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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.

Spotlight: Vusi Mahlasela at The Egg


Published 4:12 pm EDT, Wednesday, October 24, 2018

 

Vusi Mahlasela

 

His website details all the national celebrations Vusi Mahlasela has been a part of in post-apartheid South Africa, including performing at Nelson Mandela’s 1994 inauguration and during the 2010 World Cup tournament. He also opened for the Dave Matthews Band in …

Picks of the week


Published 4:14 pm EDT, Wednesday, September 26, 2018

 

Jeri-yah Ford, left, and his brother Jerry Ford III, both of South Troy, crush apples in a cider press during StoryHarvest Festival on Sept. 26. The event, sponsored by the Sanctuary for Independent Media, took place at Freedom Square, at 101st Street and Fifth and Sixth avenues …

Good things to do for the week ahead


Published 10:33 am EDT, Friday, September 21, 2018 
 

 

Delgres

VISUAL ARTS

In her new exhibit, “Slow Grow,” artist Jenny Kemp employs intricate parallel lines that slowly shift in intensity and hue. Kemp strives to reveal time and illumination through her gradations, imparting feelings of life and growth to those who …

Not the Next Hudson Newburgh, Catskill, and Troy, once downtrodden, are hoping recent revitalization doesn’t get out of hand.


REAL ESTATE 

Newburgh, Catskill, and Troy, once downtrodden, are hoping recent revitalization doesn’t get out of hand.

An 1880s Victorian mansion in Newburgh’s historic district.  …

Nature-Lab

Media Alliance Center in Troy receives grant funding


 

 

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TROY, N.Y.— The Media Alliance Center in North Central Troy recently found out they received a $250,000 grant to create the NATURE …

Spotlight: Delgres at Sanctuary for Independent Media


Published 4:07 pm EDT, Wednesday, September 19, 2018
 

 

Delgres

Their record label describes Delgres as “the missing link of the blues,” and an interesting link they are. The trio is fronted by singer/guitarist Pascal Danae, who before starting Delgres had already made a musical career that included working with the likes of Peter …

Sanctuary for Independent Media Announces New Concerts


September 18th, 2018, 10:00 am by Greg

Chris Pasin will celebrate the music of Ornette Coleman at the Sanctuary for Independent Media.

Photograph by Rudy Lu

The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy has announced it fall season of …

Sanctuary for Independent Media 2018 fall schedule


All Over Albany

posted Sep 11, 2018

The upcoming fall season of events at  The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy starts up this month. And, as in past seasons, it includes concerts, talks, screenings, and workshops on topics ranging from Afro-Caribbean music to  jazz to …

Freedom Festival at Freedom Square, June 2 in Troy


Publication: Troy Record

Published: 5/25/2018

Troy, N.Y. >> The sixth annual “Freedom Festival” on the community art stage at Freedom Square will be a spectacular outdoor celebration featuring food, music, activities and more, from 3 to 6 p.m. on June 2 at Freedom Square — 101st Street where 5th and 6th …

A Summer of Stories: Day 1 of Uptown Summer 2016


 

Today was a story of beginning. Our 2016 Uptown Summer youth employees began their summer of Environmental Stewardship and Neighborhood Storytelling with an introduction to The Sanctuary for Independent Media and a tour of Collard City Growers. In doing so, we also shared the stories of ourselves. In our …

Teamwork and a lot of cement


I went to the Sanctuary for Independent Media last Wednesday to help out with the hoop house. People told me they needed assistance with pouring cement. I thought to myself, “This should be fun, I’ve never worked with cement before.” I did not know what to expect.

Students from Rensselaer Polytechnic Insitutes service …

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.

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 …

"Freedom Square: Crossroads for revival"


Date published: 12/28/2012
Publication: Albany Times Union

Garden, church, activist group work to make Troy block a destination point

By Kenneth C. Crowe II

TROY — The North Central block of Sixth Avenue between Glen and 101st streets is becoming an oasis in one of the …

3 "StoryHarvest Cooking" workshops next week!


The “StoryHarvest Cooking” workshop series offers three opportunities to create the most delicious, on-the-go and on-a-budget, food for Bread and Puppet parade goers and StoryHarvest participants! 

Feed the masses, home-made and with love! *Attention, Moms — it’s ok to bring your kids!

Free!  Please RSVP or …

Mind Body Soul Carnival Celebration!


WHAT: A celebration marking the end of Mind Body Soul Carnival!

WHEN: May 2nd, 2012 from 3:30 – 5:30PM

WHERE: Missing Link Street Ministry Mission, 3370 6th Avenue (at 101st Street) in North Troy

The Mind Body Soul Carnival is a workshop series created by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute students in …

Upcoming Events
Dec. 11
Using Fish Poo to Feed a Family
Dec. 15
7th Annual North Troy Justice and Peace Holiday Celebration
Dec. 15
NATURE Lab Workshop– Fruit & Berry Propagation with Collard City Growers

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