Sanctuary Spring Season!!

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SPRING 2019 SEASON ANNOUNCED AT THE SANCTUARY FOR INDEPENDENT MEDIA! Schedule features musical performances, speakers, films, workshops, a gallery show, and more!

TROY – The Spring 2019 season at The Sanctuary for Independent Media kicks off on March 29 with a free show by the Afro-Latin-Reggae-Rock sensation Taína Asili and concludes on June 8 with the seventh annual Freedom Festival with free food, free arts activities, and free music with NYC’s Fay Victor and Mutations for Justice.

The season will feature many events ranging from music to films to speakers.  Highlights include talks by authors Dahr Jamail, L.A.Kauffman and Jesse Jarnow; performances by Taína Asili with special guests, and Richie & Rosie, as well as jazz vocalist Fay Victor; screenings including q&a’s with filmmakers Astra Taylor and Andre Lambertson, 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; visit the website or call 518-272-2390 for directions and more information. Admission to
events is $10 ($5 student/low income) unless noted.

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March 29: Resiliencia w/ Taína Asili

The activist singer-songwriter celebrates her birthday and the release of a new album, Resiliencia! Taina’s 9-piece band will be in the house; the night will include music by DJ Johnny Juice (Public Enemy/The Odyssey), and special guest performances by Lajas (tap dance), Veena Chandra (sitar), Amani Olugbala (poetry), Leah Penniman(dance), and more. And the Sanctuary is celebrating resilience too! Join us for the launch of our Spring ’19 season and the kick off of our Sanctuary Sustainer campaign.  Free admission. 

April 1: Nature? Lecture with Bioartist Marta De Menezes

Join us for an exploration of how modern science can be incorporated into the artistry field with the help of an internationally-renowned pioneer of biological arts. Followed by a 3-day CRISPR workshop.

April 4: “How to Read a Protest: The Art of Organizing and Resistance” w/ L.A. Kauffman 

In her new book, the mobilizing coordinator of the 2003-4 Iraq War protests explains what makes today’s grassroots resistance different from past movements in America.

April 10: Hope in Charm City/Collar City

In memory of youth victims of violence, a screening of “Charm City” with cinematographer Andre Lambertson followed by an informational discussion and candlelight vigil. This event begins with a free community meal and victim resource info tables. Free admission. 

April 13:  State of Science (SOS)

Join us for a panel on science activism and advocacy in the Capital Region with public officials, scientists, and activists focusing on how we, as concerned citizens, can get involved most effectively. The event, which replaces this year’s March for Science, is produced by CapSci.  Free admission. 

April 16: “The End of Ice” with Dahr Jamail 

After nearly a decade as a war reporter, the acclaimed journalist returned to America to renew his passion for mountaineering, only to find that the slopes he had once climbed have been irrevocably changed by climate disruption.

April 24: “What is Democracy?” with Filmmaker Astra Taylor 

An idiosyncratic, philosophical take on the evolution of democracy through the ages, from its philosophical origins in Greece, through its capitalist growth in Italy, to the modern world.

May 4: The Life and Songs of Folk Music Icon Pete Seeger

Musicians Richie Stearns and Rosie Newton join Jesse Jarnow, author of “Wasn’t That a Time: The Weavers, the Blacklist, and the Battle for the American Soul,” in a celebration of Pete Seeger’s 100th birthday. Free admission.

May 11: Annual TBR BikeFest

Join Troy’s bike-friendly community for a homespun burrito dinner complete with daytime rides, special guests, and the always amazing cake auction. This event benefits Troy Bike Rescue and will help prepare for another year of grassroots community building… with bicycles. $20

June 8: Freedom Festival at Freedom Square 

Join us for the seventh annual end of the season festivities of free food, art and music, featuring a special performance by Fay Victor and Mutations for Justice to launch our Spirit of the Suffragettes concert series! Free admission. 


Register at or call 518.272.2390 Cost: Sliding Scale $10-$40 (no one turned away)

+ April 1-3: 3-Part DIY CRISPR Workshop Series w/ Marta De Menezes

An in-depth look into CRISPR-cas9, a novel gene editing system programmed to edit DNA, exploring socio-cultural, political and ethical implications.

+ April 9: Mushroom Day with Ecovative 

Learn how to grow materials that can replace plastic with this overview of the development of mycelium, followed by a ‘grow-it yourself’ workshop.

April 13: Sticky Situation: The Magic of Grafting & More w/ Collard City Growers 

Join us as we dig up root stock, transplant saplings, and make new trees with some old school genetic engineering.

+ April 28: Roots Natty Division Party: “Spring Cleaning” w/ Collard City Growers 

Prepare garden beds that have been resting all winter, readying for this year’s plantings. Learn to turn one plant into many by the simple practice of root division!

+ June 8: Getting Grounded: Transplanting Party w/ Collard City Growers at Freedom Festival 

Learn how to plant seedlings and help us beautify the block, spreading the green bounty around Freedom Square and CCG gardens!

Be The Media
+ April 16: Art of Investigative Journalism w/ Author Dahr Jamail 

A pathbreaking, glacier-scaling reporter shares stories of climate change and his strategies and process for research and writing!

April 24: Media & Activism w/ Filmmaker Astra Taylor 

An informal conversation about creative process, sharing personal strategies as a filmmaker, writer, and political organizer to activate a people’s platform for organizing through diverse media formats.

+ May 2: Art of Interviewing w/ Ellen Rocco 

Learn the ins and outs of interviewing for broadcast from the station manager of North Country Public Radio, one of the local legends of public media.

+ May 4: Art of News Production w/ Mike Burke

Mike Burke is a long time producer with the international daily news program Democracy Now!, with years of experience in all aspects of news production.