Global Family Travels invites you on this exciting Urban Street Art experience in partnership with 3 non-profit organizations serving community wellbeing through the arts, 206 Zulu, Experience Education and Urbanists!
Seattle boasts a vibrant culture of street art, from the powerful pieces done in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests, to the world’s longest mural display along the light rail corridor in SODO, to ever changing murals on buildings and in alleys brimming with the brilliant work of local artists. Join this small group walking adventure to explore the street art in Seattle’s Central District and Chinese-International District neighborhoods. We will travel by foot and streetcar to examine tremendously varied street art, from graffiti, tags, and “sticker bombs” to elaborate spray paint, brush work, and stencil pieces. Become the proud “public” in public art as we celebrate local artists and explore topics such as ownership, power, and identity in street art.
This experience is one of our Seattle Community Tours & Team Building Experiences, so check out all of the other fun experiences you can enjoy with Global Family Travels!
More about our partners on this Community-based experience:
- 206 Zulu, a Seattle-based community organization that uses Hip Hop culture and the arts as platforms for community service, education and empowerment,
- Experience Education provides arts and culture-based education, experiences and life skills for individual empowerment, holistic development, and community wellbeing.
- Urbanists is an organization that is committed to serving community through art and public engagement.
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With the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), the health and safety of Global Family Travels’ travelers, community partners, colleagues and guides are of paramount importance to us. Our COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS document, found under Tasks section, outlines our commitment to mitigate and manage the risks associated with COVID-19 when you travel with us. Please also refer to the tasks which has specific details for your activity and destination.
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Through partnerships with many Seattle-area non-profit organizations that address community challenges, our one-day educational outings in Seattle are designed to create meaningful connections and support Destination Stewardship, including the preservation of diverse and native cultures, conservation, education, and economic growth of Greater Seattle.
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About 206 Zulu
206 Zulu is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing accessible spaces while serving communities through the upliftment, preservation, and celebration of Hip Hop culture.
206 Zulu aims to create a community and culture of unity, service, self-determination and justice.
Uplift | Preserve | Celebrate
206 Zulu is a Seattle-based community organization, established in 2004, that uses Hip Hop culture and the arts as platforms for community service, education and empowerment.
Over the years, 206 Zulu’s diverse membership expanded throughout the Pacific Northwest and a wide array of programs flourished to include free and all-ages events, concerts, festivals, parades, dance competitions, workshops, classes, conferences, multimedia programs, and more.
In 2009, 206 Zulu became incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization under the name 206 Universal and continued to build long term rapport with the greater community, local schools and academia, city, county and government agencies, cultural centers, institutions and other nonprofits.
206 Zulu became an anchor partner of the historic Washington Hall, a venue and community space that has been a hub for notable artists, musicians, activists and communities of color since 1908, helping to manage the daily operations of the building and providing valuable space for events, programs, and community functions in the rapidly changing Central District.
206 Zulu’s efforts in Hip Hop organizing and community service has been spotlighted in publications such as the Seattle Times, Real Change News, City Arts Magazine and recognized with awards and recognitions from the City of Seattle, the State of Washington, El Centro de la Raza, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation to name a few. 206 Zulu’s model of organizing helped inspire similar organizations around the United States and the world.
About Experience Education
Experience Education's mission is to provide arts and culture-based education, experiences and life skills for individual empowerment, holistic development, and community wellbeing. Experience Education’s values are Community, Respect, and Integrity, and serve as the foundation of all their work. Without these values, nothing else matters. Not an act, feeling nor intent—it is a way of life.
Experience Education offers digital arts programs in photography design and media production, as well as physical education programs like lacrosse, break dancing, and yoga. Additionally, they have cultural enrichment programs that include cooking, meditation, storytelling, public speaking, and live performances.
They have a special “G’Ma Project” where a set of diverse artists come together to honor their elders, ancestors and culture with original music, stories, and film. Experience Education invites grandparents, parents, and children to come and experience their art, their culture and join the movement. #GmaProject #RespectAllLife #Generations
Urbanist's mission is to promote the professional expansion of urban-influenced art careers within the community through art education, demonstration, and creative outreach. They Urbanists Collective is committed to serving community through art and public engagement. Explore our website to learn more about what we are doing throughout California, and now in the state of Washington State.
About King Khazm, Guide
King Khazm is a multifaceted artist, educator and community organizer who has become a prominent figure in the Hip-Hop community within Seattle and around the world. His work to engage and empower communities is demonstrated through over 25 years of art and community service.
Khazm serves as a board member of paralysis support organization The Here & Now Project, commissioner of the Seattle Commission for People with disAbilities, board member of King County arts funding agency 4Culture, manager of the historic venue/community space Washington Hall, Executive Director of record label Fresh Chopped Beats, and Executive Director of community organization 206 Zulu.
Learn more about Khazm here:
About Erik, Guide
Erik Gonzalez has been an active aerosol artist for over fifteen years and has had his work profiled on both national and global media outlets that include newspapers, magazines, web media, television and radio interviews. Erik is also a member of various professional urban marketing collectives. As a professional graffiti artist, Erik has been successful in utilizing his work for alternative marketing to appeal to the younger generations.
In addition to recreational painting, Erik is also passionate about delivering positive and meaningful messages to young people through his work such as the importance of art and education, youth empowerment, risk behavior prevention, and more. Erik has been working in partnership with various organizations to deliver creative outreach and other programs.
In January 2012, Erik founded the Urbanists, Urban Art Collective, an art group with a focus to serve the community through art and public engagement.
About Che, Guide
Che Sehyun is a multi-faceted artist, entrepreneur, and culture-bearer of his family’s Corean soul food. With growing plans to reach the world via the internet and airplanes, Che loves to create stunning videos and photos and share original songs and stories to reflect the beauty, integrity and relevance of our ancestors and elders, including his own Ancient Corean culture. While Che directs his public art and culture-based work through his non-profit, Experience Education, he also supports his family through his boutique video, photography, and design company, Medium Medium. Che is the recipient of prestigious awards, such as Washington’s largest visual arts award, the “Neddy”, and has served his community through multiple fellowships and residencies, including curating public programming for the Seattle Asian Art Museum.
About Rohena, Guide
1971/Rohena Alam Khan
Rohena is a Seattle-based multidisciplinary artist.
Born and raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh, she studied Journalism and Fine Art during her undergrad years at Winthrop University in South Carolina. Upon embarking on a career as a copywriter at McCann Erickson, she completed another degree in Graphic Design from Raffles International College in Bangkok, Thailand.
Rohena’s love for news permeates all facets of her creative practice. Her work has a deeper focus on social issues plaguing the universe and can take the shape of a news story, documentary film, advertisement or painting. Her painting style varies from abstract expressionism to narrative storytelling. Rohena’s paintings have been exhibited in galleries of America, Thailand and Bangladesh. She often explores layers of a life of migration, war, patriotism, pop culture, psychology, and politics.
About Aaron, Guide
Aaron Santiago is a van-dwelling Jack-of-all-trades. He has a wide range of experience in Early Childhood Education for both hearing and Deaf children, psychiatric and medical facilities, cannabis and food service industries, as well as music and video production. He is a poet at heart and has a deep love for street art.
Aaron lives an equally-balanced, active and relaxed lifestyle. He finds peace taking road trips to beautiful places. He appreciates people, nature, and the world around him.
About Nathan (SireOne), Guide
As one of the founding members of the By Any Means Crew, SireOne has been committed to representing the elements of hip hop for 28 years. He believes that knowledge is wasted unless it is passed on to others. Working with the community and participating in multi-generational dialog allows for knowledge to flow in both directions. By sharing his experience of graffiti art and hip hop, he hopes others are inspired to create beauty in this world and become the best versions of themselves.
About Ben, Guide
A Seattle native, Ben Wheeler has worked as a secondary school educator and administrator. Ben gave the keynote and endnote at the 2008 Global Citizenship Summit in Bali, Indonesia, and was the World Affairs Council’s 2009 World Educator. He authored the high school textbook It's All Connected - a Comprehensive Guide to Global Issues and Sustainable Solutions.
From 2012 to early 2020, Ben taught Geography and Civilizations courses for middle schoolers at The Bush School in Seattle, and also taught a wide-range of elective and experiential courses, including the following: Art in Public Places, Sustainable Design for Urban Living, Seattleness, Urban Forest Stewardship, Food Awareness, Oral History with Elders, Backpacking the Olympic Coast, and Stehekin Multi-Adventure.
Ben loves running, biking, fly-fishing, jazz and classical guitar, cross-country skiing, and backpacking. In addition to guiding numerous wilderness adventures in California and Washington, Ben has led international tours in Italy and India, most recently two weeks of cultural immersion in Ladakh, India, on the Himalayan Plateau.
Transportation & Parking
Transportation & Parking:
If you plan to drive and park your car, you can park in Washington Hall's parking lot at 153 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122.
If you plan to take public transportation, take advantage of these Metro bus routes (check schedules during COVID-19):
- Bus 27 drops off and picks up at 14th & E Yesler Way
- 3 and 4 drop off and pick up at 14th & E Jefferson St
- You can also take the Seattle Street Car, get off at Yesler and 14th Ave and walk one block North.
Street Car: Please note that we will take First Hill Streetcar Line at 14th & S Washington St, so please bring your ORCA card if you have it, or a credit card to purchase $4.50 fee day pass at the pay station (VISA or cash), cars every 15 minutes, get off at 5th Ave S & S Jackson St Station.
About Washington Hall
Built in 1908 by the Danish Brotherhood, Washington Hall has anchored Seattle’s diverse Squire Park neighborhood in the Central District for over 110 years. The building has served as a hub for social and cultural activities for a broad ethnic community. In 1973, the Sons of Haiti, an African-American Masonic Lodge, purchased the building and continued the tradition of hosting performing arts, making it the first home of On the Boards. Historic Seattle acquired Washington Hall in 2009, saving it from demolition. The renovation of Washington Hall is a Historic Seattle community development project that will help revitalize the neighborhood and makes the building available for public use.
Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Jimi Hendrix, Mark Morris, Pat Graney, Bill T. Jones, David Byrne, Fugazi, Elvis Costello, Macklemore, and countless musicians, artists and great minds alike have walked these halls. Learn more here: Washington Hall
First Hill Street Car
The First Hill line of the Seattle Streetcar connects the diverse and vibrant residential neighborhoods and business districts of Capitol Hill, First Hill, Yesler Terrace, Central Area, Chinatown-International District, and Pioneer Square. It also serves major medical centers, local colleges and universities, and athletic event venues.
Please bring your ORCA card if you have one, or be prepared to purchase $4.50 fee day pass at the pay station (VISA or cash), cars come every 15 minutes)
Streetcars on Jackson. Photo Credit: Bruce qu
Lunch Options Post-Tour
Post-tour lunch options in Chinese-International District:
- goPoke (Hawaiian poke bowls and eats) 625 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104
- Hood Famous Bake Shop (Filipino bakery, cafe and bar) 504 5th Ave S #107a, Seattle, WA 98104
- Kau Kau BBQ (Classic Chinese BBQ restaurant) 656 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104
- Maneki (Seattle's oldest sushi restaurant) 304 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
- Mike's Noodle House (Cantonese noodle restaurant) 418 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
- Oasis Tea Zone (Bubble tea shop) 519 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
- Phnom Penh Noodle House (Cambodian restaurant) 913 S Jackson St suite A, Seattle, WA 98104
- Tamarind Tree (Upscale Vietnamese restaurant) 1036 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104
- Seattle's Best Tea (Bubble tea shop) 506 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104
- Vietnam House (Homestyle Vietnamese restaurant) 1038 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104
Post-tour lunch options near Washington Hall:
- The Barbecue Pit (1816 E. Yesler Way Seattle, WA 98122)
Post-tour shopping in Chinese-International District:
- Moksha Boutique (Clothing boutique and art gallery) 670 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104
- Pink Gorilla (The oldest retro video game store in the pacific northwest) 601 S King St #101c, Seattle, WA 98104
Should you be interested in reading up on Street Art before or after our tour, here are a few articles we recommend you read, which is also in the Resources and Activities Guide under TASKS:
- Street and Graffiti Art – History and Concepts (The Art Story)
- COVID and Black Lives Matter brought an explosion of street art to Seattle. But graffiti was already having a moment (The Seattle Times, August, 2020)
- Future of Graffiti: Wanna Tag Along? (July 16, 2021 by the Daily Does)
- How Basquiat and Street Artists Left Their Mark on Hip-Hop Culture (New York Times, July 2021)
Overview of Tour
10:00 AM (or 4:30 PM on Wednesday tours): Meet outside Washington Hall to begin the tour with a brief orientation to learn about your guide, Washington Hall, our non-profit partners, and goals of this tour. (Location: 153 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 - you may park your car in the Washington Hall parking lot.)
After orientation, continue walking to 13th and Fir around the corner to learn about different street art pieces, and you can use your Street Art Bingo sheet to help you learn vocabulary associated with this specialized artform!
10:45 AM: Take the First Hill Streetcar Line to Pioneer Square and learn more about urban Street art. (Note: please bring your ORCA card if you have one, or be prepared to purchase $4.50 fee day pass at the pay station (VISA or cash), cars come every 15 minutes except on Sundays, it operates every 18 minutes.)
11:00 View Street Art on 1st Ave in Pioneer Square
11:30: Take the First Hill Streetcar Line back (or walk) to 5th Ave S and S Jackson St in Seattle's Chinese-International District to learn about the area's history and street art.
12:00 PM: Visit Gallery Wolf Deluxe (416 8th Ave) and have time for additional discussion, engagement resources, etc. (there is a restroom here!)
12:30 PM: Goodbyes and walk or take the streetcar back to Washington Hall, or have stay in C-ID for Lunch at one of our recommended eateries.
Parking & Transportation - Please see the "Transportation & Parking" highlight
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