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Lin-Manuel Miranda Saves Arts Programs in Puerto Rico with ‘Hamilton’ Funds

Washington, DC / United States - June 30, 2018: Thousands take to the streets of DC to protest the separation of families at the border. Joined by Lin-Manuel Miranda. - Image

Since Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico has suffered more than just infrastructural and economic losses. Shortage of money across the country has caused a domino wave of budget cuts for programs supporting theater, dance, and etc., leaving culture and arts at risk of being neglected, and potentially forgotten.

LMM partnered up with the Flamboyant Foundation to preserve and restore arts by raising a casual $15 million dollars from a handful of ‘Hamilton’ showings that took place in Puerto Rico. Is there anything this guy can’t do besides singing, acting, rapping, and dancing?

Y No Había Luz and Adanza are among the lucky organized chosen by the Flamboyant Foundation to receive funding for their work. The financial support they’ve received has already made a difference in the lives of children pursuing arts, and they are not hesitant to express their appreciation.

15 year-old dancer Adriana Paola Morales López says, “I feel super grateful because I see that they support me and that they believe in me. Andanza is like my second family.”

Andanza executive director Lolita Villanúa tells NBC, “[Being chosen as one of the grant recipients] was like a big prize on our 20th anniversary.”

Prior to receiving support from the Flamboyant Foundation, funds were hard to come by, and sometimes the organization was only given $8,000 by the government to last a year’s worth of operations.

“Let’s hope that other foundations [and] other institutions come together to continue to support the arts here, because it is needed,” Villanúa says.

Vivian Wang

Vivian is a travel enthusiast and food connoisseur living in New York City. Her curiosity and passion for languages and culture has taken her across eight countries over the past year. When not working, you can find her meandering in art museums or sampling food at the street markets.

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