Plant & Tree Swap

The Sanctuary 3361 6th Ave, Troy

Join us for a plant & tree swap at Collard City Growers garden, 3337 6th Ave. in North Central Troy! what: an opportunity to share plant abundance!  how: bring your extra seedlings / saplings and trade with someone else for something new - perennials, annuals, house plants, anything goes! why: a nice excuse to hang out in the […]

Be The Media! “Outta the Muck”: Documentary Process from Vision to Completion

The Sanctuary 3361 6th Ave, Troy

Join documentary filmmakers Bhawin Suchak and Ira McKinley as they breakdown the process of their project Outta the Muck. From idea development through production through post-production through getting it out there, they will share how they navigated the documentary process to realize their vision. The Be The Media! workshop will include the filmmakers listening to participants's […]

“Outta The Muck” Film Screening with Ira McKinley & Bhawin Suchak

The Sanctuary 3361 6th Ave, Troy

A fiercely self-determined family in the deep south resists despair with love in this unique narrative of Black achievement. Filmmakers Ira McKinley and Bhawin Suchak screened their film "Outta The Muck" for a hometown crowd at The Sanctuary for Independent Media on May 7, 2022 in Troy, NY. This is the Q&A that followed the […]

“Witness,” a documentary with filmmaker Masood Haque

Please join us for a screening of Witness, a documentary film about the Aref-Hossain case, with filmmaker Masood Haque. The screening is followed by a panel with Lynne Jackson, Kathy Manley and Larry Rulison. This event is part of iEAR Presents! and co-sponsored by Project SALAM (Support and Legal Advocacy for Muslims), Coalition for Civil Freedoms, […]

Be The Media! Hudson Mohawk Magazine Skillshare: Volunteer-Powered News, with Norman Stockwell

Join the legendary independent journalist Norman Stockwell, who for 20 years was Operations Coordinator in Madison Wisconsin's WORT-FM Community Radio during the glory years of one of the very best community radio stations ever! WORT is famous for having a very effective volunteer powered news department. Learn from Norman about how he and WORT successfully […]

5th Anniversary of Hudson Mohawk Magazine on Sanctuary Radio

The Sanctuary 3361 6th Ave, Troy

Join us in a community gathering to commemorate 5 years of Hudson Mohawk Magazine, our locally-produced radio news hour, which launched on September 11, 2017 with the conscious goal of creating a community radio platform to nurture diverse voices in the Capital Region in response to increasing assaults on our civil liberties. This program is […]

Canceled Les Filles de Illighadad- TOUR CANCELED

Drawing from two distinct styles of regional sound, ancient village choral chants and desert guitar, Les Filles de Illighadad are sisters from the village of Illighadad, performing Tende, traditional music from Niger. “MESMERIZING SOUNDS FROM THE SAHARA” - The New York Times “HEADY, TRANCE-INDUCING SONGS THAT BURROW INTO YOUR BRAIN AND SPREAD THROUGH YOUR BODY” […]

“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. ***In line with our commitment […]


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

"Gestures in the 'Border Horror' of US Immigration Policy” Join Ricardo Dominguez and Amy Sara Carroll of the collective Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0 as they discuss a brief history of the collective’s previous work in relation to borders; the relationship between NAFTA, US Prevention through Deterrence philosophy, the binational War on Drugs, and the emergence […]

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. The performance will be followed by an audience conversation about the music and re-interpretations of the themes as […]

“American Caliph” Book Talk

The Sanctuary 3361 6th Ave, Troy

with author Shahan Mufti Join author Shahan Mufti for a behind-the-scenes look at American Caliph, his riveting true story of America’s first homegrown Muslim terror attack–the 1977 Hanafi siege of Washington, D.C. Get a sneak-peek at the event with Steve Pierce's interview of Shahan Mufti. ***In line with our commitment to equity, love and justice, […]

People’s Health Sanctuary Open House

Where: NATURE Lab 2nd floor, 3319 6th Avenue It is with great joy that we would like to announce the opening of the People's Health Sanctuary! It has been a 3 year process, complete with construction delays, other obstacles, and oh yes, the pandemic.We now step into the time to bring the space to life.We invite […]

Holiday Interfaith Justice and Peace Circle at Freedom Square

Freedom Square 9 101st St, Troy, NY

Join us in a celebration of light and community. Around an evergreen tree, we will light candles, tie the names of loved ones on branches, and share our light to set intentions for love, justice and peace. Before the tree lighting there will be warm beverages, snacks, arts and crafts, and a radio-making station. Bring […]

People’s Health Sanctuary Seed Swap & Open House


Where: NATURE Lab 2nd floor, 3319 6th Avenue Join the People's Health Sanctuary and Collard City Growers at NATURE Lab for a seed swap and open house to start building towards spring awakening and growth. Learn seed keeping methods from local gardeners, acquire seeds to grow, and bring your own seeds and stories to show […]

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