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Hamilton creator sets up fund for Puerto Rico arts

The creator of the hit musical Hamilton has set up a multi-million dollar fund to support arts and culture in Puerto Rico.

Lin Manuel-Miranda, whose parents are from Puerto Rico, is also donating all proceeds from a performance of the show on the island back to the community, following the devastating hurricane which hit the island last year.

As someone whose life has been transformed by the power of the arts, and who has witnessed the incredible healing, growth, stability and well-being that cultural institutions can bring to local communities, I cannot stand idly by and watch Puerto Rico’s arts and culture scene suffer,” Miranda said.

Among the recipients of the funds will be theatre company Y No Habia Luz, which had to cancel events for several months after the hurricane. The company will receive $180,000 from the fund, managed by the nonprofit Flamboyan Foundation. The Theatre of the University of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rico Museum of Art will each receive $1m, while an art education program and a dance school will receive $900,000.

"This will allow us to start dreaming again, to come up with new ideas, to visit more cities. This will allow us to breathe" said Julio Morales, the artistic co-director of Y No Habia Luz

Miranda said he hopes the fund will eventually grow to $15m.

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