People: Artist Presenters

Featuring artists — filmmakers and poets, musicians and performance artists, writers and craftspersons, who have presented at the Sanctuary!


“The Sanctuary for Independent Media: Celebrating a Decade of Creative Resistance” invites photographers to share their personal highlights shot over ten years.

This reflective retrospective celebrates a decade of art and action! Photographers capture the struggles, passions and …


Eco-Liberation Quartet 

Craig Harris has performed with a veritable who’s who of the jazz world’s most important figures, including Sun Ra, Sam Rivers, Lester Bowie, Abdullah Ibrahim, Makanda Ken McIntyre, Jaki Byard, Cecil Taylor, …


Theresa Shoatz discusses the fight against the expansion of the prison industrial complex (PIC), and the effect that the PIC has on young people, working-class families and communities of color. She is an anti-prison industrial complex activist …


Colia Clark is a long time activist and educator, and a veteran of the civil rights movement. Her work has included activism in the fields of women’s rights and workers’ rights, as well as activism and advocacy …


Russell Maroon Shoatz is a political prisoner who has been held  for more than thirty years, including two decades in solitary confinement. He was active as a leader in the Black Liberation Movement in Philadelphia, both above …


 

Oliver Mtukudzi is a truly great guitarist, vocalist, performer and composer. He must be one of the few people to have a beat named after him: ’tuku’! Zimbabwe’s pride, …


Louis Massiah is a documentary filmmaker and the founder/director of Scribe Video Center in Philadelphia, a media arts center that provides training and equipment access to community groups and the independent film/video community. His innovative approach to …


Angad Bhalla created the documentary film, “Herman’s House,” that explores the injustice of solitary confinement and the transformative power of art. There will be a full scale model of a solitary …


Cedric Watson and Bijou Creole, Louisiana musician, brought their passionate music of French and Spanish dances alongside the spiritual rhythms of the Congo tribes of West Africa to North Troy!  …


Ina May Gaskin and The Farm Midwives began delivering each other’s babies in 1970, on a caravan of hippie school buses, headed to a patch of rural Tennessee land. Gaskin and the other women taught themselves midwifery from …


Natalie Jeremijenko is an Associate Professor in the Visual Art Department at New York University and directs the Environmental Health Clinic. She is also affiliated with the Computer Science Department and the …


Krar Collective consist of Temesegen Zeleke on the krar, which is a 5 or 6 stringed harp, singer Genet Asefa, and drummer Grum Begashaw. The trio has been dubbed “The White Stripes of Ethiopia” for their minimalist …


DJ Trumastr is and international touring DJ based out of Albany, New York. He is infused with a rich knowledge of music and is a creative innovator who spins infectious blends that transcend both cultural and generational …


S.K.A.T.E, which stands for Stop Killing All The Entertainment, is a music group consists of vocalists, emcees, dancing, and more! When it comes to sound, they are a diverse sounding group that keeps their music clean and …


Baam Bada is a band known for their experimental fusion of Hip Hop and Electronic Dance Music. Although they originate in New York, Baam Bada has global appeal and features seasoned lyricists Decora and Freeflowin. The …


Rebel Diaz performed at The Sanctuary for Independent Media over the summer at an ourdoor concert at Freedom Square, the Sanctuary’s outside stage. Rebel Diaz is a bilingual hip hop crew with influences ranging from Dirty South …


Brendan Fay is the filmmaker behind the great documentary that was presented at The Sanctuary, “Taking a Chance on God.” The film follows the extraordinary life of 87-year-old John McNeill, from Buffalo, NY, and his boyhood through his experiences …


Penny Lane & Brian L. Frye came to the Sanctuary in May of 2013 to present their film “Our Nixon,” an all-archival documentary presenting rare footage, creating an intimate and complex portrait of the Nixon presidency as never seen …


Jeremy Scahill is the National Security Correspondent for the Nation magazine and the author of the New York Times best-seller “Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army” (Nation Books, 2007). While …


M.A.K.U. Sound System is an NYC based Afro-Columbian band infected with jazz, rock, hip hop, punk and Columbian folkloric rhythms. The band diverts from tradition by inflecting their sound with decidedly more …

Upcoming Events
Jul. 23
Spirit of the Suffragettes with Climbing PoeTree and OKAN
Jul. 30
Spirit of the Suffragettes with Amy Rigby and Crys Matthews
Aug. 06
Spirit of the Suffragettes with NITTY SCOTT and Sammus

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