$2 Million Awarded to Environmental Education Centers in Urban Communities

Groups in New York City, Yonkers, Albany and Troy Selected to Receive Environmental Justice Funds

Environmental Justice grants totaling $2 million have been awarded to four organizations for Urban Environmental Education Centers in New York City, Yonkers, Albany, and Troy, NY. The grants are from the State’s Environmental Protection fund and will support …

Sanctuary TV: Chris Hedges Q&A “Fascism in the Age of Trump”

Journalist, author and war correspondent Chris Hedges took questions after speaking at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy NY on November 10, 2017 on fascism and empire in the age of Trump.

Sanctuary TV: Chris Hedges on Fascism in the Age of Trump

Journalist, author and war correspondent Chris Hedges spoke in at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy NY on November 10, 2017 on fascism and empire in the age of Trump.

Chris Hedges is the best-selling author of War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2003), a finalist for the …

Freedom Festival '17 Capped Spring Season


The Spring 2017 season at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy kicked off with a spectacular opening the first weekend of April and wound up in early June–with events ranging from music to films to speakers including Salif Keita, Meklit, The Nile Project, “National Bird” w/ filmmaker …

WOOC benefit with Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars & Vusi Mahlasela!

The launch of WOOC 105.3 FM is being celebrated with a benefit concert at The Egg Performing Arts Center (Empire State Plaza, Albany) at 7:30 PM on Friday February 17, featuring Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars and legendary South African anti-apartheid singer/songwriter Vusi Mahlasela.  Tickets to this all-ages show are $29.50, …

"Troy event explores alternative views of mental health"

Date published: 11/20/2015
Publication: Albany Times Union

Filmmakers provide perspective of people with direct experience

By Claire Hughes

Troy–Sera Davidow credits her unwillingness to comply with mental health professionals’ orders with “saving her life.”

The advocate, activist and filmmaker had six diagnoses of mental …

"Thankful to serve others"

Date published: 11/11/2015
Publication: Albany Times Union

New programs, strategies are now going beyond soup kitchens in region

By Steve Barnes

Raven Kalter and her three kids—13, 10 and 4—have been going out to eat five nights a week since the beginning of this month.

Theory and Practice of Community Radio w/ Pete Tridish

Join pirate radio legend Pete Tridish for an in-depth strategy session on community radio. Revolution, technology, reform, media… what does the low power FM struggle tell us about social change through political and technological action? We’ll look at the first civil rights organization to have a radio station, located in Opelousas, Louisiana; the Coalition of …

What Is Seeing?

The Seeing with Photography Collective is a group of photographers based in New York City who are visually impaired, sighted and blind.

They follow a unique process to create their work:

Sighted assistants focus and compose the camera’s frame, directed by the blind artist. Then, in a darkened room, they leave …

Uptown Summer 2014 blasts off! Are you on board?

Starting this Tuesday (7/8) and continuing Tuesdays through Fridays each week until August 8, the wackie wookies in and around The Sanctuary for Independent Media are presenting Uptown Summer 2014!

Our launch party with the amazing Ethiopian orchestra Debo Band is at Freedom Square this Friday evening (7/11). Hope to see …

Fencing Re-match!










We’re ON for our fencing project at the Collard City Garden tomorrow (Friday 5/23).

Come out in the morning, come out in …

FenceFence 2014 revealed!


An amazing day of work on the Collard City Growers fence!


Saturday! FenceFest 2014

Hope you can make it to the 3300 block of 6th Avenue tomorrow (Saturday 5/3) for some big fun!

It’s all going down at Collard City Growers (on the same block as the Sanctuary, halfway between Freedom Square and Troy Bike Rescue).

Three years in, and it’s time to build a …

Troy Youths Ask: "What Would You Do With a Trillion Dollars?"

A team of Troy teenagers from Youth Media Sanctuary journeyed to Washington DC the weekend of April 11-13, 2014 to take part in the fourth annual “If I Had a Trillion Dollars” Youth Film Festival sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC).

Their new video, “Trillion in Troy,” is one of twenty-one …

Summer sights, sounds at The Sanctuary for Independent Media

Date published: 07/21/2013
Publication: Troy Record

By Francine Grinnell TROY — The arts are alive and playing an active role in keeping the youth of North Troy and beyond vitally engaged in the future of their neighborhood and the city of Troy. Passersby can’t help but notice bicycles of every …

YouthBuild subject of new documentary produced by The Sanctuary for Independent Media

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

By Andrew Beam

TROY — For some, second chances can be hard to come by, but many of the people participating in the Center on Economic Opportunity’s YouthBuild program are getting theirs and their stories will soon be told in documentary form. …

"Freedom Square: Crossroads for revival"

Date published: 12/28/2012
Publication: Albany Times Union

Garden, church, activist group work to make Troy block a destination point

By Kenneth C. Crowe II

TROY — The North Central block of Sixth Avenue between Glen and 101st streets is becoming an oasis in one of the …

"Storyteller uses food to get people to share experiences"

Date published: 09/22/2012
Publication: Schenectady Gazette


By Joanne E. McFadden

Chef Ellie Markovitch, right, prepares a “No Cook Stir-Fry” made from assorted veggies from the garden at the Collard City Growers garden in Troy. Markovitch uses food, photography and other means to get people to …

Connecting with the Land

Connecting with the Land is a photography exhibit that lets us experience local farms through the eyes of youth. The photos were taken during photography classes at farms in Rensselaer and Washington counties. The Farm Photography for Kids is a program by the Agricultural Stewardship Association (ASA) a community-supported land trust dedicated to …

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StoryHarvest Celebration with Toko Telo and Katani: Finale to the Spirit of the Suffragettes Festival!

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