Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Race, gender or anarcho-excluded? See the Puffin Foundation for an emerging artist grant

Puffins on the watch
Originally uploaded by FelixvdGein.

The Puffin Foundation seeks to open the door of artistic expression to artists who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy, says Pam Atchison. The Foundation is interested in supporting creative and innovative initiatives that will advance social change, despite the fact that change will occur willy-nilly, with or without such initiatives.

Grants are intended to encourage emerging artists in the fields of art, music, theatre, dance, photography, and literature.

Proposals for 2007 grants will be accepted from September 1 until December 15, 2006. Visit their cool site, puffinfoundation.org., for more information.

There I found this background: "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."

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