Archives and Records Center serves as blank canvas for graffiti contest

Young artists from around the Pacific Northwest spruce up the outside of the Archives and Records Center during the “Keeping it Fresh” graffiti contestCrossposted from DES Express

“Keeping it Fresh,” a graffiti art contest, was held at the Archives and Records Center on July 30. County Archivist Carol Shenk supervised the site along with event security staff. The contest was led by local artist Andrew Morrison, known for his Indian Heritage murals at the Wilson Pacific School in north Seattle and other local works. Morrison is about to leave Seattle to study on the East Coast, but before leaving our region he wanted to hold an event for young local graffiti artists. He donated the prize money himself.

The graffiti contest was in collaboration with 206 Zulu, which is housed at Washington Hall, just down the block from the Archives and Records Center at 12th and Fir.

Participants expressed great appreciation to King County for the opportunity to share their work. Photos from the event are posted on Archives Twitter feed at @KingCoArchives and on Archives’ newly launched new blog site, This new site will allow Archives to quickly and briefly highlight projects, discoveries in the collection, and events.