Flamboyan Arts Fund
REVITALIZING PUERTO RICO
Flamboyan Arts Fund
We work to strengthen the arts and to preserve cultural connections in Puerto Rico
PRESERVING, AMPLIFYING AND STRENGTHENING ARTS IN PUERTO RICO
The Flamboyán 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.
The Ateneo Puertorriqueño was founded in 1876 and is a cultural institution that seeks to promote Puerto Rican sciences, literature and fine arts. The building, located in Old San Juan, serves as a museum, school, library and performance hall for the arts. The organization also produces regular publications about the arts.
Centro de Investigaciones Folklóricas de Puerto Rico
The mission of this organization is to carry out scientific research on Puerto Rican culture and its humanistic and socio-economic aspects. Centro de Investigaciones Folklóricas de Puerto Rico conducts conferences, workshops and other gatherings for student and community members. At the historic Casa Paoli, the organization also maintains permanent exhibitions dedicated to the African heritage, traditional Puerto Rican musical instruments, and the singer Antonio Paoli.
Corporación Piñones se Integra (COPI)
COPI’s mission is the transformation of impoverished and racialized populations in communities so that they are free of racism and oppression. The organization’s programs support social community work, economic development, defense of the environment, anti-racist activism and the artistic and cultural expressions of the community of Piñones-Loíza and the Puerto Rican people in general.
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.
Fundación Puertorriqueña de las Humanidades
Fundación Puertorriqueña de las Humanidades (Puerto Rican Endowment for the Humanities) exalts humanistic values through its own initiatives and through the support of other high-quality proposals aimed at the development of programs that stimulate the analysis and dissemination of knowledge related to the Puerto Rican experience and reality.
La Calle Loíza
La Calle Loíza, Inc. contributes to the social and economic development of Santurce by creating quality cultural content and developing projects that, with art as a tool, highlight the richness of the local culture and the contribution of the residents of the neighborhood to the development of the island
The Miranda Foundation
Mujeres de Isla
Museo de las Américas
Through its permanent exhibitions of historical and anthropological themes, its temporary exhibitions, its educational program and its community outreach program -called “Extramuros” -, the Museo de las Américas fulfills its mission to offer an educational program to promote and preserve the cultural heritage of Puerto Rico and the Americas. The museum has presented around 525 temporary exhibitions of art, history, ethnography and anthropology. Programming also includes a variety of creative workshops, conferences, symposiums, musical presentations, and other activities.
Old San Juan Heritage Foundation
Old San Juan Heritage Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that strongly advocates for community development with initiatives that support the goals of creating a “Sustainable Community”. OSHF is a membership organization whose mission is to become the premiere Cultural Heritage enterprise in Puerto Rico that connects with the diaspora. Our goal is to help visitors experience Old San Juan as The Cradle of Hispanic Heritage in The New World while promoting social equity and economic development in the area.
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.
Ballets de San Juan
The organization promotes the creation and production of all kinds of experiences and scenic works, in order to provide new life opportunities, involving the less fortunate and the general public in art and culture. Specific programming includes a youth ballet company and classes in dance, theater and art.
Instituto de Formación Literaria
The organization offers literary workshops in prisons, residenciales, and shelters, with the mission to provide each participant with the tools, motivation and educational support to follow a new positive path in life. In the workshops, participants experience writing, reading, discussion and criticism of assigned texts. This allows them to develop their creativity and communication skills, plus critical thinking.
La Casa del libro
La Casa del libro promotes knowledge and stimulates creativity through the oldest object developed to preserve the work and thought of humanity: the book. Their mission is to preserve, study, present, interpret and make available a collection of extraordinary quality rare books, manuscripts and objects related to the arts of the book, as well as works of art from Puerto Rico and the world, past and present.
The Jane Stern Dorado Community Library
The Jane Stern Dorado Community Library enhances public-school education for the local community, providing services not otherwise available for students. The organization operates one main library and six satellite sites in public schools. In addition to the library, the organization provides after school programming and theater and instrumental music classes.
Banda Comunitaria de San Sebastián
Banda Comunitaria de San Sebastián offers classes in flute, trumpet, percussion, keyboard, guitar, cuatro, clarinet, and saxophone. Students are provided with music reading classes and tutorials with a specialist tutor in the subject. The purpose of the school is to create musicians who join the Community Band of San Sebastián. Its mission is to provide a music education program that contributes to the holistic development of its students.
Casa Histórica de la Música Cayeyana
Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico
Coro de Niños de Ponce
Coro de Niños de San Juan
The San Juan Children’s Choir is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a musical education to children between 5 and 18 years old. Students are selected after a detailed audition where the child’s musical skills and aptitude are evaluated. Founded in 1966, by its current Artistic Director, Evy Lucío Córdova, the San Juan Children’s Choir was the first institution of its kind in Puerto Rico and is today one of the more distinguished art organizations in Puerto Rico.
Fundación Arturo Somohano - Orquesta Filarmónica de Puerto Rico
Instituto Folklórico Puertorriqueño Rafael Cepeda Atiles
The organization promotes the teaching of traditional music and dance, starting from the theoretical and practical foundations, such that students come to know, appreciate, value and develop his/her connection to the Puerto Rican cultural environment.
Metropolitan Opera Auditions Committee Puerto Rico
The organization provides opportunities for local opera singers to be recognized internationally by running the Puerto Rico auditions for the Metropolitan Opera National Council.
Orfeón San Juan Bautista
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.
ACirc promotes the circus arts through performances and workshops. Its signature event is the annual CircoFest, a two-day event in Old San Juan. Their mission is to promote the development of the arts by offering artists spaces for the expression and dissemination of their work, reaching a greater number of people with a focus on communities with limited cultural offerings, and encouraging the use of public spaces through the street arts.
Agua, Sol y Sereno
Agua, Sol y Sereno creates and stages new, experimental works of theater, in addition to offering workshops to public housing complexes and school communities. Their mission is to promote the development of Puerto Rican experimental theater and to democratize art so there’s access to theater and creative expression for broad sectors of society.
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.
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.
Alquimia, Corp. was founded in 2003 and has stood out for its numerous musical theater productions in Puerto Rico. Their mission is to create an incubation and acceleration model for theater companies with the goal of regularly creating theater productions in Puerto Rico.
Cuarzo Blanco is a coalition of artists that creates and organizes inclusive theater pieces, films, radio, readings for children, congresses, talks, editorial publications, and workshops. Cuarzo Blanco specifically focuses on accessibility and inclusion of the deaf community in the arts.
Escuela de Artes Plásticas y Diseño de Puerto Rico
Liga de Arte de San Juan
Liga de Arte de San Juan provides artistic education without curricular restrictions, supporting the creative process of each student, in a unique cultural environment in Puerto Rico. The organization averages 420 students in each session of classes; in addition, it offers scholarships and exhibitions of professional artists.
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.
Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico
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.
Museo de Arte y Diseño de Miramar
MADMi (Miramar Museum of Art and Design) is an interactive space that aspires to generate ambitious, relevant projects that foster art-making and creativity and a positive impact on the community. Its mission is to inspire through art and design and encourage inventiveness, innovation, and creativity as catalysts for social well-being.
Taller Escuela de diseño y arte funcional
The School of Design and Functional Art Workshop is dedicated to training students at a professional level in woodworking crafts, including design and construction of artistic furniture and jewelry, upholstery and framing, through education that promotes creativity, design and development of occupational skills. The organization aspires for its graduates to use the skills developed as a viable alternative for self-employment.