San Juan, Puerto Rico (Aug. 15, 2019) –Today the Flamboyan Arts Fund, through the joint partnership between the Flamboyan Foundation, Lin-Manuel Miranda, his family, and the Hamilton musical, announced partnerships with four organizations to make grant opportunities available for individual artists from all fields of the arts working in Puerto Rico. The total amount allocated in this initial multi-year commitment is $720,000. These organizations are Beta Local, the Puerto Rico Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC), CERF+ — the Artists Safety Net and the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC).
Each of the four organizations have varying eligibility requirements and submission deadlines for the grants.
Beta Local will be granting funds to artists through their Fondo de Co-producción program, aimed at strengthening the work and collaborations among artists, arts administrators, spaces and projects. The goal is to produce activities and programming in different parts of the island through a process of collaborative creative production.
CERF+ will provide emergency relief assistance of up to $3,000 to artists and artisans in Puerto Rico who meet CERF+’s eligibility requirements and who have experienced career-threatening emergencies, such as an illness, accident, fire or natural disaster including those affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Instructions and a link to the application are available here in English and here in Spanish. Eligibility guidelines are available in English and Spanish. They will also provide Get Ready Grants of up to $500 to individual artists working in craft disciplines to conduct activities that will help safeguard their studios, protect their careers and prepare for emergencies. Instructions and a link to the application are available here in English and here in Spanish.
The Flamboyan Artist Fellowship Award, in partnership with the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures will support 23 artists who applied in the 2018 NALAC Fund for the Arts Puerto Rico Artist Grant program. In addition to those recipients, we will host a new round of applicants this fall. Artists in various creative disciplines, including visual and performing arts and literature are eligible. The application will be available on the NALAC website. Interested artists may sign up for the NALAC newsletter for updates on future grant and program opportunities through NALAC.
The Puerto Rico Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC) will announce an open call for proposals within the coming weeks for two of its signature programs: Taller Vivo and MAC en el Barrio. With the interest of broadening the program’s reach across the island, the artist residency Taller Vivo will be implemented for the first time in locations outside of the museum. MAC en el Barrio has been presented since 2014 in 18 low-income communities in the municipalities of San Juan, Guaynabo and Cataño and will expand to Loíza through this partnership.
Since its founding in summer 2018, the Flamboyan Arts Fund has announced funding commitments totaling $4 million to 12 arts organizations in Puerto Rico that are working to preserve and promote the arts island-wide. The initial grantees are: Andanza, Y no Había Luz, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, Teatro de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, Crearte, Decimanía, Taller Folklórico Central, Taller Cinemático, Música pa’ Culebra, Beta Local, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo and Ballets de San Juan. You can learn more about the initial grantees here.
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About Flamboyan Foundation:
Guided by the belief that all children deserve the opportunity to live a fulfilling life, the Flamboyan Foundation works to ensure every child in the US and Puerto Rico receives an outstanding education. In D.C., Flamboyan is accelerating student learning by helping educators and school systems transform their relationships with families. In Puerto Rico, Flamboyan is ensuring students are reading in Spanish on grade level by third grade while building a thriving philanthropic and nonprofit sector, which includes arts and cultural organizations. http://www.flamboyanfoundation.org
About Flamboyan Arts Fund:
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. http://www.flamboyanfoundation.org/flamboyanartsfund
About Beta Local
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. For more information about Beta Local, visit www.betalocal.org
Founded in 1985 CERF+ is a national artists’ service organization whose mission is to safeguard and sustain the careers of craft artists and provide emergency resources that can benefit all artists. From a modest, grassroots mutual aid organization, CERF+ has emerged as one of the leading voices for safeguarding artists’ livelihoods to ensure that they are well protected. For more information about CERF+, visit www.cerfplus.org
About the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC)
The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures is the premier multidisciplinary Latino arts service organization. For 30 years, NALAC has delivered programs that stabilize and revitalize the US Latino arts and cultural sector by providing critical advocacy, funding, networking opportunities, leadership development and professional training for Latino artists and arts organizations in every region of the United States and Puerto Rico. For more information about NALAC, visit www.nalac.org
About the Puerto Rico Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC)
The Puerto Rico 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. The MAC fosters an open view of contemporary art within the Puerto Rican context by encouraging a constant dialogue between artists and audiences, between past and present, and among art practice, theory and criticism, through curatorial work and innovative strategies that make the Museum’s cultural diversity, its exhibitions, activities, and its historical building, available to all types of audiences. For more information about MAC, visit www.mac-pr.org