CINTAS Foundation to award over $100,000 this year in grants to visual artists, architects & designers, composers and writers in lieu of its annual CINTAS Fellowships Award Competition. 

The CINTAS Foundation, Inc., based in Miami and New York has received over 100 entries as of May 1, 2020 for its annual Fellowship awards program. The Foundation has awarded 401 fellowships to talented individuals born in Cuba or of Cuban descent residing in Cuba or abroad in the categories of architecture & design, creative writing, musical composition, and visual arts, since first doing so in 1963. However, in light of the extraordinary circumstances caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Foundation will provide grants in the amount of $1,000 to all eligible applicants accepted for the 2020 competition rather than awarding the traditional fellowships.

After careful consideration, the Foundation cancelled its 2020 awards ceremony that was to be held at the Lowe Art Museum of the University of Miami and will not name Fellows this year in order to apply the funds usually reserved for assembling juries, mounting exhibitions and bringing people together to celebrate the winners, to further help our community directly.

Instead, the applicants who met the Foundation’s 2020 requirements and submitted a complete and approved application will receive two benefits. First, they will automatically be included in the 2021 competition without need to resubmit a new application, and second, they will receive a grant of $1,000 to help them in these difficult times.

Celso Gonzalez-Falla, President of the CINTAS Foundation, summarized the Foundation’s Board members thinking: 

“We all recognize how difficult 2020 has been and continues to be for those in artistic fields. The Foundation is committed to foster the creative efforts of the worldwide Cuban community, so we are pleased to be able to assist so many creative individuals by directing funds normally allocated for the fellowship awards and ceremony to them in this manner. We greatly look forward to resuming our longstanding fellowship program in 2021.” 

While this special grant cannot be deemed a “fellowship award” and does not confer status to the recipient of being a “CINTAS Fellow” the Board of the Foundation is delighted to help this year’s applicants in these challenging times.

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