Region youth media makers joined by mentors Jamel Mosely, Prince Sprauve and Bhawin Suchak plus a potluck and panel discussion with Dr. Alice Green of the Center for Law and Justice.


Medea Benjamin photo


7 PM SAT NOV. 19 By donation Advance tickets

Medea Benjamin

Medea Benjamin, whose new book is Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection, cofounded the women-led peace group CODEPINK and the human rights group Global Exchange. She has been a passionate advocate for social justice over more than 40 years.


Santa at the Sanctuary


North Troy Justice and Peace Holiday Celebration

Join us for the annual North Troy Justice and Peace Holiday Celebration, with free food, music, arts activities, bicycles, family portraits by Brenda Ann Kenneally, and more!

We are committed to lowering the barriers to access for events at The Sanctuary for Independent Media. For people who are hard of hearing or deaf, blind or low-vision, or whose physical limitations can interfere with a satisfying experience, let us know two weeks in advance so we can make appropriate arrangements.


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The Fall 2016 season at The Sanctuary for Independent Media is made possible by volunteer labor, thousands of small donations and invaluable support from many organizations, including: the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Environmental Justice Community Impact Grant and Hudson River Estuary Programs, Capital Region Economic Development Council, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, NYSCA EMF Media Arts Assistance Fund administered by Wave Farm, The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, Rensselaer County Summer Youth Employment Program, Workforce Development Institute, CEO YouthBuild, NY Civil Liberties Union, law office of Anne Reynolds Copps, The Legal Project, Discover Video, Troy Bike Rescue, Rock Hill Bakehouse, Rensselaer's School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences and iEAR Presents!, Vasudha Living & Learning Community at Rensselaer, Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region, TAP Inc, Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway, Rensselaer County Historical Society, Rensselaer Newman Foundation Chapel + Cultural Center, Franklin Square Inn and Suites, RPI Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, United Ordained Church, Troy Central Little League, Team H.E.R.O., Project H.Y.P.E., Noula Entertainment, Leaders Leading Troy's Youth, Transition Troy, Troy Alley Action, Margination, Troy Cultural Alliance, Prometheus Radio Project, Brown Broadcast Services, One Day Signs, 9 Mile Farm, Honest Weight Food Coop, Kimberton Whole Foods, Stone Industries, Foto Care, Denison Farm, Bella Napoli, Bruegger’s Bagels, Stewart’s Shops, Massive Mesh, Troy Drug Free Community Coalition and Pogo Stick Studios.