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Last Thursday, August 31, WAO Gallery & Cultural Center showcased “WAO Market – Arts & Crafts,” an exhibition fusing compelling photographs highlighting the social impact of the Patronato Benéfico Oriental (PBO) with diverse artworks donated by artists in support of PBO’s mission.

At its core, PBO is a non-profit organization dedicated to addressing vulnerable Dominican Republic communities’ essential needs, particularly in education and healthcare. Operating as a 501(c)3 entity, PBO sustains its initiatives through donations and sustainable projects. PBO reaches over 600,000 families annually through its Community Assistance Program, delivering essential medicines, fortified food, clothing and conducting medical outreach missions.

Artists Bryan de la Cruz, Quennie Paniagua, Ariel Skelly, Omar Kuret, George Thevenet, Mariano Sánchez, Onice Mejía, Norberto Uribe, Eladio Fernández, and more unite in this collective effort. Their artistry transcends ideas and concepts, conveying values, emotions, and attitudes.

The WAO Gallery & Cultural Center exhibition spotlights 20 artworks and crafts and will remain open until September 25, 2023. Visitors can explore this remarkable showcase from Wednesday to Saturday (9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.), Sundays and Tuesdays (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.), with Mondays reserved for closure.

Since 2020, PBO has expanded its programs under WAO Chavón, encompassing WAO Innovation HUB, WAO Galería & Centro Cultural, and the Museo Arqueológico Regional Altos de Chavón, all situated in Altos de Chavón. These initiatives promote culture and support for “WAO Market – Arts & Crafts” at WAO Galería & Centro Cultural. They significantly empower thousands of children and youth through education and healthcare services, enhancing their lives, families and communities.

* Photos taken by Juan Carlos Polanco