People: Community Collaborations


Claudia shared peace, joy and music with our community — we are inspired by her loving being.

Claudia’s shadow was strong at Freedom Square — see her shadow in 2015 revealed with this photo published by the Albany …


Branda Miller is the Arts & Education Coordinator at the Sanctuary.

She is dedicated to using art for achieving a more just and sustainable world.


Traevon Vautrin is the Sanctuary’s youngest intern. Traevon has been volunteering since he was 8 years old. As of 2018, he is 11 years old and attends Knickerbacker Middle School in Lansingburgh, NY. Through his experience at the Sanctuary, Traevon …


Four score and seven years ago, I remember walking by this strange out of place building next to a plot of land without a single sprout or sprig in sight. It needed a lot of work so I offered a …


The Sanctuary for Independent Media is the “Hub” for the Breathing Lights project. Our hope to use participatory arts practice to educate and empower people to make a change in their communities. Our organization is dedicated to giving voice to …


Jacqueline Baldwin, Certified Executive Chef for Sodexo Campus Services at Rensselaer, has over eighteen years of experience in the food service industry.  She began her career with Hilton Hotels in 1983 and has since held positions in both the private …


Iliona Outram Khalili has been a pioneer of sustainable architecture for more than two decades and is an impassioned advocate of sustainable development, who stives to encourage students by passing on the fruits of years of research …


Pastor Nina Nichols is an at-large City Council member and Head of the Public Safety Counsil for the City of Troy. In her current role as Senior Pastor of Christ Church United Methodist, she is skilled and nationally recognized …


Rita Cao-Garcia is a member of the Sanctuary for Independent Media, working with students from the neighborhood. She has helped the community get involved in the mural and arts workshops that the Sanctuary has put together. Garcia is the …


Women Against War is a group of women based out of the Capital District, who advocate for peace and change in United States foreign policies through lobbying, leafleting, vigils, media outreach, and educational events. Founded in 2002, …


TAP Inc. provides design, architectural, planning and graphics assistance to low and moderate income individuals and non-profit organizations. TAP disseminates information on programs instituted for the benefit of the targeted population and acts as advocate for such …


Troy Alley Action is a grassroots movement that focuses on “Increasing the quality of neighborhood life by providing inspiration and guidance to accomplish alley improvement projects.” With support from a NYSCA Community Arts Grant, …


Brenda Ann Kenneally, a Soros Criminal Justice Media Fellow, attended the University of Miami and earned a B.S. in Sociology and Photojournalism, as well as New York University where she received an M.A. in Studio Art. …


Tovey Halleck lead the Sanctuary’s welding sculpture workshops for our public art project. His sculptures are made out of metal bars, rails, beams, and other found objects. He saws them systematically before shaping and soldering them, thus suggesting and …


Marcus Kwame Anderson, born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1976, moved to Albany, NY at 2 years old. He loves creativity, music, life, love, happiness, and freedom of expression, all of which has helped him create art …


Isaiah Zagar, a Philadelphia legend, has covered more than 50,000 square feet of the Pennsylvania city with stunning mosaic murals, created from recycled broken bottle and other found objects. Through this creation of artwork, …


Pastor Willie D. Bacote is an ordained elder from the A.M.E. Zion Church and the founder and leader of The Missing Link Street Ministry. He is a great help to the Sanctuary with his goals of bringing …


Troy Bike Rescue is a collective of cycling enthusiasts committed to removing bikes from the waste stream and getting them back on the streets. TBR opperates a volunteer-run community bike space where they organize DiY bike repair, hands on …


Barb Nelson is an architect, community mural artist, and Project Manager of Campus Planning and Facilities at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is a leading member of Troy Alley Action, and has extensive collaborations with Media Alliance, …


Joe Fama is an architect and expert in community design, as well as the Executive Director of Troy Architecture Project. TAP, Inc. provides design, architectural, planning and graphic assistance to low-and-moderate-income individuals, nonprofit corporations …

Upcoming Events
Mar. 29
“Resiliencia” with Taína Asili
Apr. 01
“Nature?” Lecture with Bioartist Marta De Menezes
04/01/2019 – 04/03/2019
3-day DIY CRISPR Workshop with bioartist Marta de Menezes

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