REVITALIZING PUERTO RICO

Flamboyan Fund for the Arts

We work to strengthen the arts and to preserve cultural connections in Puerto Rico

PRESERVING, AMPLIFYING AND STRENGTHENING ARTS IN PUERTO RICO

The Flamboyán for the Arts Fund arises from an alliance between the Flamboyán Foundation, Lin-Manuel Miranda, his family and the musical Hamilton to preserve, amplify and strengthen the arts in Puerto Rico. Since Hurricane Maria devastated the island in September 2017, many artists and arts organizations such as museums, theaters, arts education programs and concert venues are at risk of reducing their services or closing. The Fund supports all facets of the arts including music, theater, visual arts, dance, literature and arts education programs for youth and thus ensure that arts and culture continue to flourish during the reconstruction of Puerto Rico.

WHY THE ARTS?

Within the Puerto Rican culture there is a vibrant humanity that expresses itself through the arts.

Whether through theater, dance, music, literature or the visual arts, Puerto Ricans have always relied on the arts to tell our story and our daily lives. In these times of social and economic changes after Hurricane Maria, the arts can create hope, stimulate the economy and enrich the souls of people. Various investigations have shown that the arts provide untold benefits for students both socially and academically. Even so, several institutions that work with the arts, like many artists on the island, face great obstacles. If we stabilize the arts sector, we can ensure that families and communities have spaces to make connections and to express themselves creatively. We can help ensure that the arts in Puerto Rico are not only surviving, but thriving.

MEET THE GRANTEES

These organizations are working to preserve and promote the arts throughout the island.

This contemporary dance company was founded in 1998 by Lolita Villanúa, its artistic and executive director, in collaboration with María Teresa Robles, director of its educational program. Andanza has developed an energetic and valuable educational program that includes lessons for more than 300 students of all ages each year. Through the Danza con Andanza project, she gives dance workshops to some 400 children and young people from marginalized sectors and public schools, in addition to granting scholarships.

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Crearte operates since 2001. This artistic institution offers services aimed at helping children and young people between 4 and 21 years old, living in high risk communities, to develop values ​​through the arts. Crearte offers social work services as well as educational programs in the communities where he works.

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The mission of the Museum of Art of Puerto Rico, inaugurated in 2000, is to enrich the life of the general public by providing a space for you to know, appreciate and enjoy the visual arts of Puerto Rico and the world. With 24 exhibition halls, its dynamic and innovative permanent and temporary collections offer visitors the opportunity to explore the works of a great diversity of artists, historical periods and themes, allowing them to catch up on the development of local and international art.

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The historic theater of the University of Puerto Rico, located in the Río Piedras Campus, was inaugurated in 1939. Since its construction, the UPR Theater has been the most important cultural center in Puerto Rico and home to diverse productions, from theater and dance to symphony orchestras, operas and popular artists. The Theater also serves as the main hall of the university and there academic activities, conferences and symposiums take place. 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 the UPR Theater. The main ballet companies of the world have also appeared on stage: the Ballet Russo de Monte Carlo with Alicia Alonso, Margot Fonteyn, Alicia Markova, Ludmililla Scharina, Fernando Bujones and Igor Youskevitch.

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Founded in 2005, this theater company provides communities with first-hand experience in performing and visual arts through workshops, theater and other cultural projects. Its mission is to provide interdisciplinary artistic experiences that awaken sensitivity, appreciation of beauty, creativity, social awareness and solidarity among the public. Through his work in education, he has visited many municipalities of the island to offer workshops for the creation and use of masks and puppets made with papier mâché and recycled materials, among other initiatives.

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The Museum of Contemporary Art collects, documents, preserves, promotes and studies the art produced from the 1950s to the present day in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, Latin America and its diasporas. One of its main programs is the MAC in the neighborhood that brings art to several communities near Santurce (where the Museum is located) and the rest of the island.

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Beta Local is a non-profit organization directed by artists dedicated to supporting and promoting aesthetic practices and thinking in Puerto Rico through programs that promote the exchange of knowledge and transdisciplinary collaboration

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Decimanía promotes international exchanges among troubadours, encourages children and girls to learn how to write tenths and improvise in this art, and educates the public about one of the most important poetic traditions of Puerto Rico.

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This non-profit organization is dedicated to the promotion of culture through film and to making media accessible to communities and individuals of all ages and social groups. It supports independent productions that deal with social issues with a unique perspective on the cultural complexity of Puerto Rico.

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As a non-profit institution leader in the education and professionalization of dance in Puerto Rico, Ballets de San Juan promotes the development of the art of dance while nurturing national values ​​and enhances Puerto Rican culture and identity.

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Music for Culebra teaches classes to children and young people of Culebra. In addition to teaching musical skills, the program seeks to develop other skills necessary for life such as teamwork, structure and perseverance to achieve the goals.

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Taller Folklorico Central is an organization that was established to rescue the folklore of Puerto Rico through educational workshops for children in the art of trova, typical dances and painting.

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