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On January 14th, The Patronato Benefico Oriental launched the Art Education Fund, in favor of the kids of Hogar del Niño, at the PAMM Museum in Miami thanks to the BNY Mellon Bank.
A cocktail and seated dinner with Dominican award-winning artist, Firelei Baez, along with the Perez Art Museum Miami’s curatorial staff, collectors and friends. A tour of Firelei’s exciting exhibition, Bloodlines took place during the event, and amongst the attendees were art lovers, collectors and local personalities such as Cuban artists Eleomar Bridge and José Bedia, and journalist Andres Oppenheimer with his wife.
Firelei Baez was born in Santiago, Dominican Republic in 1981. She is a Cooper Union School of Art and Hunter College in New York City graduate. Her work has been critically acclaimed by The New York Times and Telemundo.
For those who might not know, Patronato Benefico Oriental (PBO) is a non-profit organization, founded in 1976 and offers social services through its varying programs for the development of the La Romana community and its surrounding areas. The organization is supported through donations from individuals and businesses, and monthly organized events: Café de la Leche, A Night for the Kids , and the Hogar del Niño weekend which is right around the corner, Friday February 12th.
PBO believes that art plays a crucial role in a child’s development and a serves as a therapeutic and creative outlet in their lives. We strongly agree! Arts are included in the formal scholar curriculum in Hogar del Niño, from the infant room through high school. Now with the Art Education Fund, children have the ability to develop their full potential and pursue an art career at a specialized Art School or College.