The list of Cintas
fellows draws an eloquent history of Cuban art in exile.
Cintas architects, musicians, writers and artists have recorded
the triumphs and trials of the Diaspora – from the early days in Miami through the
Mariel boatlift and the raft exodus of the 1990s into the 21st
century – in novels, on canvas, on the stage and in videos
The Cintas Foundation hopes to increase its support of artists
via fellowships, and to showcase the work of its fellows through
exhibitions, symposia and publications. The Foundation will
also continue conserving and protecting the artwork in its
The Cintas Foundation grants a fellowship in the visual arts
and, beginning in 2007, in music composition every year. It
grants fellowships in architecture and creative writing on
alternate years. There are many worthy Cuban artists who deserve
recognition and support, and therefore the foundation wishes
to increase the frequency of all the fellowships to annual
grants. To help further this goal, the foundation is seeking
to enlarge its endowment, and has received two important contributions
in the past year.
In 2005, the Emilio
Sanchez Foundation endowed an award in the visual arts, through 2009, in honor
of the late Cuban artist and Cintas Fellow Emilio Sanchez.
In 2006, hedge fund
manager R. Brandon Fradd, of New York City, endowed in perpetuity
the Cintas Foundation Brandon Fradd Fellowship in Music Composition.
No entity has done more for Cuban art in
exile than the Cintas Foundation, the legacy of Oscar B. Cintas.
Quietly, over the course of more than four decades, the Cintas
Foundation has granted its fellowships and its prestigious
recognition to Cuban artists, assisting them in their work.
Increased capital endowment would allow the Foundation to continue
and expand this fine effort. There are a limited number of
opportunities in the fields of architecture and creative writing,
as well as in poetry, film, photography, and sculpture. There
are also opportunities to endow Lifetime Achievement Awards.
Such contributions would offer the donor
permanent association with an internationally recognized, independently
managed institution, the opportunity to support worthy artists,
and the satisfaction of having made a material difference in
the world of Cuban art and the humanities.The donor would be
contributing to the work of the Cintas Foundation that over
the course of more than four decades has become the “quiet
Nobel Prize” (in more modest terms) of
Please contact Hortensia E. Sampedro or
any of the Cintas Foundation trustees for more information
on the capital endowment fund.