NATURE Lab

Early voting opens Saturday with surge anticipated at local polls


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Jerry Ford is pictured outside the United Ordained Church on Third Street where he serves as a deacon on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Troy, N.Y. The community leader is …

Lawn (Re)Disturbance Laboratory Sound Walk


What kind of biodiversity can lawn ecosystems support? This fall, Lawn Lab offers a meditative audio tour for slowing down and tuning in to the urban rewilding taking place at the lawn next door to Media Sanctuary’s Collard City Growers.

The twenty minute audio tour guides you through simple activities for engaging with …

Indigenous Voices at the Intersection of Environmental & Social Justice Podcast Series


ABOUT

The podcast series, Indigenous Voices at the Intersection of Environmental & Social Justice, is a collection of interviews by Anna Steltenkamp. The series seeks to decolonize and diversify the voice of media by prioritizing the voices of Indigenous leaders, as well as Indigenous-led organizations and initiatives, that are working …

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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:

MediaSanctuary · Rally For Black …

Collard City Growers "Be the Media" workshop, photo by Ellie Markovitch

History of Collard City Growers


Collard City Growers is a volunteer-run food justice project where we connect arts and …

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  …

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 …

“Soildarity:” Troy Farmers Market Compost Collaboration


Jim bringing compost to the Collard City Growers garden

We are excited about our compost collaboration with Troy Waterfront Farmer’s Market, voted the best farmer’s market in the Northeast region! Trojans are invited to bring their compost to the market, which then makes its way to a demonstration …

Sanctuary for Independent Media 2019 Spring Schedule


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 …

Sanctuary Spring Season!!


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 …

$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 …

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.

Uptown Summer Week Five: Agency


The 2018 Uptown Summer program has now drawn to a close. The theme for our fifth week was agency. This week was the final push to perfect our radio projects before they are broadcast on WOOC FM. 

Between all the audio editing, we still found time to go outside …

NATURE Lab: Community-Led Design in North Troy


In the summer of 2018, The Sanctuary for Independent Media began the design process for the new NATURE Lab Environmental Education Center. With the help of the Troy Architecture Project and input from the community, we are transforming a long-abandoned building in North Troy into a grassroots science resource for the neighborhood.

Deep Time Seed Futures, NESL & Uptown Summer


In partnership with NATURE Lab at the Sanctuary for Independent Media, NESL ran a seed time capsule workshop for the Sanctuary’s Uptown Summer 2018 Youth Program. The workshop was a new iteration of two earlier burial projects, Time Capsule for Pacific Street Futures and Here …

Uptown Summer Youth Talk Design for the New NATURE Lab


 

Last week the Uptown Summer youth employees began the process of designing the new NATURE Lab Environmental Education Center. The new NATURE Lab Center will occupy a long-abandoned house in the North Central Troy neighborhood, just down the block from The Sanctuary for Independent Media. Friday was …

NATURE Lab Open Hours: Lawn Lab!


 

The Sanctuary’s NATURE Lab is hosting a project by PhD student and NATURE Lab volunteer Ellie Irons called Lawn (Re)Disturbance Laboratory. One study site for the project is at Freedom Square, where Irons and workshop participants removed a square of lawn to see what plants would sprout in its place. The …

Ruderal Ecologies Symposium: Presenter Bios


Ruderal Ecologies Symposium Presenters:

Julia Cavicchi, Anne Pfeifenberger & Olivia Golden Environmental Studies, Skidmore College ’18

Julia, Olivia, and Anne are Environmental Studies seniors at Skidmore College who have been delving into the capital region’s sewer systems for their capstone research on Combined Sewer …

Botanical pigments process

NATURE Lab Open Hours


4-6 pm every Tuesday, October 24 – June 5
NATURE Lab Gallery, 3334 6th Ave.

This fall, stop by the NATURE (North Troy Art, Technology and Urban Research in Ecology) Lab Gallery on Tuesday afternoons for art viewing, conversation, and an assortment of science, art and urban ecology activities. Whether you just want to …