Opening Reception for Underground Gallery Exhibition: “Media Nodes” Photos by Sean Hemmerle

The Sanctuary 3361 6th Ave, Troy, United States

Media Nodes was born of award-winning photographer Sean Hemmerle’s desire to document the news media in the midst of an historic transformation. “People throw around this word all the time, mostly disparagingly: ‘oh, the media,’ and ‘media spin,” he says. “That made me think: who is the media? And what about the media? I wanted […]

Opening Reception for the Underground Gallery: “Facing Change: Documenting America”

The Sanctuary 3361 6th Ave, Troy, United States

Installed in the Underground Gallery, Facing Change: Documenting America is an exhibition features work by some of the nation’s most accomplished photographers, inspired by the Farm Security Administration photography project of the Great Depression. Dedicated to exploring new perspectives on our country’s most urgent problems, the Facing Change collective aims to influence public discourse by […]

Underground Gallery Opening with Patrick Dodson, Brian Jones, Brenda Ann Kenneally and Ellie Markovitch: Planting Seeds- Four Lenses on North Troy (9/29-12/8/12) 

The Sanctuary 3361 6th Ave, Troy, United States

An exhibition of local photojournalism featuring Patrick Dodson, Brian Jones, Brenda Ann Kenneally and Ellie Markovitch focusing on one long block- home to the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Collard City Growers, Missing Link Street Ministry, Troy Bike Rescue and Upstate Girls. On view from September 29-December 8, 2012.

Annual Holiday Party and Be The Media! Workshop with Brenda Ann Kenneally: The Art of Studio Portraiture

Free photos for families in the North Troy area! Assist internationally-known photojournalist Brenda Ann Kenneally as she creates free studio portraits for families in in North Troy in this “Hands-on Studio Portraiture” workshop. Kenneally's deep connections with Upstate Girls, and families in the North Troy community, will form the basis of this workshop; the representations you help […]

Exhibition at the Underground Gallery with Agricultural Stewardship Association: “Kids, Farm, Photography: Connecting with the Land”

The Sanctuary 3361 6th Ave, Troy, United States

Connecting with the Land (on view from March 22 - June 15, 2013) 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 […]

Be The Media! Workshop with Brenda Ann Kenneally: “Guerrilla Gallery”

The Sanctuary 3361 6th Ave, Troy, United States

Join internationally recognized photo-journalist Brenda Ann Kenneally for this 3-day workshop which meets Wednesday 7/10 to Friday 7/12/13 from 10 am-4 pm each day! We will paste large-scale photos of Upstate Girls and other local neighbors’ portraits (taken this past December in our “Art of Portraiture” workshop) on to the boarded up windows of abandoned […]

Exhibition Opening at the Underground Gallery: “Female Vets Speak” with Women from Guardian House (10/17/13-12/03/13)

The Sanctuary 3361 6th Ave, Troy, United States

From 2012-13, women from Guardian House- a transitional home for female veterans in Ballston Spa attended photography and writing workshops that documented their lives after serving in the military. Some of the women were active duty and others were not; however, similarities in their experiences were powerful and created lasting friendships. As one participant reflected, […]

Launch of NATURE Lab Featuring “Ecological Interventions” with Brandon Ballengée and Oliver Kellhammer, and Presentation by Oron Catts

The Sanctuary 3361 6th Ave, Troy, United States

Join Oron Catts (who will be presenting his BioArt work later in the evening) and Kathy High in an informal walk-through of "Ecological Interventions" and celebrate the launching of NATURE Lab! Internationally-renowned environmental artists Brandon Ballengée (U.S.) and Oliver Kellhammer (Canada) care deeply about our ecology and our future. Their projects explore how we as citizens of […]

Exhibition at the Underground Gallery: “Dear Climate” by Marina Zurkow and Friends

The Sanctuary 3361 6th Ave, Troy, United States

In collaboration with Una Chaudhuri, Oliver Kellhammer, Fritz Ertl and Sarah Rothberg and sound design by Pejik Malinovski, Dear Climate is a multifaceted project that reimagines the environment with a poetic series of agit-prop posters and meditative audio pieces. Designed to “retool your inner climate,” this art exhibit beckons the viewer to meet, befriend, and […]

“Dear Climate” Exhibition Event with Marina Zurkow and Oliver Kellhammer

The Sanctuary 3361 6th Ave, Troy, United States

Join Dear Climate artists Marina Zurkow and Oliver Kellhammer in conversation about climate change. “Retool your inner climate”  and join the dialogue about art and environmental action. Learn strategies to "Befriend Climate Change," from international environmental crises to hyper-local challenges such as brownfields, decaying urban neighborhoods, and toxic blight right here in North Troy and […]

Be The Media! Workshop: Altered Visions with the Seeing with Photography Collective

The Sanctuary 3361 6th Ave, Troy, United States

The Seeing with Photography Collective, whose work is featured this season in the Underground Gallery, is a group of photographers based in New York City who are visually impaired, sighted and blind. Explore the subjectivity of sight and the influence of photography on what and how we see, and make your own manipulated photograph with […]

Daniel Kelly Trio and the Seeing with Photography Collective Underground Gallery Opening

The Sanctuary 3361 6th Ave, Troy, United States

Award-winning composer and pianist Daniel Kelly transforms the stories of everyday people into dramatic and compelling music that blends jazz, classical and folk music into a signature sound. His music has been declared “powerfully moving” by Time Out New York, and he has brought his unique talent to performances with Grammy award-winning jazz legends Michael […]

Creative Resistance Art Openings: North Troy Peoples’ History Museum, Story Candles and Vacant Buildings Vanished Dreams

The Sanctuary 3361 6th Ave, Troy, United States

Exhibitions all take place on the same block as the Sanctuary and are part of Troy Night Out. Take the free historic Troy Trolley to and from Freedom Square with stops at the Arts Center, Collar Works, and through the Breathing Lights installation. Branda Ann Kenneally’s North Troy Peoples’ History Museum is presented at 3334 […]

Brenda Kenneally’s “North Troy Peoples’ History Museum” and “Story Candles”

The Sanctuary 3361 6th Ave, Troy, United States

North Troy Peoples’ History Museum explores the changes and evolution of families in this neighborhood. It is sited in the former home of the family she chronicled for her project “Upstate Girls.” After the family was forced to leave, the building was left vacant and fell into disrepair. It was acquired by The Sanctuary for […]

Celebrating 200 Years: North Troy Community Network- North Troy People’s History Museum Event

The Sanctuary 3361 6th Ave, Troy, United States

Join us for tours of the North Troy Peoples' History Museum, an exhibit of work by Brenda Ann Kenneally, which explores the evolution of Troy through the history of families in the neighborhood. Then, enjoy a reception hosted by the North Troy Community Network, and a community conversation about reclaiming our history! This project is […]

North Central Holiday Justice and Peace Holiday Celebration

The Sanctuary 3361 6th Ave, Troy, United States

Back by popular demand! Join us for the fifth annual North Central Holiday Peace and Justice Celebration, North Troy’s working peoples’ alternative to the Victorian Stroll. We'll have free portraits by internationally recognized photographer Brenda Ann Kenneally, a coat give-away, a Troy Bike Rescue bike give-away, Toys for Tots, arts activities, and tours of the […]

The Underground Gallery Opening: Troy Project by Susan B. Anthony

The Sanctuary 3361 6th Ave, Troy, United States

The Sanctuary’s Underground Gallery presents Susan B. Anthony’s “Troy Project.” This photo series compares the city of Troy’s heyday during the Industrial Revolution with its present challenges, through intimate portraits and cityscapes. The exhibit will be on view from September 29th through December 16th, 2017. “My photographs depict the juxtaposition of past and present, old and new, decay […]

Roots for Resilience Exhibition Opening with Catherine Rafferty

The Sanctuary 3361 6th Ave, Troy, United States

Exhibition Opening Wednesday, Sept. 26, 6-7pm, with photographer Catherine Rafferty! During her internship at The Sanctuary for Independent Media, Catherine Rafferty photographed the images in this exhibition during the Uptown Summer 2018 program. Born in Albany, she is working toward a BFA in Photojournalism at Rochester Institute of Technology. She is currently the photography editor […]

PREMIERE! Virtual Exhibition “Acquired Immunity” [FEMeeting WEB 2020] and Virtual Dialogue

The Sanctuary 3361 6th Ave, Troy, United States

On March 11th we announced the cancelling of the first FEMeeting Troy and FEMeeting Paris for reasons connected with the COVID-19 pandemic. The two events scheduled for March 20th-21st 2020 marked the start of FEMeeting communities, focusing on the support of research and artistic creation developed locally by individuals who identify as women. Instead, Spring […]

Troy Black History Celebration 2023

The Sanctuary 3361 6th Ave, Troy, United States

Join us for an in-person celebration of Black History Month with an exhibition, music, spoken word, and community. Troy NAACP, Team HERO, Coalition for Black Trade Union, and The Sanctuary for Independent Media have partnered together in Troy to honor our Black history and its living legacy. The exhibition is curated by Malik Muhammad, music […]

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