I am honored to announce that Aberfan has been awarded a $5,000 grant from M.S. Worthington Foundation of Nantucket, MA. With their support and belief in the value of this large work — so resonant in these current times of despair and upheaval — we will be able to return to the studio to continue recording.
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 Foundation Ltd. seeks 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. (more…)
Granting individuals who work towards a progressive democracy, Puffin Foundation West has awarded $500 to Aberfan (7 pianos, percussion, voice and tools of rescue) for its recording.
Puffin Foundation West, Ltd. seeks to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artist activists and arts organizations often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to race, gender, or social philosophy. Artists are able to reach across the borders of our imagination and in doing so often peaceably transform our society’s ideas about social justice issues. Creative expression and innovation have always helped move society towards a more progressive democracy and allow us to recognize our universal humanity. Puffin Foundation West, Ltd. is committed to supporting such grass-roots artists and organizations.
Puffin Foundation West, Ltd. (PFW) believes artists have the unique ability to peacefully challenge those who seek to limit our expression. By sharing creative talents artists can speak out loud to and for all of humanity.
Here is a cautionary excerpt from their mission statement about these beautiful little birds:
Puffins once prospered off the coast of New England but were hunted almost to extinction for their feathers and for stew. In the late 1970’s a small group of volunteers worked to reintroduce Puffins back to these islands. Owing to these constructive efforts these birds did make a comeback. Sadly, Puffins as well as many other species are now threatened, this time by global warming and the encroachment of civilization on so many creatures’ habitat and corporate contamination of the natural world.
Aberfan is a sponsored project of New York Foundation for the Arts. Make a donation here.
Many thanks to The United Congregational Church of Conway (Massachusetts) for their $100 contribution yesterday to Aberfan.
This generous gift, in combination with my posting yesterday about a completed grant application, made me once again appreciate the necessity of donations of all sizes. Grants for thousands of dollars are highly competitive, and therefore uncertain. Individual donations like this one, however, form the backbone of everything I am trying to do. Each one gets us closer to being able to actualize this project.
For centuries, patrons have been essential to bringing art into the world.
A difficult and singular endeavor that has carried itself through me over years (and will continue to do so) would be impossible to realize without the help from those for whom Aberfan resonates. For everyone that gives to this undertaking, know that its enduring and significant impact is now also in your hands.
If you would wish your contribution to be publicly shared, as did The United Congregational Church of Conway, I would be happy to do so.