Leaving a Lasting Legacy: CINTAS Foundation Endowment Funding Opportunities

Over the course of five decades, the CINTAS Foundation has quietly granted its fellowships and its prestigious recognition, to Cuban artists outside Cuba. More than 322 fellowships in the fields of architecture, creative writing, music composition and the visual arts have been granted since 1963. Many of these fellows have gone on to receive national and international honors and recognition and are exhibited in major museums and private collections all over the world.

 In addition, the CINTAS Fellows Collection, comprised of gifts made by the Fellows to the Foundation, is believed to be the largest collection of Cuban art outside Cuba. Through the vision of Dr. Eduardo Padrón and the MDC Board of Trustees, the collection is housed at the MDC Museum of Art & Design at historical Freedom Tower.

On the occasion of its 50th Jubilee, the CINTAS Foundation hopes to increase its support of artists through endowments, grants and other contributions, in order to increase all the fellowships to annual frequency 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 collections.

The CINTAS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) foundation that awards fellowships to creative artists of Cuban lineage living outside of Cuba.

The endowments 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 humanities.

Summary of Endowment Funding Opportunities

I. Fellowship Endowment - an annual fellowship in perpetuity - $500,000
II. Lifetime Achievement Award Endowment – an annual fellowship in perpetuity - $100,000
III. Annual Fellowship for five years - $15,000 p.a.
IV. Fiftieth Anniversary Traveling Exhibition (1963 - 2014) $500,000. Catalogue $100,000 

I. FELLOWSHIP ENDOWMENTS- $500,000
II. LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - $100,000

These endowments would fund an annual fellowship/lifetime achievement award in architecture, creative writing or the visual arts (one of: painting, sculpture, installation art, photography, film, or media arts) in perpetuity. 

The benefits of these endowments include:

1. Endowed in perpetuity
2. Named after donor
3. Annual fellowship
4. Annual award exhibition
5. Annual award ceremony
6. Naming in CINTAS Foundation press releases and collaterals
7. Listing in Fellows description and biography on the CINTAS Foundation website
8. Full page description on the CINTAS Foundation website

III. ANNUAL FELLOWSHIP AWARDS - $15,000 (Pledge Payable in Advance)

This grant would fund an annual fellowship in architecture, creative writing or the visual arts (one of: painting, sculpture, installation art, photography, film, or media arts) for a $15,000 annual pledge payable in advance and a 5 year commitment.

The benefits of this endowment include:

1. Named after donor
2. Annual fellowship for five years
3. Annual award exhibit
4. Annual award ceremony
5. Naming in CINTAS Foundation press releases and collaterals
6. Listing in Fellows description and biography on the CINTAS Foundation website
7. Full page description on the CINTAS Foundation website

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.

IV. Fiftieth Anniversary Traveling Exhibition (1963 - 2013) - $500,000 and catalogue $100,000

This major traveling exhibition would showcase the unparalleled contribution of the 322 Cintas Fellows, documenting 50 years of Cuban achievement in the arts and the humanities and would be funded by grants.

Description

CINTAS fellowships acknowledge creative accomplishments and encourage the development of creative artists in architecture, literature, music composition and the visual arts. Past recipients include Pulitzer Prize winner Oscar Hijuelos, MarТa Irene FornОs and Reinaldo Arenas; visual artists Guillermo Calzadilla, Félix Gonzalez-Torres, Cundo Bermúdez, Quisqueya Henríquez, Lydia Rubio, Gean Moreno, Baruj Salinas, Mario Petrirena, José Chardiet, Luis Gispert, María Brito, Liset Castillo, Carlos Alfonzo and Andrés Serrano; architect Andrés Martín Duany, and composers Orlando García and Tania León.

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