cintas foundation fellowships

December 20, 2007 § Leave a comment

Cintas Foundation Program at FIU Announces 2008 Competitions for Three Coveted Fellowships
Submissions Must be Received by January 14 Deadline

Miami (December 4, 2007) – The Cintas Foundation and The Frost Art Museum at FIU today announced the start of the annual competition for the Cintas Foundation Fellowships — the Emilio Sanchez Award in Visual Arts, the Brandon Fradd Fellowship in Music Composition and the Fellowship in Creative Writing. Administered by the Cintas Foundation and The Frost, the program is the only one of its kind in the nation. The Cintas Foundation awards fellowships annually to creative artists of Cuban lineage who are currently residing outside of Cuba. Since it began in 1963, the Fellowships Program has honored more than 300 artists including Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist Oscar Hijuelos, filmmaker Mari Rodriquez-Ichaso, playwright Maria Irene Fornes, artist Teresita Fernandez and musician Mario Bauza (known as the father of Afro-Cuban jazz). The fellowships encourage creative development in architecture, literature, music composition and the visual arts.

“For more than 40 years, the Cintas Foundation has helped great artists pursue their craft and share it with the world. We are proud to continue in that tradition,” said Hortensia E. Sampedro, Board President of the Cintas Foundation.

Fellowship applicants must submit original work- recordings with accompanying scores, original manuscripts and images of original work, by January 14, 2008. Cintas fellows are awarded $15,000 and the opportunity to pursue a creative project outlined in their applications. Florida International University and the Cintas Foundation have been administering the awards program since 2005.

The Cintas Foundation was established with funds from the estate of Oscar B. Cintas (1887-1957), former Cuban ambassador to the United States, a prominent industrialist and patron of the arts.

Information and competition requirements are available online at or by contacting Ingrid LaFleur Rogers, Cintas Fellows Collection Manager, at


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