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michael_lane

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Review for Gage Academy of Art, Seattle, WA, USA

Rating: 1 stars  

I worked at Gage as an instructor of classes and workshops for 5 years and my classes were popular and there were never any complaints or a single negative incident. I began my teaching career 25 years ago at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia.
During my time at Gage I witnessed so much shockingly unprofessional behavior that it would take a series of articles to do them justice so I will stick, as briefly as possible, to my own story.
I opened my own small classroom/atelier in 2014 and two popular teachers from Gage, who had been passed over for ateliers at Gage (who had opened the, then defunct, Seattle Sculpture Atelier) were plannng on collaborating with me on it. We communicated a lot about this and one of them also donated most of the equipment I needed to get started.
After being told that I was not allowed to leave promotional materials in the area for which they are designated at Gage one day, everything started to change. My would-be partners stopped communicating with me, art centers in the region which had expressed interest (based on my reputation) and even volunteers quickly and suddenly estranged themselves.
What was maliciously spread all over, by the classical atelier instructor, school manager and co founders, to other schools and important artists all over the region and even NATIONALLY, was that Gage had had to take out a restraining order against me. This devestating lie was repeated all over to destroy the tiny business I started because it competed with what they do.
No nonprofit should be deliberately and dishonestly destroying another business because it competes with theirs. Yet, this is what they do there, and worse, all the time. It is run with the self appointed privilege and entitlement of a corrupt small town nonprofit which behaves like a pyramid scheme or racketeering operation.
They don't deserve grants and donations, they deserve to be reported, repeatedly, to the IRS.

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