Initiative: Uptown Summer

“Echoes From Lock One” is Selected for National Film Festivals


The documentary short “Echoes from Lock One” has been accepted into three film festivals …

Picture of Mia Nilo a Sanctuary neighbor who volunteers weekly bringing food to the free food box that is part of our Emerging from Darkness participatory altar

Freedom Square Installation Bringing Community Together


By Erika Leigh Troy

The Emerging From Darkness Art Installation has been in Freedom Square in Troy since Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, but many members of the community are just starting to learn about it. …

Vigils mark grim Covid milestone


 

Dan Levy
Updated: January 19, 2021 11:39 PM
Created: January 19, 2021 11:34 PM

TROY – At Freedom Circle in North Central Troy, there was an alter built by youth in the community to shine a light, not just on the loss of 400,000 lives from Covid-19, but also for …

Altar_Heal_Our_Wounded_by Nancy Weber

Memorial Altar: “Emerging from Darkness”


01/17/2021 – 05/01/2021
Memorial Altar: “Emerging from Darkness”

Uptown Summer 2020 – Media & Design


Uptown Summer 2020 participated in media and design projects as part of their work …

Troy kids research Hudson River water quality


 

WNYT Staff
Created: August 21, 2020 08:27 PM

Young people from Troy are taking on the water quality in the Hudson River.

A new collaboration between Riverkeeper and the Sanctuary for Independent Media is giving Troy kids a chance to learn more about the Hudson. …

Uptown Summer 2020


FACILITATING THE 10TH UPTOWN SUMMER DURING COVID

How do you run a youth program in the midst of a global pandemic?

This year Uptown Summer participants will split their time into morning sessions of socially distant gardening in Collard City Growers and virtual afternoon sessions learning branding, social media content creation, …

Fists

For Black Lives


Black Lives Matter.

Listen here for local coverage of the Movement for Black Lives. This playlist includes all of the speeches from Troy’s Rally for Black Lives on Sunday, June 7, as well as more recent words from those fighting for justice:

MediaSanctuary · Rally For Black …

Peter Sergay


Peter Sergay is a student at Middlebury College (’22) and a Summer 2020 intern …

Coronavirus Disease 2019

Coronavirus Statement for The Sanctuary for Independent Media


The escalating concerns about the spread of Coronavirus/Covid-19 have led to extraordinary measures.

For the well-being of our audience, staff, and artists, facilities at The Sanctuary for Independent Media have been closed, employees are working from home, and all in-person public activities scheduled through September 2020 have been cancelled or postponed. We are  …

Genesis Cooper


Genesis joined our team in the summer of 2019 as an unofficial – but …

JJ Luceno


JJ Luceno joined The Sanctuary for Independent Media as the Uptown Summer Coordinator for …

Uptown Summer Youth: Jy’Aire Sass


In this segment we hear from Jy’Aire Sass, one of the 2019 Uptown Summer …

Spirit of the Suffragettes with Girl Blue and Martha Redbone


Jul. 16
Spirit of the Suffragettes with Girl Blue and Martha Redbone
Taina at Freedom Square

Spirit of the Suffragettes


Spirit of the Suffragettes
Freedom Square, North Troy, …

Uptown Summer 2018


Uptown Summer is a 5-week youth employment program that gives voice to Rensselaer County teens. The program combines art, science, media production, and environmental education. This year’s theme was telling stories of environmental justice and resilience. Each week was packed with programming, introducing youth to new skills and ideas, and developing their creativity and voice.