Workshop Report

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 …

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 …


NATURE Lab SPRING ’15 Workshops!


Eco Action in the Industrial Wasteland


Written by Holly Broderick


Brandon Ballengee creates transdiscoplinary artworks inspired from his ecological field and laboratory research. Since 1996, a central investigation focus has been the occurrence of developmental deformities and population declines among amphibians. He extends his work into local communities teaching mainly youth, …

August 8th – Our Water Ways Define our Sense of Place

*Today is the last day of uptown summer. After 20 amazing days, the ‘Youth Change Makers’ worked so hard getting down to the nitty gritty of environmental justice in our community. They have been raising environmental awareness by creating maps, painting trashcans, and making Hudson River pollution signs. The youth also learned how to …

August 7th – Swim at your own Risk

*During our last week of Uptown Summer 14, Brandon Ballengee returns to North Troy to participate with our community in more Hudson River Eco-Actions!

-What is Water Pollution: caffeine, hormones, organic chemicals, plant nutrients, sediment, carcinogenic variables, are all things that do not break down in …

August 6th – “Shed New Light” Lunch with the mayor

“You all have dreams and ideas. So don’t give up on them. It may not happen today but tomorrow it might. “ – Lou Rosamilia (Mayor of Troy)


*Danny works with the other teens to work on painting another garbage can. 

August 5th – "Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds."

*Today The Youth Change Makers break up into groups to tackle various jobs: 

-Danny spray painted the trashcan out front of Freedom Square vibrant colors to beautify the block and contribute to litter control. Tomorrow he will paint the trashcan out front of Missing-link. 

-The Youth change …

August 1st – Maps of the Community

* The ‘Youth Change Makers’ worked on their final drafts of their respective mapping projects today. The ‘Neighborhood Violence Map’ was organized with a key to indicate the different forms of violence: police, fights, shootings, and stabbings.

Brooklyn and some of the other teens noted that their favorite …

July 23rd. Hope in Brown-fields, Nature Wants To Live.

*The first couple hours this morning consisted of a group talk. We all took the time to recognize that we are now at the mid point in Uptown Summer. We talked about our accomplishments, what we hope to achieve in the last ten days, our concerns, and the biggest joys we have. 

Tuesday July 22nd *Archaeological Dig* Week 3

*Financial Fitness: Morning ice breaker- Smart financing. We learn different methods of budgeting and being ‘smart’ with money. How to save, plan, borrow, and earning capability*



*Environmental mapping at the L-Lot: Oliver Kellhammer, Canadian bio-artist, in collaboration with NATURE Lab Project Coordinator Kathy High, will …

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 …

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 …

Kwame M.A. Somburu

Kwame Somburu, was born in New York’s Harlem Hospital in 1934.

In 1960, after a few years of independent study (from a scientific perspective) in many and varied historical/contemporary areas, but mainly African & African American history, the writings of Marx, Engels, Lenin, and Troytsky, and acquired from life …

Freedom to Connect


What is the structure of the vast World Wide Web?  Who owns the wires? Who controls access?  As education, creativity and science become more dependent on this technology, it is crucial that people globally participate in the potection and development of open infrastructure and a democratic base for Internet governance.

"Media Makers Share Their Histories, Dreams and Disasters:" Past, Present and Future of Community Media Spaces

1:00- 2:30 pm “Media Makers Share Their Histories, Dreams and Disasters:” Past, Present and Future of Community Media Spaces

The story of independent media organizations is that of constant ups and downs, of triumphs and disasters, of incredible accomplishments and just-out-of-reach success.  Share the experiences of local …

Upcoming Events
Botanical pigments process
10/24/2017 – 06/05/2018
NATURE Lab Open Hours for Art & Ecology
Mar. 20
NATURE Lab Crowdfunding Kickoff with Bio-Artist Shu Lea Cheang
04/13/2018 – 04/15/2018
Ruderal Ecologies Symposium: Grounds for Change

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