Our vision is to help cultures maintain their natural essence and identity in the face of globalization. We connect with programs that assist communities to preserve its unique cultural and spiritual values and celebrate their craft and creativity, while ensuring the communities’ sustainability.
HAITI ARTISAN PROJECT
URBAN ZEN IS ON A MISSION:
to help develop, market and present the work of Haiti artisans to the western world. As an ambassador to the preservation of Haiti’s artistry and expression, Donna Karan and a community of supporters have been traveling to Haiti at every opportunity, working one-on-one with the artists and manufacturers. “The artistry and skill is breathtaking,” Donna says. “I am so inspired by what I am seeing and the people with whom I’m working with. I couldn’t be more excited.”
DISCOVER HAITI IN LONDON
The 2012 Summer Olympics are, in part, a celebration of countries coming together and striving for excellence. For Urban Zen, it’s been no different. London and the Olympics has been the setting for the latest journey of the “Discover Haiti” exhibition at Maison d’Haiti in the William Road Gallery. Curated by Urban Zen and Nomad Two Worlds, Discover Haiti is a collaboration, spearheaded by Donna Karan and Russell James, of designers, artists and filmmakers to present the potential of Haiti’s creativity to a wide consumer base and design base. It is a project that is very close to Donna Karan’s heart.
|CAMPAIGNS AND COLLABORATIONS|
HOPE HELP & REBUILD HAITI (HHRH)
HOPE, HELP & REBUILD HAITI (HHRH) is the next evolution of the work that was started by Donna Karan and her Urban Zen Foundation immediately following the January 2010 earthquake with music executive Andre Harrell, the Mary J. Blige and Steve Stoute Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now, and Andre Balazs and The Standard as an initiative of Urban Zen aimed at galvanizing a community in response to Haiti’s immediate need to rebuild. HHRH’s mission is to create a conscious community of leaders in music, fashion, film, finance and art to become agents of change for the renewal of Haiti.
|HOW IT STARTED
In an immediate response to the devastating earthquake of 2010, Urban Zen Center become a gathering place for like-minded individuals and organizations to create a plan of relief.
Through connecting and collaborating, Urban Zen hosted a concert event with Mary J. Blige to raise over $1 million in funding for HOPE HELP & RELIEF HAITI.
As the dust began to settle, efforts shifted from immediate relief to rebuilding sustainability in Haiti with the UZ campaign, HOPE HELP & REBUILD HAITI.
The Haiti Artisan Project is dedicated to creating a sustainable model of commerce, supporting the artisan community of Haiti and preserving the rich culture of the island.
CREATING A COMMUNITY OF CHANGE WITH