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Foundation to grant $500,000 to ‘amplify the arts and culture’ in Puerto Rico

“En Foco: Proyecto de visibilización cultural” will award between $50,000 and $100,000 to organizations and artists to develop and present their work over a period of two years.

By John McPhaul

The Flamboyán Fund for the Arts on Monday launched “In Focus: Cultural Visibility Project,” a call to grant funds to artists and cultural organizations that present creative and innovative proposals to amplify the arts and culture in Puerto Rico.

“En Foco: Proyecto de visibilización cultural” has a fund of $500,000 and will award between $50,000 and $100,000 to organizations and artists to develop and present their work over a period of two years. The deadline to apply is Monday, Feb. 13, 2023 at 5 p.m. through the form available at

“It’s exciting to support artists and arts organizations and the grant-making approach is equally evocative,” said Carlos Rodríguez Silvestre, executive director of the Flamboyán Foundation, which sponsors the fund. “A group of Flamboyán Fund for the Arts grantees, all artists and arts organizations, came together to design, develop and lead this initiative using a participatory fundraising model as a model. During this process, these members of the arts sector had the opportunity to identify the main priority for the use of these funds and establish the general parameters that guide the call. A steering committee was formed, which will evaluate the proposals and select the new beneficiaries. From conception to implementation, each step has been developed and implemented by artists to support other artists. Once the initiative concludes, it will be presented as a case study on innovative and participatory models that can be replicated within Puerto Rico’s philanthropic sector.”

“The Flamboyán Foundation thanks the Ford Foundation for providing financial support to this initiative so that together we can continue to preserve, expand and strengthen the arts sector in Puerto Rico,” he added. “We are very excited to continue supporting Puerto Rico’s arts and culture through this new grant. The participatory model that this initiative follows is part of our efforts to strengthen the Puerto Rican artistic and cultural sector. The call not only provides the opportunity for future grantees to develop their projects, but also empowers and opens the space for the community itself to take the reins in these processes.”

Rocío Aranda Alvarado, an official with the Ford Foundation’s Creativity and Free Expression Program, noted that “arts and culture are powerful weapons against inequality and injustice.”

“At Ford, we work hard to support sectors fighting for social change, and the model of providing funding through a participatory process echoes our mission to focus on the needs of those most affected,” she said. “We have been allies of Puerto Rico and its people for years, and we are proud to be part of this initiative.”

For more information on requirements and other specifications, visit www. focus.

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