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. As a designer and a philanthropist, she often says, “Whatever you’ve been given, it’s to give back.”
Hosted by John McAslan + Partners, with support from the Clinton Foundation, the exhibit promotes economic development in Haiti by supporting local artists, while also honoring Haiti’s rich, dynamic culture and history. On display at Maison d’Haiti, the first official National House that Haiti has ever had at the Olympic games, are art, accessories, clothing, and home furnishings designed and produced in Haiti.
The exhibit was launched with a formal reception on July 25, 2012, featuring remarks by Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe. The inaugural event was also attended by Urban Zen designer Donna Karan, Head of Olympic Committee Jean-Edouard Baker, and Lord Griffiths of Burry Port. The Maison D’Haiti also hosted many special events and meetings including the Haitian Prime Minister’s meeting with Prince Charles and Foreign Secretary William Hague during which the UK pledged to re-open their consulate in Port-au-Prince.
Discover Haiti at the Maison D’Haiti will be open throughout the duration of the Olympics, Monday – Friday 8:30am – 6pm, at The William Road Gallery, 7-9 William Road, London NW13ER.
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