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Gage Academy of Art

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adult Education, Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Education, Visual Arts, Youth Development

Mission: Guided by the belief that artists are made, not born, Gage strives to educate, enrich and engage artists and the community in the visual arts. Gage offers instruction in the principles of drawing, painting and sculpting and is dedicated to helping students of all ages and skill levels realize themselves as artists in contemporary society Gage Youth Programs offer practical art instruction in drawing, painting and 3-D design for 6 to 18 year old artists. Our curriculum encourages students to explore new materials and techniques, develop creative problem solving skills and celebrate self-expression. We are dedicated to providing professional teaching artists to present engaging, age-appropriate classes that empower young artists to "be seen and heard."

Results: In spite of the difficult economy, Gage has shown strong enrollment patterns this year with an increase of 12% in its adult classes.

Target demographics: Annually, Gage serves over 10,000 members of our community through educational and community programs in the visual arts. Our Youth Prorgrams engage young artists ages 6 to 18 and our open enrollment Adult Programs draw artists of all skill levels from beginners to professionals. Gage year-long ateliers provide professional training in drawing and painting to a core group of 40 artists who work in on-site studios under the mentorship of master teaching artists.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Each year, Gage awards $160,000 in tuition relief to over 300 deserving students.

Geographic areas served: Gage serves artists across the NW region

Programs: ADULT PROGRAMS - classes, workshops, ateliers, evening lecture series, national & international art tours. YOUTH PROGRAMS - after-school & Saturday classes, family programs & art tours, summer workshops, pre-college Teen Intensive, plus free, drop-in Teen Art Studios, running 50 Friday nights a year. COMMUNITY PROGRAMS - exhibitions, evening lectures, art competitions, public art events.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I go by the rule of three - once or twice might be a mistake but if I'm insulted three times by the staff, I don't come back. This was the third disappointing instance at Gage. Don't bother with them unless you enjoy paying to be insulted. Try giving your money to Pratt or any number of other fine Seattle institutions.

2 Stacy23

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

This is a great place for artists of any caliber. Classes might be pricey if you are used to a community college or other venue,but the instructors have a solid background in the arts and know the things that they are teaching you.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We are a retired couple who now have time to pursue our longstanding interest in art as students in drawing and painting. We have taken quarter-long classes, weekend and summer workshops and a variety of the evening lecture series at Gage. In each case the instruction has been excellent and has helped us improve in all aspects of our art. We also regularly attend the free monthly lectures. Some of these lectures introduced us to the work of established artists in this area. Other lectures we enjoyed were given by museum curators and gallery owners. The lectures have made us much more aware of what is happening in the local art scene. Other lecures have given practical advice to the emerging artist. These lectures helped one of us prepare for a show at a local gallery through guidance on pricing decisions and writing an artist statement. We both have taken advantage of the opportunity to show our work in the student art shows. One of us was chosen to have a one-man show in one of Gage's galleries and also won a prize in the annual student art show.