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‘Time for Reckoning’ on WMHT examines post-protest response

Airing Monday, special features activists’ demands, officials’ answers

Activist Jamaica Miles - shown at a July protest in Schenectady - is one of the panelists featured in
Activist Jamaica Miles — shown at a July protest in Schenectady — is one of the panelists featured in “The Time for Reckoning” airing at 9 p.m. Monday on WMHT. (Lori Van Buren/Times Union)Lori Van Buren/Albany Times Union

ALBANY — Featuring the voices of activists from the Black Lives Matter movement as well as prominent Albany officials, the hour-long special “The Time for Reckoning” airs at 9 p.m. Monday on WMHT Ch. 17.

The program features parallel panels discussing the issues of racial reconciliation and social justice in the context of the protests that followed the killing of George Floyd of Minneapolis, and touches on more local controversies such as the 2018 shooting of Ellazar Williams by police and the notorious raid on a First Street home in March 2019 that resulted in an officer being charged with felony assault.

In addition to sharing the views of local activists, the program includes responses from Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Common Council President Corey Ellis and Police Chief Eric Hawkins on matters ranging from the pace of police discipline to the relative worth of the city’s police review board. Times Union editor Casey Seiler moderates.

All three of the city officials are part of Albany’s ongoing Policing Reform and Reconciliation Collaborative, a broad effort to address many of the issues brought to light in recent months. Formed in response to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s executive order requiring local communities to address systemic racism in law enforcement, the collaborative has an April deadline to produce proposals for local lawmakers to consider.

The program — a special edition of WMHT’s “New York Now” — is part of a larger symposium sponsored by Albany’s Center for Law and Justice and the New York State Writers Institute and other groups, with a mission to confront systemic racism, seek justice and reimagine society.

The community panel will have a follow-up online discussion held on the evening of Monday, Nov. 2 on the Facebook page of the All of Us social justice group.

Additional partners in “The Time for Reckoning” include the Justice Center of Rensselaer County, the Times Union, Amnesty International USA, the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region and the Sanctuary for Independent Media. The symposium was supported by the Steve McKee Foundation.

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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:

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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  maintaining our broadcast and online operations in the meantime.

We are closely monitoring this situation and will continue to follow the lead of local, state, and federal authorities as well as the decisions of individual artists so we can respond to changing conditions.

We will provide ongoing updates as necessary. Stay safe!

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COVID-19 Coverage

We are extremely grateful to be able to serve our community during this pandemic. Producing hyper-local radio and video coverage of COVID-19 that can’t be found anywhere else is a reminder of how important community media is. None of this programming would be possible without the daily work of a team of volunteers and interns. Thank you to them, and to all of you who are listening.

Our intrepid team of Hudson Mohawk Magazine volunteer radio producers has continued to produce the show remotely, since The Sanctuary for Independent Media locked down on Monday, March 16. Our producers are doing an inspiring job of covering the justice and equity aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic that dominant media is not focused on.

If you’re not already subscribed to our podcast, now is as good a time as any to sign up! Click here to subscribe.

You can also listen Monday-Friday at 7 AM, 9 AM and 6 PM on WOOC 105.3 FM Troy and WOOS 98.9 FM Schenectady and (streaming right here on mediasanctuary.org). And thank you to WOOA 106.9 FM and WCAA 107.3 FM in Albany for carrying the show as well!

And bookmark this page for easy access to all of our COVID-19 segments:

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Sanctuary for Independent Media 2019 Spring Schedule

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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 www.mediasanctuary.org or call 518-272-2390 for directions and more information. Admission to
events is $10 ($5 student/low income) unless noted.

Here’s a quick-scan look…

March 29: Resiliencia w/ Taína AsiliTaina-Asili-Mike-Morgan-Photography-11-freedom-wall-fist-e1548434358295

“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. 

 

April 4: “How to Read a Protest: The Art of Organizing and Resistance” w/ L.A. Kauffman 9780520301528

“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 CityCHARMCITY_3f_PubStills_03 (2)

“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. 

April 13:  State of Science (SOS)SOS_graphic

“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. 

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

“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 WhatisDemocracy_AstraTaylor

“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 SeegerPete 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.

 

May 11: Annual TBR BikeFestberenstainbikefest-1

“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 Fay_Victor_6L1A2773

“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. 

Workshops

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

NATURE Lab
+ April 1-3: 3-Part DIY CRISPR Workshop Series w/ Marta De Menezesde-menezes0b

“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 53262023_10157286237988746_4017932885976678400_o

“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 54435213_10157305547808746_4915466942149558272_o

“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 54519836_10157305550148746_5510952664407474176_o

“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 Transplanting Party

“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 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 What is Democracy_poster

“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 201611-NCPR-69-2000x2341

“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 Burkeunnamed

“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.”

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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 www.mediasanctuary.org or call 518-272-2390 for directions and more information. Admission to
events is $10 ($5 student/low income) unless noted.

Here’s a quick-scan look…

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. 

Workshops

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

NATURE Lab
+ 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.

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$20,000 hole in our budget…

Let me explain what happened. For almost a decade, we’ve been receiving general operating support from the Electronic Media and Film program at the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA EMF). Their funding has been critical, particularly since operating support is very difficult to find in a grant world focused on funding one-shot projects. That kind of funding usually comes from individuals, like you.

After all these years, a few weeks ago we learned that our annual NYSCA EMF funding was cut from $20,000 to… zero. (Thankfully support is continuing from the Music Presenting program for Freedom Sounds, our series of jazz and world music concerts.)

What happened?

We didn’t do anything wrong. In fact, word is we’re a victim of our own success. And that success cost us $20,000.

We’ve been working hard to expand our programming. Building on our deep roots in the media arts, we’ve developed radio stations focused on educating and empowering our community. And we’ve grown into the bioart realm. Our NATURE Lab project, which embraces a multidisciplinary arts approach to understanding and protecting the environment, has taken off.

We’re in the process of building an urban environmental education center to complement our work in media. We’ve raised almost $500,000 to convert the last abandoned building on our block into an amazing lab and classroom resource dedicated to art and environmental justice work.

But we can’t use that money to support our day-to-day operation, and because we’re no longer primarily a media arts organization, we lost our eligibility for general operating support from the Electronic Media and Film program at NYSCA. There went $20,000.

We’re counting on individual donors, like you, to help make up the difference!

Please take a moment to make an online contribution here or send a check (made out to ‘Media Alliance’) to P.O. Box 35, Troy, NY 12181.

We’ve known for years that we need to diversify our sources of revenue. Overdependence on large grants exposes organizations to great risks. That’s why we started our Sanctuary Sustainer program, a campaign to empower our supporters to make recurring contributions of any amount to help guarantee the independence and sustainability of The Sanctuary for Independent Media. As candidates for political office have found, a financial base comprised of numerous small donations by many people rather than from a few major donors is a prescription for independence.

That’s why we’re asking you to contribute to this year-end appeal.

It’s been an incredible year. With your support we have:

  • Helped build infrastructure for three new progressive broadcast radio stations to cover the Capital Region (WOOS Schenectady, WOOA Albany, WOOG Troy)
  • Beat our $100,000 fundraising goal to build the new NATURE Lab Environmental Education Center by four times!
  • Celebrated the one-year anniversary of the Hudson Mohawk Magazine, our volunteer-driven daily news and public affairs program on WOOC 105.3 FM and online at mediasanctuary.org
  • Launched Jazz Sanctuary, a nightly program dedicated to providing local support for what many consider America’s only true art form, on WOOC 105.3 FM and online at mediasanctuary.org
  • Continued building Sanctuary TV, an online video channel with 14,000+ subscribers and 7.5+ million views
  • Expanded our Uptown Summer program for low-wealth youths in Rensselaer County
  • Worked with interns from colleges around the Capital Region and as far away as Buffalo, Cleveland and Montreal, introducing them to community arts for social change
  • Presented the first annual Ruderal Ecologies Conference, using art, urban ecology, and social justice activities to focus on living in urban environments shaped by stress

Despite all of these achievements, the reality remains that we need you to support our programming.

We’ve successfully attracted one-shot and capital funding for our projects but the funds needed for day-to-day, month-to-month, year-to-year operations are incredibly difficult to find. We depend on many small donations from folks like you to survive.

You only have to look to Washington to see the challenges we face. The arts are under attack. Science is under attack. And media is under attack. We are an organization that promotes art and science as ways of understanding the world around us, and media as a way to communicate that understanding. It’s a battle as old as the Scopes trial, and–as an organization using media to promote art and science–we’re in the midst of the struggle.

We need your support!

Whatever you can do to help would be much appreciated. Sign up as a Sanctuary Sustainer for a recurring donation, or a one-time contribution of any amount!

Thank you!

Sincerely,

Steve Pierce
Executive Director

P.S. It’s impossible to overstate the importance of your support. Many people, contributing whatever they can afford, are the key to the sustainability of The Sanctuary for Independent Media! Please take a moment to make an online contribution by clicking here or send a check (made out to ‘Media Alliance’) to P.O. Box 35, Troy, NY 12181.

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The Sanctuary is Hiring!

Volunteer Organizer/Coordinator
Part-time, 4-8 PM weekdays, $15/hour

 

About Us

Most people know us as The Sanctuary for Independent Media in North Troy, NY; the official non-profit 501(c)3 is incorporated as Media Alliance. 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 education campus in North Central Troy, NY. We operate indoor and outdoor presenting and production facilities (The Sanctuary for Independent Media and Freedom Square), a radio station (WOOC 105.3 FM), community gardens (Collard City Growers), a STE(a)M learning center (NATURE Lab), internships and youth programs (Uptown Summer and Youth Media Sanctuary).

www.mediasanctuary.org

About the Volunteer Organizer/Coordinator

This is a new, exciting and much needed position. Our goal is to build capacity to grow this into a full-time position as soon as possible.

The Volunteer Organizer/Coordinator will be joining a two-person paid staff, working alongside a hands-on board and numerous volunteers. The successful candidate will be a self-starter able to produce high level work with limited oversight, prepared to create new processes and navigate new organizational territory.

This is a dynamic and organic environment–a magnet for passionate, creative and talented people each working in their own way to make the world a better place. The Volunteer Organizer/Coordinator should be someone who can adjust to evolving needs, able to pivot as they arise, and must be able to relate to and build positive relationships with a wide variety of people, including those of diverse races, income levels, ages, religions, ethnicities, belief systems, gender identities and more.

Position Qualifications

  • Support for our organization’s mission and understanding of grassroots nonprofits in general
  • Ability to communicate with and relate to a wide range of people
  • Excellent communication skills (written, verbal and nonverbal)
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills
  • Computer skills including Microsoft Office suite, Slack and Google Apps (especially Docs and Calendar). WordPress and Salesforce proficiency is a plus.
  • Collaboration and team building skills, including maintaining a “safer space” for all

The role of the Volunteer Organizer/Coordinator is to bottom-line all volunteer management, building a foundation for expanded productivity and volunteer involvement. This includes volunteers participating in basic daily activities and in a wide variety of initiatives:

  • Events and workshops
  • Internships
  • WOOC radio
  • NATURE Lab
  • Uptown Summer / Youth Media Sanctuary
  • Collard City Growers
  • Friends of Freedom Square
  • Sanctuary TV
  • Kitchen Sanctuary
  • Development and outreach

Position Functions, Roles and Responsibilities

  • Recruit, train, coordinate, and retain volunteers
  • Maintain the volunteer database
  • Support organization of events, workshops and public presentations

Application Process

Please email your resume and a cover letter detailing the reasons why you are an excellent fit for this position, including 2-3 references who can speak to your abilities, to: [email protected]

The application deadline is November 14, 2018. Please submit your application as soon as possible; candidate review will begin immediately upon receipt. The position will be filled by January 1, 2019.

EOE/AA DIVERSE CANDIDATES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY

We actively seek applicants who reflect the diversity of our community. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and, as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider all applicants regardless of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation or national origin.

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“Dear Climate”; Art Opening, A Conversation with Marina Zurkow and Oliver Kellhammer

Join Dear Climate artists Marina Zurkow and Oliver Kellhammer in conversation about climate change. Learn strategies to “Befriend Climate Change,” from international environmental crises to hyper-local challenges such as brownfields, decaying urban neighborhoods, and toxic blight right here in North Troy and the Capital Region!

 

What is Dear Climate? Just a conceptual nudge (not a paradigm shift). The old joke—“Everyone talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it”—isn’t so funny anymore. Lots of people are trying to do something about the weather. Climate change is on the geopolitical agenda, if only in time for us to realize that it’s too late to do anything meaningful. Maybe the problem’s not that no one’s been doing anything about the weather, but that we’ve been talking about it in the wrong way: the old “let’s fix it” way. Now that the weather’s changed, is it also time to change the way we talk about it?

To craft new kinds of personal engagement with climate change, we charted three “movements of mind.” The first, “Meet Climate Change,” was about openness and encounter, acquaintance and curiosity. Observation and conversation were obvious techniques for this, but so were certain “techniques of consciousness,” like meditation and mindfulness, that seemed to us to be imbued with a spirit of deep friendliness, which led to our second movement: “Befriend Climate Change.” Once you invite someone or something into your mental home, it’s only a matter of time before you get to know it better. The imagination gets seriously involved, the conversation deepens, the plot thickens.

Our third movement was “Become Climate Change.” Taking up the challenge of the new weather means we have to understand our human selves in ways beyond biography, even beyond history. We have to understand our species as a geophysical force that is shaping the systems of our planet. Performing that conceptual feat will require many kinds of imagination, not just the imagination of crisis and catastrophe. It will mean not just doing something about the weather, but talking about it—and feeling about it—differently.

Sponsored by NATURE Lab, Rensselaer’s School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, iEAR Presents, NYSCA, and NEA. 

MORE ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Marina Zurkow is a media artist with a focus on humans’ relationships to animals, plants and the weather. These take the form of multi-channel videos, customized multi-screen computer pieces, animated cartoons, participatory works, and pop objects. Zurkow is represented by Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in New York; since 2000, she has exhibited at The Sundance Film Festival, The Rotterdam Film Festival, Res Fest, Ars Electronica, Creative Time, The Kitchen, The Walker Art Center, the Brooklyn Museum, The National Museum for Women in the Arts, and Eyebeam, among other venues. Her videos have been broadcast on MTV, FujiTV and PBS. She is a 2005 NYFA Fellow, a 2003 Rockefeller New Media Fellow, and a 2001 Creative Capital grantee. She teaches at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Oliver Kellhammer is a Canadian land artist, permaculture teacher, activist and writer. Through his botanical interventions and public art projects, he seeks to demonstrate nature’s surprising ability to recover from damage. His work facilitates the processes of environmental regeneration by engaging the botanical and socio-political underpinnings of the landscape. It continues to evolve and has taken various forms such as small-scale urban eco-forestry, inner city community agriculture and the restoration of eroded railway ravines. Contact: okellhammer[at]gmail.com | twitter =>okellhammer

Hi res photos:   http://www.dearclimate.net/img/pdfs/54.pdf 

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Spring 2014 season closed with a bang at The Sanctuary for Independent Media

The Spring 2014 season at The Sanctuary for Independent Media kicked off on March 15th with the Matthew Shipp Trio and concluded on June 7 with the Freedom Festival, featuring the Brooklyn-based Pitchblak Brass Band and Albany’s own Oobleck on the outdoor concert stage at Freedom Square.

The season featured many events ranging from music to films to speakers. Highlights included performances from groups led by Brazilian singer Luísa Maita and Malian guitarist Oumar Konate, a look into the exciting field of bio art with Oron Catts, a career retrospective hosted by “Gimme Shelter” documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles as well as several new documentaries with the filmmakers including Sean Gallagher and “Brothers of the Black List,” an investigation into the consequences of shale gas production, and much much more!

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

The Matthew Shipp TrioSAT MAR 15 7PM $15

The Matthew Shipp Trio

Acclaimed pianist Matthew Shipp with Michael Bisio on bass and drummer Whit Dickey, celebrating the arrival of our concert grand from Carnegie Hall.

 

 

 

WED MAR 19 5:30-7PM

ART OPENING

Ecological Interventions

Featuring the work of Brandon Ballengée and Oliver Kellhammer in the Underground Gallery. 

 

Oron CattsWED MAR 19 7PM

Oron Catts

Oron Catts is the founding director of SymbioticA, whose pioneering work with the Tissue Culture and Art Project is at the cutting edge of biological art.

Co-sponsored by iEAR Presents! 

 

 

 

 

 

Mama Charlotte Hill O'NealFRI MAR 21 7PM (Note new day!)

Mama Charlotte

Former Black Panther Charlotte Hill O’Neal, on her “Heal the Community Tour,” talks about life as an artist activist based in Tanzania. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Albert MayslesSAT MAR 29 7PM

Albert Maysles

A leading force in the direct cinema style of documentary film making, including “Salesman” (1968), “Gimme Shelter” (1970) and “Grey Gardens” (1976).

Co-sponsored by iEAR Presents! 

 

 

 

Louisa Maita

SUN MAR 30 7PM $15

Luísa Maita

Inspired by the bustling urban life found in her native city of São Paulo, the music of Luísa Maita embodies the modern spirit of Brazil.

 

 

 

 

 

Craig Saddlemire film stillSAT APR 12 7PM

“Household”

w/ filmmaker Craig Saddlemire

An exploration of how family and kinship intersect with class, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual identity, and popular culture.

Co-sponsored by iEAR Presents! 

 

Sean Gallagher film stillWED APR 16 7PM

“Brothers of the Black List”

w/ filmmaker Sean Gallagher

The story behind an incident at SUNY Oneonta that became the longest litigated civil rights case in American history.

Co-sponsored by iEAR Presents!

 

SAT APR 26 3PM

“Protect Our Water”

Skill Share with Public Herald #fileroom project and more! 

 

SAT APR 26 5:30PM

Community Potluck

 

Triple Divide film still

SAT APR 26 7PM

“Triple Divide”

w/ filmmakers Joshua B. Pribanic and Melissa Troutman

An investigation into the inevitable consequences of shale gas production. 

 

 

The Throwaways film stillSAT MAY 10 7PM

“The Throwaways”

w/ filmmakers Bhawin Suchak and Ira McKinley

The story of a homeless ex-felon filmmaker’s struggle to bring positive changes to his community in inner-city Albany.

 

 

FRI MAY 30 7PM $10

Oumar Konate

The guitarist in Khaira Arby’s band is a rising young star blazing the trail for a new wave of Malian music. Oumar sings about love, family, and social responsibility, punctuated by his searing electric guitar solos and infectious energy.

 

 

Troy Bike Rescue logoSAT MAY 31 5-10PM $20

TBR Bikefest

Troy Bike Rescue’s fourth annual fundraising party features a kids’ bike rodeo, raffle prizes, burrito dinner with live acoustic music by Rosary Beard and a cake auction, followed by a screening of “Riding Bikes with the Dutch.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pitchblak Brass BandSAT JUN 7 5PM

Freedom Festival

w/ Oobleck & the Pitchblak Brass Band

Music, food and fun with the PitchBlak Brass Band, Brooklyn-based players of hip-hop from the 1980s to present day, and Oobleck, a funk-based instrumental horn band from the Capital Region, performing outdoors on the Freedom Square stage.

Bring your own chair/blanket!

RAIN LOCATION: The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 6th Avenue

 

We are committed to lowering the barriers to access for events at The Sanctuary for Independent Media. People who are hard of hearing or deaf, blind or low-vision, or whose physical limitations can interfere with a satisfying experience, should let us know two weeks in advance so we can make appropriate arrangements.

The Sanctuary for Independent Media is a telecommunications production facility dedicated to community media arts. Located in an historic former church, the Sanctuary hosts screening, production and performance facilities, training in media production, and a meeting space for artists, activists and independent media makers of all kinds.

The Sanctuary for Independent Media is a program of Media Alliance, made possible by volunteer labor, thousands of individual donations, and invaluable support from:

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Environmental Justice Community Impact Grant Program, Capital Region Economic Development Council, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, City of Troy, Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust, Howard & Bush Foundation, the estate of Robert Greger, NYSCA Electronic Media and Film Presentation Fund administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes, NYSCA EMF Media Arts Assistance Fund administered by Wave Farm, The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, Rensselaer County Summer Youth Employment Program, Northeast Family and Child Society AmeriCorps program, NY Civil Liberties Union, O’Connell and Aronowitz, Missing Link Street Ministry, law office of Anne Reynolds Copps, The Legal Project, Discover Video, Troy Bike Rescue, Rock Hill Bakehouse, Arts Department at RPI, Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region, TAP Inc, Rensselaer Newman Foundation Chapel + Cultural Center, Franklin Square Inn and Suites, RPI Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, Food Not Bombs, KitchenSanctuary, Capital District Community Gardens, Transition Troy, Troy Alley Action, One Day Signs, Cornell Cooperative Extension, 9 Mile Farm, Honest Weight Food Coop, River Street Potters, Seton Health “Strong Me!” and PogoStick Studios.

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News Workshop Report

Rediscovering the Every Day: Sheba Marx's blog

Sheba Marx, workshop participant of our last Be the Media! workshop, “Rediscivoering the Every Day: Basic Documentary Photography, with Brenda Ann Kenneally, created a post on her blog including her workshop photos:

On Sunday, I was lucky to attend a photography workshop at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, New York, led by Brenda Ann Kenneally who is an award winning photographer. As stated on her webiste, “her long-term projects are intimate portraits of social issues that intersect where the personal is political.” In 2005, she began a project called Upstate Girls in Troy. As she desciribes it, the project follows seven women for now seven years “as their escape routes out of generational poverty have lead to further entrapments documenting early teen pregnancy.”

Here are some of the photos that I took as we walked around a few blocks of Troy, the former home of Uncle Sam, as well as textile and iron industries employing thousands. A short history of Troy is available here. The photos below speak for themselves.

 

 

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For humor, see my Good Things about Unemployment. 

To go to her blog directly:

http://open.salon.com/blog/unemployedmarx/2011/04/05/troy_ny_40_photos

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Workshop Report

"Be The Media" Workshops– List of Past Seasons

Here’s our past “Be the Media” workshops.

 

Click on listings below to check out the Media Arts and Education projects we have offered. Info includes curricular descriptions, workshop leaders, and other documentation.


“Be the Media” WORKSHOPS, SPRING 2010

Youth Media Live Studio Production | June 5  Participants learned about and participated in a live 4-camera production studio shoot of a real event featuring NY youth media makers. Click here to view PSAs created in this workshop!

Visual Journalism: Comics and Graphic Novels | May 9  An arts activism intensive with members of the World War Three Illustrated collective, including a discussion on zines and comix, and a hands-on collaborative workshop to make a digital mini-comic. Details.

The Camera as Interface to the World | April 18  Explore the discipline of seeing, the subconscious of the camera through your personal vision, through observational and experimental practice, for beginners to pros. With award-winning filmmaker and educator Jim de Sève. Details. 

Media Management in a Digital Universe | March 14    Master the art of archiving – and muscle your data into place for order, access, and ease – with digital archivist and preservation consultant David Rice. Details.

“Be the Media” WORKSHOPS, FALL 2009

Web Distribution | December 6  Your videos can be used to build and strengthen communities; learn how to take your finished work and strategically distribute it on the Internet!   Details.

Community Digital Storytelling | October 25 and by appointment  This two-part workshop is aimed at organizations and citizens from the regional community, to get their stories heard!  Details.

Quilt Project | October 17–18  Share in a collective celebration of the history of grassroots communication with this quilt-making workshop; bring your community media t-shirts, and we will add them to our quilt! Details.

Digital Preservation | October 4  “Video Archiving 101: How to Save and Access Your Video Collection” for organizations and individuals.   Details.

 


“Be the Media” WORKSHOPS, SPRING 2009 

Mural Workshop| March 28-29   “How Will They Know Us? Building a Culture of Peace”  Iraqi and American youth share visions of a peaceful, just coexistence in a mural workshop. Guided by Claudia Lefko, director of the Iraqi Children’s Art Exchange. Details and documentation.

girl with cereal“A Conversation About UPSTATE GIRLS” | April 2   Teenage girls from the Capital Region share stories about the challenges in their lives, gathering with representatives of the institutions with which they are entwined—including legal, educational, healthcare and penal systems—in response to award-winning photojournalist Brenda Ann Kenneally’s compelling work. Get details and documentation. 


 “Be the Media” WORKSHOPS, FALL 2008 

Sanctuary Digital Media Labs   Digital Media Labs (DML) are all ages (14+), monthly workshops introduced by popular demand. Whether you are working on a documentary, making a music video, or learning to blog and post video to the internet, these sessions will benefit you. Bring your own digital media projects and ideas, or just commune and share skills with other makers. DML will focus on media production, web publishing (html & blogging), digital imaging, and video editing. Get details.

Digital Storytelling| June 1    This is an all ages (14+) workshop which combines spoken word, photography, and simple video editing to create powerful and personal narratives. Everyone has a story to tell. With the help of our experienced community media teachers, it’s never been easier to turn your memories or dreams into material fit for television and beyond. Each participant creates his/her own 3-5 minute video piece. Get details.

Beyond the Talking Head| November 23    The Sanctuary teams up with SAC TV – Schenectady’s public access television station. Learn the skills and tricks of creating dynamic video pieces for television that go beyond “talking head” interviews. Learn about collecting b-roll, covering edits, and adding meaning and illustration to your interviews and documentary work. Get in touch with your creative side, as the instructor helps you explore other genres and techniques to drive your message home. Get details.

Holiday Animation Workshop| December 14   The Sanctuary Youth Media Team hosts yet another animation whirl-wind! Geared specifically for youth (18 & under), this workshop teaches the skills & techniques behind stop motion animation, while encouraging spontaneous creativity and fun. Participants will work in groups to brainstorm and create short animated pieces that will be uploaded to the web for the world to see. Get details and see animations created in this workshop!

Our “Be the Media” workshop series provides local artists, producers, and citizen journalists with opportunities to acquire and improve the skills necessary for successful and powerful independent media-making. We offer an interdisciplinary approach to diverse media arts practices with new technologies, with core focus on creative practice and artistry. To register for future workshops or for more info contact us at:  workshops – at – mediasanctuary.org -or- (518) 272-2390

Scholarships are available. We recognize that while this is a pretty good deal for a media workshop, not everyone can afford it. We highly value having a diverse group of workshop participants, and we encourage anyone who is interested in attending, but unable to pay the fee, to apply for a scholarship. Do you know someone who could use a scholarship?

Contact workshops – at – mediasanctuary.org or call (518) 272-2390 for more information.

The Be the Media! workshop series is presented with the Hudson Mohawk Independent Media Center and funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts.

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News Video Workshop Report

4 PSAs in 1 Day

Last weekend we had an AWESOME youth media workshop and film festival, as part of the N.Y. Shout Out Youth Media celebration. Huge thanks to everyone who came from near and far, to help make media, share ideas, brainstorm, act, write, edit, volunteer, cook food, and even just to watch and discuss the youth pieces.

We (fittingly) produced a ton of media during the day — and the first finished pieces, which were completely produced between 2 and 4pm on Saturday, were four different short video public service announcements (PSAs). Each group got up on stage to screen and discuss their PSA, while other youth crew volunteers did a live video shoot of the discussion.

Here’s what you made!

PSA 1: Youth Voices

Created by Andrew Vu, Darian Henry, Andrew Cullen, and Halle Prentice, with Branda Miller and Deyva Arthur.

 

PSA 2: High Fructose Corn Syrup

Created by Aden Suchak, Ben Maloney, Mike Mejia, Mike Irizarry, and Mohamed Gardner, with Gaetano Vaccaro, Amy Halloran, Jason Corwin, and Joe Lopez.

 

PSA 3: How Do You See the World?

Created by Kierra Winston, Dallas Carr, Jon Irizarry, Majestic Tillman, Monique Flynn, and Maggie Zhang, with Leslie Jones, Bhawin Suchak, and Ed Coolidge.

 

PSA 4: Speak Out for Education

Created by Julian Foye, Aaron McPherson, Chris Murphy, Gabe Pontes, and Corey Doughty, with Nicole Belanger, Lori Cullen, Ellie Markovitch, and Yatir Oberlander.

 

 

Please share far and wide! You can leave your comments below. We’ll also try to organize some distribution online and to public access TV stations.

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Workshop Report

FALL 09 "Be the Media" Workshops

Our “Be the Media” workshop series provides local artists, producers, and citizen journalists with opportunities to acquire and improve the skills necessary for successful and powerful independent media-making. We offer an interdisciplinary approach to diverse media arts practices with new technologies, with core focus on creative practice and artistry.

October 4 Digital Preservation

with Nan Ruben

October 17-18 “Community Media” Quilts Project

It’s not all electronic! Share in a collective celebration of the history of community media with this quilt-making workshop. Bring your community media t-shirts that you cherish, but no longer wear, and we will add them to our quilt. Whether you are an experienced quilter and/or sewer, or someone whose always wanted to participate, join us! The final quilt will be auctioned in the Spring ’10 season as part of our upcoming 5th Anniversary Celebration…

October 25 1-5pm Community Digital Storytelling

This two-part workshop is aimed at organizations and citizens from the regional community, to get their stories heard!

  • Lab Pt 1 Script and Pre-production Use digital storytelling as a tool for community engagement and empowerment by exploring mixed media storytelling techniques! Combine written and recorded narration, music and still images, to effectively communicate a compelling vision of yourself and/or your organization. We’re looking for diverse community groups, organizations and individuals to share their stories. This first session lays groundwork for the finished product.
  • Lab Pt 2 – Post Production Work with a “Be the Media” facilitator to creatively edit together digital materials (music, narration and still images) into final product. (*This 4-hour follow-up session by appointment, scheduled between October 26- December 5.)

w/ NYC facilitators: Devorah Hill & Jennifer Wager Devorah & Jen are Community Media Specialists at Manhattan Neighborhood Network with many years of experience working with diverse communities and individuals to make their own media. They have conducted Digital Storytelling Workshops with organizations and conferences around the country.

w/Troy facillitators: Andrew Lynn, Nicole Belanger, Vickie Kerezi and Branda Miller

Dec 6 Web Distribution Cost: $40, *Scholarships available. Your videos can be used to build and strengthen communities! Learn how to take your finished work and strategically distribute it on the internet. We will post videos from Community Digital Storytelling Lab to the internet, demonstrating technical process and illustrating audience targets and social networking. If you have a video to post on-line, or are thinking about making one, this workshop is for you! SCHOLARSHIPS 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. Do you know someone who could use a scholarship? The Be The Media! workshop series is funded in part by New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.