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Intro to Audio Editing with Audacity [BE THE MEDIA!]

Audacity is a free digital audio editor and recording application that runs on almost any Mac or PC. Learn how to use it to make radio! Lead by experienced media technology teacher Dan Vickery. Be the Media! workshops teach multimedia skills to community members in order to develop urgently needed independent local voices. Our goal […]


6th Annual Freedom Festival

Freedom Square 9 101st St, Troy

Join us outdoors in closing out our Spring 2018 season with the sixth annual Freedom Festival! The festival will take place at Freedom Square, on 101st Street where 5th and 6th Avenues meet. Rain location: The Sanctuary for Independent Media. Things to expect: Musical performances from local singer songwriter bell’s roarSet by Brooklyn-based rapper/producer donfonsChillSmithHyper-locally sourced food […]

Freedom Festival with SA-ROC and Fay Victor’s Mutations for Justice

Freedom Square 9 101st St, Troy

SPIRIT OF THE SUFFRAGETTES LAUNCH! The seventh annual end of the season festivities of free food, art and music, featuring a special performance by Fay Victor and Mutations for Justice to launch our Spirit of the Suffragettes concert series! Freedom Festival is free. Free music, free food, free art activities. At Freedom Square— 101st Street where 5th and […]

Lawn (Re)Disturbance Laboratory Sound Walk

Unearthing to Rewild, Remember, Look Forward What kind of biodiversity can lawn ecosystems support? This fall, Lawn Lab offers a meditative audio tour for slowing down and tuning in to the urban rewilding taking place at the lawn next door to Media Sanctuary’s Collard City Growers. The twenty minute audio tour guides you through simple […]

People’s Health Sanctuary presents: End-of-Life in the Age of Covid

Virtual Event

In the midst of unprecedented personal, national and global oppression, suffering and death, how do we process loss to maintain hopeful connections? End-of-Life in the Age of Covid features conversations about our experiences of death, end of life care, and the creation of social and spiritual community during the pandemic. How do we honor the memory and […]

Water Justice: Echoes from Lock One

Virtual Event

Register for either/both days of this event here! Water Justice Lab in North Troy, NY hosts “confluence” virtual gatherings with youth environmental justice advocates throughout communities in the Hudson River Watershed. The opening evening features a land acknowledgement of the Stockbridge Munsee Community by Heather Bruegl, before the premiere of the water justice documentary “Echoes from […]

Memorial Altar: “Emerging from Darkness”

Freedom Square 9 101st St, Troy

An installation to honor personal, community, national and global loss We welcome you to visit Freedom Square, at the corner of 101st St. (where 6th Ave. turns into 5th Ave.) in socially distanced and masked groups of 10 or less, any time(s) between 1/17-1/20, to add the names of your beloved dead and/or leave offerings on […]

MLK Holiday Labor and Community Celebration: Rise Up! The Struggle Continues…

Virtual Event

The theme of 2021's twenty-second Capital District MLK Holiday Labor and Community Celebration was "Rise Up! The Struggle Continues..."  The virtual event is over now, but you can watch the video here soon.  We saved the Zoom chat window so you can see it here. Key speakers were Charles Barron (Assembly member District 60), Dr. […]

Stretched Thin: The Grief of Traumatic Loss with Lisa Good/ Urban Grief

Virtual Event

We are individually and collectively being bombarded with grief and traumatic losses. The repetitive losses and cumulative grief in conjunction with the social restrictions associated with COVID-19 have stretched social connections and relationships beyond capacity. In our time together, we will explore the overlapping aspects of trauma, and grief and consider ways/next steps to build […]

Clearing the Air in Coeymans: Community Forum on Clean Air vs. Tire Burning

Virtual Event

Hold this date for the Coeymans Community Clean Air Forum! Click here to register. Lafarge/Holcim wants to burn millions of tires every year at their Ravena cement plant opposite the Ravena Coeymans Selkirk middle and high schools on Route 9W.  In 2019, the Town of Coeymans adopted a Clean Air Law to establish clean air […]

Black History: Capital Region Youth Rise Up!

The Sanctuary 3361 6th Ave, Troy

Exploring the minds of youth in the Black History that they are part of and continue to create. Learn from the voices and vision of our younger generations, as they rise up to imagine a more just future! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER This event builds upon last month's Capital District MLK Holiday Labor and Community Celebration […]

Tending the Urban Forest

Freedom Square 9 101st St, Troy

Learn about the Collard City Growers foodscape and how to care for our arboreal family, with professional arborists from the More Trees Cooperative. ***As health experts project we will continue to social distance into 2021, we’ll plan to wear masks.  Trees are amazing creatures. Like a fountain of life, they provide nourishment, habitat, shelter, materials, […]

Dying with Dignity in New York

Virtual Event

In the midst of unprecedented personal, national and global oppression, suffering and death, how do we process loss to maintain hopeful connections?  The People’s Health Sanctuary has offered a 3-part series, End-of-Life in the Age of Covid featuring conversations about our experiences of death, end of life care, and the creation of social and spiritual community during […]

Local Voices / Local Media: The Struggle for Clean Air in the Hudson Mohawk Region

Virtual Event

You will receive links to the videos prior to the panel, and then can join in for a conversation with the media makers and local activists. On Earth Day, we celebrate our local voices in their eloquent calls for environmental justice and clean air in the Hudson Mohawk region. We focus on local media makers who […]

Arica: A Toxic Waste Scandal with “Our Soil” Panel

Virtual Event

View a special Northern Hemisphere sneak preview of the documentary Arica, then join us for a panel discussion with directors, Lars Edman and William Johansson Kalén, plus local “Our Soil” project leader Professor Abby Kinchy and Professor Sebastian Ureta (Chile) and Rodrigo Pino (Chile). Register here to screen the Arica documentary by Lars Edman, William Johansson Kalén plus […]

Echoes from Lock One

Virtual Event

“Echoes from Lock One” is an evocative call for environmental and water justice from the eyes and voices of youth in Troy, NY. Personally screen this video and listen to a Q&A podcast with co-creators! During the Sanctuary’s “Uptown Summer” program, media makers, artists and scientists worked with teens in camera, audio production, script writing, […]

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