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Activist New York
Activist New York explores the drama of social activism in New York City from the 17th century right up to the present. In a town renowned for its in-your-face persona, citizens of the city have banded together on issues as diverse as historic preservation, civil rights, wages, sexual orientation, and religious freedom. Using artifacts, photographs, audio and visual presentations, as well as interactive components that seek to tell the entire story of activism in the five boroughs, Activist New York presents the passions and conflicts that underlie the city's history of agitation....
PFW obviously LOVES artists and with immense gratitude and admiration we thank ROGER WILLIAMS for applying for a grant to create a traveling mural entitled "OZONE MAN." He sees a time when we can even unplug from energy saving (ugly) light bulbs, where the wind energizes us all and in doing so life and love spring freely and colorfully all around. KISSES!
The following is an article from the magazine "District Administration- Solution for School District Management." Puffin Foundation West is a lead sponsor for this symposium that has brought together top educators and School District repreentatives from around the country to discuss Bullying and LGBTQ issues. Please read on. In service, Java Kitrick
School Districts from Across the Country Network at Invitation-Only Conference on LGBTQ Issues
School district representatives from across the country are convening in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, taking part in a first-ever symposium hosted by the Broward Stonewall Education Project (BSEP). Participants will examine LGBTQ-inclusive support systems and resources necessary for the wellness and safety of LGBTQ students in schools. In addition, participants will work together to create a national network for the future. BSEP is an unprecedented partnership between a private museum, the Fort Lauderdale-based Stonewall National Museum & Archives, and a public school district, Broward County Public Schools (the nation’s sixth largest).
This groundbreaking three-day symposium, entitled “The Kids Are NOT All Right,” begins Wednesday, Feb. 20 and runs through Friday, Feb. 22, and includes presentations by renowned educators and nationally-recognized LGBT leaders such as Kevin Jennings, founder of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), as well as Broward Schools Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. The bulk of the conference, however, will include work sessions in which school districts share best practices and identify challenging obstacles in making schools safer for LGBTQ students.
A project was started over a year ago under the auspices of the STONEWALL NATIONAL MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES that sought out photographs and text from young LGBT artists around the country. These actors, guitarists, painters, and writers through their creative energy allow the viewer to see beyond "just" sexual labels and view the talent within that defines these gifted youths. On view at the Museum March 1-16 and then look for this show, as it will be traveling around the country.
Y33, is the oldest known nesting PUFFIN in North America. This 35 year old female was one of the original chicks brought to Egg Rock Island off the coast of New England in 1977. My mother, Dorothea Rosenstein who died in 1981, was part of this program that helped restore this lost puffin colony. As you know from our Mission Statement, we are the Puffin Foundation West as we believe sometimes you need to interfere to make things right! So, if you are still looking for that uniquely special way to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Consider adopting a puffin from Eastern Egg Rock. This is a project of the AUDUBON SOCIETY and is not related at all to Puffin Foundation West's work. Your tax-deductible gift will help protect Maine puffins and your Valentine will receive a biography, photo and certificate of adoption.
Twenty-five works of ART by middle and high school students all interpreting the spirit of the life, works and words of Martin Luther King and how his non-violent life was dedicated to making us a more enlightened, peaceful and progressive democracy are now on display at Columbus' City Hall. The ARTISTS' RECEPTION is scheduled for February 11th @ 4P.
This will be followed by an appearance of these artists before the Columbus City Council where the awards (as this was a juried show) will be given out. Please attend to meet and then applaud all these young people for believing in THE DREAM!
90 West Broad Street.
The Puffin Foundation, Ltd. and since Puffin Foundation West, Ltd. was approved to be its own stand-alone NFP Private Foundation have both been dedicated supporters and sponsors of programming at the Wexner Center for the Arts. Beginning with artist, Mark Dion, who was given the keys to all manners of closets and rooms on the Ohio State Univeristy campus so that he could create an installation entitled Cabinet of Curiosities for the Wexner Center in 1995-1996 to most recently Puffin West's major support of SING YOUR SONG: AN EVENING WITH HARRY BELAFONTE - that was attended by more than 1200 people. We have been honored to help, in a small way, to bring world-class programming to Columbus, Ohio.
Puffin West is giving the Wexner Center for the Arts Grant support in 2013 to three inspirational arts educatonal programs that will outreach to many underserved communities in Columbus, Ohio that will help students recognize the vital connections that exist between the arts and their own lives. READ ALL ABOUT IT UNDER GRANTS AWARDED IN 2013!!!
2013 marks the Sixth Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Art Exhibit. Twenty-five students in grades 6-12 have been chosen for this juried competition entitled: Celebrating the Legacy, Rediscovering the Spirit". This program is being presented by the City of Columbus Community Relations Committee. The art will first be on display on Monday, January 21, 2013, from 4 PM to 6 PM at Veteran's Memorial's front entrance at 300 East Broad Street prior to the program "Guided by Faith” which starts at 6 PM and is free and open to the public. So, come and meet the artists, see their work and then join our County Commissioners, City Officials and the CRC in celebrating Dr. King and the wondrous Civil Rights Movement he lived and died for. The exhibit will then be taken down and reinstalled in City Hall for the remainder of January and for February. The winners will be announced shortly.
I sat in the back of the Fritche Theatre this morning and watched, smiling, as the seats filled up with elementary students so excited to be on this fabulous class trip to see Columbus Dance Theatre's 13th Annual presentation of MATCHGIRL. Meanwhile just 550 miles away Ryan Lanza was killing 20 children point blank. The story of the Little Matchgirl is a poignant tale of a child struggling to survive in a world that offers her little hope. Tim Veach's comment that "Art can stop us in our tracks" has indeed resonated today and we must all cherish our children, we must protect them, feed them, keep them warm and housed, and love them. We must again say "Never, never again."
PUFFIN FOUNDATION WEST LTD. GRANT WINNER ROGER WILLIAM'S beginning drawing (46x53) will become a traveling 10 foot x 8 foot public art mural entitled OZONE MAN. Multiples will be printed. Thank you Roger for all those Puffins! What a Great GREEN MACHINE!!!
“Drivers cruising down US 395 in California have company on their journey, although they may not know it: endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep, whose mountainous migration through the Eastern Sierras roughly parallels the highway route.
The bighorn is the first subject in what artist Jane Kim hopes will eventually be a countrywide network of large public murals following the paths of migrating species to raise awareness about wildlife and conservation.” © Cody Tuttle. From an article by Cody Tuttle http://www.treehugger.com/culture/migrating-mural-connects-human-animal-travelers.html.
Puffin West gave a grant to Ms. Kim and we will continue to give you updates. The next mural n the bighorn's path will be painted in April 2013.
Perry Rosenstein, President of the Puffin Foundation Ltd., speaking at the Puffin/Nation Institute Dinner in NYC on Dec 3. The President of the NAACP, Mr. Benjamin Jealous, was the recipient of the $100,000 prize for 2012. MSNBC's Chris Hayes was the Master of Ceremonies and Senator Bernie Sanders gave the keynote speech to an exuberant audiance of 535. It was a rousing night dedicated to the work and service that still MUST be done.