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“DIRT: The Secret Life of Soil” with Arm-of-the-Sea Theater

Freedom Square 9 101st St, Troy, NY

Join us for a theatrical production about the dirt under our feet by Arm-of-the-Sea Theater, an arts ensemble that fuses visual storytelling with live music in contemporary works of mask and puppet theater.  This production will take place outdoors in Freedom Square, a two-minute walk from the Sanctuary. Where does food “come from” and from […]

Al Bilali Soudan

The Sanctuary 3361 6th Ave, Troy

Join us for a concert from Al Bilali Soudan from Timbuktu, Mali. Their performance is an improvisational tour de force of traditional instruments (incl. tehardant and calabash), rhythms, and scales. These traditional instruments are foundational to the development of the style that has evolved into the modern desert blues sound. ***Please note that for everyone’s […]


Chris Hedges: “The Greatest Evil is War”

The Sanctuary 3361 6th Ave, Troy

Chris Hedges returns to The Sanctuary for Independent Media on the subject of his latest book titled The Greatest Evil is War, an unflinching indictment of the horror and obscenity of war. Pulitzer-prize-winner Chris Hedges draws from experience and interviews for this book that looks at the hidden costs of war, what it does to […]

Be The Media! Workshop: Social Issue Filmmaking with Yoruba Richen

The Sanctuary 3361 6th Ave, Troy

Join us for a workshop with Yoruba Richen who will show clips from a few of her recent documentaries and talk about her approach to social issue filmmaking. Yoruba will also examine different filmmaking genres - archival, investigative, verite- and discuss how stylistic choices, journalistic ethics, and advocacy shape her work. Yoruba's most recent film is The […]

“The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks” Film Screening

The Sanctuary 3361 6th Ave, Troy

with filmmaker Yoruba Richen Yoruba Richen will screen The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, NY. This film captures the unexpected story of Rosa Parks and her life beyond the historic bus boycott, revealing the intent behind her activism, her radical politics, and her courage. The screening will be […]

Be The Media! Workshop with Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0: 

The Sanctuary 3361 6th Ave, Troy

"Technologies of Disturbance: From Tactical Media to Geo-Poetic Systems” Join Ricardo Dominguez and Amy Sara Carroll as they focus on artivist gestures from the 1990s and what they might offer artivists and activists now. Their presentation will be followed by a think tank with workshop attendees brainstorming potential artivist and activist actions. Presented by EMPAC […]

BioArt Visionary @CBIS with Miriam Simun


"Corporeal Entanglements All The Way Down" Join us for this virtual session of the series BioArt Visionary @CBIS, presented in conjunction with RPI’s Center for Biotechnology, the ARTS department & the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, and the Sanctuary’s NATURE Lab. The BioArt Visionary @CBIS is sponsored by RPI’s Arts department, the iEAR Presents […]

Salon Séance: “The End of Time”

The Sanctuary 3361 6th Ave, Troy

Join us for an interdisciplinary presentation combining live classical music with visual and theatrical storytelling. This is the regional premiere of The End of Time, an immersive experience with themes of trauma and healing, by Salon Séance was inspired by Quartet for the End of Time by composer Olivier Messiaen. This event is co-sponsored by […]

“American Caliph” Book Talk

The Sanctuary 3361 6th Ave, Troy

with author Shahan Mufti American Caliph is about the riveting true story of America’s first homegrown Muslim terror attack, the 1977 Hanafi siege of Washington, D.C. Join us and author Shahan Mufti for a book talk. ***Please note that for everyone’s safety, we are following Covid protocols that include requirements that all attendees show proof […]

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