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“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.”


Joanna Spitzner
Syracuse, NY


Concerning the Closure of the Sanctuary for Independent Media

Dear Mayor Tutunjian,

As an artist yourself, you must understand the importance of both freedom of expression and the role that artists play in the culture of any place.  I am sure, then, that you are horrified as I by the recent turn of events regarding The Sanctuary for Independent Media.

Troy’s much-ballyhooed revitalization is inextricably linked to the vitality of the arts community here, a community that is currently feeling a considerable lack of respect from the City’s administration.

I look forward to hearing your public condemnation of Mr. Mirch’s behavior as soon as possible.  Your constituents are awaiting your response, Mr. Mayor, and at times like these we need a leader who will stand up for what’s right.

Penny Lane