Uptown Summer

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, …

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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 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  …

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.

$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 …

Uptown Summer 2018 Youth Radio Stories


Nicolena and Donovan: Justice for Dahmeek

Nicolena Russell and Donovan Wooten spoke with attorney Mark Mishler at the Justice for Dahmeek rally at the Troy Courthouse and shared their own thoughts on racist police violence. Recordings from the rally were also edited into radio clips by Uptown Summer mentor Patrick Quinn.

Negligent Landlords in Troy: a four-part radio series with Angelo Domingo


Angelo Domingo, Uptown Summer youth employee, looked into the pervasive issue of negligent landlords in Troy. He went above and beyond the expectations of the program, producing not just one story, but a four-part radio series highlighting the issue!

 

 

 

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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.

Uptown Summer Week Four: Action!


Week four of Uptown Summer was about narrowing our focus and making things happen!

On Tuesday we hosted a community design think tank for the new NATURE Lab Environmental Education Center. Previously, the youth had discussed the challenges facing Troy and how a new community science center could …

Uptown Summer Week Three: Research, Awareness, and Deep Experiencing


The theme of Uptown Summer’s third week was awareness and it was all about collecting information, looking at things differently, and expanding our horizons.

We kicked things off with a visit to Soul Fire Farm. Soul Fire is an initiative developed to foster food sovereignty in …

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 Week Two: Data Analysis, Storytelling, and Environmental Justice


 

The theme of our second week of Uptown Summer programming was “skills.”  Each year, the Uptown Summer youth employees gain skills in media production, storytelling, and environmental science in order to create their own narratives about environmental challenges in their communities. Last week, we were excited to have a number …

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 …

Uptown Summer 2018 Is Underway!


Today the Sanctuary was joined by eight youth employees who will be the center of our 2018 Uptown Summer program! For the next five weeks, the Uptown Summer employees will work with a crew of mentors, interns, expert guests, and Sanctuary staff to investigate issues of environmental justice within the North Central Troy …

Uptown Summer 18 team begins to plan, with Hana, Ellie and Branda

Here we go! Getting ready for Uptown Summer 18


We’re all very excited as our Uptown Summer ’18 team begins planning for a great new session, July 10-August 10. Our theme this year is Environmental Steward Leadership, with special support from the DEC Environmental Justice program.

Stay in touch for new updates! And let us know if you’d like to volunteer, or …

Uptown Summer 2015


Some highlights from Uptown Summer 2015!

Patrick Madden

Uptown Summer ’17


The 7th annual Uptown Summer goes into action full-swing on July 11th. The Rensselaer …