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* UPDATE: Due to weather conditions, WAO Market – Arts and Crafts is opening next Thursday, August 31st! * In a celebration of art, community, and philanthropy, WAO Gallery & Cultural Center is proud to present the upcoming exhibition titled WAO Market – Arts & Crafts starting on August 24th. This remarkable collection not only showcases the profound social impact of the Patronato Benéfico Oriental (PBO) but also features an array of artworks and crafts generously donated by various artists to support the PBO’s mission.

The heart of this collection is a series of evocative photographs lensed by Bryan de la Cruz, Quennie Paniagua, Ariel Skelly, and Omar Kuret. These images capture the essence of social work and the lives transformed by the PBO, echoing the spirit of resilience and compassion.

Complementing these photographs are meticulously crafted Dominican artistry and a treasure trove of artworks by renowned talents including Mariano Sánchez, Onice Mejía, and Norberto Uribe, among others.

Twenty distinctive works of art and crafts will grace the walls of WAO Gallery & Cultural Center’s main hall from August 24th to September 25th, 2023. The exhibition will be open to the public on Wednesdays through Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Sundays and Tuesdays from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and will be closed on Mondays.

About the Patronato Benéfico Oriental, Inc. (PBO)

The Patronato Benéfico Oriental, Inc. (PBO), founded in 1976 in La Romana, stands as a beacon of social impact. Conceived by a group of visionary women, the organization’s primary objective has been to provide comprehensive development opportunities for underprivileged children and youth. This includes access to education, nutrition, and medical care.

The PBO’s crowning achievement, the Hogar del Niño, opened its doors in 1984, initially welcoming 160 students. The center embraces over 2,000 students, offering academic education focusing on Innovation and Technology, Arts, Music, psychological support, medical and dental care, and essential daily meals.

As a nonprofit entity, the PBO is steadfast in its commitment to enhancing the lives of vulnerable communities in the Dominican Republic, with a core focus on Education and Health. As a 501(c)3 organization, the PBO sustains its programs through donations from individuals and businesses and revenue generated by sustainable projects. The Community Assistance Program, a cornerstone of PBO’s efforts, reaches over 600,000 families annually by distributing medicines, fortified food, clothing, and medical missions.

Since 2020, the PBO has fortified its initiatives through the sustainable endeavors of WAO Chavón, encompassing the WAO Innovation HUB, WAO Gallery & Cultural Center, and the Regional Archaeological Museum Altos de Chavón. This constellation of initiatives underscores their commitment to cultural promotion.

Your support for the WAO Market Arts & Crafts at WAO Gallery & Cultural Center empowers thousands of girls, boys, and young people through education and healthcare services, enhancing their quality of life, their families, and their communities.