Zulu King Slone started The WOTS (Wizards of the Styles) Crew in 1995 to connect all artists around the world so they may network with each other. Currently there are WOTS chapters in more than 13 cities around the US, and in more than 40 countries around the world. Slone has proven himself through many actions for our community, and as the Executive Director of the Arts Department for the Universal Zulu Nation, philosopher, teacher, community activist for Murals For Change, Graffiti Hall of Famer, and recipient of the Hip Hop Humanitarian Award and Lifetime Achievement Award from DANCE MOGUL Magazine. He has also worked with Beats, Rhymes & Relief—a hip hop awareness non-profit that utilizes the arts to raise support for worldwide humanitarian relief efforts.
As an artist that grew up in NYC that knows the important of making arts and education accessible to youth, Slone volunteers a significant amount of his time and expertise towards arts education. His work can be seen in nearly every area of Harlem, spanning from El Barrio to the West Side of Harlem.
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Tyson Hall was raised in the Bronx amidst the hip-hop evolution that took place in the late 70's, early 80's. Graffiti was a medium that was always going to be done. At John Jay College while enrolled in art class he was inspired by a film on the life and art of Jean-Michel Basquiat; and Tyson purchased his first piece of canvas and began to paint. Painting became a vehicle for the communication and expression of Tyson's spirituality,culture and values. His art conveys cutting edge themes, addresses social forces and their influences on the community.