“the cultural life of a city is important to its overall health…”

Dear The City Council of Troy,

I am writing to protest the closing of The Sanctuary for Independent Media
at 3361 6th Avenue on March 11. Given that this space was inspected and
cleared a day before the order was enacted to close it due to code
violations, this action appears highly suspect. That this occurred when
Wafaa Billal’s exhibition “Virtual Jihadi” was on view suggests that this
order is an act of censorship rather than safety, and an abuse of power.

The Sanctuary is an important space for art in the region, showing respected
multi-media works from all over the world. The cultural life of a city is
important to its overall health, and this space has contributed to the
region. I urge the City of Troy to support this space rather than close it,
and to work with its staff to ensure that its physical space can truly
become a safe space for “Art, Freedom, Democracy.”

Respectfully,

Joanna Spitzner
Syracuse, NY

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