On the Murder of George Floyd, and the Need to End Racist Policies, Laws and Attitudes.  We Stand with the Protestors.

The brutal & systematic oppression of Black lives has existed throughout our country’s history. Racism has been used, encouraged, and promoted to justify slavery and an economy that profits on cheap labor and pitting one group against another.  The murder of Black people at the hands of the police must end.  Reforms to policing must be made. But we must also commit to ending the institutional racism that pervades our society and the laws and policies of our nation.  We salute all those who have been protesting racial injustice and advocating for reforms across the country; we are the majority. The Puffin Foundation hopes our work will help to inform and support efforts to promote racial justice in these challenging times.

“In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist.” -Angela Davis

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead


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.

Perry Rosenstein, the founder and president of The Puffin Foundation and Puffin Cultural Forum, passed away on 4/3/20 from the COVID-19 virus. We invite you to share your memories, stories, and reflections on this Facebook page, and to enjoy those shared by others. Perry Rosenstein: A Life and Times Memorial.

Our Grantees

Special Projects

Gallery for Social Activism

A People’s History of Struggle at the Museum of the City of NY
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Opens 4 Feb, 2020

Puffin Prize for Creative Citizenship

Supporting visionaries who challenge the status quo
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ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism

Honoring International Champions of Human Rights
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Investigative Journalism

Helping Make Journalism that Matters Possible
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Puffin Cultural Forum

Fostering a dialogue of art, issues & community
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More Special Projects

 

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In The Blog

Sharing Tributes to Perry

April 6, 2020

To celebrate Perry’s life and legacy we invite you to share your memories, stories, and reflections on this Facebook page, and to enjoy those shared by others. Perry Rosenstein: A Life and Times Memorial. We’d also like to share some of the other warm words and tribute’s we’ve received. In These Read More

2020 & 2021 Grant Updates

September 24, 2020

Important Information about Puffin’s 2021 Artist Grant Cycle Due to the Corona Virus we are only considering new proposals in Video/Film and arts-related Environmental projects for 2021. “New” applicants in other disciplines will not be considered. The primary focus of your proposal must be video/film. For example, please do not Read More

One Week Left to Complete Your 2020 Census

September 23, 2020

It’s not too late! Fill out your 2020 Census online at 2020census.gov. Don’t miss this once-in-a-decade chance to impact your community! The 2020 Census takes just a few moments to complete. The U.S. Census Bureau keeps your answers safe and Read More

National Voter Registration Day: Are You Registered to Vote?

September 22, 2020

The Puffin Foundation and Cultural Forum support your right to vote! Check your registration status at iwillvote.com. Tell your friends and family to check theirs too! Deadline to register is October 13 (in NJ). The 2020 U.S. Presidential election is on Tuesday, November 3. Why Check Your Voter Status? • Read More

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