Garden to Gallery


A spontaneous sunflower blooms in the garden; watercress weaves into a floating island. Plants teach a different sort of movement, response to the will of wind and water.




At Collard City Growers, the plants …

A Debate in Translation: Are Tomatoes a Vegetable or a Fruit?


We don’t always know the things that we think we know. Sometimes, the simplest questions require translation and clarification.

Today, during Week 2 of Spanish in the Garden, we realized a very real gap in our collective knowledge: What is …

A Feast of Fusion: Uptown Summer 2016 and a Puerto Rican Hawaiian Luau

At the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Tuesdays are the first day of a work week of Uptown Summer’s environmental stewardship and neighborhood storytelling activities. Today in particular brought with it a special newness, as it was the first day of our Spanish in the Garden workshop, which will continue on Tuesdays through the rest of Uptown Summer.

Brainstorming and Building Our Stories: Day 3 of Uptown Summer 2016

Day 3 of Uptown Summer left us wondering what we can build with and in our communities, as a morning of working in the garden moved  into an afternoon of brainstorming in the Sanctuary.


Our morning began with the beeping sounds of a dump truck in reverse, set to provide us with a ton of gravel to add to the pathway that extends through the L-Lot. We spent our morning there, shoveling gravel into pathways, turning piles of dirt and stone into spaces for walking and moving forward into well-loved spaces. With shovels and wheelbarrows and rakes we turned weeds into walking spaces, fueled by water breaks and laughter.

A Summer of Stories: Day 1 of Uptown Summer 2016


Today was a story of beginning. Our 2016 Uptown Summer youth employees began their summer of Environmental Stewardship and Neighborhood Storytelling with an introduction to The Sanctuary for Independent Media and a tour of Collard City Growers. In doing so, we also shared the stories of ourselves. In our …


Every Tuesday, our friends from Wildwood volunteer at the sanctuary to help with the gardens. Here’s a brief audio portrait from a recent sunny sunny day at Collard City Growers:


Without Walls is a special service run by Wildwood Programs, linking Wildwood individuals to their …

Breathing Lights: Sanctuary, Troy Hub

The Sanctuary for Independent Media is the “Hub” for the Breathing Lights project. Our hope to use participatory arts practice to educate and empower people to make a change in their communities. Our organization is dedicated to giving voice to those least represented in the media – so creating stories of people living amongst abandoned …


NATURE Lab SPRING ’15 Workshops!


"Dear Climate" Art Opening, A Conversation with Marina Zurkow and Oliver Kellhammer

Join Dear Climate artists Marina Zurkow and Oliver Kellhammer in conversation about climate change. Learn strategies to “Befriend Climate Change,” from international environmental crises to hyper-local challenges such as brownfields, decaying urban neighborhoods, and toxic blight right here in North Troy and the Capital Region!

Ecological Interventions Art Opening/ NATURE Lab Opening!















Ballengée, Skate, Hudson …

Food Forest Fridays

Food Forest Fridays reap the harvest and enjoy the sweet fresh taste of food that comes right out of the ground!  Meals include omelettes, stir-frys and salads.

Collaborating groups:

9 Mile Farm

Collard City Growers

Food Forest Friday group:

Rebekah Rice

Jonathan Segol …

Food Justice Thursdays

More about Food Justice Thursday group:

Mara Estes is the Program Coordinator for the Healthy Convenience Store Initiative, a project of Capital District Community Gardens. The Healthy Convenience Store Initiative provides access to fresh fruits and vegetables in urban neighborhoods through partnerships with convenience stores throughout the capital region. To learn more about …

"Creating mosaics out of everyday recycled items"

Date published: 05/29/2013
Publication: Albany Times Union

Creating mosaics out of everyday recycled items
Workshop to be held at Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy

Old ceramic tiles and broken mirrors can become art.

Ultimate Bean Workshop: “Vegetarian Feijoada Brazilian Beans”

Saturday, June 1, 10 am – noon

Feijoada is a delicious stew of beans.  In Brazil, feijoada (feijoada brasileira) is often considered the national dish.  The name comes from feijão, Portugese for “beans.” 

Join food artist Ellie Markovitch, as she shares her secrets with …

"Documentary celebrates gay activism of Catholic priest"

Date published: 05/01/2013
Publication: Troy Record

Documentary celebrates gay activism of Catholic priest

Documentary focuses on gay activism of Jesuit John J. McNeill

By Steve Barnes
Published 11:53 …

"Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole at the Sanctuary for Independent Media, 4/19/13"

Date published: 04/20/1013
Publication: Albany Times Union

Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole at the Sanctuary for Independent Media, 4/19/13

Saturday, April 20, 2013


TROY – On Friday evening before the storm front rolled in, it was a warm, humid evening – kind of …

"Sanctuary for Independent Media announces spring events"

Date published: 03/13/2013
Publication: Albany Times Union


Sanctuary for Independent Media announces spring events

Troy events combine the arts and advocacy

By Nana K. Adjei-Brenyah

Published 2:07 pm, Wednesday, March 13, 2013

"How the Andy Warhol Foundation Turned the Tables on a Repressive City Government"

Date published: 02/04/2013
Publication: Louise Blouin Artinfo


How the Andy Warhol Foundation Turned the Tables on a Repressive City Government

Jon Flanders
The Sanctuary for Independent Media protesting outside on the evening of Wafaa Bilal’s opening

Published: February 4, 2013 …

Upcoming Events
Dec. 06
Christoph Irniger w/ Pilgrim
Dec. 10
NATURE Lab Workshop: Next Epoch Seed Library with Ellie Irons
Dec. 10
NATURE Lab: Yoga Sanctuary with Heartspace

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