"Sex in an Epidemic' explores troubling history of AIDS"


Date published: 11/22/2011
Publication: Albany Times Union

By Elizabeth Floyd Mair

At first it was a “rare cancer” reported in 1981 in The New York Times to have infected “41 homosexuals” in New York and California. By 1992, just over a decade later, AIDS …

"Joining Forces"


Date published: 06/30/2011
Publication: Troy Record

By Stephen Douglas

There’s a new outdoor performance space in Troy between Fifth and Sixth avenues on 101st Street. Freedom Square is a collaborative effort started by The Sanctuary for Independent Media, Missing Link Street Ministry, Troy Bike Rescue and Collard City …

"Community groups to use virtual reality to improve Troy's North Central/Uptown neighborhood during Sunday workshop"


Date published: 11/06/2010
Publication: Troy Record

By Cecelia Martinez

TROY — A number of community organizations are coming together to use virtual reality to imagine a better future for their neighborhood at a workshop this Sunday at the Sanctuary for Independent Media. Using photos of buildings in a …

"Sanctuary Keeping it Creative"


Date published: 11/16/2010
Publication: Troy Record

By Phil Drew

Five years into its mission, even the founders of Troy’s Sanctuary for Independent Media concede that mission isn’t always easy to define.

“Sometimes it is hard to communicate,” says Steve Pierce, director of the Sanctuary. “People coming …

"Nonconformist Blues to chase the devil away"


Date published: 06/10/2010
Publication: Troy Record

By Don Wilcock
Joe Abbey is a white, self-proclaimed agnostic who also happens to be the lead guitarist in an otherwise all African American regional gospel group, The Heavenly Echoes.

Far from being the infidel in a field of holy men, …

"The Either/Orchestra @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media"


Date published: 11/20/2011
Publication: Albany Times Union Blog

TROY — The name of the Either/Orchestra is something of a misnomer. It may have fit them when saxman Russ Gershon founded the 10-piece little big band 25 years ago, but these days their musical approach …

"Jayme Stone, not your average banjo picker"


Date published: 05/17/2011
Publication: Troy Record

By Don Wilcock

Artists who think outside the box advance and change the sound of music. But what do you do with someone who was never stuck in the box in the first place?

You listen!

“I just …

"Scrappin’ Upstate’ all about stories"


Date published: 05/12/2011
Publication: Troy Record

By Stephen Douglas

Tomorrrow evening, The Sanctuary for Independent Media will debut Brenda Ann Kenneally’s new “Scrappin’ Upstate” gallery show.

Author  Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, who wrote the New York Times bestseller “Random Family,” will join Kenneally for the opening as …

Acclaimed Independent Jounalist to Speak at "Scrappin' Upstate" Event


Date published: 05/12/2011
Publication: Albany Times Union

Well-known journalist and MacArthur genius grant recipient Adrian Nicole LeBlanc will speak Friday at the Sanctuary for Independent Media after the opening reception for an exhibition titled “Scrappin’ Upstate.”

LeBlanc’s talk will focus on the vital role of …

Writer's Voice for Irate Fans


Date published: 05/19/2011
Publication: Albany Times Union

By Jennifer Gish

Dave Zirin says he’s a radical sportswriter.

He’s not really that radical. He just speaks for a lot of fed-up fans. And maybe that’s radical since we’ve been abused by team owners for years now.

For HVCC student and filmmaker, faith in God is an important part of her life


Date published: 10/01/2011
Publication: Albany Times Union

Madena Henderson: Freshman at Hudson Valley Community College in independent studies. The 18-year-old graduated from Lansingburgh High School in June and works part time at Price Chopper. She lives with her aunt and uncle, Joycelyn and MacArthur Henderson and three cousins, Jasmine Dence, …

The Sanctuary for Independent Media


Date published: 09/28/2011
Publication: All Over Albany

By Danielle Furfaro

You probably remember the 2008 brouhaha over Iraqi artist Wafaa Bilal and the “Virtual Jihadi” video game that was booted from RPI. And you also may remember that Bilal’s exhibit ended up at a little space …

"Festival Mixes Food and Stories"


Date published: 10/13/2011
Publication: Albany Times Union

By Bryan Fitzgerald

TROY — Just off the banks of the Hudson River at 3337 6th Ave., Ellie Markovitch is bringing together young city dwellers with freshly picked fruits and vegetables.

The first harvest for the small Collard …

Sidi Toure Bring Songs of Mali to Sanctuary for Independent Media


Date published: 10/06/2011
Publication: Albany Times Union

By Tom Keyser

On his first tour (and first visit) to the United States, Sidi Toure, a musician from Mali, will perform tonight in Troy at The Sanctuary for Independent Media. That his only local appearance …

"Sanctuary for Independent Media a safe haven for creative minds"


Date published: 02/28/2010
Publication: Albany Times Union

By TOM KEYSER, Staff writer

When administrators at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute expelled an exhibition two years ago because of concerns it was connected to terrorists, the exhibition quickly found a home. The Sanctuary for Independent Media opened its arms.

"Around Town: Graphic novels celebrated at Sanctuary"


Date published: 05/06/2010
Publication: Troy Record

By Bob Goepfert
The Record

If your mother ever told you that you were wasting your time reading comic books, you might want to bring her to the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy over this Mother’s Day weekend. They are …

Sanctuary celebrates counter-cultural comix


Date published: 05/06/2010
Publication: Albany Times Union

World War Three Illustrated is so much more than a comic book. It’s an anthology of left-wing visual thought on the politics of our day. Since 1980, it has attempted to “shine a little reality on the fantasy world of the American kleptocracy.” …

"The Revolution Will Be Illustrated"


Date published: 05/20/2010
Publication: Metroland

America’s longest-running political comic celebrates 30 years of graphic rebellion in Troy

By Kathryn Geurin

On a tired block of North Troy’s 6th Avenue, the double doors of a modest church open onto an unusual sanctuary. Empty of pews, …

Digital Preservation Workshop – October 4, 2009


October 4 Digital Preservation with Nan Rubin – $40

“Video Archiving 101: Preserving Your Video Collections”

So you made your media and got it out there — now what? This workshop will help you safeguard that treasured masterpiece for generations to come. Learn what formats work — and don’t work — …

FALL 09 "Be the Media" Workshops


Our “Be the Media” workshop series provides local artists, producers, and citizen journalists with opportunities to acquire and improve the skills necessary for successful and powerful independent media-making. We offer an interdisciplinary approach to diverse media arts practices with new technologies, with core focus on creative practice and artistry.

October 4 Digital Preservation …

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Getting Grounded: Transplanting Party with Collard City Growers
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