"I grew up enjoying the outdoors, from playing in the woods behind my house, to combing the beaches of Whidbey Island with my Grandparents. I was always fascinated by the natural world around me. This early love for nature led me to study biology at the University of Washington where I earned a Bachelors of Science Degree and later on a certification in Natural Science Illustration. The link between art and science was a natural fit for me and I have found joy in creating work which is both beautiful and educational."

Website:  https://jessicaheide.com/
Instagram:  @jessicaheideillustrations

Artwork by Jessica Heide

Gage Academy of Art acknowledges the Coast Salish Peoples as the original inhabitants of this area and connecting waterways. We understand the land that Gage occupies is unceded territory and that today many Indigenous peoples live here and without their stewardship, we would not have access to this space. We honor the Coast Salish Peoples’ sovereignty, rights to self-determination, culture and ways of life. Since time immemorial, Indigenous peoples have called this territory their sacred land. We commit to learning, educating others and repairing the legacy of historically harmful relationships between non-Native and Native peoples in King County. In doing so, we will be honest, and recognize the experiences of Native peoples to include genocide, forced relocation, forced assimilation, and land theft. We also acknowledge Native peoples are survivors, present in today’s world, thriving. We encourage everyone here today to ask themselves: what can I do to support Indigenous communities?

In an effort to be transparent, Gage is contemplating this call to action and re-working how to best support Indigenous communities.

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