The 808 Urban Refuge

Was located at 683 Auahi Street, The Refuge was 808 Urban’s first physical arts hub, providing a social entrepreneurial platform and collaborative workspace for our community.  Here we offered educational workshops, youth skills building mentorships, events and a retail store.  This was a safe space for youth of all backgrounds to hang out and talk story with peers and professional artists, naturally encouraging healthy relationships and collaboration while developing art skills.  Our free youth arts workshops, like the Pow Wow x 808 Urban Art Workshop and the Mai’a Project, integrated cultural and social education and required a long-term focused commitment from students.  The retail store was a place where business served a positive social function for bringing awareness to issues through the art we sell.  Monthly events like artist benches, family style BBQs, and Honolulu Night Market encouraged community involvement and a place for youth to showcase their skills.

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  1. The Mai’a Project | Vortex Magazine
    The Mai’a Project | Vortex Magazine at ·

    […] 808 Urban is a cooperative of respected local artists offering free arts programming to Hawai’i youth. Local graffiti artist, John “Prime” began the initiative in 2007. Since its inception, 808 Urban has completed over 50 large-scale murals throughout the state, launched the Junior Board Initiative (a self-governing youth board committed to social change through arts and community organizing), facilitated countless workshops, produced HI-story and related events along with their youth artists and opened the doors to their Kaka’ako storefront and community arts hub, The Refuge. […]

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