U.S. Trust, in conjunction with ARZU Studio Hope, is sponsoring an exhibition that encompasses the works of six internationally renowned architects, and will be hosting a panel of experts from U.S. Trust and ARZU to discuss the importance of this local initiative in the lobby of the building.
ARZU, which means "hope" in Dari, is a fascinating organization that believes change begins with economic empowerment. The organization uses an innovative model of social entrepreneurship that helps Afghan women weavers and their families break the cycle of poverty by providing them steady income, access to education and healthcare by sourcing and selling the rugs they weave. Karen Hughes, former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, will be a guest speaker at the event where she will discuss her time in Afghanistan and the plight of women there.
In addition, the panel of experts from U.S. Trust and ARZU, including ARZU Founder and CEO Connie Duckworth, will be there to shed light on the impact and importance of philanthropy and social responsibility, as well as art, architecture and women's initiatives.
This event is by invitation only. The exhibition is open to the public, and will remain on view through Feb. 15.
Monday, Jan. 28th, 2013 at 6 p.m.
Philip Johnson Building - Bank of America Center 700 Louisiana St. Houston, TX 77002