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Lin-Manuel Miranda is helping establish a multimillion-dollar fund to boost the arts in Puerto Rico as the U.S. territory struggles to recover from Hurricane Maria.
The Hamilton playwright said Sunday during a visit to the island that he hopes the fund will grow to $15 million in upcoming years. He said all funds from the upcoming Hamilton show that will be performed in January in Puerto Rico will be donated to the fund.
“As someone whose life has been transformed by the power of the arts, and who has witnessed the incredible healing, growth, stability and wellbeing that cultural institutions can bring to local communities, I cannot stand idly by and watch Puerto Rico’s arts and culture scene suffer,” said Lin-Manuel Miranda. “And that is exactly why we have created the Flamboyan Arts Fund.”
The creation of the Fund — which coincides with Miranda’s return to the title role in Hamilton in January at the University of Puerto Rico (main campus in Río Piedras) — will be dedicated to supporting institutions and arts groups as well as independent artists, musicians, galleries, etc., aiming to ensure the rebuilding of Puerto Rico includes the nurturing of the island’s vibrant arts and culture.
Cultural and artistic groups in Puerto Rico have been hit especially hard by the Category 4 storm, losing government and nonprofit support amid an 11-year recession.
As part of the initiative, the actor and his family, in conjunction with Flamboyan Foundation, will also advocate for public and private funding for the arts to ensure that the momentum built over the next three years continues beyond the scope of the Fund.
At least five recipients have been announced, including a dance school and a theater company.
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