Graffiti Contest to decorate the Archives and Records Center!

The King County Archives and Records Center buildings do not normally attract attention.  First time visitors will comment that they’d drive by (or some even live or work nearby) but had never known we were here!

On July 30, the Archives and Records Center walls facing Fir Street and the parking lot will be decorated with the results of a day-long graffiti contest, held for young graffiti artists from around the Northwest.

The event is from 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m. and is open to the public. People are welcome to drop by to view the artists at work. We ask that people do not drive into the parking lot for the safety of the artists. The King County Archives and Records Center is located at 1215 East Fir Street, Seattle, WA 98122.

The event is being led by local artist Andrew Morrison, known for his Indian Heritage murals at the Wilson Pacific School in North Seattle and other local work, including a new interior mural underway at Seattle University. Morrison is about to leave Seattle to study at the Maryland Institute College of Art, but before leaving the region, he wanted to hold an event for local youth and artists. The contest is being coordinated in collaboration with 206 Zulu director Daniel Kogita AKA King Khazm. 206 Zulu’s office is at Washington Hall, just down the block from the Archives and Records Center facility, and will serve as the administrative base for the event. Morrison is donating the prize money himself.

Archives and Records Center staff are excited to be able to provide a blank canvas to youth, to support the arts, to work with our neighbors at Washington Hall, and, not least, to see something besides cloud-colored walls when we come to work.

Christopher Young, Facilities Management Division Real Property Agent, is coordinating the event. Contact him for more information at christopher.young@kingcounty.gov.

Above, Indian Heritage murals at Seattle’s Wilson Pacific School, painted by local artist Andrew Morrison, who is leading the graffiti contest for youth.

Above, Indian Heritage murals at Seattle’s Wilson Pacific School, painted by local artist Andrew Morrison, who is leading the graffiti contest for youth. Image courtesy of http://www.andrewmorrison.org.