Graffiti Defense Coalition makes its debut with live mural painting by Jonathan Wakuda Fischer in Seattle’s International District

Tuesday, April 10th 2012

Graffiti Defense Coalition makes its debut with live mural painting by
Jonathan Wakuda Fischer in Seattle’s International District

Seattle, WA. – On Saturday, April 21st The Graffiti Defense Coalition presents a live painting event at Helping Link Vietnamese Community Center by pop artist Jonathan Wakuda Fischer. This mural installation and outreach is in cooperation with the SCIDpda on the 14th anniversary of the Chinatown International District / Little Saigon Spring Clean-Up.

The Graffiti Defense Coalition will be participating with information on how businesses can benefit by working directly with the street art community to abate vandalism, protect locations with murals, and gain the respect of the art community by working in cooperation to solve our problems.

Inspired by street art techniques and traditional Japanese art, Seattle artist Jonathan Wakuda Fischer creates work in the style of ukiyo-e woodblock prints. Wakuda Fischer has shown locally and internationally, and his art can currently be seen at the Wing Luke Museum’s ‘Asian American Arcade’ exhibit.

Founded in the defense of basic forms of expression in the 21st century, the Graffiti Defense Coalition (GDC) is a grassroots organization working for policy that supports street art. “We really want to strengthen the public image of street art and usher in a new era of community tolerance and appreciation,” stated GDC representative Justin Hart. “Research has proven that urban mural art can slow traffic, raise property values, and even deter vandalism. Of course, that’s in addition to being a cultural attraction.”

To support this vision, the Graffiti Defense Coalition plans to curate new opportunities for art installations, organize neighborhood clean-up events, and provide a dialogue between the business and street art community. By staffing these events with street art enthusiasts, the GDC will provide examples of what it means to remove problem vandalism while preserving favorable public art for everyone to enjoy.

Event Information:
Graffiti Defense Coalition Presents: A Mural by Jonathan Wakuda Fischer
@Helping Link Vietnamese Community Center (above New Saigon Deli):
1034 South Jackson St. Seattle, WA 98104

Media Opportunities:
Live Painting In-Progress Photo Opportunity
April 21st 2012 11AM-6PM

Interview with Jonathan Wakuda Fischer, Artist
April 21st 2012 10-11AM

Graffiti Defense Coalition will be on-hand to greet media, answer questions and provide literature during the entire event.

Contact: Justin Hart
(206) 659-5669

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