Uptown Summer 2014 blasts off! Are you on board?

Starting this Tuesday (7/8) and continuing Tuesdays through Fridays each week until August 8, the wackie wookies in and around The Sanctuary for Independent Media are presenting Uptown Summer 2014!

Our launch party with the amazing Ethiopian orchestra Debo Band is at Freedom Square this Friday evening (7/11). Hope to see you and your friends there!

BUT! There’s so much more…

This year, Uptown Summer addresses environmental justice for our local community and beyond. Each week we will focus on a theme related to ecological issues that affect us all, by looking at our immediate community through an historical lens, growing the Collard City Growers garden, experimenting with soil remediation on nearby brownfield lots, planting a food forest, recruiting local bees to work with Reverend Billy and his choir to confront giant agribusinesses, and more. All this activity over the next five weeks will help develop our new NATURE Lab–North Troy Art, Technology and Urban Research into Ecology–supporting ongoing eco actions to heal our neighborhood.

We have an all-star team of interns, artists and educators working with seven young people from the neighborhood courtesy of the Rensselaer County Summer Youth Employment Program, and we want you too!

If you want to get involved, we need volunteers! Please contact us for further information.

Here’s an overview of Uptown Summer 2014:

Check out more info about each week, including visiting artists and workshops:

Week 1: Mapping Our Community

Week 2: Sanctuary Voices

Week 3: Botanical Intervention

Week 4: Information Architecture

Week 5: Eco-Action

This is going to be a great summer! Hope you can be a part of it…