The Sanctuary for Independent Media hosts AmeriCorps VISTAs

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From July 2009 – July 2010, the Sanctuary for Independent Media hosted our first two AmeriCorps VISTAs through the Digital Arts Service Corps (formerly known as the CTC VISTA project)–and we have a new recruit who will be working with us through July 2011. We are enthusiastic to be a part of this program, which places individuals in organizations whose work centers on media and technology, specifically those who work toward building a strong and diverse public media infrastructure in the U.S. 


This year our two VISTAs, Nicole Belanger and Chris Gang, will be working collaboratively with the Sanctuary for Independent Media, its members and partners to shape and increase our capacity to provide quality media arts and community media opportunities in and around Troy.

As the Sanctuary for Independent Media celebrates its 5th Anniversary in the Spring of 2010, this is a unique moment in our organization’s history and one we plan to use to strengthen our organization and build for our future.

About our VISTAs:

Nicole joins us as the Community Outreach Coordinator after four years working in community and independent media in Worcester and Western Massachusetts. She brings her experience teaching, producing media, and organizing community events and looks forward to working with the Sanctuary community to increase participation, strengthen partnerships within the greater community, and to document and assess the Sanctuary’s first 5 years.

Chris spent three years working in college, community, and public media in Providence and Boston before joining the Sanctuary as the Technology Coordinator. He brings his experience with audio production, web development, and writing/editing, as well as a hunger for assessing, documenting, and improving the Sanctuary’s hardware and software systems.