206 Zulu is a non-profit organization that utilizes Hip Hop culture and arts as an outlet for community empowerment, education and social change. Established in 2004, 206 Zulu has produced countless events, workshops, festivals, galleries, parades, youth programs, charity events and media programs throughout the Seattle/King County metropolitan area.
In 2009, 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 for over 110 years, helping to manage the daily operations of the building, 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 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 has nurtured and helped develop similar organizations around the United States and world with it’s model of organizing.
206 Universal is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing accessible spaces while serving communities through the upliftment, preservation, and celebration of Hip Hop culture.
206 Universal aims to create a community and culture of unity, service, self-determination and justice.
206 Zulu is a network of individuals whose shared objective is to work with and empower local communities. 206 Zulu works with youth, low-income communities of color through creative and innovative means, including but not limited to programs and projects involving music, art and culture. 206 Zulu seeks to:
- Organize and operate an independent nonprofit corporation to use culture of arts and entertainment to inspire young people to get involved in social action, civic service, cultural creativity, and self-education.
- Provide youth programs, projects, and resources to supply our communitys adolescents with necessary tools to pursue future careers.
- Seek other sources of financial support appropriate to the mission, including but not limited to private foundation grants, donations from individuals, corporations or other organizations, government grants, and contracts with public or nonprofit entities.
- Undertake entrepreneurial activities as methods of support for the program, consistent with the other purposes of 206 Zulu.
- Mobilize the skills, assets and resources of 206 Zulu members to empower underrepresented, low-income members of the community (youth, youth groups, seniors, elders, community stakeholders, churches, etc.) with the intent of building relationships, resources and activities that yield sustainable community empowerment and action.
- Do all other activities a corporation might otherwise do to sustain itself, including holding property, consistent with other purposes of 206 Zulu.
ABOUT HIP HOP
Hip Hop is an international, intergenerational culture that transcends barriers of humanity and empowers lives around the globe. The 5 elements of Hip Hop are DJing, B-Boying/B-Girling, MCing, Graffiti Art and Knowledge.