Event Recap

Uptown Summer 2018


Uptown Summer is a 5-week youth employment program that gives voice to Rensselaer County teens. The program combines art, science, media production, and environmental education. This year’s theme was telling stories of environmental justice and resilience. Each week was packed with programming, introducing youth to new skills and ideas, and developing their creativity and voice.

Uptown Summer Week Three: Research, Awareness, and Deep Experiencing


The theme of Uptown Summer’s third week was awareness and it was all about collecting information, looking at things differently, and expanding our horizons.

We kicked things off with a visit to Soul Fire Farm. Soul Fire is an initiative developed to foster food sovereignty in …

Gearing up for the Freedom Fest!!!


Call out to Friends of Freedom Square, Sanctuary volunteers and community members! Here we go for the 6th Annual Freedom Festival at Freedom Square on Saturday June 2, 3-6! Please pass this event on to your friends and community networks!

6th Annual Freedom Festival

Want to help? …

Chris Hedges on the American Empire’s Descent Into Dystopia


In a powerful speech delivered at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, N.Y., Chris Hedges analyzes fascism and empire in the Trump age. The Truthdig columnist begins by enumerating…

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, …

“This Hyperlocal Museum Puts the American Dream in Perspective”


Published: 12/01/2016
Publication: Time

“Poverty” is a loaded word, especially in the U.S., and few know the ugly reality of its use better than artist Brenda Ann Kenneally. At its core, her work is a study of life and opportunity under straightened circumstances in the upstate New York city of …

Thomas Mapfumo brings African dance music to The Sanctuary


Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited

and The Sanctuary for Independent Media 10th Anniversary Celebration

written by Alycia Bacon, The Modern Scribe

photos by Ethan Kindred 

 

Uptown Summer 2015


Uptown Summer ’15 will produce digital stories within our media arts and urban environmental education campus on 6th Ave.  Giving voice to the local community, we will explore neighborhood history as well as ongoing arts, preservation, and environmental remediation activities.  Young people will develop media literacy skills—both technical and and critical—empowering them to address the …

Farm to Preschool: Denison Farm and CSA bringing organic veggies to local families


Today, Wednesday, August 5, The Sanctuary staff met up with Justine of Denison Farms at The Stepping Stones Center in North Troy. Denison Farms is the supplier of the organic vegetables for sale in Farm to Preschool Program and CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). The Farm to preschool program provides affordable organic vegetables, …

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 2014: 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.” 

HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE

Join in a workshop! Help paint a mural on the …

CHERI HONKALA – fri 17 April 2015


 

Exciting, moving and proactive! A capacity audience (approx 120) gathered at the Sanctuary to hear Cheri’s speech. Cheri has a gift for timing and humour honed by a school of very hard knocks. She told us tales from her life and how she grew from single motherhood at age 16 …

A Call To Action


My volunteer work at the Sanctuary started a couple of months ago.  At that time the goal was to organize the Community Pot Luck for the Cheri Honkala Event, ‘House Keys not Handcuffs’.  It has grown to mean much more to me…but that’s another day’s post.  

Last night’s event was an energizer …

Opening Spring Event: With The Nile Project


Today at The Sanctuary for Independant Media is having their Spring opening event. They will be hosting The Nile Project. The Sanctuary for Independant Media will also be hosting a pot luck dinner tonight.    March 21,2015

I started my day making a Spinach Quiche, a Broccoli, Mushroom Quiche and …

The Nile Project Photos


“The Nile Project” are musicians from 11 different countries that surround the Nile River. Some of these musicians instruments are unique and from their hometown. Filling the stage in their native clothing, playing their native instruments, and singing in their native language, these musicans talent pleasantly entertain the full house crowd. As they …

New Music to my Ears: Myra Melford and Ben Goldberg Duo


Myra Melford and Ben Goldberg held a concert at the Sanctuary for Independent Media from 7pm-9pm on November 16, 2014. Pianists Myra Melford and clarinetist Ben Goldberg create music that is pleasing, superlative, and experimental. Avid jazz fans from the Capital District attended the concert to see the duo perform. Myra and Ben treated …

Behind the Scenes at the Yes Men Event


Tuesday, November 4th, The Sanctuary held a fundraising dinner followed a screening of a Yes Men movie. The dinner was held to fundraise for the Sanctuary and during presentations various programs at the Sanctuary were highlighted including the NATURE Lab (North Troy Art, Technology and Urban Research in Ecology.

Amy Franceschini, The Futurefarmers, and the October Grains Workshops


The week of October 14th the Sanctuary was preparing for a visitor! Amy Franceschini, a founding member of future farmers, came to Troy to give a talk on the work of the Futurefarmers collective and lead a two-day ancient grains workshop, Futurefarmers Artist Demonstration Garden, to sow heritage grains, discuss the need for seed exchanges, and create Agrarian-Activist Scarecrows.

Sound Ecology: Troy Waterways Soundwalk and Sound Ecology Workshop


Like most human-beings, I have always felt quite connected to water. Besides that it reflects light in a pretty way, we need it for survival: our bodies are about 65% water, and we cannot live long without it, only approximately 3 to 5 days. I am conscious of my use of water while doing dishes, while showering, and I wait until the ground is very dry and no rain in sight before watering the garden. However, I became even more aware of our country’s water concerns when driving across the country this summer of 2014. 

Upcoming Events
Sep. 26
Delgrès
Sep. 29
8th Annual StoryHarvest 2018 with Rootbrew and special guest Jenny Marie
Oct. 04
Be the Media! Workshop– Hudson Mohawk Magazine: New Producer Orientation

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