808 Urban x Pow Wow Hawaii Youth Arts Workshops for 2013

808 Urban x Pow Wow Hawaii Youth Arts Workshops for 2013


After a successful year of launching the pilot program of the 808 Urban x Pow Wow Hawaii Youth Arts Workshop, we are happy to announce the 2013 workshop series.  Classes are a long term commitment in conjunction with our Junior Board Initiative program and will run from April 2013 to November 2013.  We are excited to expand our number of students and boards by bringing on a whole new group of students who have committed to joining the 808 Urban family and Junior Board Initiative.   Unfortunately, registration is now closed, as we have reached our maximum capacity of students.  Stay tuned as the this year’s program unfolds, bringing you a lot more interactive blogging by our Junior Boards.


Read more about the pilot program from 2012:

The 808 Urban x POW WOW Hawai’i Youth Art Workshops works with dedicated students over a period of nine months through various after school and Saturday art classes. Led by 808 Urban’s John “Prime” Hina, these workshops will explore contemporary urban art and its influence on commercial culture from the 1950s to the present. Students will discuss changing societal concepts regarding contemporary public “street” art while exploring a variety of artistic concepts, including basic design, color theory, and symbolism. Additional elements that will naturally come from these workshops include self-expression, and cultural awareness, as well as respect for community and nature.

These workshops are an effort to prepare students for future POW WOW Hawai’i gatherings. The more art these students do in preparation for these gatherings, the more the students will be able to learn from these national and international urban artists. The hope is that the participating students will be able to conceive, develop, and collaborate on a large mural in Kakaʻako as part of POW WOW Hawai’i.

The following schools have participated in a POW WOW Hawai’i education program: Kamehameha Schools-Kapalama Campus, Roosevelt High School, McKinley High School, YMCA-Kalihi, Voyager Charter Schools, Punahou School, Farrington High School and Washington Middle School.

The ultimate mission is to validate student art experiences and introduce young people to various forms of public expression. Working closely with 808 Urban to continue to support a gathering of contemporary artists that engages with the broader community in the process and creation of art. The final product of the project will beautify a portion of the students’ urban landscape.