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
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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

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Puffin Cultural Forum

Fostering a dialogue of art, issues & community
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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. A tribute Read More

Holiday Weekend Hours

January 14, 2022

The offices of the Puffin Foundation and Cultural Forum will be closed on Monday 1/17. If you’re looking for ways to honor Dr. King this weekend you could participate in MLK Day of Service, support The King Center, or support another local non profit. Have a great Read More

How to Build a Fire: A Storytelling Series

January 7, 2022

The Puffin Cultural Forum is proud to present How to Build a Fire (HTBAF) a co-sponsored event between Open Source and The Puffin Foundation. Created over seven years ago, How to Build a Fire is a community storytelling series where a diverse group of individuals share real-life, personal narratives centered Read More

2022 ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism recognizes Life After Hate

January 6, 2022

Each year the ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism recognizes champions whose work confronts and challenges the ongoing threats to the rights of all peoples. This year’s $100,000 prize celebrates Life after Hate, an organization created by former extremists to help people leave their violent, far right past to lead Read More

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