Centro Leon - Santiago, Dominican Republic

The Cultural Center Eduardo León Jimenes (Centro León) is a world-class institution with an impressive museum collection of  Dominican art from the 20th and 21st century.  It was founded on October 3, 2003.

"Its mission is to develop creativity through research, protection, exhibition and diffusion of Dominican artistic and cultural undertakings, and of everything that contributes to the conformation of a more transcendent values sensitive society, prouder of itself, and capable of taking active part in the improvement of the quality of life of the nation within the Caribbean context." http://www.fundacionelj.org.do/eng/centro-leon.php 


Eduardo León Jimenes opened a cigar factory in the Dominican Republic, which made La Auroras cigars.  His company, known as Grupo Leon Jimenes, began making making cigarettes in 1963.  In 1969 the company forged a relationship with Philip Morris, which owns a minority stake in Empresa León Jimenes and produces Marlboros for the Dominican Republic.

In 1964, Eduardo León Jimenes held an art contest to promote the development of the visual arts and to stimulate creativity in the new generations of artists in the Dominican Republic.

Eduardo León Jimenes Art Contest
This year, 2014, marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Eduardo León Jimenes Art Contest.

Learn more about the contest

The contest has the following objectives:
a) Encourage expressions and contemporary art practices.
b) Strengthening the role of art as a social commentary.
c) Encourage the arts as a tool for critical thinking artists and their audiences.

Centro León
Villa Progreso
Avenida 27 de Febrero 146
Santiago De Los Caballeros
Dominican Republic


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