San Juan, Puerto Rico (June 16, 2021) – Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott surprised the Flamboyan Foundation with a $3 million donation to support the Flamboyan Arts Fund, its impactful initiative that preserves, amplifies and sustains the arts community in Puerto Rico.
“We are grateful to MacKenzie Scott for this investment in the work we have been doing since 2018 to protect Puerto Rico’s rich artistic heritage,” said Carlos Rodríguez, Executive Director of Flamboyan Foundation Puerto Rico. “This funding signals a recognition that people across the globe understand the importance of the contributions Puerto Rican artists have made throughout history. In the coming weeks, our team will be working hard to determine the programs that these funds will be supporting.”
Since 2018 – and in response to the devastating effects of Hurricanes María and Irma – the Fund has provided critical support to 541 artists and 106 arts organizations including museums, theaters, arts education programs, and concert venues to maintain the integrity of their programming, increase their visibility, and sustain their impact.
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 in 2017, 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