Our vision is to help cultures maintain their natural essence and identity in the face of globalization. We create programs that assist communities in preserving their unique cultural and spiritual values, allowing us to celebrate their creativity and artistry by working to ensure their sustainability.
HAITI ARTISAN PROJECT
Creating a soulful economy
“I have always been drawn to something that is handmade. It has a soul behind it. Someone has put his or her own heart into it. I love to support the artisans from around the world and I fill the Urban Zen stores with their works.”
Donna Karan was introduced to Haiti by her inspiration, President Bill Clinton, and the Clinton Global Initiative.
Donna looked at the country through the eyes of a designer, recognizing the creativity, untapped potential, and unique culture.
The Haiti Artisan Project promotes economic development through job creation and vocational education, helps raise awareness and highlights the creativity of Haiti artisans.
Our commitment to Haiti has created jobs, provided vocational education, and inspired others in the creative community to bring even more opportunity to the artisans of Haiti.