Roots for Resilience Exhibition Opening with Catherine Rafferty

Sep. 26
Roots for Resilience Exhibition Opening with Catherine Rafferty
Date(s) - Wednesday 09/26/2018
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Sanctuary for Independent Media

an Exhibition of Photographs by Catherine Rafferty

Exhibition Opening Wednesday, Sept. 26, 6-7pm, with photographer Catherine Rafferty!

During her internship at The Sanctuary for Independent Media, Catherine Rafferty photographed the images in this exhibition during the Uptown Summer 2018 program. Born in Albany, she is working toward a BFA in Photojournalism at Rochester Institute of Technology. She is currently the photography editor for Reporter Magazine at RIT. Catherine’s interests are in telling stories of environmental justice, gentrification, immigration and health care. Her focus is on understanding communities and social relationships.


More about this exhibition:

From monitoring eel populations in the Poestenkill, to painting “poetic crosswalks,” to leading a community design process, the eighth season of Uptown Summer was filled with remarkable projects and exciting workshops. In partnership with the Rensselaer County Summer Youth Employment and NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Environmental Justice programs, the Sanctuary offered local teens a chance to learn hands-on skills while enriching their community. These experiences are captured in this extensive photo collection now on display in our Underground Gallery. 
The youth in these photos focused sharing stories of environmental justice and resilience. Working alongside scientists, artists, and community leaders, they explored diverse realms including data analysis, seed-saving, and the health of Hudson River fish. The 2018 Uptown Summer crew left their mark on the neighborhood with the new NATURE Lab Environmental Education Center. With the help of the Troy Architecture Project, we’ll be transforming a long-abandoned building in North Troy into a grassroots science resource for the neighborhood. Design ideas generated by the Uptown Summer youth employees and other community members will provide the framework for the project as it moves forward. The building and gardens will house workshop and meeting spaces, a science lab,  a community kitchen, and much more!
Catherine was a team member of a small army of interns who contributed their support this summer, from Rochester Institute of Technology, Concordia University, Skidmore College, the University at Albany, Sage College, and Rensselaer. For her internship, Catherine photographed and videotaped daily, highlighting an energy-packed summer of creativity and collaboration with her evocative photo-journalism.
Additional documentation includes audio pieces broadcast on our radio station WOOC 105.3 FM (streaming at, on Sanctuary TV videos (at,
Special thanks to exhibition curator Melissa Mykal Batalin and The School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Rensselaer.


The exhibit will be on view from September 26th through Summer 2018.