Approved Projects

Critical Reading and Thinking in Spanish: A Contemporary Perspective – Phase 2

University of Turabo
Project Director: Lorna I. Polo Alvarado
Sponsorship: $11,772.00

The purpose is to continue the experience of Project FPH-45-12 Critical Reading and Thinking in Spanish: A Contemporary Perspective, begun in August 2012, that served school communities in the eastern part of Puerto Rico. This phase would serve schools in the eastern and southern zones with the goal of encouraging an appreciation for reading and promoting critical thinking. The second phase will consist of four components: publish a revised and expanded version of the manual for critical reading and thinking; maintain and continue a blog that supports the publication; offer a series of workshops to teachers and students from twelve public schools; and create a contest for critical reading and thinking.

Acts of the House of Delegates, First and Second Sessions of the Fourth Legislative Assembly, 1907 – 1908

Puerto Rican Academy of Jurisprudence and Legislation
Project Director: Carmelo Delgado
Sponsorship: $5,300.00

The project proposes to publish the Acts of the House of Delegates of the First and Second Sessions of the Fourth Legislative Assembly of 1907 to 1908 and offer several lectures about the era and the content of the Acts at the University of Puerto Rico Law School at the Río Piedras campus and at other entities. The Endowment supported the publication of the Acts of the House of Delegates of the First and Second Sessions of the Third Legislative Assembly 1905-1906 (FPH-49-12).

Sabana Grande, Architectural-Cultural Tour

Dr. Manuel Quevedo Báez Cultural Center
Project Director: Sonia Rodríguez Rosado
Sponsorship: $12,000.00

To celebrate the bicentennial of the founding of the town of Sabana Grande, the proposal would publish a book that describes a tour that illustrates the historical buildings, sites of interest, customs and traditions of Sabana Grande, as well as the town’s artisans.

The Antillean

Caserío Films
Project Director: Tito Román Rivera
Sponsorship: $20,000.00

Post-production work on a video about Ramón Emeterio Betances. This work will answer the following questions: What do we know of his history? Why is Betances not better known in Puerto Rico? Why is it important for us to know his work?

Luz in Latin America

Moviola Productions
Project Director: LorimirCouret
Sponsoship: $19,100.00

Post-production work on a documentary about a young Puerto Rican, a star in the sport of bodyboarding, that tells the history and culture of this sport in Puerto Rico and the ethical values inspired by it. These values are shown in the social initiatives that use the bodyboard as a centerpiece for those on the island who participate in a network of local and Latin American athletes.

Online Treasury of Puerto Rico

Puerto Rican Academy of the Spanish Language
Maia Sherwood
Sponsorship: $20,000

The purpose of this project is to place all of the content of the publication Lexicographic Treasury of the Spanish of Puerto Rico in an electronic reference that is accessible to the public free of charge on the internet.

The Museum Garden

Puerto Rico Museum of Art
Project Director: Doreen Colón Camacho
Sponsorship: $5,100

This project is aimed at explaining botanical facts about the species of flora in the museum garden and connecting them with aspects of our history and culture.

The Figueroa Family: A Musical Dynasty

Artistic Partners
Jorge Flynn
Sponsorship: $19,925

Post-production work on a 90-minute documentary that explores the musical work, over three centuries, of the Figueroa family. This documentary was created to celebrate the 80th year of the Figueroa-Sanabria Brothers Quintet Foundation in 2015.

Musical Map of Puerto Rico

Metropolitan University
Hugo R. Viera Vargas
Sponsorship: $12,100

The purpose of this project is to create a web page with systematic information about the historical development of Puerto Rican popular music between 1850 and today. The project will include informative capsules complemented with historical information, scores, visual materials and musical performances.

Children at the Service of Puerto Rico’s Architectural Heritage

Foundation for Architecture
Sponsorship: $19,300

Produce a visual presentation resulting from research into 80 architectural landmarks in San Juan and Santurce to be made available on a blog. Additionally, presentations about our historical and architectural heritage and its preservation will be created for school audiences. The presentation and lectures will be offered in various public schools in the Metropolitan Area.

Outstanding Humanists

WMTJ/Ana G. Méndez System TV Channel
Dalissa Cuevas
Sponsorship: $18,100

To develop, produce and broadcast 13 educational, 30-second spots about the lives and work of a variety of humanists and their contributions to, and impact on, a variety of intellectual disciplines. In each spot, a humanist will offer information about a late humanist. This will allow the presentation of the work of 26 humanists.

Lighthouses of Puerto Rico

Sacred Heart University
Carmen Ana Miranda
Sponsorship: $13,880

Post-production work on a 60-minute documentary that that shows and describes the twelve lighthouses of Puerto Rico. The documentary presents the history, the architecture, the natural resources and the historical journals of the people who lived in the lighthouses.

Lecture Series: The Sports Art Legacy of Lorenzo Homar

Caribbean University Museum of Art
Project Director: Hiromi Shiba
Sponsorship: $10,801

In support of the exhibition Lorenzo Homar’s Contributions to Sports Art, a series of lectures and discussions will be held to discuss works of art related to sports by the artist, as well as his interest in the topic.

Prisms for History: An Approach to Puerto Rico’s History through its Art (18th Century to 1959)

University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras
Flavia Marichal Lugo
Sponsorship: $19,984

The end goal of this project is to teach history by exploring historical events in Puerto Rico as they have been depicted in Puerto Rican art. A book will be published that will include study guides for levels 4 to 6, middle school and high school for teaching history using the works of art as a main resource. The study guides and the images of the works used in the book will be included on a CD that will accompany the book. Fifteen public schools will be visited to offer lectures on studying history through art (a copy of the book on CD will be provided).

Cinema Puerto Rico: A Visual Anthropology

Productions Zaranda
Mariel C. Marrero
Sponsorship: $12,465

Post-production work on a 90-minute documentary that investigates the past and present of Puerto Rican cinematography to explore the art of telling fictional and documentary stories on film, as well as how these films become part of our lives, memories as a people, and the ways they are told. The documentary invites the public, both academic and popular, to relate to key films, moments, groups and figures in the development of Puerto Rican cinema and the perception of the society they project.

“They Will Call Me Poet:” Julia de Burgos

University of Puerto Rico – Humacao
Project Director: Marcos Reyes Dávila
Sponsorship: $17,130

To celebrate the centennial of the birth of Julia de Burgos with a Symposium in which her work will be analyzed and discussed.


Minutes of the House of Delegates, First and Second Sessions of the Fifth Legislative Assembly 1909-1910

Puerto Rican Academy of Jurisprudence and Legislation
Project Director: Carmelo Delgado
Sponsorship: $5,300

To publish the Minutes of the House of Delegates First and Second Sessions of the Fifth Legislative Assembly of 1909 and 1910 and to offer lectures about the era and the content of the Minutes at the Law School at the Río Piedras campus of the University of Puerto Rico and other entities. The Endowment sponsored the publication of the Minutes of the House of Delegates of 1905 – 1906 (FPH-49-12) and 1907 – 1908 (FPH-13-14).


Humanists for Peace: Creation and Dissemination of a Digital Narrative about Non-Violence and Solidarity

Martin Luther King, Jr. Roundtable
Project Director: Ixza Casillas
Sponsorship: $16,200

The project has three purposes: (1) to design a series of three educational modules, using digital narratives, that will be available on the Roundtable’s website, (2) to train a minimum of 300 teachers and/or advisors, so they can use the material in the schools with students ages 13 to 17, and (3) to create a Humanists for Peace page within the existing Roundtable website to encourage non-violence and solidarity.

Book Fair

Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico
Project Director: María I. Chaparro
Sponsorship: $5,245

To hold a book fair on the grounds of the Catholic University for the purpose of promoting and developing the habit of reading among the residents of the southern part of Puerto Rico. Twelve speakers and panelists will participate and the talks will be published.


Outstanding Humanists II

WMTJ/Ana G. Méndez University System TV
Project Director: Lydia Figueroa
Sponsorship: $9,940

To develop, produce and broadcast twelve, 60-second educational spots about the lives and works of the various humanists and their contributions or impact on various intellectual disciplines. This project completes the project FPH-29-14 with the purpose of including all of the Endowment’s Humanists of the Year.


First Congress on African Heritage in Puerto Rico

African Heritage in Puerto Rico
Project Director: Doris Quiñones Hernández
Sponsorship: $6,800

To hold a Congress in which scholars, human rights advocates, artists and community leaders contribute to the understanding of the topic of African heritage.


Key Concepts in Western History

University of the East
Project Director: Manuel S. Almeida Rodríguez
Sponsorship: $3,412-

Conduct a three-session seminar for a group of twenty high school history teachers from the Carolina region about the concepts of equality, freedom and democracy.


The Urban Centers Speak III

WMTJ/Ana G. Méndez University System TV
Project Director: Glamaris Valentín
Sponsorship: $20,000

The project consists of producing and broadcasting four half-hour programs on the urban centers of Sabana Grande and Guánica, Hatillo and Camuy, Aguada and Rincón, and Loíza and Río Grande, on Ana G. Méndez University System TV. The programs will show historical and cultural aspects of each municipality following the format used for the 23 programs of The Urban Centers Speak I and II. The purposes of this series are a) to present the living spaces where the men and women who create and share our identity and culture develop and co-exist, as well as b) to document and explain the evolution and physical situation of the urban spaces and their relationship with Puerto Rican culture.


Second National Congress of Dramaturgy

Cuarzo Blanco
Project Director: Adriana Pantoja
Sponsorship: $6,600

Convene a two-day conference of dramatists, editors and theater critics to discuss issues of importance related to the publication of theatrical works and the invisible force behind Puerto Rican female dramatists. A session will be held with dramatic readings from contemporary Puerto Rican dramaturgy.


The Muñoz Marín of Rodón: Art Through History and History Through Art

Luis Muñoz Marín Foundation
Project Director: Julio E. Quirós Alcalá
Sponsorship: $9,700

Hold various activities to facilitate a dual reflection on two important figures in 20th century Puerto Rican political history and art: Luis Muñoz Marín and Francisco Rodón. The relationship between the two figures, their lives and experiences through the work Portrait of  Luis Muñoz Marín by the master Rodón, and discussion about the work itself are the vehicle for exploring and expanding on a variety of topics discussed both at the Puerto Rico Museum of Art and the Luis Muñoz Marín Foundation.

Open House: 60 Years of Encounters among Artists, Humanists and the Community at Casa del Libro


Casa del Libro Library Museum

Project Director: Alix Ferrer Yulfo

Sponsoship: $7,075

To conduct a series of cultural and educational activities for the community consisting of special programming for Humanities Month. Illustrated lectures, creative workshops and school programming about the art of the book, the Casa del Libro and its relation to the humanities will take place.


Necessary Words: The Festival of the Word Goes to School


Libroamérica Literary Salon in Puerto Rico

Project Director: Neeltje van Marissing

Sponsorship: $15,850

Writers who are presenting at the Festival of the Word will visit a total of 40 schools to talk about reading and writing. A CD with information about all of the writers and representative texts from their work will be distributed at these activities.

Luisa Geigel, the Artist in the City: Painter, Sculptor, Athenian, Genealogist, Bibliophile, Professor and Mentor

University of Turabo
Project Director: Carmen T. Ruiz
Sponsorship: $14,230.47

To recount the life and the work of visual artist Luisa Geigel Brunet, who was known as one of the first and most outstanding artists of the first half of the 20th century. A book and lectures discussing the book will support an exhibition to be presented at the Museum.


The Cartographic Journey of Lieutenant William H. Armstrong, 1908-1912

University of Puerto Rico – Río Piedras Campus
Project Director: María Dolores Luque
Sponsorship $20,000

The purpose of the project is to produce a book that will preserve and display a collection of documents and maps produced by an officer of the U.S. Army in his mapping trip through about 30 towns in Puerto Rico in the early 20th century.


Electronic Poetry in Puerto Rico: Revealing the Future of the Word

University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez
Project Director: Leonardo Flores Feliciano
Sponsorship: $11,743

To promote electronic poetry through the redesign of the web page I love E-Poetry in Spanish, to produce educational resources and to offer talks in schools in the western area.


Sandulce, the Book-Mural

FonTrelles, Inc.
Project Director: Francisco Font Acevedo
Sponsorship: $18,959.84

The goal is to create, literally and symbolically, a pictorial narrative of Santurce that will make it possible to read and understand part of the neighborhood’s history, from its founding as San Mateo de Cangrejos, through its transformation into Santurce, its peak as a commercial and cultural center, its era of decline, and up to its current time of fragmentary revitalization. Twenty-two large images will be installed on walls located in various parts of the neighborhood.


Dialogues with/about Jaime Suárez on Pottery, the Theater, Architecture and the City

Al Calce, Inc.
Project Director: Jorge Rigau
Sponsorship: $19,748.56

To celebrate the artist Jaime Suárez as a multidisciplinary humanist of international significance. He has explored various forms of creativity, such as pottery, architecture, wardrobe and set design, and urban sculptures.


We Sing the Décima: Series of Documentary Capsules on the Tradition of the Espinel Décima in Puerto Rico

Lente Roto Productions
Project Director: Margarita Aponte Rivera
Sponsorship: $16,760

Post-production on a series of capsules in documentary format about the tradition of the Espinel décima in Puerto Rico. It consists of four documentaries with an estimated length of ten minutes each. They will present one of the cultural displays most closely identified with us, covering everything from the music to improvisation, from the written form to the singing.