Sustaining Puerto Rico’s Cultural Ecosystem
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, Puerto Rico had endured a series of natural and political crises. But mainland philanthropy had largely ignored the island’s needs and its historic strengths. In the face of these disruptions, Puerto Rico’s resourceful and resilient creative communities are not merely surviving—they are thriving. To ensure the arts and humanities will continue to flourish there, and to redress past underfunding, the Foundation supports higher education, museums, and grassroots organizations in their efforts to enrich and sustain Puerto Rico’s vibrant cultural and humanities ecosystem. Together with our dedicated partners on the island, Mellon has provided assistance with ongoing recovery efforts, bolstering the robust cultural organizations and artists who provide both immediate and long-term support in the midst of ongoing economic and humanitarian concerns.
Why Puerto Rico: Our work in Puerto Rico connects to the Foundation’s strategic mission to broaden and deepen the range of how and where the stories of our histories and communities are told and to nurture a representative and robust arts and culture ecosystem.