Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, his family, and producer Jeffrey Seller, in partnership with the Flamboyan Foundation, have announced the launch of a fund dedicated to supporting the arts and cultural in Puerto Rico.
With the goal of ensuring that rebuilding efforts on the island include the nurturing of its vibrant arts and cultural scene, the Flamboyan Arts Fund will support institutions and arts groups as well as independent artists, musicians, and galleries — many of which have faced cuts in foundation grants, government support, and sponsorships, as well as declines in attendance and revenue.
The fund's initial grantees include Andanza Dance School & Company and Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, which have had to cut staff; arts-in-education organization Crearte; Y No Había Luz Theater Company; and Teatro of the University of Puerto Rico. With additional support from Warner Bros., Loretta and Victor Kaufman, and a number of donors who wish to remain anonymous, the fund hopes to repair the university theater as a new Actors' Equity-approved venue that serves to attract professional touring productions to the island. Miranda will reprise the title role in Hamilton at the University of Puerto Rico next January.
"As someone whose life has been transformed by the power of the arts, and who has witnessed the incredible healing, growth, stability, and well-being that cultural institutions can bring to local communities, I cannot stand idly by and watch Puerto Rico's arts and culture scene suffer," said Miranda. "And that is exactly why we have created the Flamboyan Arts Fund."
"At Flamboyan, we want all children to live fulfilling lives. Access to the arts helps children thrive. We know that the arts provide immeasurable benefits to students, both socially and academically," said Carlos J. Rodriguez Silvestre, executive director of the Puerto Rico-based Flamboyan Foundation, which also has offices in Washington, D.C. "As a cornerstone of Puerto Rico's vibrant culture, the arts community provides important historical connection and creative expression that impacts education and spurs economic development. We are honored to partner with Lin-Manuel, his family, and Hamilton to continue strengthening the arts community and preserve cultural connections for Puerto Rico's families."
(Photo credit: Flamboyan Foundation)