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Puffin West - old

Puffin extends our welcome to our new, sister organization Puffin West.  Puffin West has been established as an independent foundation and seeks to continue many of the good works of the Puffin Foundation, bringing its own regional focus to the goal of bringing meaningful art to the public.  We wish Puffin West the best of luck.  You can find out more about Puffin West and its Foundation predecessor below.

 


Puffin West

Director: Java Kitrick
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Working to enhance the cultural landscape by partnering with Central Ohio's diverse Community Groups whose good works best reflect our Mission. If you represent a socially concerned Community Organization devoted to creating a better neighborhood and better world by �continuing the dialogue between art and the lives of ordinary people,� please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to discuss your program.


Puffin West is Pleased to Support Bonsai People:

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus presents the premiere of Bonsai People at the United Nations.

 

New York, New York, September 13, 2011: The latest documentary by award winning filmmaker Holly Mosher titled Bonsai People: The Vision of Muhammad Yunus - the first film looking at his work from microcredit to social business - will make it’s debut at the United Nations in New York during the Clinton Global Initiative from 4:00-5:30pm. The film is an emotionally compelling look at his work tackling poverty from all angles. Yunus will appear during the Q&A after the film.

 

“Seeing the real people in this movie gives you the real experience,” says Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Muhammad Yunus.

Bonsai People highlights his work offering, not only financial services, but also health services, energy, communications and more - all aimed at helping the poor. The screening is being held the day after The International Day of Peace to remind us that we need to address problems of economic disparity - as it is one of the biggest threats to peace.

 

Bonsai People: The Vision of Muhammad Yunus is screening through the sponsorship of The Institute of International Social Development; and The Spirituality, Values, Business and Peace Working Group of the Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns-NY.

The screening will take place September 22, 2011 from 4-6pm at Holy Family Church (Auditorium, right side of the Garden) - 315 East 47th Street; NY, NY (between 1st and 2nd Avenues). RSVP: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (212) 726-1617

Institute of International Social Development is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. The Institute was formed "To Build a Better World". The main objective of the Institute was thus to promote the United Nation's vision "One Earth-One Family".  It conducts several holistic projects in rural, tribal and urban parts of India to empower people with each project having special emphasis on either health, functional literacy, development of self-help groups through micro-credit, employment generation, HIV/AIDS awareness, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation. The project's emphasis depends on the location and need of the people. From 2000, every project was consciously framed to support the Millennium Development Goals by the UN. It has branches in the U.S., Switzerland and France. Check www.iisd-ngo.org <http://www.iisd-ngo.org/>

The Spirituality, Values, Business and Peace Working Group of the Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns-NY - The Committee on Spirituality, Values, and Global Concerns-NY (CSVGC-NY), a Committee of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Status with the United Nations (CoNGO), envisions a global culture of peace based on justice, solidarity, inclusiveness, shared responsibility, harmony, cooperation, compassion, love, wisdom, goodwill and reverence for the sacredness of all life through active peaceful engagement. Infused with a foundation of spirituality and values which are universal in nature, transcending the boundaries of religion, ethnicity, gender and geography, the Committee is resolved to help bring about a culture in which “We, the peoples of the world…”, can address together our common global concerns in a positive, holistic and transforming way and live together in peace with one another, thus realizing the core objectives and universal principles stated in the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. http://www.csvgc-ny.org/

Holly Mosher is an award winning filmmaker and honors graduate from NYU.  She produced commercials and features before deciding to work exclusively on projects inspiring positive change.  In 2001, The Hollywood Reporter recognized her as an up-and-coming indie producer. In 2004 Holly had her directorial debut with Hummingbird, which won numerous awards, including Best Human Rights Documentary in Rome and Best Short for Children’s Advocacy at the Artivist Film Festival.  In various producing roles, she has contributed to films on healthcare - Money Talks: Profits Before Patient Safety and Side Effects; women’s issues – Maybe Baby, the environment – Vanishing of the Bees, and election issues – Free For All and Pay 2 Play.   Bonsai People - The Vision of Muhammad Yunus on Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus and his Grameen Bank and Social Businesses is her latest passion project. http://www.filmmakerforchange.com

Hummingbird Pictures LLC was formed in 2005 by writer/director Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau and producer Holly Mosher as a distribution company for Side Effects and Money Talks. The title for the production company comes from Holly's first film Hummingbird, which is a documentary about two groups in Brazil that work with street kids and women suffering domestic violence. Hummingbird Pictures formed in order to bring socially responsible films into the world, making a difference one drop at a time. http://www.hummingbirddistribution.com

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For Details, Contact:

Holly Mosher

Mobile: 310.802.9303

Fax: 310.314.1554

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Website: http://www.bonsaimovie.com

 


Puffin Foundation West, Ltd.'s First Grant

Amy Goodman was the keynote speaker at the Ohio Chapter's luncheon celebrating the 90th anniversary of the ACLU last fall and I was an invited guest. I was able to meet the ED of the Ohio Chapter, Christine Link, and a few weeks later we shared ideas and tea. I had, that morning, just gotten an e-mail from the Artistic Director/Choreographer, Tim Veach of the Columbus Dance Theatre (CDT) about his new project entitled COURAGE. Tim was interested in presenting a grant request for this project. I used his proposal to explain to Christine that the medium of Puffin Foundation West's messaging was going to be rooted in the international language created by artists who share a common idea about humanity. I told Christine that I believed that artistic expression begins as a dream, perhaps, a seed that becomes a creative idea that grows and when it is allowed to blossom it has the ability to spark human imagination and that allows us to see and hear ideas that can change and reform our hearts and minds.

Christine then told me that the Ohio Chapter of the ACLU could and has in the past partnered with artistic groups and that Columbus Dance Theatre's project entitled COURAGE would be a very powerful pairing as much of the work that they do in Ohio has to do with �profiling�.

Puffin Foundation West, Ltd. (PFW), therefore, is very proud that this circle of people who work every day to transform our society into a more perfect progressive democracy.

 


January 2011

Puffin Foundation West, Ltd. Awards Grant to Radio Station WCRS

Radio Station WCRS (heard on 102.1 and 98.3) is a valuable community asset and is now licensed to The Neighborhood Network. The Puffin Foundation has granted WCRS every year since its founding as a community station in 2008. WCRS is the only station to bring Amy Goodman�s DEMOCRACY NOW! to the local airwaves. The commitment and leadership of the almost all volunteer staff need to be commended and we call out the work done by Marilyn Welker, the Director extraordinaire of Simply Living, and Eugene Beer the Chief Engineer of WCRS and Program Director of Conscious Voices which, too, has received Puffin Foundation grants for this original programming. To all of those special friends of WCRS who have worked to see this community service strive you are to be commended as it has been an incredibly complicated journey and has taken, in Marilyn�s words �tenacity, chutzpah and perseverance�. In these times a community radio is sorely needed, as it is a voice created by the people.

Puffin Foundation West, Ltd. will continue its support of DEMOCRACY NOW! and we ask all Columbusons and Daughters to join with us and support OUR RADIO STATION, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it as access to media is the most powerful messenger we have.

 


Before being established as an independent foundation, the Puffin Foundation's Puffin Midwest project undertook an extraordinary array of projects.  We offer you a brief synopsis here:

Past Events

May 2010

The Puffin Foundation, Ltd. is pleased to announce its Special Grant of $10,500 to the Central Community House.


This inner city Settlement House lost vital funding owing the 2008-09 market decline, which negatively affected so many vital services that rely upon charitable giving. Central Community House was established in 1936 and serves inner city children living in zip code 43205. It had been able to care for approximately 60-70 children each summer, but owing to the recession/depression, governmental programming cuts and the loss of funding, the entire summer program is in jeopardy. This grant will also be used to help fund Community’s Promise Afterschool Program this fall. This program provides a safe and enriching environment and promotes academic success and empowers children to develop a love of learning.

This is the largest Special Grant that The Puffin Foundation, Ltd. has made in Columbus. Previously, Puffin gave a Special Grant to help erect the radio tower to allow Columbus Community Radio Foundation to operate 102.1 FM and 98.3 FM which has brought a new genre of radio station to our metropolitan area encompassing music/arts, life-style, educational and public affairs, local neighborhood, national and international news, including Democracy Now!

The Puffin Foundation has been continuing the dialogue between art and the lives of ordinary people locally since 1986 and has supported over 100 local projects by artists whose socially-relevant works were judged to be outside established norms. In 2007, Puffin was instrumental in bringing the witness project Eyes Wide Open to the State House Lawns. Over 2498 pairs of combat boots were a silent monument to our fallen U.S. military personnel.

Puffin Ohio/Midwest is under the Directorship of downtown loft resident, Java Kitrick.


March 2010

Puffin Ohio/Midwest brought J.D. Williamson to the Hubbard Elementary School, a literature based inner-city public school, to coincide with Read Across America Week honoring Dr. Seuss. Mr. Williamson is a performer, singer, storyteller and cartoonist. Mr. Williamson performed twice, once for the primary grades (Pre-K-3) and then for grades 4-6. He followed up making visits to classrooms. This year sadly marks the end of a special relationship with the Hubbard Elementar School and educator Mrs. Bari Pollyea, as the Board of Education has voted to close this turn-of the century neighborhood school owing to budgetary consideration. Puffin wishes these students, some of whom we have known since their school careers began, the most enlightened futures.

 


 

LAWS OF WAR/LAWLESS WARS
The PUFFIN FOUNDATION Does ARTSpace
July 5th through August 16th, 2008

-Photographs by DOROTHEA LANGE & ANSEL ADAMS depicting
The Wartime Internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans
- Poems From Guantánamo The Detainees Speak
- Photographs of GITMO from the Center for Constitutional Rights
- My Tour of Duty Photos of Guantánamo by KARL SCHAAB
- Painter of True Life Atrocities by ERIC HUMPHRIES

Opening Reception at Northwood ARTSpace July 5, 3-8 pm
Northwood-High Building, 2231 N. High St. Room 100
Always Free and  Everyone Welcome Fridays 3-8
And GALLERY HOP SATURDAYS TOO!

Join Together in the Exploration of Race Prejudice, War Hysteria and the Failure of Political Leadership in Our Times.

 

Pizza and Movie Nights
Friday, July 11th:  Snow Falling on Cedars @ 6:00 p.m.
Friday, July 18th:  The Road to Guantánamo @ 6:00 p.m.

Friday, July 25th: Poetry Jam  Readings from Poems from Guantánamo and Open Mic

Saturday, August 2nd: Speaker Eva Hashiguchi will give her oral history of her internment as a 16 year old Japanese-American citizen following the bombing of Pearl Harbor @ 3 pm
Followed by Pizza and a Movie Faces of the Past, Voices of the Present @ 4:00 pm

Pizza and Movie Nights
Friday, August 8th: From a Silk Cocoon @ 6:00 p.m.
Friday, August 15th:  Franz Kafka’s The Trial by Orson Wells (1962) @ 6:00 p.m.

Inquiries answered at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 258-2100
*Check your local rag’s weekly calendar listings and listen to your
Community Radio Station 98.3FM and 102.1FM for calendar details.
Or check the website at universitydistrict.org under ARTSpace

 


The Hubbard Elementary Public School, a Literature Based Alternative School, is a diverse multi-culture school. The school provides a positive child-centered environment enriched through the encountering of a variety of children's literature that allows these inner-city children to grow as critical thinkers to empower them to reach their potential. Owing to economic realities the year-end school trip to the zoo was all but canceled as the cost for having four school busses take all the students, teachers and parental volunteers had increased so much that the two hundred dollars that the PTA had raised for the trip would not even pay for one bus. Although the Columbus Zoo, made famous by the work that Jack Hanna has done raising global awareness about animals and their habitat, is less than 15 miles from Hubbard Elementary School, none of the students had ever been to the zoo to see the majesty of the wild kingdoms of the world. The school field trip took place on May 28, 2008.



The Puffin Foundation at Marcia Evans Gallery (8 East Lincoln St.) brought to the Short North, March 16th - April 15th, 2007, Eva Andry's Putting Names to Faces. The Witness Project has a profound affect and Eva Andry conveys a message through her artistry more powerful than words. Eva Andry invites the viewer to remove each of the 300 individual portraits of these fallen service men and women from the mourning bunting they are hung on, so that you can hold each person, who has sacrificed everything, in your hands. On the reverse side of each portrait is the photograph of the fallen American and a brief history of their life and how they met their death in Iraq or Afghanistan since the beginning of the "Shock and Awe" that began on March 19th, 2003.

Ms. Andry received a Puffin Foundation grant award in 2005 to continue her work. Her poignant portraits were on display during the Faces of Iraq exhibit at the Puffin Cultural Forum in Teaneck, NJ.

THE PUFFIN FOUNDATION at MARCIA EVANS GALLERY
at 8 East Lincoln St., in the Short North, asks you to BE A WITNESS March 16th thru April 15th, 2007 and view California artist, Eva Andry's PUTTING FACES TO THE NAMES.


A GENEROUS GRANT ENABLED A COMMUNITY RADIO STATION TO BEGIN BROADCASTING AMY GOODMAN'S DEMOCRACY NOW IN THE COLUMBUS METROPOLITAN AREA.



PUFFIN MIDWEST/POWER TO THE PEOPLE partnered with local peace groups, including the Columbus Peace Network in January, 2008 to bring the compelling truth sayers, Scott Ritter and journalist, Jeff Cohen to Columbus.  Scott Ritter, the former U.N. weapons inspector who told the American Government and the people of the world that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction in 2002 during the US military and rhetorical build-up to the war, was just returned from a fact-gathering mission in Iran.  Scott Ritter came to Columbus to speak in a Town Hall meeting entitled “The U.S. Tour of Duty: The Iran Talks" which was part of a series of public forums held in various U.S. Cities. The event hosted by a local Union attracted a standing room only crowd.

 


The Puffin partnered with the Episcopal Peace Fellowship to bring to the Ohio State House lawns the American Friends Service Committee's Anti-War Witness Project, Eyes Wide Open exhibit in Columbus, Ohio in June 2006. Over 10,000 people walked through the exhibit of almost 2,500 pairs of combat boots representing fallen American service men and women laid out in Arlington National Cemetry formation and dowm through an aisle that was lined with 3,000 pairs of women's and children's shoes representing the death toll of Iraqis who have been killed and are referred to as collateral damage. The show garnered 153 minutes of air time across the state and was also seen nationally on CNN. This was the last time all these boots and shoes stood together.

 


Puffin's undertakings in Columbus have included being a partner in the construction of the Kwanza Playground in the near east side; support for the Columbus Museum’s Cambodian Death Portraits exhibition; partnering with the Wexner Center for many years acknowledging their important contributions to our City; providing 1,000 elementary students at Columbus Public Schools their own copy of a book about ordinary and multi-cultural heroes after 9-11 and bringing the author to town to conduct in class readings and workshops. In 2004, the Puffin helped to erect Alfred Tibor’s statue at the foot of the Broad Street Bridge that pays homage to the humanity of our City’s founders, and the notion that “family” is color blind by telling the story of the Sullivants and Arthur Boke, Jr.

 


The Short Stop Youth Center received a grant to help fund after school programming; we partnered with Scotts to create a neighborhood pocket park and garden; and recently Franklin Park Conservatory’s exceptional Educational Programming Department has received grants to provide transportation, admissions and docents to inner city elementary school children to see the Amazing Chocolate Factory and share in the wonder of Patrick Dougherty's sculpture installation. We have been providing grants, which have helped fund dozens of programs and artists in Central Ohio since 1986.

"Branching Out" Sculpture Installations by Patrick Dougherty

To volunteer or for additional information, please contact Java Kitrick at 614-223-1055 or email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Peace, Java Kitrick, Director.