"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 …

Activist and author to speak about 'Blood on the Tracks'

Date published: 11/10/2011
Publication: Albany Times Union


S. Brian Willson is a Vietnam War veteran who lost his legs protesting the shipment of U.S. arms to Central America. Now he’s touring the country using a pair of prosthetic legs and a three-wheeled hand-cycle to talk about his …

Want to get more involved? Check out these Sanctuary work projects…


Ever thought about spending some of your free time helping out at the Sanctuary?  There are several projects underway for which we could use some hands!

1. Stage light and curtains

This Friday (3-25) from 11 AM through the afternoon, we’ll be installing stage curtain hardware and upgrading …

Military steps up retaliation against accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower

This just in from our friends at the Bradley Manning Support Network:

QUANTICO, VA, 23 January 2011 — Military officials at Marine Corps Base Quantico today increased the isolation of accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning by detaining Manning’s friend and regular visitor David House at the base entrance until visiting …

National Peace Conference – Summary and Assessment

Our friend Joe Lombardo, a key organizer of the United National Peace Conference in Albany we webcast from July 23-25, sent the following summary and assessment of the weekend events.  We thought you’d be interested:

Dear Friends,

The United National Peace Conference in Albany brought together people …

"African ‘blues’ artist coming to Troy"

Date published: 03/18/2010
Publication: Troy Record

By Don Wilcock

Two days before he plays Carnegie Hall and a week after doing several
dates with renowned banjo player Bela Fleck’s Africa Project, African
artist Bassekou Kouyate and his band Ngoni Ba will play Troy’s
Sanctuary for …

"History comes alive in Troy story"

Date published: 02/25/2010
Publication: Troy Record

By Phil Drew

Affixed to the exterior of a building on State Street in downtown 
Troy, within sight of the YWCA building on First Street, is a simple 
bronze plaque paying tribute to an event in local history that, this  …

"Director speaks about dark comedy 'My Suicide'"

Date published: 04/29/2010
Publication: Albany Times Union

By Elizabeth Floyd Mair

In the feature film “My Suicide: A Self-Inflicted Comedy,” a teenage boy announces in media class that he plans to kill himself on camera as his final project. Some classmates cheer him on and encourage him to …

Development Coordinator Position Now Open!

UPDATE 5/14/2010: THIS POSITION IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE. Thanks for your interest!

Want to help develop a new model for community based media?
We are looking for a Development Coordinator VISTA to join our team at The Sanctuary for Independent Media.  The VISTA member will serve for one …

“Be The Media!” Spring '10 Workshop Series Announced!

The Sanctuary for Independent Media Center presents the “Be The Media!” workshop series from March through June 2010.

The “Be The Media!” workshop series provides local artists, producers, and citizen journalists with opportunities to acquire and improve the skills necessary for successful and high-impact independent media-making.

The workshop series, now in …

Invisible: The Crisis of LGBT Youth Homelessness by photo journalist Samantha Box

Meet Samantha Box

Friday, Nov. 19

during our event “Live from Lock One:
A Night Focusing on Youth”

*This event is a fund-raiser for Youth Media Sanctuary!

5:30   Artist Reception and Potluck …

"Sanctuary mixes genres, but not message"

Date published: 11/03/2009
Publication: Troy Record

By Bob Goepfert

The Sanctuary for Independent Media has a curious name that makes the organization sound a bit spiritual and at the same time a bit rebellious.

That is appropriate as the not-for-profit is located in an old church …

"Black Panther Robert Hillary King tells his story"

Date published: 04/09/2009
Publication: Albany Times Union

By Tom Keyser

Robert Hillary King spent nearly three decades in solitary confinement at the notorious Angola state prison in Louisiana. As a member of the Black Panther Party, he and two party members became nationally known as the Angola 3 — …

"Iraqi Children make art from war"

Date published: 03/20/2009
Publication: Albany Times Union

By Danielle Furfaro

The three Iraqi teenage girls show up at the library wearing red and black. The red, they explain, symbolizes the blood of dead Iraqis. The black represents the tears and sadness of their country.

Shahad Jassim, …

Meditative music mines the depths of listening

Date published: 06/08/2007
Publication: Albany Times Union

by Joseph Dalton

Albany Times Union
June 8, 2007

In 1988, accordionist and composer Pauline Oliveros made a recording with a trombone player and a percussionist inside a 2 million-gallon empty cistern buried 14 feet below ground at …

Upcoming Events
Mar. 03
NATURE Lab Workshop: Composting w/ Kayla Coldsnow!
Mar. 03
Extinction Rebellion Co-founder Roger Hallam to Speak in Troy on Climate Crisis
Mar. 21
FEMeeting: Troy | BioArtist Talks

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