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The Flamboyan Foundation Announces Opening of the 2019 Flamboyan Arts Fund Public Grants Cycle

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Funding opportunity geared toward arts programs serving communities in Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico (Feb. 20, 2019) – Today the Flamboyan Foundation announced that it has opened the Flamboyan Arts Fund public grant application after the run of Hamilton in Puerto Rico, which raised $14.7 million for the Fund. The grant application will close on March 31st and awards will be announced in the spring. Details are available on the Flamboyan Foundation website.

Flamboyan Arts Fund grants will support art groups and organizations from three primary domains: performing arts, visual arts, and literature. Funding can be used to support several areas of focus including infrastructure, education, program services, communications support, community revitalization, and financial sustainability. Along with grant money, Flamboyan Arts Fund grantees will join a network of other local arts organization and together build the landscape for ongoing support of arts and culture. Organizations must meet eligibility requirements to qualify for funding including being a nonprofit organization with a significant programming presence and history in Puerto Rico The Arts Fund is accepting applications from programs across the island.

“Embedded deeply in the culture of Puerto Rico is a rich artistic history. From dance to theater and song to visual design, there is a wonderful tradition of cultural expression through the arts,” said Flamboyan Puerto Rico Executive Director Carlos J. Rodríguez-Silvestre. “At the Flamboyan Foundation, we have worked on the island in the education and philanthropic sectors for more than a decade in our efforts to build a strong Puerto Rico. The Flamboyan Arts Fund is an extension of our deep commitment to ensuring that Puerto Rico is thriving economically and socially. We cannot be more excited to partners with our 12 inaugural grant recipients as well as the new grantees that we will welcome following this round of applications.  This is just the beginning!”

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. These institutions and groups have shown their deep commitment to the arts and to education and have been affected by both the financial crisis on the island as well as the devastating effects caused by Hurricane Maria. 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.

“It is incredibly important that the artists of Puerto Rico continue to be able to tell their stories, which is why we partnered with the Flamboyan Foundation to create the Flamboyan Arts Fund,” said Hamilton creator and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda. “From Rincón to Fajardo, Culebra and Vieques, the Flamboyan Arts Fund will strengthen small and large organizations across arts genres. I cannot wait to meet the next round of grantees and see and hear the work they are doing.”


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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.


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.


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