Upcoming Events

Citizen Science Training: Stream Sampling in Rensselaer County

Date & Time: 
04/01/2017 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Rensselaer Land Trust’s STREAM TEAM needs help to find out if wading in the streams of Rensselaer County might make you sick. This project will recruit and train citizen scientists to collect water samples from 18 sites along 5 tributaries of the Hudson River for enterococcus levels.




Volunteer time commitment is approximately 2 hours per month during May through October. This project will recruit and train citizen scientists to collect water samples from 18 sites along 5 tributaries of the Hudson River for enterococcus levels.

This project is made possible by New York’s Environmental Protection Fund and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program. Program partners include River Haggie Outdoors; Watershed Assessment Associates; United States Geological Survey; Riverkeeper; and Capital District Regional Planning Commission.

Salif Keita

Date & Time: 
04/02/2017 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Salif Keita photoSalif Keita, known as the “Golden Voice of Africa,” is undoubtedly one of the most influential and important artists in African music.

Born an albino, Keita was cast out by his family and ostracized by his community as his albinism was considered a sign of bad luck in Mandinka culture. He overcame these obstacles to become one of Africa’s most celebrated singers.

In 1973, Keita joined the group Les Ambassadeurs - later called Les Ambassadeurs Internationaux - and rose to international fame in the 1970’s.

In the early 1980’s Salif began a solo career and has gone on to become a superstar in Afropop music.

Keita’s music blends together the traditional griot music of his Malian childhood with other West African influences from Guinea, the Ivory Coast, and Senegal, along with influences from Cuba, Spain, and Portugal.

“A giant on the world music scene” -PBS


Date & Time: 
04/08/2017 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Photo of MeklitMeklit’s music is imbued with poetry and multiplicity, from hybridized sounds of Tizita (haunting and nostalgic music) drawing from her Ethiopian heritage, to jazz, folk songs, hip-hop and art rock. She aptly describes her music as emanating from “in-between-spaces.”

Listening to Meklit transports us to the post-national space of Africa and America, inspiring us to bridge the frontiers between language, tribes and disciplines.

Meklit is an Ethio-American singer, composer, and cultural instigator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her music sits on the hyphen line, born as equally from San Francisco as it is from Addis Ababa.

Meklit's third record comes out this spring on Six Degrees Records and is produced by multi-GRAMMY winning artist/songwriter Dan Wilson (Adele, John Legend, Dixie Chicks). Deeply inspired by Mulatu Astatke (the Godfather of Ethio-Jazz), the songs shine with pentatonic melodies, Ethio groove, and a singer-songwriter's poetic core. This is immigrant music and American music all at the same time.

Safeguarding Sources: Encryption and Trauma Protection with "National Bird" director Sonia Kennebeck

Date & Time: 
04/17/2017 - 4:30pm - 6:00pm

From Standing Rock to Ferguson, filmmakers and journalists work in increasingly dangerous conditions. Explore source protection to cover more than just encrypting data, and how to protect those who endanger themselves to investigate injustice.

With WMHT and iEAR Presents!

Community potluck and Exhibition Opening with Photographer Meredith Davenport

Date & Time: 
04/17/2017 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm


Catered by WMHT, plus community potluck of food from the Middle East



“National Bird” w/ filmmaker Sonia Kennebeck

Date & Time: 
04/17/2017 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm

This film follows whistleblowers who, despite possible consequences, are determined to break the silence around one of the most controversial issues of our time: the secret U.S. drone war.  An Indie Lens Pop-Up screening, co-sponsored by iEAR Presents and WMHT Public Media.  

Followed by a discussion with filmmaker Sonia Kennebeck, local activists including Attorney Kathy Manley and John Amidon, and Q&A with audience.

Event partners include: Women Against War / Grannies for Peace, Jewish Voices for Peace, Peace Action, Veterans for Peace and more TBA!


The Nile Project

Date & Time: 
04/21/2017 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Nile Project photoIntroduced by local Hudson River water warriors, including Maureen Cuningham from Hudson River Watershed Alliance.

An ensemble of 13 musicians arel touring the United States from January to April of 2017, including this stop at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy.

"The Nile Project is more than a band," exclaims Kenyan percussionist/vocalist and Nile Project musician Kasiva Mutua.  “This is something completely new. The way we combine collaboration and education is revolutionary—not only here at home in the Nile River but everywhere we’ve been."

Post-Industrial Ecologies of the Hudson River Estuary with Seed Bomb Art Workshop

Date & Time: 
04/22/2017 - 11:00am - 3:00pm

In his talk and workshop, ecological artist, writer, and activist Oliver Kellhammer will frame post-industrial ecologies as sites of renewal and the emergence of novel processes. Together, we will bio-map our area to begin a field guide to the biodiversity of our North Troy neighborhood brownfields. 

Followed by a Seed Bomb Art Workshop, with a hands-on demo of how to make a seed bomb. Made from compressed soil and seeds, seed bombs are designed to be thrown into areas that are degraded, physically abused, or in need of vegetation.

Then end our workshop with a community bike ride, bio-mapping along the Hudson from Troy to Albany, and releasing seed bombs on the way!

Unleashing the Power of High School Environmental Advocates: Water Security in Hoosick Falls and Beyond

Date & Time: 
04/29/2017 - 3:00pm - 5:30pm

Presented by youth from Hoosick Falls High School with Ken Facin, Hoosick Falls Superintendent of Schools, and Geomicrobiologist Yuri Gorby, Professor, RPI.

Youth Skillshare on water security with high school students from the Hoosick Falls School District. 

Dinner with the Yes Men!

Date & Time: 
04/29/2017 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

A fundraiser with Yes Man Mike Bonano to support the Sanctuary as the Creative Resistance Clearinghouse for the Capital Region!