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In honor of this being the second week into the new school year of Chavón School of Design, we bring you some fantastic news! Banco Popular Dominicano and the Altos de Chavón Cultural Center Foundation have granted scholarships to six deserving young students to pursue their careers in the areas of Visual Communication and Fashion Design. The scholarship includes full enrollment and graduation expenses covered by the financial organization.

The Altos de Chavón School of Design offers several options of financial aid to talented artists that want to attend their school thanks to alliances with different Dominican entities as well as a scholarship program supported by the Altos de Chavón Cultural Center Foundation which raises capital through various events, such as Art Chavón. This is the first time Banco Popular Dominicano has granted scholarships to a group of deserving individuals under their program, Popular Excellence. They will be studying in the Santo Domingo new urban campus, 5 students in Visual Communications and 1 in Fashion Design.


Currently, the Popular Excellence program provides educational opportunities to more than 199 students with outstanding achievements, and who all come from limited resources, to study at 19 universities and technical institutions across the country. Their aim is to raise the professional and ethical standards of these future Dominican professionals to contribute to building a better society.

These six students were selected by the Chavón School of Design; applicants must submit an art portfolio and require financial aid. What impressed the school most about the individuals selected was their passion and talent in art and design and immense desire to study in their programs. The scholarships were granted as follows: 5 of the young beneficiaries receive full scholarship for two years (which is the length of their technical career programs), while the 6th beneficiary will be granted a scholarship in his second year to conclude his studies.


After signing the agreement, executive vice-president of Public Relations and Communications in Banco Popular Dominicano, José Mármol said: The scholarship program, Popular Excellence is an important effort of our institution in order to help these young students obtain a decent job in the future which will in turn help them improve their quality of life and become ethical and supportive professionals who contribute to the sustainable development of their communities.”

Meanwhile, on behalf of the Altos de Chavón Cultural Center Foundation its president, Dominique F. Bluhdorn reaffirmed their educational mission, underlining that the school seeks to “foster talent to the highest standards of excellence and global thinking, giving students the opportunity to further their creativity and be able to compete globally, and set trends through their cutting-edge designs. These scholarships go in that direction, since they benefit young Dominican talent.”


To remain in the Popular Excellence program, beneficiaries must maintain a high academic performance and high standards in ethical behavior. As a socially responsible company, Banco Popular participates in the formation of these young people, adding additional value to their educational curriculum with financial education programs and business values, among other subjects.

*Pictures from Altos de Chavon/La Escuela de Diseño


The Altos de Chavón Cultural Center Foundation, located in Dominican Republic, is a non-profit cultural and educational institution. Since 1983, it has been dedicated to the creation of a multifaceted arts community that includes visual arts, crafts workshops, performing arts and teaching programs.

With its other components—The Regional Museum of Archaeology, the Artists in Residence program, The Gallery, and The School of Design—The Foundation has contributed to the enrichment of the intellectual, artistic, and cultural panorama of the Dominican Republic for more than 30 years.

The Foundation’s work has reached many, with impressive results. Its diverse educational and arts programs, gives Altos de Chavón the cultural dynamism that nourishes and stimulates the creativity of the designers and artists of today and tomorrow.

In 2013, The Altos de Chavón Cultural Center Foundation celebrated 30 years of continuous and invaluable contributions to art and culture in the Dominican Republic giving each artist the opportunity to find their individual expression through constant research and development.


Chavón Santo Domingo

Founded in 1983, The Altos de Chavón School of Design offers careers in applied arts in the areas of Fine Arts, Visual Communication and Fashion. This type of intensive two-year program provides the graduates with an associate degree at a technical level, which provides them with a solid education that enables participants to compete as professionals in the field of design and arts both locally and internationally.

Graduates of the School of Design are eligible to transfer directly to Parsons School of Design in New York. More than 2,000 Dominicans and students from around the world have graduated from the School of Design, demonstrating that a solid background in design, parallel to an emphasis on the development of the industry is the best formula for a successful career.

The highly practical and market-oriented curriculum, provides students with a unique set of skills that allows them to be easily inserted into the work environment.

Art Chavón’s 2016 digital catalog is now available!

Art Chavón 2016

The Altos de Chavón Cultural Center Foundation has just released the Art Chavón 2016 digital catalog, complete with an array of art work by current students, graduates, and Davidoff Artists in Residence! The catalog serves as an excellent way to view the complete collection that was on display in July at the School of Design’s new campus gallery in Santo Domingo. Read more here.