Maura

Meet Maura Cuffie

May 5, 2015

Meet our 2015 Fellows!

 

Please tell us of an artist, curator, activist, or project that has influenced you or inspired you?

Living and moving in the world, brushing up against people, artists or otherwise, is inspiration and influence in itself. Lately I’m very drawn to the work of Osa Atoe of the Shotgun Seamstress Zines in addition to Kameelah Rasheed. I love how gritty and punctuated their text based work reads.

 

Please tell us about a place in your neighborhood that is personally meaningful to you, and why?

I’m learning that the Parkside Cafe / donut shop / Kennedy Fried Chicken [one spot many names] around the corner from my place, is really the watering hole of my block. I’ve been fed and nourished there by any mix of pancakes, pupusas, fried chicken, all served with a healthy dose of casual but at times piercing conversation with neighborhood regulars. There’s something about food and waiting in line together that leaves room for short but deep conversation and this Parkside Cafe has been that place for me—a gateway into the block.

 

What is your favorite book, film or song about NYC?

“Raising Victor Vargas” has and will continue to be one of my favorite films, which I hope means in some way I am destined to be in New York City for some amount of time. It’s a beautiful coming of age portrait not just of the characters but also of the neighborhood of Washington Heights.

 

If you have an idea of a blog post or topic you’d like to contribute to our blog, please share below!

La Marqueta and La Casa Azul Bookstore are two neighborhood businesses that are very active in the East Harlem Community. It would be great to profile them to get the word out!

 

What is the web address for your blog?

http://journal.thefreebreakfastprogram.com/

 

Maura Cuffie, a cultural programmer and arts administrator, is one of three co-founders of the collective The Free Breakfast Program—a platform for artful interactions and new ways of being inspired by the work of the Black Panther Party. She is a new resident of Brooklyn and splits her time between Philadelphia and the San Francisco bay area.