Melia is an interdisciplinary artist currently based out of Seattle. Her work and interests span from painting, sculpture, installation and drawing to free form and structured movement practices and performance. She currently studies visual art at the Contemporary Atelier at Gage Academy of Art. Alongside her art practice, Melia is informed by her years long work as a Disability Support Partner where she empowers youth on the autism spectrum as an advocate, ally and care-giver. She is passionate about expanding access to the arts for this community and works to support artistic inquiry in the children and families she works with.  


Artwork by Melia Dodge

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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