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The Sanctuary for Independent Media - Past Events


Amy Goodman Dinner and Lecture

Sun, 03 Jan 2016 00:35:56 +0000

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by donation ($10 suggested, $5 student/low-income)
FIX FOR 2006
October 18, 2006 | Wednesday | 12:00 am
WHEN: Wed. Oct 18, 7:30pm event
WHERE: Christ Church, 35 State St. Troy, NY
DESCRIPTION: Amy Goodman helps celebrate the five year anniversary of the Hudson Mohawk Independent Media Center and launches a capital campaign for The Sanctuary For Independent Media. Presented with Women Against War. 5;30 dinner @ Sanctuary for Independent Media 3361 Sixth Ave. N.Troy
TICKETS: 5:30pm dinner $50-$100, event $5 students/low income, $10 suggested donation,

Water Warriors

Sat, 26 Sep 2015 02:07:41 +0000

An intimate look at a Canadian Indigenous community daring to challenge a powerful adversary, Water Warriors is a documentary exhibition by award winning photojournalists Andrew Stern and Michael Premo. Water Warriors is a transmedia photography and film-based installation chronicling the heroic efforts of one community’s resistance against the lucrative oil and natural gas boom sweeping North America. In 2013, when a Texas energy company began searching for natural gas in rural New Brunswick, Canada, a group of unlikely warriors united to drive out the company in an ongoing campaign to protect their land and water. The exhibition focuses on ntimate moments of joy and struggle. By capturing an inspiring fight to protect water for future generations, the exhibition provides a first hand look at what The Guardian has called “the frontline of a democratic fight.” By conveying the efforts of ordinary people, Water Warriors invites audiences to contemplate and re-imagine their own possibilities for resistance. In 2015-2016, the exhibition will travel to areas of North America where fracking is of imminent concern. The installation is organized in partnership with Working Films, a unique organization that connects social justice documentaries with the efforts of community organizers. By collaborating with community-based organizations on lively, participatory events, the artists and Working Films seek to create a dynamic forum to deepen community engagement and discussion on critical issues. Check out more photos from the Water Warriors exhibit in our Sanctuary Image Gallery. IN THE UNDERGROUND GALLERY ATTHE SANCTUARY FOR INDEPENDENT MEDIA Gallery hours are an hour before, during and an hour after events or by appointment.  On display from Oct. 30th through Dec. 19, 2015. MORE ABOUT THE ARTISTS Michael Premo and Andrew Stern will partner with Working Films’ Reel Power Initiative to educate and mobilize new constituencies in areas surrounding shale beds and build public opposition to the recent lift of a ban on fracking in North Carolina. Premo and Stern will use their experience with Water Warriors, a photo-based installation, as a model for transforming community spaces into public forums for conversations with issue and policy experts in North Carolina. Working Films’ local partners (Clean Water for North Carolina, Frack Free North Carolina, and the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League) will further tailor this to their specific advocacy and engagement campaigns. Michael Premo is an artist, journalist, and documentary storyteller. He has created, produced, and presented original works of art in various mediums including theater, photography, video, and sound, with numerous companies including Hip-Hop Theater Festival, The Foundry Theater, The Civilians, Penny Arcade, Company One, EarSay, Inc., and the Peabody Award-winning StoryCorps. He is a co-creator and executive producer of Sandy Storyline, a participatory documentary that collects and shares stories about the impact of Hurricane Sandy on neighborhoods, communities and lives. The project won the inaugural Transmedia Award from the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. He co-created and collaborates on the multimedia storytelling project Housing Is a Human Right, a project connecting diverse communities around housing, land, and the dignity of a place to call home. Stories are shared across multiple platforms including radio, internet, and interactive installations in unconventional places. Andrew Stern is a photographer whose work and wanderlust have taken him to the planet’s farthest reaches on countless projects, often traveling via bicycle, tuk-tuk, or freight train. His primary areas of concentration are on the social and political issues of our times, but he has also photographed campaigns for many brobdingnagian forces of industry and technology. When he was studying photography and heard the saying “shoot a riot like a wedding, and a wedding like a riot,” he took it quite literally and went on to shoot both riots and we[...]

What Is Seeing?

Fri, 13 Mar 2015 05:35:10 +0000

(image) The Seeing with Photography Collective is a group of photographers based in New York City who are visually impaired, sighted and blind.

They follow a unique process to create their work:

Sighted assistants focus and compose the camera’s frame, directed by the blind artist. Then, in a darkened room, they leave the camera’s shutter open and slowly paint their sitter with a small flashlight. Luminous distortions and blurred or glowing forms result from the technique, not digital altering.

The nature of the artists' visual limitations can provoke any viewer or perceiver of these portraits: Is less, more? What is seeing? What does one choose to see?

The Seeing with Photography Collective's work has been exhibited worldwide and can be seen in the book Shooting Blind, published by Aperture.

Don't miss their afternoon Be The Media! workshop and evening in-person presentation with the Daniel Kelly Trio at the gallery opening on Saturday, May 9.

Joe Barna and Sketches of Influence

Sat, 07 Feb 2015 15:25:05 +0000

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Joe Barna and his group Sketches Of Influence in performance one night only! This event is a homecoming of sorts as Barna grew up in North Troy and graduated from Lansingburgh High School, just a few blocks away, in 1994.

Joining the quartet for this special engagement will be Stacy Dillard-sax (Roy Hargrove, Stevie Wonder, Mingus Big Band, Cyrus Chestnut), Victor Gould-piano (Terrance Blanchard, Esperanza Spalding, Wallace Roney) and Ryan Berg-bass (Ralph Bowen, Jerry Weldon, James Weidman Trio).

(image) Drummer/composer Joe Barna currently resides in New York City where he is an active member of the jazz scene. Barna began his collegiate life in 1995 by attending SCCC in Schenectady focusing his efforts on orchestral percussion performance/education. In fall of 1999 he transferred to SUNY Purchase in Westchester, NY. In spring of 2004 Barna received his BFA in Jazz Studies with a focus on performance and composition.

Since 2004 Barna has devoted himself to a life of composing and performing. His talents have brought him around the globe sharing the stage with many of the world's top musicians/groups including three-time Grammy Award winners The Celtic Tenors, six-time Grammy Award recipient Gary Smulyan, world renowned classical violinist Peter Fisher, three-time Grammy Award recipient Ralph Lalama and jazz recording artists Joe Magnarelli, Ray Vega, Grant Stewart, Dick Oatts, Jim Rotondi, Jon Gordon, Jerry Weldon and Stacy Dillard. Joe has also performed with many of NY State's regional greats such as Keith Pray, Brian Patneaude, John Menegon, Lee Shaw, David Gleason, George Muscatello, Lee and Leo Russo, The Joey Thomas Band, The Big Soul Ensemble and his own original group Sketches Of Influence.

In addition to these credits Barna has performed in more than 50 pit orchestras for many outstanding professional musical theaters and has headlined as a leader at a variety of performing arts centers as well as jazz festivals.

Barna says "Currently residing in Manhattan, it is difficult for me to find time to travel upstate but, I believe that every second will be worth it in the end. Places such as The Sanctuary are very rare in small places like Troy and i truly feel it is the responsiblilty of not only myself, but the rest of the community to ensure that they stay there for years to come. The Sanctuary provides an opportunity for people to be enriched and inspired by great art, music and much more."

NOTE: This show starts at 7:30 PM.

Simon at the Holiday Celebration "Art of Portraiture" Workshop

Tue, 03 Feb 2015 21:58:24 +0000

We love Simon! He comes every December to help with the Art of Portraiture workshop!



"Dear Climate" Art Opening, A Conversation with Marina Zurkow and Oliver Kellhammer

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 04:24:06 +0000

Join Dear Climate artists Marina Zurkow and Oliver Kellhammer in conversation about climate change. Learn strategies to "Befriend Climate Change," from international environmental crises to hyper-local challenges such as brownfields, decaying urban neighborhoods, and toxic blight right here in North Troy and the Capital Region!               What is Dear Climate? Just a conceptual nudge (not a paradigm shift). The old joke—“Everyone talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it”—isn’t so funny anymore. Lots of people are trying to do something about the weather. Climate change is on the geopolitical agenda, if only in time for us to realize that it’s too late to do anything meaningful. Maybe the problem’s not that no one’s been doing anything about the weather, but that we’ve been talking about it in the wrong way: the old “let’s fix it” way. Now that the weather’s changed, is it also time to change the way we talk about it? To craft new kinds of personal engagement with climate change, we charted three “movements of mind.” The first, “Meet Climate Change,” was about openness and encounter, acquaintance and curiosity. Observation and conversation were obvious techniques for this, but so were certain “techniques of consciousness,” like meditation and mindfulness, that seemed to us to be imbued with a spirit of deep friendliness, which led to our second movement: “Befriend Climate Change.” Once you invite someone or something into your mental home, it’s only a matter of time before you get to know it better. The imagination gets seriously involved, the conversation deepens, the plot thickens. Our third movement was “Become Climate Change.” Taking up the challenge of the new weather means we have to understand our human selves in ways beyond biography, even beyond history. We have to understand our species as a geophysical force that is shaping the systems of our planet. Performing that conceptual feat will require many kinds of imagination, not just the imagination of crisis and catastrophe. It will mean not just doing something about the weather, but talking about it—and feeling about it—differently. Sponsored by NATURE Lab, Rensselaer's School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, iEAR Presents, NYSCA, and NEA.  MORE ABOUT THE ARTISTS Marina Zurkow is a media artist with a focus on humans’ relationships to animals, plants and the weather. These take the form of multi-channel videos, customized multi-screen computer pieces, animated cartoons, participatory works, and pop objects. Zurkow is represented by Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in New York; since 2000, she has exhibited at The Sundance Film Festival, The Rotterdam Film Festival, Res Fest, Ars Electronica, Creative Time, The Kitchen, The Walker Art Center, the Brooklyn Museum, The National Museum for Women in the Arts, and Eyebeam, among other venues. Her videos have been broadcast on MTV, FujiTV and PBS. She is a 2005 NYFA Fellow, a 2003 Rockefeller New Media Fellow, and a 2001 Creative Capital grantee. She teaches at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Oliver Kellhammer is a Canadian land artist, permaculture teacher, activist and writer. Through his botanical interventions and public art projects, he seeks to demonstrate nature’s surprising ability to recover from damage. His work facilitates the processes of environmental regeneration by engaging the botanical and socio-political underpinnings of the landscape. It continues to evolve and has taken various forms such as small-scale urban eco-forestry, inner city community agriculture and the restoration of eroded railway ravines. Contact: okellhammer[at] | twitter =>okellhammer --- Hi res photos:    [...]

Ecological Interventions Art Opening/ NATURE Lab Opening!

Thu, 06 Feb 2014 15:21:42 +0000

                            Ballengée, Skate, Hudson River Valley project   Kellhammer, Crowngraft, Guerilla Grafting "Ecological Interventions” features two internationally renowned environmental artists who care deeply about out ecology and our future, Brandon Ballengée (US) and Oliver Kellhammer (Canada). Their projects explore how we as citizens of the world can change our environmental impact. Curated by Kathy High. With support from NYSCA REDC, NEA "BioArt in an Industrial Wasteland," NY State Museum Ichthyology Lab and the Arts Department, School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Rensselaer.  Kellhammer and Ballengée have a mission to help us all learn how to interact with our environments, and look for signs of damage to aid in the repair that is necessary.  Both artists are determined to teach citizens to become scientific investigators able to change their local eco-system. This exhibition shows photographic evidence of their experiments and explorations.   Ballangée, Mudpuppy, Necturus maculosus, 2001/03, Hudson River Valley project Ballangée has been working with aquatic systems, rivers, streams, swamps, to look at the biodiversity of our waterways and how to repair and deal with pollutants.  One block from the Hudson River, photographs hang on the upstairs wall of the Underground Gallery, from his project "Breathing Space for the Hudson: Charting the Biodiversity and Pollutants of the Hudson River."  Ballengée, Striped Kilifish, Fundulus Majalis, Hudson River Valley project On June 7-8, Ballengée comes to Troy to conduct participatory workshops and speak about his aquatic ecological art project "BreathingSpace for the Hudson: Charting the Biodiversity and Pollutants of the Hudson River" and more. Ballengee will return to conduct a participatory workshop summer 2014 tocollect aquatic specimens of North Troy Hudson area and to analyze them. Cleared and Stained Atlantic Sturgeon, Acipenser oxyrhynchus, 2001/03         Oliver Kellhammer is a land artist, social sculptor and permaculturist who has worked over years to plant the earth with remediating vegetation. Healing the Cut - Bridging the Gap is a response to  several new bridges across the Cut, a man-made ravine originally excavated in 1910 to accommodate a railway. The bridge construction was controversial because it destroyed lush, deciduous forest which provided important habitat for urban wildlife as well as a visual reprieve from the heavily urbanized landscape. The project re-imagines the bridge as a community viewing platform to observe the processes of ecological restoration.  We restored the ravine's forest using hundreds of willow and cottonwood cuttings, which root and stabilize the soil until the original alder and big-leaf maple forest re-establish itself. The advantage of these living, 'bioengineered' structures is that they are 'intelligent' and adjust themselves to changing conditions. We installed nest boxes to bring back displaced birds: their droppings ensure continuous 'seed-rain' of native plant species and furnish important plant nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous.  Guerilla Grafting   I have been performing various 'botanical re-mixing' experiments, investigating the capacity of native and naturalized plants to serve as  'scaffolding' for related species that offer higher food yields, "hyperorganisms" which are assemblages of two or more species that form a living system with characteristics of all the component parts. For example, I have grafted Bartlett Pear to wild hawthorn, which creates a hyperorganism with its own, built-in barbed wire fence which protects the delicious fruit from roving deer. Neo Eocene  If global warming threatens to bring back the Eocene's t[...]

Zombies of North Troy

Sat, 21 Sep 2013 00:21:01 +0000

Freedom Square honors the Zombies of North Troy!

Photographs by Brenda Ann Kenneally







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Female Vets Speak

Wed, 04 Sep 2013 02:15:37 +0000

Artist Reception: Thursday, Oct. 17, 5:00-6:30pm


In 2012-2013, women from Guardian House, a transitional living home for Female Veterans in Ballston Spa, attended photography and writing workshops that documented their lives after serving in the military. Some of the women were active duty and others were not; however, similarities in their experiences were powerful and created lasting friendships.


As one participant reflected, “Why did it take this class to talk about our experiences as women in the military? It seems that being in the military is a natural topic for men to talk  openly about, but not for women!”


The women speak of long dark journeys, homelessness and hope, struggles and personal strength.  As they reflect upon being looked at but not seen, their powerful photographs and poetic prose offer lights of hope.



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"Kids and Guns: Digital Stories"

Fri, 12 Apr 2013 22:20:48 +0000

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With violence topping the news and lawmakers weighing various control measures, the role of guns in our society is a hot topic of debate.  This workshop will focus on the North Central Troy community with digital story telling techniques to explore issues of growing up with guns and violence.  

With award-winning filmmaker Jim de Seve. A Be the Media! instructor at the Sanctuary, he is an award-winning documentary producer/ director whose acclaimed documentary, “Tying the Knot,” has played internationally.  He produced extensive work for the mass media industry, and broadcast internationally. He has an MFA from RPI’s Arts Program, and teaches media production at Union College.(image)

Co-sponsored by Missing Link Street Ministry. The Missing Link Street Ministry has collaborated with Media Alliance on many media education and communication resources for his community youth, many of whom are beneficiaries of their "Anti-Violence" and “Feed-A-Kid” programs. “The youth media program represents hope for these kids,” said Pastor Bacote, orda(image) ined elder in the A.M.E. Zion Church and the pastor of the Missing Link Street Ministry.