The Spring 2017 season at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy kicked off with a spectacular opening the first weekend of April and wound up in early June–with events ranging from music to films to speakers including Salif Keita, Meklit, The Nile Project, “National Bird” w/ filmmaker Sonia Kenneback,
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The launch of WOOC 105.3 FM is being celebrated with a benefit concert at The Egg Performing Arts Center (Empire State Plaza, Albany) at 7:30 PM on Friday February 17, featuring Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars and legendary South African anti-apartheid singer/songwriter Vusi Mahlasela. Tickets to this all-ages show are $29.50,
» Read more about: WOOC benefit with Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars & Vusi Mahlasela! »
Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited
and The Sanctuary for Independent Media 10th Anniversary Celebration
written by Alycia Bacon, The Modern Scribe
photos by Ethan Kindred
Welcome to Summer 2015 and Uptown Summer at The Sanctuary for Indepedent Media!
What is ‘Uptown Summer’?
Well, it is a 5 week intensive program providing a paid outlet forstudents
of many ages to get hands on experience using technical equipment in addition to serving their community and their environment.
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Today, Wednesday, August 5, The Sanctuary staff met up with Justine of Denison Farms at The Stepping Stones Center in North Troy. Denison Farms is the supplier of the organic vegetables for sale in Farm to Preschool Program and CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). The Farm to preschool program provides affordable organic vegetables,
» Read more about: Farm to Preschool: Denison Farm and CSA bringing organic veggies to local families »
On July 29, 2015 the Uptown Summer crew visited the Lansingburgh Family Resource Center to learn about an awesome new collaboration that “aims to increase access to locally sourced fresh fruits and vegetables for food insecure families in the Capital Region.” You can be sure we will be making more great media stories about this up-and-coming project. » Read more about: Interviews at Lansingburgh Family Resource Center and with Capital District Child Care Council »
Uptown Summer is a 5-week series of arts and sustainability activities for young people in North Troy, NY. Now in its fourth year, this summer’s theme was: “Environmental Justice for Our Local Community and Beyond.”
Check out the profiles of all the Uptown Summer Youth Employees here
HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE
Join in a workshop! Help paint a mural on the Sanctuary facade,
» Read more about: Uptown Summer 14: Environmental Justice for Our Local Community and Beyond »
Exciting, moving and proactive! A capacity audience (approx 120) gathered at the Sanctuary to hear Cheri’s speech. Cheri has a gift for timing and humour honed by a school of very hard knocks. She told us tales from her life and how she grew from single motherhood at age 16 to become a (very) political activist.
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My volunteer work at the Sanctuary started a couple of months ago. At that time the goal was to organize the Community Pot Luck for the Cheri Honkala Event, ‘House Keys not Handcuffs’. It has grown to mean much more to me…but that’s another day’s post.
Last night’s event was an energizer to say the least.
» Read more about: A Call To Action »
Today at The Sanctuary for Independant Media is having their Spring opening event. They will be hosting The Nile Project. The Sanctuary for Independant Media will also be hosting a pot luck dinner tonight. March 21,2015
I started my day making a Spinach Quiche, a Broccoli, Mushroom Quiche and Banana Bread.
» Read more about: Opening Spring Event: With The Nile Project »
“The Nile Project” are musicians from 11 different countries that surround the Nile River. Some of these musicians instruments are unique and from their hometown. Filling the stage in their native clothing, playing their native instruments, and singing in their native language, these musicans talent pleasantly entertain the full house crowd. As they travel the world they also hold workshops to teach and raise awareness on environmetal challenges that the Nile River faces.
» Read more about: The Nile Project Photos »
Myra Melford and Ben Goldberg held a concert at the Sanctuary for Independent Media from 7pm-9pm on November 16, 2014. Pianists Myra Melford and clarinetist Ben Goldberg create music that is pleasing, superlative, and experimental. Avid jazz fans from the Capital District attended the concert to see the duo perform. Myra and Ben treated guest to a world class musical performance.
» Read more about: New Music to my Ears: Myra Melford and Ben Goldberg Duo »
Tuesday, November 4th, The Sanctuary held a fundraising dinner followed a screening of a Yes Men movie. The dinner was held to fundraise for the Sanctuary and during presentations various programs at the Sanctuary were highlighted including the NATURE Lab (North Troy Art, Technology and Urban Research in Ecology.
The week of October 14th the Sanctuary was preparing for a visitor! Amy Franceschini, a founding member of future farmers, came to Troy to give a talk on the work of the Futurefarmers collective and lead a two-day ancient grains workshop, Futurefarmers Artist Demonstration Garden, to sow heritage grains, discuss the need for seed exchanges, and create Agrarian-Activist Scarecrows.
Like most human-beings, I have always felt quite connected to water. Besides that it reflects light in a pretty way, we need it for survival: our bodies are about 65% water, and we cannot live long without it, only approximately 3 to 5 days. I am conscious of my use of water while doing dishes, while showering, and I wait until the ground is very dry and no rain in sight before watering the garden. However, I became even more aware of our country’s water concerns when driving across the country this summer of 2014.
Last night I had the honor of attending the preview flim screening of “Yes Men are Revolting!”. The event started with a dinner for attendees prepared by Mike Bonanno and volunteers. Mike and his volunteers served people while wearing red, white, and orange jump suits. Each suit represented a different role.
» Read more about: Yes Man at the Sanctuary for Independent Media »
Saturday October 18th, I worked and attended the Futurefarmers demonstration at the Carriage House and Collard City Growers garden. The event started out with a work party early in the morning. Volunteers cleaned the Carriage House. People arrived for the event around 1. A lot of people of that attendeded. Some attendees were local youth,
» Read more about: Future Farmers, Carriage House, and the Hoop House »
Everyone experiences emotions such as stress, anxiety, and frustration. Emotions are caused by a variety of factors, like having a bad day at work or school. Emotions may be overwhelming and difficult to cope with at times. Many doctors are resorting to medication. Over medication is an increasing epidemic in the United States. People may consume more than one medication in a day for the same disease or illness. Today doctors are prescribing multiple medications for an illness. Prescribed medications can have detrimental effects on our body. A diabetes medication may alleviate some symptoms, but cause side effects such as drowsiness and nausea. Too many people are medicated for something that can be fixed by a simple change in lifestyle. Simple activities include physical exercise, meditating, reading a book, filming a short video, drawing, or listening to and playing music. Some people prefer alternative forms of coping with emotions because they are much healthier for us.
One of the more recent additions to the Sanctuary’s gardens, the “L-lot” behind the corner of sixth avenue and Glen street, was tested for lead on October 7th. This new project of NATURE Lab (North Troy Art, Technology and Urban Research in Ecology) is headed by local resident and partner with The Sanctuary for Independent Media,
» Read more about: Lead Testing in North Troy »