MCNY presents: Posters + Politics: The Art of Activism in New York
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Puffin Cultural Forum Gallery Temporarily Closed
Unfortunately, the gallery is temporarily closed. We hope to resume... more
Alexa Marques Named Executive Director of the Teaneck Creek Conservancy
The Teaneck Creek Conservancy (TCC) has announced the appointment of... more
The Camp at Teaneck Creek – August 2015
Puffin Foundation, 20 Puffin Way, Teaneck N.J. 07666 Karen Yucht,... more
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MCNY presents: Posters + Politics: The Art of Activism in New York
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Museum of the City on New York, Wednesday, July 8 at 6:30 pm

Posters + Politics: The Art of Activism in New York

Political activists in New York, and in cities the world over, have a long tradition of using boldly-designed posters to draw attention to the most pressing political and cultural issues of the day. Despite their uniquely urban form and currency, the stories of New York’s political posters have seldom been told. Join a panel of leading artists for a discussion of three decades of political posters that address life in the city, from inequality in the art world and AIDS to housing and economic justice. This program is presented jointly in conjunction with the exhibitions Activist New York and Everything Is Design: The Work of Paul Rand at the City Museum, and How Posters Work at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

Guerrilla Girls, Anonymous Group of Feminist Artists Avram Finkelstein, Artist and Founding Member of the Silence = Death Project and Gran Fury Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Conceptual Artist, Writer, and Educator Seth Tobocman, Comic Book Artist, Co-Founder of World War 3 Illustrated Caitlin Condell, Assistant Curator, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Reception to follow!

Co-presented by Cooper Hewitt and co-sponsored by New-York Historical Society, AIGA/NY, VOCAL-NY, ART 21, The Laundromat Project, the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc., A.I.R. Gallery, The Illuminator, Justseeds, and The One Club. This event is presented as part of the Activist New York program series, made possible by The Puffin Foundation.

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Puffin Cultural Forum Gallery Temporarily Closed
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Unfortunately, the gallery is temporarily closed. We hope to resume regular gallery hours next week. Please check back here, our Facebook age, or call if you plan on visiting the gallery in the new couple weeks.

Thank you!

 
Alexa Marques Named Executive Director of the Teaneck Creek Conservancy
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The Teaneck Creek Conservancy (TCC) has announced the appointment of Alexa Marques as Executive Director. In her new role, she will be responsible for developing and executing the organization’s vision, recruiting and managing volunteers, ensuring proper maintenance and physical oversight of the conservancy’s property and will oversee all aspects of the organization’s financial management.

Prior to joining the TCC, Ms. Marques was the Assistant Summer Camp Director and Environmental Educator at the Tenafly Nature Center, where she was responsible for developing curriculum for the center’s summer camps and educating groups of children, pre-k through 8th grade. Additionally, in her former role as Newark Youth Leadership Project Coordinator at the Greater Newark Conservancy, she was responsible for the day-to-day coordination of 50 high school interns, 10 college-aged interns and the profitable Youth Farm Stand.

“I am very excited to be joining the TCC team,” noted Ms. Marques. “I look forward to leading the Teaneck Creek Conservancy’s mission to offer a unique environmental, educational and artistic haven for Northern New Jersey.”

Ms. Marques earned her B.A. from Ramapo College, where she concentrated her studies on environmental science and public policy.

“We are elated to welcome Alexa to the TCC”, says President of the Board of Trustees Adam Strobel, “Her passion and exemplary work ethic will make her an excellent addition to our organization.”

About Teaneck Creek Conservancy
The Teaneck Creek Conservancy is a member-supported, non-profit organization dedicated to the reclamation and protection of Bergen County’s Teaneck Creek Park. Since 2001, the TCC has been working hard to transform once-neglected parkland into a place of natural beauty. In a unique collaboration between public and non-profit partners, and hundreds of hours of sweat equity, these 46 acres have been transformed into a small urban paradise complete with almost two miles of groomed trails, an Outdoor Classroom for learning, and even a Peace Labyrinth for quiet reflection. More information about the TCC can be found at www.teaneckcreek.org.

The Puffin Foundation is a proud supporter of the Teaneck Creek Conservancy. The Conservancy’s new office is located at the Puffin Foundation, 20 Puffin Way, and is open during normal office hours.

Upcoming summer events at the TCC include, Camp at Teaneck Creek, Batstock, Bergen County Audubon led Bird Walks and Weed Warriors. Additional information about these events can be found on their website and Facebook.

 
The Camp at Teaneck Creek – August 2015
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Puffin Foundation, 20 Puffin Way, Teaneck N.J. 07666
Karen Yucht, Camp Coordinator (201) 836-0142
PRESS RELEASE

The Camp at Teaneck Creek, offered by the Teaneck Creek Conservancy in collaboration with the Teaneck Community Education Center, and funded by the Puffin Foundation, will provide a wonderfully creative end-of-summer experience for Teaneck children entering grades 2-6. Camp will be held in “the Great Outdoors” on the grounds of the Teaneck Creek Conservancy and in the Puffin, at 20 Puffin Way, from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., August 10-14 for 2nd and 3rd graders, August 17-21 and 24-28 for 4th, 5th and 6th graders. (Note: Campers entering grades 4-6 may register for one or two weeks as each session with introduce new activities and adventures.

Exciting programs, run by experienced teachers, will stimulate the imagination, develop new skills, encourage collaboration, provide intellectual stimulation - and hours of fun! Thanks to a generous grant from the Puffin Foundation, the cost per child will be just $135 per week and will come with an added bonus: an included special rate membership to the Conservancy. Since there are spots for only 15 children in each session, early registration is recommended.

During the first week, campers entering grades 2-3 will enjoy two wonderful Hobby Quest programs. Kids and Cameras - New Techniques in Photography will provide children with professional quality digital cameras to point, click, and capture scenery and people through a lens. There will be an exhibition of camper’s photographs at the end of the session, an online “gallery” of their work, and an album of their pictures to take home. In Making Magic, a real magician will provide the tools and secrets that ensure mastery of tricks that will wow audiences. Magic tricks created by campers are theirs to keep at the end of the session.

During weeks two and three, campers entering grades 4-6 will participate in Fairy Tale Trials - Out of the Woods and Into the Courtroom, an award-winning program that introduces concepts of ethics, justice, and fairness by giving fairy tale trials a day in court. Children participate as lawyers, witnesses, defendants, and storytellers as they explore moral dilemmas at the core of each tale, and learn about our legal system while doing it. Finally, they will present a case to the jurors and a verdict will be rendered. Nature and Discovery, the second program offered during weeks two and three, will involve children in an exploration of the Teaneck Creek. They will get wet in the stream, dig in the dirt, and look under rocks to discover and learn about the importance of this natural area - what lives here, how humans impact the area, and more. Campers will have fun creating art and writing short haiku poems inspired by their finds in this diverse nature park.

Applications are available at the Teaneck Community Education Center, One Merrison Street; The Puffin Foundation, 20 Puffin Way; and at the Teaneck Public Library. If you have questions or would like an application mailed to your home, please contact the Center (201) 833-5514 or Karen Yucht, Program Coordinator (201) 836-0142.

 
Garage Theater Group "Lost in History"
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May 1-3

SEE LOST IN HISTORY

WHERE: The Becton Theatre, 960 River Road on the FDU campus in Teaneck, NJ


WHEN: Now through Sunday, May 3
FRIDAY, MAY 1 AT 8:00PM
TIFF Night! Subscribers and supporters of the Teaneck International Film Festival pay half price
SATURDAY, MAY 2 AT 8:00PM
SUNDAY, MAY 3 AT 3:00PM Final Performance!
Students with ID pay $15 all shows 15 minutes before curtain time


HOW: Tickets are available


BY CAR: Route 4 to River Road. Parking is free in the FDU lot off Route 4.


BY BUS: New Jersey Transit has several buses that stop at FDU from both the George Washington Bridge and Port Authority.

READ ABOUT IT IN THE RECORD: In his plays Adam Siegel can always hear time's winged chariot hurrying near. (To read more, click here)

 
Puffin/ALBA Human Rights Award Honors Spanish Activst
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New York — On May 9, 2015, the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) will present the ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism to the Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory in Spain (Asociación para la Recuperación de la Memoria Histórica, ARMH). One of the largest monetary awards for human rights in the world, this $100,000 cash prize is granted annually by ALBA and the Puffin Foundation to honor the International Brigades and connect their inspiring legacy with contemporary causes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGRPq2yaxhw&feature=youtu.be

“Thanks to work of the ARMH, Spain has been able to break the wall of oblivion that enveloped  the victims of that dreadful period,” said Judge Baltasar Garzón, human rights advocate and recipient of the first ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism in 2011.

More than 100,000 bodies lie buried in unmarked mass graves all across Spain, victims of right-wing repression during the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) and the ensuing Franco dictatorship (1939-75).  Since the return of democracy in 1978, tens of thousands of Spaniards have longed to locate and exhume the remains of their loved ones, to honor their memory, and to give them a proper burial. Yet, for almost four decades now, the Spanish state has largely ignored the rights of those who were disappeared or killed by Spanish fascism, victimizing them for a second time by portraying them, in effect, as unavoidable “collateral damage” of Spain’s brokered transition to democracy.

The ARMH was born out of journalist Emilio Silva’s struggle to exhume the remains of his grandfather from the ditch in northwestern Spain where he was thrown after his execution by local fascists in 1936. In 2000, with the help of a team of volunteers, Mr. Silva unearthed his grandfather’s body and those of twelve others killed in the early days of the Civil War. The exhumation was widely publicized and many other Spaniards subsequently approached Mr. Silva with a desire to recover their own family members.

 

Mr. Silva established the ARMH in 2000. Since then the Association has carried out over 150 exhumations and recovered the remains of more than 1,300 victims of Franco’s regime—roughly 8% of Spain’s disappeared.  The Association has done this work with almost no state support. The ARMH has worked with forensic experts to set up a DNA database and worked to put victims’ rights and transitional justice on Spain’s political agenda. Through its advocacy work at the national and international level, in 2003 the United Nations Working Group on Forced Disappearances began including Spain in its reports.

 

“The award to Mr. Silva and ARHM is particularly appropriate, as it has a direct link to the struggle that the Lincoln volunteers put their lives on the line for. In fact, to this day a number of American volunteers lie shrouded in Spanish earth in unmarked graves.” – Prof. Anthony Geist, University of Washington.

 

Part of an initiative designed to sustain the legacy of the experiences, aspirations and idealism of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, the ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism supports current international activists and human rights causes. The Award was created by philanthropist and visionary Perry Rosenstein, President of the Puffin Foundation, which in 2010 established an endowed fund for the ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism.

 

Award Ceremony – Saturday, May 9th at 2:30pm

Japan Society
333 East 47th St.

New York, NY 10017

BACKGROUND

 

The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives:  www.alba-valb.org

The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) is an educational non-profit dedicated to promoting social activism and the defense of human rights. ALBA’s work is inspired by the brave American volunteers of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade who fought fascism in the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). ALBA’s programs include teacher institutes, exhibitions, publications, and cultural programs. Drawing on the ALBA collections in New York University’s Tamiment Library, ALBA works to preserve the legacy of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade as an inspiration for present and future generations.

Other recipients of the ALBA/ Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism include Kate Doyle and Fredy Peccerelli, who work to expose human rights violations in Guatemala, United We Dream, a national network of youth-led immigrant activist organizations that fight for the rights of millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States, and public-interest lawyer Bryan Stevenson.

 

The Puffin Foundation:  www.puffinfoundation.org

Since it was founded in 1983, 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.  The Puffin, a species whose nesting sites were endangered by encroaching civilization, were encouraged to return to their native habitats through the constructive efforts of a concerned citizenry. The Foundation has adopted the name Puffin as a metaphor for how it perceives its mission, which is to ensure that the arts continue to grow and enrich our lives. In so doing it has joined with other concerned groups and individuals toward achieving that goal. The Puffin Foundation is also a long-standing supporter of ALBA’s educational mission.

 

Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory in Spain (Asociación de la Recuperación de la Memoria Histórica): www.memoriahistorica.org.es
The Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory in Spain (ARMH) which is staffed by volunteers, collects oral and written testimonies on the victims of Franco’s regime and excavates and identifies the bodies that are in mass graves. In the spring of 2002, ARMH appealed to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to request that the Spanish government be made to apply international law for the disappeared. ARMH also helped draft the 2007 Historical Memory Law, which recognizes for the first time the victims on both sides of the Spanish Civil War, gives rights to the victims and the descendants of victims of the Civil War and the subsequent dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, and formally condemns the Franco Regime.

 

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Puffin Proud to Announce the 3rd Annual Free Teaching Social Activism in the Classroom Conference
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Teaching Civil Rights Then and Now
Saturday, May 2, 8:45 am–3:30 pm
Museum of the City of New York

On Saturday, May 2, 2015, the Museum of the City of New York will host the 3rd Annual Teaching Social Activism in the Classroom Conference. Educators are invited to present and participate in this free full-day conference, which will highlight the various tools and techniques used by teachers to engage their students in the history and practice of social change, inspired by the content of the Museum’s groundbreaking exhibition, Activist New York. Educators, activists, and historians will present their work to one another and will discuss the best practices for teaching this important subject to students of all ages.

We also invite you to add your voice to the conversation! How do you teach Civil Rights? How do you introduce students to the past and prepare them for the future? The date of this year's activism conference sits squarely between the 50th anniversaries of Selma and the Voting Rights Act. In honor of this legacy, the conference theme is Teaching Civil Rights: Then and Now. We invite you to learn more about our theme, how to submit a proposal, and how to register. Proposals to present must be submitted by Monday, March, 30.



The Teaching Social Activism conference is made possible by the generous support of the Puffin Foundation Ltd. Activist New York is the inaugural exhibition in The Puffin Foundation Gallery, which is dedicated to the ways in which ordinary New Yorkers have exercised their power to shape the city's and the nation's future.

 
Puffin Cosponsors March 7th Rally to Ban Unsafe Oil Trains in Bergen County
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Rally to Ban Unsafe Oil Trains from the Oradell Reservoir and Our Communities

Because of an oil boom in the Bakken region of North Dakota, up to thirty CSX trains carrying toxic and highly volatile crude oil pass through Bergen County every week. These trains - up to 100 cars-long – pass over the Oradell Reservoir, source of drinking water for 750,000 people!

 

You are in the blast zone if you live within ½ mile of the Freight Train River Line.

(Check www.explosive-crude-by-rail.org) You are at risk, too, if you drink and bathe with clean water in Bergen County. It’s time to tell our leaders: This is unacceptable! Join a rally to demand an immediate ban on unsafe oil trains in our community.

Saturday, March 7, 2015              2:00 pm

Old Hook Road at Schraalenburgh Road, Closter, NJ 07624

(from the South, Teaneck Rd. becomes Washington, then Schraalenburgh Rd.)  Park at Abram Demaree Farm.

 
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