Fall 2019 Sanctuary Season Announced

The Fall 2019 season at The Sanctuary for Independent Media
kicked off on November 1 with a free event celebrating the great work
of Riverkeeper volunteers on the Hudson River and concludes on
December 14 with the free 8th annual North Central Troy Justice &
Peace Holiday Celebration.

In between the season features many events ranging from music to
films to speakers. Highlights include a talk by former Metroland
journalist Chet Hardin; performances by the Haitian roots music group
RAM and the chamber music ensemble Aizuri Quartet; screenings
including q&a’s with filmmakers Penny Lane and Alex Rivera, plus
workshops, a gallery show and much much more!

The Sanctuary for Independent Media is located at 3361 6th Avenue (at
101st Street) in North Troy; check the website or call 518-272-2390
for directions and more information. Admission to
events is $10 ($5 student/low income) unless noted.

Click here for a list of upcoming events and workshops. The entire Fall 2019 season is listed below!

FRI  NOV 1  pm
Riverkeeper Community Scientist Celebration
w/ “Source to Sea” screening and Community / Stone soup potluck
Join us in celebrating the work of the community scientists who sample
the Hudson River Watershed from May through October, with a focus on
those working in the Upper Hudson River and Mohawk Delta.
Co-sponsored by Riverkeeper

SUN  NOV 3  7pm  $15
Haiti’s preeminent band, straight from the famed Hotel Oloffson in
Port-au-Prince! Ancient folkloric drums intertwine harmoniously with
punk rock guitar riffs and swinging Caribbean melodies, led by the
entrancing singer, Lunise–all combining for a truly magical

FRI  NOV 15  7pm
Workshop 4:30pm
“Hail Satan?” w/ Penny Lane
A film about The Satanic Temple, chronicling the rise of one of the
most colorful and controversial religious movements in American
history–whose commitment to social and political justice has empowered
people around the world.
Co-sponsored by iEAR Presents

MON  NOV 18  7pm
Workshop 4:30pm
Chet Hardin “Inside NXIVM”
Chet Hardin is the only journalist to play a midnight game of
volleyball with actress Allison Mack, Seagrams heiress Clare Bronfman,
and the now-notorious Keith Raniere. That was in 2009, long before the
eventual arrests of Raniere and Mack on the charges of sex trafficking
and forced labor. Hardin’s writing for the Capital Region weekly
Metroland was the beginning of the end.

FRI  NOV 22  5:30pm  FREE
Aizuri Quartet
Combining their deep study of classical music with a naturally warm
and exuberant approach to audiences and students, the Aizuri Quartet
is passionate about creating diverse points of entry into the string
quartet repertoire. Miho Saegusa, violin; Emma Frucht, violin; Ayane
Kozasa, viola; Karen Ouzounian, cello.
Co-sponsored by Friends of Chamber Music in Troy, NY

WED  DEC 4  7pm
Workshop 4:30pm
Community meal 6pm
“The Infiltrators” w/ Alex Rivera
A film about a rag-tag group of undocumented youth—Dreamers—who
deliberately get arrested by Border Patrol to infiltrate a shadowy
detention center.
Co-sponsored by iEAR Presents! with Capital District Border Watch,
ICE-Free Capital District, Troy Sanctuary Movement and Extinction
Rebellion Capital Region

FRI  DEC 6  7pm  $15
Christoph Irniger & Pilgrim
The quintet Pilgrim, founded by Zurich-based tenor saxophonist
Christoph Irniger, has over the years become one of the most exciting
ensembles in young European jazz. This tour introduces their fourth
recording, “Crosswinds.”

SAT  DEC 14  12-5pm  FREE
North Central Troy Justice & Peace Holiday Celebration
Join us for the eighth annual North Central Troy Holiday Justice and
Peace Celebration. Once again we’ll have free portraits (thanks to
photographer Brenda Ann Kenneally and her team), arts activities,
music, free food, a bike giveaway, the lighting of the tree at Freedom
Square (at the corner where 101st Street and 5th/6th Avenues meet),
and more!
Co-sponsored by Unity House, North Troy Community Network, Bella
Napoli, Troy Bike Rescue, Troy Central Little League, Team HERO and
Foto Care


The Sanctuary for Independent Media is part of Media Alliance, a
501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in upstate New York. Our
mission is to use art and participatory action to promote social and
environmental justice and freedom of creative expression.

Since 2005 we have been building an arts and environmental campus in
North Central Troy. We operate indoor and outdoor presenting and
production facilities (the Sanctuary and Freedom Square), a radio
station (WOOC 105.3 FM), community gardens (Collard City Growers), a
STE(a)M learning center (NATURE Lab), and youth programs (Uptown
Summer and Youth Media Sanctuary). None of this would be possible
without the support of countless volunteers, many individual donors,

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Environmental Justice
and Hudson River Estuary Programs, New York State Council on the Arts
with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State
Legislature, National Endowment for the Arts, WGXC/Wave Farm, McCarthy
Charities, Howard and Bush Foundation, The Bender Scientific Fund /
B’nai B’rith Gideon Foundation / The Barry Alan Gold Memorial Fund /
The Judith Fund of The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital
Region, Crossed Purposes Foundation, New Music USA, Lush Charity Pot,
Troy Capital Resource Corporation, Healthcare Education Project, One
Troy, Stephen J. McKee Foundation, The O’Bryan Family Foundation,
Shuttleworth Foundation, Troy Housing Authority, Messler Family
Foundation, Merrill Family Charitable Foundation, The Kate Cashel
Fund, St. Andrews Society, Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust, Troy
Savings Bank Charitable Foundation, Saratoga Apple, Lucy Jo’s Coffee
Roastery, One Day Signs, Rare Form Brewing Company, Magai
Arboriculture, Music Haven Concert Series, Rensselaer County Summer
Youth Employment Program, CEO YouthBuild, NY Civil Liberties Union,
Law Office of Anne Reynolds Copps, Troy Bike Rescue, Rock Hill
Bakehouse, Rensselaer’s School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
and iEAR Presents!, Troy Cultural Alliance, Community Loan Fund of the
Capital Region, TAP Inc, Rensselaer County Historical Society,
Rensselaer Newman Foundation Chapel + Cultural Center, Hilton Garden
Inn, Alpha Phi Omega, Troy Central Little League, Team HERO, Leaders
Leading Troy’s Youth, Transition Troy, Troy Zero Waste, Honest Weight
Food Coop, Stone Industries, Foto Care, Denison Farm, Bella Napoli,
Bruegger’s Bagels, Stewart’s Shops, Unity House, Women Against War and
Pogo Stick Studios.

Event Recap Latest News Reflections

Uptown Summer Week Three: Research, Awareness, and Deep Experiencing

The theme of Uptown Summer’s third week was awareness and it was all about collecting information, looking at things differently, and expanding our horizons.

We kicked things off with a visit to Soul Fire Farm. Soul Fire is an initiative developed to foster food sovereignty in communities of color, and to “uproot racism in the food system.” Leah Penniman gave us a background in the food injustice they work to address, then led us in work tasks and activities.

Branda and Felicia engaged in dynamic meditation at Soul Fire Farm.

Throughout the week, the Uptown Summer youth were busy in preliminary research for their final radio stories. We dove into the issues we’re covering by researching online, conducting interviews, and reaching out to experts in the community. 

Darlene Kehn Hunter leads our water testing lab.

Between our research sessions, we had guests who introduced us to diverse ways of gaining knowledge. Science teacher Darlene Kehn Hunter brought us into the field to collect water samples from Ingles Ave. boat launch. She later returned with the incubated samples and examined them for the presence of bacteria. (We found lots!)


Kai and Angelo analyze incubated samples.

Artist Stephanie Loveless helped the youth develop scores for deep experiencing around our block of North Troy. We made prompts that could encourage others to hear, see, and notice things about the area that they might otherwise miss. We hand-painted the prompts onto signs and posted them in the neighborhood to inspire deep observation for years to come.

Stephanie helps Najayah draft a deep experiencing prompt.

As we move forward with the program, we’re narrowing our focus. The Uptown Summer youth will be editing, finessing, strategizing, and curating to make sure their radio stories are working to address the issues they care about. We’re excited to share the final products with you!

Check out the full gallery of week three photos below:

Photos by Catie Rafferty.


Latest News Projects

NATURE Lab Environmental Education Center!

We Need Your Help!

The Troy Community Land Bank just sold us the last abandoned building on our block and we have an opportunity to transform it into an urban environmental education center for our NATURE Lab program. This will be a permanent space for discovery and scientific exploration in one of the most economically disadvantaged neighborhoods in New York state.

With your help we can build the NATURE Lab Environmental Education Center (with a full laboratory!), empowering our community to be more scientifically literate and active contributors to the health and wellbeing of our neighborhood from the grassroots up.

Thanks to a few generous individuals and grants from NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, the Howard and Bush Foundation, McCarthy Charities, we’ve already raised more than $80,000 of the $100,000 required to purchase and renovate a vacant building on our 6th Avenue block into an urban environmental education center.

Can you help us build the NATURE Lab Environmental Education Center by donating?

You can use the form below or click here.


If you care about climate change, if you care about soil toxicity in post-industrial communities, if you care about water protection and food and air quality–please consider taking this very moment to donate to help build the NATURE Lab Environmental Education Center.

Real change happens from the ground up. Every community should have a place like the NATURE Lab Environmental Education Center. Please help us plant this seed in North Troy.


Audio Hudson Mohawk Magazine Latest News Reflections


The outpouring of support from this community helped us raise $32,584—we can now help build two new progressive radio stations for the Capital Region.

The Hudson Mohawk Radio Network is now live, test broadcasting on WOOA 106.9 FM Albany and WOOS 98.9 FM Schenectady. The FCC construction permits will not expire and we have time to collectively build this network.

Here’s a picture of Pete Tridish, community media pioneer (co-founder of Radio Mutiny 91.3 FM and Prometheus Radio Project), helping build one of the new transmitters:

We cannot wait to continue growing this powerful force for change and community empowerment with you in 2018.

In gratitude,
Your friends at The Sanctuary for Independent Media

P.S. There’s still lots of work to be done! If you want to make a contribution, please don’t hold back! You can donate here, or you can pitch in! Email [email protected] if you want to volunteer.