The Challenge:

Puerto Rico’s cultural and artistic scene is know around the world for its contributions to music, theater, cinema, plastic arts, urban arts, among others. Keeping cultural institutions alive and running is a key area to the island’s recovery process, as it serves both as an outlet and as testament to the journey towards Puerto Rico’s revival.  

How is Hispanic Federation Helping?
Preserving, celebrating, and advancing the art and culture of communities is crucial to the collective and personal identity, health, and development of people. Hispanic Federation prioritized supporting art and artists in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria as a key element of short and long-term recovery.

Who are we helping?

Beta Local (San Juan) 

  • Beta-Local is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting aesthetic thought and practices through various programs. 

  • Hispanic Federation provided funding for emergency micro-grants that were distributed to artists whose livelihoods have been upended by the hurricane. 

  • The work of these artists was either interrupted or threatened by the 2017 hurricane season.

Salon Literario Libroamerica(Loiza, Trujillo Alto, Humacao, Yabucoa and Toa Alta) 

  • Spearheaded by the highly respected author and teacher Mayra Santos Febres, Salon Literario Libroamerica aims to provide creative writing workshops to inhabitants in vulnerable communities. 

  • Workshops will be offered three times a week in storytelling, reading comprehension, photography, video and short films, and focus on healing and self-reflection. 

  • Participants from the first cohort presented their work at the Festival de la Palabrain October 2018.

Dulce Santurce (San Juan) 

  • Santurce, the arts and culture heart of San Juan, was facing financial crisis after Hurricane Maria. 

  • Hispanic Federation funding allowed five alternative cultural venues to reactivate their spaces, hire local artists, and offer the community 60 free musical, theater and other arts events during the months of February and March 2018. 

  • Due to the overwhelming success of the initiative, both in terms of economic stimulation and popularity, a second edition was repeated in late summer 2018.

Puentes Para Puerto Rico(San Juan) 

  • With Hispanic Federation support, Puerto Rican pianist-composer Brenda Hopkins Miranda put together two benefit concerts titled "Puentes for Puerto Rico". 

  • Brenda was joined on stage by nine of the most respected, recognized and creative artists active in the Puerto Rican music scene today: Tito Auger, Lizbeth Román, Fofé Abreu, Cheryl Rivera, Javier “Viva Nativa” Gómez, Ana del Rocío Gómez, Eduardo Alegría, Jeanne’ d’Arc Casas and Emily Gómez. 

  • These artists used their platforms and the healing power of music to contribute to the ongoing recovery efforts. 100% of the proceeds of these concerts went to Hispanic Federation grantees P.E.C.E.S., Casa Pueblo and Proyecto Matría.


  • R.Evolución Latina is an organization that utilizes the arts through educational and collaborative programming to empower the Latino community to discover their full potential. 

  • How are we related to them?local artists with workshops to increase collaborative work and employment opportunities to serve communities in need throughout the island.