WINNER: ARTS PATRON; PUFFIN FOUNDATION WEST, LTD.
Led by Java Kitrick, president, Puffin Foundation West, Ltd., (PFW) seeks to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artist activists and arts organizations often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to race, gender, or social philosophy. PFW believes artists are able to reach across the borders of our imagination and in doing so often peaceably transform society’s ideas about social justice issues. Creative expression and innovation have always helped move society towards a more progressive democracy and allows for the recognition of universal humanity. PFW is committed to supporting such grass-roots artists and organizations. PFW partners with and also helps build community partnerships with other concerned groups and individuals to insure that the arts continue to grow, enlighten, and enrich lives. The foundation accepts grant applications from individuals, educational, cultural, and social justice organizations for projects that utilize art, dance, music, theater, photography, film/video, writing, poetry, and public interest platforms.