Be the Media

$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 …

No PhDs needed: how citizen science is transforming research

 23 OCTOBER 2018

Projects that recruit the public are getting more ambitious and diverse, but the field faces some growing pains.

Aisling Irwin



Japanese priest Sadamaru Okano stands beneath a Geiger counter (top left) that sends radiation readings to the Safecast …

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.

“Dear Climate”; Art Opening, A Conversation with Marina Zurkow and Oliver Kellhammer

Join Dear Climate artists Marina Zurkow and Oliver Kellhammer in conversation about climate change. Learn strategies to “Befriend Climate Change,” from international environmental crises to hyper-local challenges such as brownfields, decaying urban neighborhoods, and toxic blight right here in North Troy and the Capital Region!


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 …

Rediscovering the Every Day: Sheba Marx's blog

Sheba Marx, workshop participant of our last Be the Media! workshop, “Rediscivoering the Every Day: Basic Documentary Photography, with Brenda Ann Kenneally, created a post on her blog including her workshop photos:

On Sunday, I was lucky to attend a photography workshop at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, New …

"Be The Media" Workshops– List of Past Seasons

Here’s our past “Be the Media” workshops.


Click on listings below to check out the Media Arts and Education projects we have offered. Info includes curricular descriptions, workshop leaders, and other documentation.

“Be the Media” WORKSHOPS, SPRING 2010

Youth Media Live Studio …

4 PSAs in 1 Day

Last weekend we had an AWESOME youth media workshop and film festival, as part of the N.Y. Shout Out Youth Media celebration. Huge thanks to everyone who came from near and far, to help make media, share ideas, brainstorm, act, write, edit, volunteer, cook food, and even just to watch and discuss the youth pieces. …

FALL 09 "Be the Media" Workshops

Our “Be the Media” workshop series provides local artists, producers, and citizen journalists with opportunities to acquire and improve the skills necessary for successful and powerful independent media-making. We offer an interdisciplinary approach to diverse media arts practices with new technologies, with core focus on creative practice and artistry.

October 4 Digital Preservation …

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