HAITI ARTISAN PROJECT
Donna Karan was first introduced to Haiti by her inspiration, President Bill Clinton, and the Clinton Global Initiative. Instead of seeing the country’s devastation following the earthquake, Donna saw Haiti’s potential through the eyes of creativity and the spirit of its people. She immediately galvanized the design community and fashion world as part of her commitment to tell Haiti’s story through a new lens.
OUR MISSION IN HAITI
The Haiti Artisan project, founded by Donna Karan, promotes economic development through job creation and vocational education, helps raise awareness and highlights the creativity of Haiti’s artisans.
10% of net proceeds from the Haiti Artisan Project support our foundation’s efforts in Haiti.
“The artistry and skill [in Haiti] is breathtaking. I am so inspired by what I am seeing and the people with whom I’m working with. I couldn’t be more excited.”
– DONNA KARAN
The outcome of Urban Zen’s commitment to Haiti has raised massive awareness, created jobs, provided vocational education, and inspired others in the creative community to join the platform and bring even more opportunity to the developing world.
The DOT – Artisan Training Center, a collaboration between Urban Zen, Parsons The New School for Design and Paula Coles | Cine Institute | ENARTS Fine Arts School | Creation of the Urban Zen Art Center at La | Reference Village/PRODE | Paula Coles’ LIFE Vocational Training | Center in Port–Au–Prince | Development of new workspaces for Tobacco Leaf Artisans in Jacmel