Lin-Manuel Miranda and his family, along with the Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller, are bringing the award-winning show to the Flamboyan Arts Fund, in partnership with the Flamboyan Foundation, as a way to support the arts in Puerto Rico after being devastated by Hurricane Maria.
Miranda will return to the role of Hamilton, which he will be performing at the University of Puerto Rico from January 8-27, 2019. The Fund is dedicated to supporting the island’s institutions and arts programs, as well as independent artists, musicians, and galleries. Many of these organizations have had to reduce their staff significantly. The Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico and the Andanza Dance School and Company had to cut their staff significantly, while others organizations have had to close.
The Flamboyan Arts Fund’s stated that their first philanthropic goal would be to establish an Actors’ Equity-approved theatre at the University of Puerto Rico, with the goal of enticing future professional touring productions to perform in Puerto Rico.
The repairs to the theatre, which was severely damaged by Maria, are being supported by the Fund. There is additional support also coming from inaugural grants by Warner Bros, Loretta, and Victor Kaufman. Airbnb stepped in to help and has donated a portion of fees collected from trips to Puerto Rico that happened over the June-September 2018 period to the Fund.
The arts and cultural organizations on the island have been suffering from low attendance and revenue post-Maria. There have also been severe reductions in grants, government support, and sponsorships. As part of the initiative will also be advocacy for public and private funding for the arts to ensure that the momentum Miranda is building continues.
Miranda feels that “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.” That is the sole reason why Miranda, along with his family and Seller, have created the Flamboyan Arts Fund.
Mirando chose The Flamboyan Foundation to house the Fund because of its decade-long track record of strengthening education in Puerto Rico, and their commitment to keeping the art and culture on the Island alive. The Foundation is a staple in Puerto Rico’s vibrant culture. This community is essential for its historical connection and creative expression. Flamboyan seeks to impact and help rebuild the education and spur economic development.
As the Puerto Rican Education System finds itself in tumult, the Flamboyan is pressing forward, so that children on the island can continue to live culturally fulfilled lives. The year before Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico saw a drastic closing of 167 schools, due to their prolonged debt crisis. The Island was predicting that over 265 schools would be closing after the storm.
All profits from Hamilton‘s run in Puerto Rico will be donated to the Flamboyan Arts Fund. What is even more exciting is that to maintain accessibility to the arts for all, the 9,600 tickets available for the dates of Hamilton will sell via digital lottery for $10 each.
Single regularly priced tickets will be available at 9:00 AM through the Teatro UPR Box Office at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. and at all Ticketpop locations in Puerto Rico. Visit at www.ticketpop.com for online purchases. There is a maximum purchase limit of four (4) tickets per person. The tickets will be priced between $99.00 to $338.40 and TicketPop fees and the local Sales and Use Tax will apply. Tickets will not be available for purchase over the phone.
If you happen to find yourself in Puerto Rico this winter, check out this once in a lifetime opportunity to catch Miranda in this award-winning show. Preserving and amplifying the Puerto Rican arts and culture touches so many aspects in need on the Island, especially tourism. It’s a way to lift the spirits of those who have worked hard to rebuild on the Island!
Miranda’s blockbuster stage play Hamilton recounts the life of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and has won numerous Tony Awards, a Grammy, and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for drama. For additional information on the Flamboyan Arts Fund and Hamilton, or to make a direct donation, click here.
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