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SEATTLE -- Simply called Fountain, the George Tsutakawa fountain that sits in the Seattle Central Community College atrium is silent and marred by graffiti.

Tsutakawa attended Broadway High School, the future site of SCCC. He went on to become a professor of art at the University of Washington and one of the Northwest's most important modern artists with contemporaries Andrew Chin, Morris Graves and Paul Horiuchi.

Supporters plan a gala fundraiser Friday May 17 beginning at 5:30pm on campus to raise some of the $80,000 needed to refurbish it. There will be music, food prepared by Seattle Central chefs and a silent auction of services and artwork. Tickets are available online or call the Tsutakawa Fountain Committee at 206-934-4085.

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