Dear Gage Community, 

Since coming to Gage last month, I have been inspired by the passion and commitment expressed by everyone close to this wonderful organization, even at a time when the pandemic has challenged us as individuals and a community. 

We are grateful to our teaching artists, students and staff who have been creative, flexible and patient during this ever-evolving situation. Thank you for your continued involvement with Gage, making artists and creating art together.  

Our collective commitment to use all the tools available to keep everyone at Gage safe and healthy has made it possible to be in the classrooms and studios together. Vaccination, masks, social distancing, testing, communication and staying home when necessary have made the difference - thank you!   

  • We are happy to say that Winter Quarter will mainly continue as planned. Offerings scheduled as online will remain online, and the majority of in-person classes will remain in-person. If a teaching artist has requested to move their in-person class to online, we will honor that request and communicate directly with students in those particular classes. We will continue to carefully track the situation and will communicate with you if changes are necessary. 

  • Please bring your up-to-date vaccination card, or a photo of it, to the first day of class you attend onsite this winter. We will verify, or re-verify, vaccination status for Winter Quarter. At this time, up-to-date vaccination means two doses of either Pfizer or Moderna, or one of J&J 

  • We will continue to require masks while on campus at Capitol Hill or Georgetown.  

  • If you are symptomatic, believe you had an exposure, or have a positive test and were at Gage for class, we ask you to notify us and to follow the CDC's isolation and quarantine guidelines

  • If you have any signs of illness, we ask that you refrain from coming to Gage until you are symptom free for at least 24 hours. This includes symptoms of flu and the common cold, like fever, sniffles, runny nose, sore throat, as well as symptoms of COVID infection

  • At this time we encourage everyone who is eligible to get a booster shot as soon as possible. In line with the prevailing opinion of the medical and scientific communities, booster shots provide the most robust protection against the virus.  Please see the CDC's booster recommendations

  • Beginning February 22, Gage will require up-to-date proof of vaccination including a booster for those eligible for everyone on campus.  Please follow the CDC guidelines to determine your booster eligibility. If you are not eligible for a booster by February 22, we will ask that you provide proof of your booster within 14 days of becoming eligible for it.

In weighing the complex decisions that this ever-changing pandemic demands, Gage will continue to consider the prevailing advice of the medical and scientific communities, as well as recommendations from the CDC, Washington state and King County. Additionally, we will continue to look at community practices of schools, universities and other nonprofit organizations in determining our operating plans. 

Our shared goal is to have the Gage campuses alive with art and artists in 2022, and we thank you for your continued vigilance and partnership so that we can do just that. 
 

With warm regards, 

Deb Frocht
Interim Executive Director 
Gage Academy of Art

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

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