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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.

 
Now on Display at Puffin: "Retrospective Outrage"
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Hak Vogrin Retrospective: Turning Outrage Into Art and a Selection of the Nation’s Top Editorial Cartoons



On view through February 26th, the Puffin Cultural Forum presents the works of late political artist, Hak Vogrin. Vogrin was an artist who reflected his personal pain and outrage regarding the issues of his day onto the canvas; destruction of the environment, wars, torture, social injustice, racism, consumerism are tackled with a cartoon-like directness that reflected his work as an underground comics artist in the 60’s and 70’s. His paintings are colorful, expressionistic, and unabashed in their message and assertive nature. Although Vogrin passed away in 2009, the urgency of the themes addressed in his artwork are seemingly more relevant now than ever.

Largely self-taught, Vogrin’s cartoons initially emerged in the underground comics movement of the 1960’s. His work appeared in the first issue of Yellow Dog, described as America’s “first underground comic weekly.” Throughout his life he created paintings and drawings the size of postage stamps, as well as those on large canvases. Although his sketches were often delicate, the paintings he produced towards the ends of his life were powerful, and produced in a bold graphic style with vivid colors. “When I paint, I think what I do comes out of chaos,” he told The New York Times in 2001.

In addition to Vogrin’s work, this exhibition will also include prints of contemporary political cartoons from Daryl Cagle’s Cagle Post. Cagle is America’s most widely syndicated editorial cartoonist, and his syndicate, Cagle Cartoons, distributes the cartoons of over sixty editorial cartoonists and fourteen columnists to newspapers around the world. Many of the images, perhaps too many, deal with the same issues that Vogrin dealt with, albeit from a humorous perspective. In light of the recent Charlie Hebdo attack, these editorial cartoons from various cartoonists are an even more powerful reminder of the importance of political artistic expression in our society. The exhibit is being updated to include cartoons responding to the terror attacks in Paris. Regular gallery hours are Tuesdays through Thursdays, 12 to 4 p.m. or by appointment. The Puffin Cultural Forum is located at 20 Puffin Way (off Teaneck Rd.) in Teaneck, New Jersey.

View Online Gallery here.

HAK VOGRIN: was born in Brooklyn in 1920, and began drawing comics as a child. In his early years, he worked on a commercial fishing boat in the Gulf of Mexico, and in a position as a margin clerk for Merrill Lynch. Around the time that Vogrin’s cartoons found an audience in the underground comics movement, he and his wife Jean opened a gallery in their apartment—“The One Flight Up.” Although Vogrin was not particularly interested in selling his work or seeing it exhibited, he participated in shows at the Noyes Museum of Art, the Long Beach Island Foundation for the Arts and Sciences, and in a New York show featuring the art of “Weird New Jersey.” His drawings and illustrations were included in publications such as Liberation Magazine andThe Realist, and in WBAI program guides and small press literary publications. Although his works were satirical and ironic, they always maintained their whimsical quality. In his last decade, Vogrin’s paintings specifically focused on sexuality and politics.

 
CANCELED: Classical Sunday with Valentin Hirsu & Matei Varga
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We regret to inform you that Sunday's classical concert with Valentin Hirsu and Matei Varga has been canceled.
We will let you know when we reschedule.

Thank you,
The Puffin Cultural Forum

 
Kristen Graves Event Canceled
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We're sorry to inform you that unfortunately tonights performance with Kristen Graves is canceled. We will let you know when we reschedule. We look forward to welcoming back Kristen in 2015!

 
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