Flamboyan Arts Fund
Revitalizing Puerto Rico
Flamboyan Arts Fund
Working to strengthen the arts community and preserve cultural connections in Puerto Rico
Preserving, amplifying, and sustaining the arts in Puerto Rico
The Flamboyan Arts Fund is a partnership between Flamboyan Foundation, Lin-Manuel Miranda, his family, and the Hamilton musical to preserve, amplify, and sustain the arts in Puerto Rico. Since Hurricane Maria devastated the island last year, many artists and arts organizations like museums, theaters, arts education programs, and music venues are at risk of cutting back services or closing. The fund supports all facets of the arts community including music, theater, visual arts, dance, literature, and youth arts education to ensure that the arts and culture continue to flourish during the rebuilding of Puerto Rico.
WHY THE ARTS?
At the heart of Puerto Rican culture is a vibrant expression of humanity through the arts.
Be it theater, dance, music, literature, or visual arts, the community has relied on the arts to tell the story of its history – and the story of everyday life. In this time of social and economic change following Hurricane Maria, the arts can build hope, stimulate the economy, and enrich people’s souls. Research has demonstrated that the arts provide immeasurable benefits to students, both socially and academically. Yet many arts institutions and artists on the island are at risk. By stabilizing the arts community, we can ensure families and communities have spaces for shared connection and creative expression. Together, we can help ensure that arts and communities are not just surviving, but are thriving.
MEET OUR 2018 GRANT RECIPIENTS
These organizations are working to preserve and promote the arts island-wide. Our open grants process will begin in February 2019.
This Puerto Rican Contemporary Dance Company was founded in 1998 by Lolita Villanúa, its artistic and executive director, in collaboration with María Teresa Robles, director of its education program. Andanza has developed an energetic and valuable educational program that includes classes to more than 300 students of all ages per year. Through the project Danza con Andanza, it gives workshops to 400 children and young kids from marginalized sectors and public schools in addition to scholarships.
Crearte has been in operation since 2001. This arts institution offers services aimed at helping young people between the ages of 4 and 21 who live in high risk communities build values and character through the arts. Crearte offers social work services in addition to its education programs to the communities in which it works.
The historic Teatro UPR, part of the University of Puerto Rico was inaugurated in 1939. Since its construction, the Teatro UPR has been Puerto Rico’s most important cultural center and has been the venue for diverse productions, from theater and dance to symphonic orchestras, operas and popular artists. The theater also serves as the university’s aula magna and hosts academic activities, conferences and symposiums. Artists such as Marian Anderson, Monserrat Caballé, Plácido Domingo, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Richar Tucker, Zinka Milanoff, and Leonard Warren (who sang here before his debut with the Metropolitan Opera House) have performed at Teatro UPR. The theater has also hosted the world’s greatest ballet companies: Montecarlo’s Russian Ballet with Alicia Alonso, Margot Fonteyn, Alicia Markova, Ludmililla Scharina, Fernando Bujones and Igor Youskevitch.
Puerto Rico Art Museum
Opened in 2000, the mission of the Puerto Rico Art Museum is to enrich the lives the public by providing them with the knowledge, appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts of Puerto Rico and the world. With 24 exhibition halls in the building, its dynamic and innovative permanent and temporary exhibitions offer visitors the opportunity to explore works of great diversity from artists, historical periods and themes, allowing them to catch up on the development of local and international art.
Y No Había Luz
Founded in 2005, this theater company gives communities a firsthand experience with visual and scenic arts through workshops, theater and other cultural projects. Its mission is to provide interdisciplinary artistic experiences that awake sensibility, beauty, creativity, social conscience and solidarity in the public. Through their work in education, they have visited many municipalities in the island to give workshops on creation and use of masks and puppets made with papier mache and recycled materials, among other initiatives.
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico
The Puerto Rico Museum of Contemporary Art collects, documents, preserves, promotes and studies art produced from the 1950’s until now from Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, Latin America and its diasporas. One of its main programs is MAC del Barrio which brings art to several communities around Santurce (where the Museum is situated) and the rest of the island.
Beta Local is an artist-run non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting critical thought and aesthetic practices in Puerto Rico through programs that foster knowledge exchange and trans-disciplinary collaboration.
Decimanía promotes international exchange among “trovadores”; incentivizes children to learn how to write and improvise in the art of the Décima; and educates audiences about one of the most important poetic traditions in Puerto Rico.
This nonprofit is dedicated to the promotion of culture through cinema and to making media accessible to communities and individuals of all ages and social groups. It supports independent productions that address social issues with a unique perspective about Puerto Rico’s cultural complexity.
Ballets de San Juan
A nonprofit institution leader in the education and professionalization of dance in Puerto Rico, Ballets de San Juan, promotes the development of the art of dance, nurturing national values and enhancing the Puerto Rican culture and identity.
Música pa’ Culebra
Música pa’ Culebra offers music classes to Culebra’s children and youth. In addition to teaching music skills, the program seeks to develop other life skills such as teamwork, structure, and perseverance to attain goals.
Taller Folklórico Central
Taller Folklórico Central is an organization established to rescue the Puerto Rican folklore through educational workshops for children in trova, folk dancing and painting.
Flamboyan Arts Fund Grantmaking
The 2019 public grants cycle for arts organizations has closed, but if you are interested in being notified about future grant cycles, please sign up here.