Event Recap

Behind the Scenes at the Yes Men Event

Tuesday, November 4th, The Sanctuary held a fundraising dinner followed a screening of a Yes Men movie. The dinner was held to fundraise for the Sanctuary and during presentations various programs at the Sanctuary were highlighted including the NATURE Lab (North Troy Art, Technology and Urban Research in Ecology.

Amy Franceschini, The Futurefarmers, and the October Grains Workshops

The week of October 14th the Sanctuary was preparing for a visitor! Amy Franceschini, a founding member of future farmers, came to Troy to give a talk on the work of the Futurefarmers collective and lead a two-day ancient grains workshop, Futurefarmers Artist Demonstration Garden, to sow heritage grains, discuss the need for seed exchanges, and create Agrarian-Activist Scarecrows.

Sound Ecology: Troy Waterways Soundwalk and Sound Ecology Workshop

Like most human-beings, I have always felt quite connected to water. Besides that it reflects light in a pretty way, we need it for survival: our bodies are about 65% water, and we cannot live long without it, only approximately 3 to 5 days. I am conscious of my use of water while doing dishes, while showering, and I wait until the ground is very dry and no rain in sight before watering the garden. However, I became even more aware of our country’s water concerns when driving across the country this summer of 2014. 

Yes Man at the Sanctuary for Independent Media

Last night I had the honor of attending the preview flim screening of “Yes Men are Revolting!”. The event started with a dinner for attendees prepared by Mike Bonanno and volunteers. Mike and his volunteers served people while wearing red, white, and orange jump suits. Each suit represented a different role.

Future Farmers, Carriage House, and the Hoop House

Saturday October 18th, I worked and attended the Futurefarmers demonstration at the Carriage House and Collard City Growers garden. The event started out with a work party early in the morning. Volunteers cleaned the Carriage House. People arrived for the event around 1. A lot of people of that attendeded. Some attendees were local youth, …

Peacestock 2014

Everyone experiences emotions such as stress, anxiety, and frustration. Emotions are caused by a variety of factors, like having a bad day at work or school. Emotions may be overwhelming and difficult to cope with at times. Many doctors are resorting to medication. Over medication is an increasing epidemic in the United States. People may consume more than one medication in a day for the same disease or illness. Today doctors are prescribing multiple medications for an illness. Prescribed medications can have detrimental effects on our body. A diabetes medication may alleviate some symptoms, but cause side effects such as drowsiness and nausea. Too many people are medicated for something that can be fixed by a simple change in lifestyle. Simple activities include physical exercise, meditating, reading a book, filming a short video, drawing, or listening to and playing music. Some people prefer alternative forms of coping with emotions because they are much healthier for us.

Lead Testing in North Troy

One of the more recent additions to the Sanctuary’s gardens, the “L-lot” behind the corner of sixth avenue and Glen street, was tested for lead on October 7th. This new project of NATURE Lab (North Troy Art, Technology and Urban Research in Ecology) is headed by local resident and partner with The Sanctuary for …

Eco Action in the Industrial Wasteland


Written by Holly Broderick


Brandon Ballengee creates transdiscoplinary artworks inspired from his ecological field and laboratory research. Since 1996, a central investigation focus has been the occurrence of developmental deformities and population declines among amphibians. He extends his work into local communities teaching mainly youth, …

July 24th I scream for ice-cream!

*The Youth Change Makers had a weed war in the L-Lot with Kathy and Oliver.

They split up into two teams to compete against one another who could identify the most weeds. The winning team would get ice cream. Turns out it was a tie so everyone got ice-cream! 

July 23rd. Hope in Brown-fields, Nature Wants To Live.

*The first couple hours this morning consisted of a group talk. We all took the time to recognize that we are now at the mid point in Uptown Summer. We talked about our accomplishments, what we hope to achieve in the last ten days, our concerns, and the biggest joys we have. 

Freedom Festival 2K14 In Review

The Freedom Festival was a major hit for the people of North Troy this past Saturday, June 7th. The day was spread out between 1 PM until sunset with many different events and happenings that took place. At the beginning, there were many people who came out and participated in the different events each …

Oumar Konate Post Concert

Oumar Konate and his band shredded the stage on Friday night! A crowd of people gathered inside of the Media Sanctuary to witness a great performance. The volume of the concert was booming, allowing everyone around the block to hear what was going on inside of the Sanctuary. The combination of the ample volume and …

New Wave of Malian Music

Come out this Friday to see Oumar Konate, a rising young star from Mali, who is blazing the new wave of Malian music onto the contemporary world music stage. 

Who: Oumar Konate

What: Live Performance …

Last Week Today

Hey all! I finished my first full week as an intern! Let’s overview some of the things that I did this past week as an intern. 

Tuesday: First day offically. Me and Branda talked about what my goals are as an intern which are learning about non-profit management, event coordinating, and video production. …

Spring 2014 season closed with a bang at The Sanctuary for Independent Media

The Spring 2014 season at The Sanctuary for Independent Media kicked off on March 15th with the Matthew Shipp Trio and concluded on June 7 with the Freedom Festival, featuring the Brooklyn-based Pitchblak Brass Band and Albany’s own Oobleck on the outdoor concert stage at Freedom Square.

The season featured many events ranging …

"Dollarocracy" w/ Robery McChesney and John Nichols

“John Nichols and Bob McChesney make a compelling, and terrifying, case that American democracy is becoming American dollarocracy. Even more compelling, and hopeful, is their case for a radical reform agenda to take power back from the corporations and give it to the people.”

—Naomi Klein

When President Barack …

Found Art in North Troy

“Found Art in North Troy” is a year long community wide public art project using found objects to address themes of re-purposing, re-use and sustainability.

Rensselear County Summer Youth Employment did a huge amount of work in the summer of ’13, planting gardens and creating public art projects on the streets of …

YouthBuild subject of new documentary produced by The Sanctuary for Independent Media

Date published: 01/05/2013
Publication: Troy Record

By Andrew Beam

TROY — For some, second chances can be hard to come by, but many of the people participating in the Center on Economic Opportunity’s YouthBuild program are getting theirs and their stories will soon be told in documentary form. …

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