Jess Griffith grew up in a family of painters and designers in the Pacific Northwest. She started learning watercolor at the age of 8 and received her Bachelor of Arts with a Studio Art emphasis in Seattle. Jess also studied at the New York Center for Art and Media studies where she honed her studio practice. Jess has taught art and craft to youth and adults at various institutions, including the Frye Art Museum. Jess lives in Burien with her husband, son, two cats, and three chickens.
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.