Fall 2019 Newsletter
Our ninth annual Uptown Summer youth program was a rousing success! The participants did a fantastic job–focusing on environmental education and leadership training with activities ranging from neighborhood soil and water testing to bottom-lining the logistics for our ambitious Spirit of the Suffragettes concert series and community resource fair. It’s a great ongoing collaboration with the Rensselaer County Summer Youth Employment Program backed by a growing number of supporters ranging from folks like you to a broad spectrum of private foundations and governmental agencies.
Lots of News
The Hudson Mohawk Magazine, our hour-long community volunteer-produced news and public affairs program, turned two years old on September 11. It’s been a wild ride exceeding all expectations, bucking the trend of disappearing local journalism! The effort has been noticed. HMM producer Willie Terry, a long-time local union organizer turned journalist, was honored by the Capital District Solidarity Committee at their annual Labor Day picnic for his media work as our Roaming Labor Correspondent. Check out the Hudson Mohawk Magazine weekdays at 7 AM, 9 AM and 6 PM on WOOC 105.3 FM Troy and WOOS 98.5 FM Schenectady (streaming live and on-demand at MediaSanctuary.org).
NATURE Lab Fall ’19
Activists around the world are inviting arrest to call attention to the climate crisis–now is the time for environmental action! Our new “Urban Ecology Discovery” exhibition showcases our commitment to nurturing an enhanced awareness of our urban environment… such as training community scientists with water and soil testing events, and creating infrastructure for them to work. You’ll see highlights of local grassroots science initiatives over the last year, from bioart to community science archives and even a mini seed library, on display in the Underground Gallery at The Sanctuary for Independent Media.
NATURE Lab is undergoing big changes! Come see the design plans for the NATURE Lab Urban Environmental Education Center in a new home at 3319 6th Avenue, a formerly abandoned building a few doors south of the Sanctuary. We are growing our space to include participatory science laboratories, multipurpose classrooms, a teaching kitchen, and experimental gardens with a commitment to environmental justice for our community. It’s an exciting initiative—please join us!
Laqueena Lajas, the Sanctuary’s volunteer and outreach coordinator, joined us this summer after graduating with her Masters in Social Work from the University at Albany. Her goal is to build a structured volunteer program accessible to members of both our homegrown and academic communities. A native of Troy, Laqueena grew up in the North Central neighborhood and is committed to providing opportunities for community engagement and participation.
If you’re interested in learning more about how you can get involved, email Laqueena!