Virginia never considered herself a visual artist until she began cartooning for her college newspaper, the Michigan Daily. Since then - she's received MFA, been the primary designer for multiple zines, had prints shown in galleries, and now works as a freelance animator, illustrator, and printmaker in Seattle, WA. Virginia is innately creative, loves writing music, and will try her hand at anything crafty. As a seasoned camp counselor with a strong background in youth arts programming, Virginia is excited to empower young people to consider themselves artists too.
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.