A milestone for the Davidoff Art Initiative was reached in spring in La Romana, Dominican Republic – and not just symbolically. Architect Adolfo Despradel and Andras Szanto, the art initiative’s chief consultant, turned the sod for a new studio in the building complex of the Altos de Chavón School of Design.
“The establishment of the international residency program at Altos de Chavón is the next significant step for the Davidoff Art Initiative,” said Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard, president and CEO of Oettinger Davidoff AG. “Our aim is to give back to the cultural community, where much of our production and so many of our employees are based.”
The Davidoff Art Residency Project is the very cornerstone of the entire art initiative. From the beginning of next year, it will implement the real exchange between Caribbean culture and the international art scene.
For three months each, five artists from all corners of the globe will be able to live and work in the studios. Because the studios are attached to the Altos de Chavón School of Design, the creative will have easy access to the cultural community on site.
The foundation stone was laid during the Davidoff Art Weekend, and was the pinnacle of numerous other events. “The inaugural Davidoff Art Weekend brought the arts community together to focus on a shared mission,” said Hoejsgaard. “We are delighted to be working with Altos de Chavón School of Design and Casa de Campo to help make our long-term mission a reality in the Dominican Republic.”
Davidoff Art Initiative
This article was published in the Cigar Journal Summer Edition 2014. Read more