For many people, creating art isn't just an activity. It's their passion.
"That psychological, emotional, creative, nurturing dimension that art added to their lives needed to continue and couldn't shut down with the social distancing," Stefano Catalani said.
Catalani is the executive director of Seattle's Gage Academy Art, a fine art school that is adapting to current world events by offering online classes, some of them free of charge. Gage's curriculum teaches sculpture, drawing, painting and many other disciplines to both beginners and advanced students. The free class I took was a watercolor workshop taught by Willow Heath.
In recognition of the national examination of systemic racism and injustices, Gage Academy of Art is committed to continued analysis and expansion of our own institutional practices.
Land Acknowledgment: Gage Academy of Art would like to acknowledge that we stand on the traditional ancestral lands of the Coast Salish peoples—specifically the Duwamish People, past and present—and honor, with gratitude, the land itself, the Duwamish Tribe, and their ancient heritage. Without them, we would not have access to this gathering, dialogue and learning space. We ask that we take this opportunity to thank the original caretakers of this land, who are still here.
Non-Discrimination Policy: Gage Academy of Art does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, age, religion, or ethnic origin in administration of its educational and admission policies, scholarships, and any school administered programs
Gage Academy of Art is committed to social justice in a diverse democracy