Oprah donates $2 million to Flamboyán Arts Fund, Puerto Rico disaster relief
Inspired by Lin-Manuel Miranda’s commitment to the island, will provide $1 million to both efforts
SAN JUAN – Oprah Winfrey has reportedly committed to donating $2 million to the Hispanic Federation and the Flamboyan Arts Fund to aid in Puerto Rico’s recovery from 2017’s Hurricane Maria.
The media mogul will donate $1 million to the Hispanic Federation’s “Unidos” Puerto Rico Disaster Relief & Recovery Program, and another $1 million to the Flamboyan Arts Fund.
The Hispanic Federation’s program says its mission is to “serve the immediate and long-term needs of families and communities in Puerto Rico,” and has coordinated “hundreds of donation drives” stateside, “distributing millions of pounds of food, water and essentials to those most affected by the storm, delivering emergency relief aid to the 78 hard-hit municipalities.”
The group says it “is seeding $30 million to support over 80 trusted groups on the island that are delivering ground-up, innovative projects – all built around resiliency, sustainability, increased self-sufficiency, and long-term recovery.”
For its part, the Flamboyan Arts Fund was created through the partnership of award-winning composer, lyricist and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda, his family; “Hamilton,” the play’s company; and the Flamboyan Foundation. It supports music, theater, visual arts, dance, literature, and youth arts education to help support creative and cultural initiatives.
The run of “Hamilton” on the island in January this year was a fundraising effort for the fund that is estimated to have raised some $15 million for artists and arts institutions on the island.
“I was so moved by Lin-Manuel Miranda’s commitment to bring HAMILTON to Puerto Rico and support the community that served him growing up that I wanted to join in the revitalization efforts of an island so rich in culture, beauty and heritage,” Winfrey was quoted as saying by Reuters. “The needs of Puerto Rico and our fellow American citizens following the tragic hurricanes are still very real, and the work that has already been done by the Hispanic Federation, Flamboyan Arts Fund and other organizations on and off the island is long from over.”