About Us

The Puffin Foundation, Ltd. has sought to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artists and art organizations who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy.

Why the Puffin?

The Puffin, once endangered in the northeastern United States, was returned to its native habitats through the efforts of a concerned citizenry. Our name is a metaphor for how we perceive our mission in the arts: to join with other concerned groups and individuals to ensure that the arts not merely survive, but flourish at all levels of our society.

Our Grantees

Special Projects

Gallery for Social Activism

A People’s History of Struggle at the Museum of the City of NY

Opens 4 Feb, 2020

Puffin Prize for Creative Citizenship

Supporting visionaries who challenge the status quo

Opens 4 Feb, 2020

ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism

Honoring International Champions of Human Rights

Opens 4 Feb, 2020

Investigative Journalism

Helping Make Journalism that Matters Possible MORE INFO

Opens 4 Feb, 2020

Puffin Cultural Forum

Fostering a dialogue of art, issues & community

Opens 4 Feb, 2020

More Special Projects



Opens 4 Feb, 2020

News & Blog

Puffin Parking Lot Closed This Weekend

May 16, 2024

The parking lot at 20 Puffin Way will be closed for paving at 4:30pm Thursday 5/16 and reopen Monday 5/20 at 9:00am. Any cars in the lot during this time will be ticketed and towed at the vehicle owner’s expense. Thanks for your Read More

The Puffin Spotlight: Issue 16

May 14, 2024

Honoring Change Makers This May, The Puffin Foundation will sponsor a series of awards to honor remarkable individuals and organizations who have challenged the status quo and made significant, positive social impact through their work. Two of the three award ceremonies will be open to the public, and we encourage Read More

Faith Ringold sitting in the foreground of her art show. She is an elderly black woman with grey locs

Remembering Faith Ringgold

April 18, 2024

We celebrate and honor the life and legacy of Faith Ringgold, the brilliant artist, activist, author, and educator. Her work illuminated stories of joy and struggle and insightfully reflected upon the many injustices of our society, while also reminding us to celebrate the connections we make in our daily lives. Learn Read More