DAVID vs. GOLIATH

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PFW continues to support our Backbone Campaign friends in Vashon, Washington. Their call for a flotilla of kayakers, now known forever as KAYAKTIVISTS to blockade Shell Oil’s Polar Pioneer drilling rig and other vessels from getting to the Arctic has forever changed the way normal and ordinary people can stand up to a giant oil corporation. The bottom line is … Read More

Come to the JUBILEE

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A new friend, NEW NOISE, has joined our Puffin West family. A grant was awarded to them for their intoxicating food-based theatrical performance entitled JUBILEE. This New Orleans ensemble will use the familiarity of a home cooked (NOLA) feast to stage a purposefully uncomfortable conversation about RACE in the American South. JUBILEE is an opportunity for white Southerners and people … Read More

BREAD an International Language All Its Own

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One of our favorite grants provided this year want to a sponsorship (in a grassroots way) to the Dublin Arts Council, which will present BREAD, a festival of arts and community. The festival is designed for those who live, work or play in Dublin to get to know and embrace the diverse cultures of Dublin. On October 15th, each ethnic … Read More

HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO?*

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  Native American languages like Crow, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, and Lakota are at the heart of cultures to which they belong. These languages connect speakers to their roots, give speakers a sense of pride, and a sense of self. In Native communities, revival and reclamation of American Indian languages is becoming away to fight low self-esteem, poor graduation rates and … Read More

LETTERS FROM MY GRANDPARENTS

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Letters from My Grandparents The Art of Ruth Schreiber February 4 – April 16 Opening Reception February 4, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM 44 PARK PLACE, NEW YORK NEW YORK 10007 Puffin Foundation West is honored to be a sponsor of  this two-month long show at the ANNE FRANK CENTER USA.  THIS EXHIBIT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. … Read More

FINDING VOICES FINDING LIVES

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Puffin West has given a first time grant to the Contemporary American Theatre Company (CATCO) in recognition of their partnership with Healing Broken Circles and a theatre project that they are going to undertake at the Marion Correctional Facility.  This unique  ten-week program will use the lens of theatre to help approximately 30 inmates create, write, edit, rehearse and perform … Read More

80 YEARS OLD AND TRUE TO THEIR MISSION

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 In 2016 Central Community House is celebrating its 80th year serving their community in Columbus, OH.  Even though things have changed during those years, they have remained true to their Mission, which is to empower people to reach their full potential, to be self-supporting and to live cooperatively with all others.  Puffin believes in investing in our neighbors.  When communities … Read More

FINDING OZ

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The Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus (CGMC) will be producing a thoughtful, compassionate concert looking at the causes and effects of bullying. “Finding Oz”.  Ultimately it will be a story of the bravery it takes for bystanders to become positive participants and taking your path with friends and supporters to find your way to self-acceptance.  CGMC will also be working with … Read More

DREAMERS IN UTAH

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A grant was given to Art Access in UTAH for their work on The DREAMERS PROJECT which is a multi-faceted exploration of immigrant stories and identities through the literary, visual and performing arts. By providing a platform for immigrant stories through art, Art Access which is working closely with the Sorenson Unity Center, (also located in Salt Lake City) hope … Read More