Initiative: Uptown Summer

Uptown Summer 2020 – Media & Design


Uptown Summer 2020 participated in media and design projects as part of their work …

Uptown Summer 2020


FACILITATING THE 10TH UPTOWN SUMMER DURING COVID

How do you run a youth program in the midst of a global pandemic?

This year Uptown Summer participants will split their time into morning sessions of socially distant gardening in Collard City Growers and virtual afternoon sessions learning branding, social media content creation, …

Fists

For Black Lives


Black Lives Matter.

Listen here for local coverage of the Movement for Black Lives. This playlist includes all of the speeches from Troy’s Rally for Black Lives on Sunday, June 7, as well as more recent words from those fighting for justice:

MediaSanctuary · Rally For Black …

Peter Sergay


Peter Sergay is a student at Middlebury College (’22) and a Summer 2020 intern …

Coronavirus Disease 2019

Coronavirus Statement for The Sanctuary for Independent Media


The escalating concerns about the spread of Coronavirus/Covid-19 have led to extraordinary measures.

For the well-being of our audience, staff, and artists, facilities at The Sanctuary for Independent Media have been closed, employees are working from home, and all in-person public activities scheduled through September 2020 have been cancelled or postponed. We are  …

Genesis Cooper


Genesis joined our team in the summer of 2019 as an unofficial – but …

JJ Luceno


JJ Luceno joined The Sanctuary for Independent Media as the Uptown Summer Coordinator for …

Uptown Summer Youth: Jy’Aire Sass


In this segment we hear from Jy’Aire Sass, one of the 2019 Uptown Summer …

Spirit of the Suffragettes with Girl Blue and Martha Redbone


Jul. 16
Spirit of the Suffragettes with Girl Blue and Martha Redbone
Taina at Freedom Square

Spirit of the Suffragettes


Spirit of the Suffragettes
Freedom Square, North Troy, …

Uptown Summer 2018


Uptown Summer is a 5-week youth employment program that gives voice to Rensselaer County teens. The program combines art, science, media production, and environmental education. This year’s theme was telling stories of environmental justice and resilience. Each week was packed with programming, introducing youth to new skills and ideas, and developing their creativity and voice.

$20,000 hole in our budget…


Let me explain what happened. For almost a decade, we’ve been receiving general operating support from the Electronic Media and Film program at the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA EMF). Their funding has been critical, particularly since operating support is very difficult to find in a grant world focused on funding one-shot …

The Sanctuary is Hiring!


Volunteer Organizer/Coordinator
Part-time, 4-8 PM weekdays, $15/hour
 
About Us

Most people know us as The Sanctuary for Independent Media in North Troy, NY; the official non-profit 501(c)3 is incorporated as Media Alliance. Our mission is to use art and participatory action to promote social and environmental justice and freedom of creative expression.

Roots for Resilience Exhibition Opening with Catherine Rafferty


Sep. 26
Roots for Resilience Exhibition Opening with Catherine Rafferty

Uptown Summer Week Five: Agency


The 2018 Uptown Summer program has now drawn to a close. The theme for our fifth week was agency. This week was the final push to perfect our radio projects before they are broadcast on WOOC FM. 

Between all the audio editing, we still found time to go outside …

Uptown Summer 2018 Youth Radio Stories


Nicolena and Donovan: Justice for Dahmeek

Nicolena Russell and Donovan Wooten spoke with attorney Mark Mishler at the Justice for Dahmeek rally at the Troy Courthouse and shared their own thoughts on racist police violence. Recordings from the rally were also edited into radio clips by Uptown Summer mentor Patrick Quinn.

Upcoming Events
10/20/2020 – 11/20/2020
Lawn (Re)Disturbance Laboratory Sound Walk
Nov. 20
Against All Odds with Messiah Rhodes
Dec. 11
Water Justice Confluence & Echoes from Lock One Premiere

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