Supporters & Friends

The Sanctuary for Independent Media is part of Media Alliance, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in upstate New York. Our mission is to use art and participatory action to promote social and environmental justice and freedom of creative expression. 

Since 2005 we have been building an arts and environmental campus in North Central Troy. We operate indoor and outdoor presenting and production facilities (the Sanctuary and Freedom Square), a radio station (WOOC 105.3 FM), community gardens (Collard City Growers), a STE(a)M learning center (NATURE Lab), and youth programs (Uptown Summer and Youth Media Sanctuary). None of this would be possible without the support of countless volunteers, many individual donors, and:

  • The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Environmental Justice and Hudson River Estuary Programs
  • New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.  
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • Ford Foundation
  • WGXC/Wave Farm
  • McCarthy Charities
  • Howard and Bush Foundation
  • The Bender Scientific Fund / Tom Phelan Memorial Fund of The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region
  • Crossed Purposes Foundation
  • New Music USA
  • Lush Charity Pot
  • Kindle Project
  • Upstate Coalition for a Fairgame Arts Grant
  • Stephen J. McKee Foundation
  • The O’Bryan Family Foundation
  • Shuttleworth Foundation
  • Messler Family Foundation
  • Merrill Family Charitable Foundation
  • The Kate Cashel Fund
  • St. Andrews Society
  • Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust
  • Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation
  • Saratoga Apple
  • Lucy Jo’s Coffee Roastery
  • One Day Signs
  • Rare Form Brewing Company
  • Rensselaer County Summer Youth Employment Program
  • NY Civil Liberties Union
  • Law Office of Anne Reynolds Copps
  • Troy Bike Rescue
  • Rock Hill Bakehouse
  • Rensselaer’s School of Humanities
  • Arts and Social Sciences and iEAR Presents!
  • Troy Cultural Alliance
  • Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region
  • TAP Inc
  • Rensselaer County Historical Society
  • Rensselaer Newman Foundation Chapel + Cultural Center
  • Alpha Phi Omega
  • Troy Central Little League
  • Team HERO
  • Leaders Leading Troy’s Youth
  • Transition Troy
  • Troy Zero Waste
  • Honest Weight Food Coop
  • Stone Industries
  • Foto Care
  • Denison Farm
  • Bella Napoli
  • Bruegger’s Bagels
  • Stewart’s Shops
  • Unity House
  • Women Against War
  • Pogo Stick Studios
  • More Trees Collective
New York Council on the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts
New York Department of Environmental Conservation

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