Interviews at Lansingburgh Family Resource Center and with Capital District Child Care Council

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 …

Uptown Summer 14: Environmental Justice for Our Local Community and Beyond

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

"'Upstate Girl' finds voice in photography"

Date published: 02/12/2009
Publication: Troy Record

‘Upstate Girl’ finds voice in photography

By Bob Goepfert The Record

Brenda Ann Kenneally has an addictive personality. That addiction has produced “Upstate Girls: What Became of the Collar City,” which opens Saturday at the Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 …

"Exhibit looks at women in poverty"

Date published: 02/08/2009
Publication: Schenectady Daily Gazette

Exhibit looks at women in poverty
By Sara Foss


TROY — A young woman named Dana Aftab wanders through a cramped hallway, gazing at blank white walls that will soon be covered with pictures. Dozens of photographs …

Underground Art Gallery



The Underground Gallery at The Sanctuary for Independent Media features an exhibition organized by the Iraqi Children’s Art Exchange called, "Don’t Forget Us: Iraqi Children 2001 – 2008 (Sanctions, War, Occupation and Exile)” from September 12 through December 14, 2008. The show is …

Great Animation Workshop with School 12 Complete!

In addition to our many activities at The Sanctuary for Independent Media, we also bring media literacy classes to schools throughout the Capital Region! Here’s the warm-up exercise, The Flight of the Butterfly, from a 4-day intensive stop-motion animation workshop with a class of 6th graders at School 12 in South …

Links & Information About the Wafaa Bilal Controversy

  • March 5th: Iraqi-born artist, Wafaa Bilal presents his work, Virtual Jihadi, at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy NY despite complaints from Campus Republicans
  • March 6th: RPI indefinitely suspends Mr. Bilal’s show, and subsequently closes it down.
  • March 7th: The Sanctuary for Independent Media invites Wafaa to …

Uptown Summer 2012

During the summer of ’12, Youth Media Sanctuary produced a series of cooking videos focusing on nutrition on a budget. 

Have a front row seat by checking out the videos we produce right here!

Listen to an awesome radio piece, created by Hudson youth in WGXC Radio Explosion!


The Sanctuary for Independent Media is a telecommunications production facility dedicated to community media arts, located in an historic former church at 3361 6th Avenue in north Troy, NY. The Sanctuary hosts screening, production and performance facilities, training in media production and a meeting space for artists, activists and independent media makers of all kinds.

Upcoming Events
Botanical pigments process
10/24/2017 – 06/05/2018
NATURE Lab Open Hours for Art & Ecology
Mar. 20
NATURE Lab Crowdfunding Kickoff with Bio-Artist Shu Lea Cheang
04/13/2018 – 04/15/2018
Ruderal Ecologies Symposium: Grounds for Change

Stay Informed

Sign up with your e-mail address to keep up to date with events, workshops and other announcements from The Sanctuary. You may unsubscribe at any time
* indicates required
Don't worry.We <3 privacy, and will not sell your information.