Second Life for Community Development: “Re-imagining Your Neighborhood Through Virtual Worlds” w/ Stephanie Rothenberg


For more info, or find out about scholarship opportunities,
e-mail [email protected] or call (518) 272-2390

Participants will work as a team to create 3D prototypes using Second Life’s building tools and real time collaborative environment to re-imagine the direct urban environment of The Sanctuary in North Central Troy.  We will create a 3-D model of the block of 6th Ave. between Glen and 101st St.  

We will be joined virtually in Second Life with architecture/urban planning students from Cairo, who will help us build the prototype. Check out “Building a Classroom Across an Ocean” to learn more about this collaborative learning exchange between Cairo and the U.S.!

Co-sponsored by: iEAR Presents! and the Arts Department at RPI, TAP (Troy Architectural Project), Missing Link Street Ministry Mission, Uptown Initiative and Troy Alley Action Project.



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Stephanie Rothenberg is an artist and educator using performance, installation and networked media to create provocative interactions that question the boundaries and social constructs of manufactured desires.

 She has lectured and exhibited at venues including the 2008 Sundance Film Festival,  International  Symposium of Electronic Arts (ISEA), Zer01 Festival, Banff New Media Institute, Hallwalls Media Art Center, ConFlux Festival, Amsterdam International Film Festival and the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing. Recent awards include a 2009 Creative Capital, 2008 New York State Council on the Arts Individual Artist award (NYSCA), a 2007 Eyebeam Artist-in-Residence in NYC and a free103point9 Artist-in-Residence. She received her MFA in 2003 from The Department of Film, Video and New Media at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently Assistant Professor of Visual Studies at SUNY Buffalo.

Would you like to know more about real-life architects and urban planners using Second Life as a visual design tool?  Check out two examples that Stephanie recommends:  

We will be working with local organizations, to envision North Central Troy as a sustainable, viable community.  Here’s some of the groups will be working with:



Troy Architecture Program provides design, architectural, planning and graphic 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 persons on planning decisions.

TAP’s activities are focused on the city of Troy, although projects have been undertaken in surrounding locations.


Check out a few key slides from a power point, made by Joe Fama, Executive Director of TAP:




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The Missing Link Street Ministry, located directly across the street from The Sanctuary for Independent Media at 3370 6th Avenue, was started several years ago to address the rampant drug use and pervasive violence in the community. The ministry’s programs include Feed-a Kid, Gun Buy Back, Clean-up the Neighborhood, Anti-Violence Campaign, and a host of after-school arts & crafts and sports activities. 

The founder and leader of the Missing Link Street Ministry is Pastor Willie D. Bacote, an ordained elder in the A.M.E. Zion Church.. He hopes to bring education and communication resources to neighborhood youth, many of whom are beneficiaries of his “Feed-A-Kid” program.  Missing Link is currently collaborating on the Youth Media Sanctuary Peer-Training Project.  “The youth media program represents hope for these kids,” said Pastor Bacote.



The Uptown Restoration Initiative is made up of dedicated and committed residents of Uptown and South Lansingburgh in Troy, New York.  The committee was formed on March 7, 2010.  Before any further decay of our community and property, the Uptown Restoration Initiative has come together as a cohesive group to revitalize their neighborhood themselves. 


Check out some photos of events in the neighborhood!



Contact [email protected] or call 518-272-2390 with questions.

Space is limited!

We recognize that while $40 is a pretty good deal for a media workshop, not everyone can afford it.  We HIGHLY value diverse groups of workshop participants and encourage anyone who is interested in attending, but unable to pay the fee, to apply for a scholarship.

The “Be The Media!” Workshop series provides local artists, producers, and citizen journalists with opportunities to acquire and improve the skills necessary for successful and high-impact independent media-making.

The workshops series, now in its 9th season, offers chances to explore the use of technology in making art and media, and build the creative capacity of our region. Geared to suit people who know a lot or a little about digital tools, the workshops are suitable for both curious novices, and seasoned users ready to hone their skills. The instructors are world-renowned media artists with expertise in many fields, and come from the Capital District and beyond.

The “Be The Media!” Workshop Series is presented in partnership with the Hudson Mohawk Independent Media Center, with the financial support of Holding Our Own and the New York State Council on the Arts. Each 4-hour workshop will be held in The Sanctuary for Independent Media at 3361 6th Avenue in Troy, NY.