Event Recap

Uptown Summer 2015

Uptown Summer ’15 will produce digital stories within our media arts and urban environmental education campus on 6th Ave.  Giving voice to the local community, we will explore neighborhood history as well as ongoing arts, preservation, and environmental remediation activities.  Young people will develop media literacy skills—both technical and and critical—empowering them to address the health and welfare of their communities and helping to renew one of the most neglected spots in our region.

Leveraging experience, infrastructure and connections developed over the past decade, the goal is to create a rich media environment covering the area—low power FM radio, digital story videos, signage and sound for walking tours, social networking applications and more.



  • Rensselaer County Summer Youth Employment Program

Youth work twenty-five hours a week and are paid through the program’s funding.  As a worksite supervisor, you work closely with our office staff to ensure a fulfilling job placement for the participants.

  • Green Screen Troy

“Green Screen Troy” brings teens and creative professionals together on multimedia projects to address neighborhood development and environmental issues in North Central Troy.

Check out the beautiful stories created by our Uptown Summer ’15 youth! 


Week One

Welcome to Uptown Summer 2015

“In a way, it’s like a sitcom- like a reality sitcom- where each day this group of people are taking a journey together. Who knows where we’ll go.” – Branda Miller

Week Two

Guests from Vital Eats and  Denison Farms;

How to pitch a story idea by Steve Pierce

Week Three

Return to Uptown Summer: New Intern!

Davia Collington from the Troy Drug Free Community Coalition

Week Four

Painting Patio with artist Jillian

Recipies: Carrot Cake

Farm 2 Preschool Shopping trip

Week Five 

Real Food in the Food Desert with Aurora

Farm to Preschool vegetable stand

Hudson River Enviromental Stewardship

Capital District Child Care Council

Ice Cream Social & Field Trip to Grafton!


Check out Sanctuary Social Media Interns, Katie Miller and Alex Bauer , photo recaps of the summer!