Last fall, award-winning artist Steve Jensen hosted a private event at his home to recognize and thank all of the supporters of Gage Academy of Art including staff, donors, sponsors, artists, community and loved ones. Jensen did a raffle which garnered $2,000 for Gage. The funds went towards Gage’s Teen Art Studios (TAS), a free youth program which provides a safe space for youth, including LGBTQIAX youth and emancipated minors, to express themselves through art. The donation also goes towards free art supplies for students, student scholarships, tuition subsidy, or student discounts to ensure all interested students can learn at Gage regardless of their financial means.
“What could be more beautiful than giving an opportunity to a young person to make art,” said Steve Jensen.
Teen Art Studios is a free, year-round, evening drop-in studio art program for young artists, ages 13 to 18, that delivers quality art training to teens from all backgrounds, provides exhibition and portfolio building opportunities and encourages positive social engagement. Each month a different artist teaches a specific art form, engaging teens in learning new skills, making art and developing new friendships in a supportive and safe environment.
FREE Teen Art Studios meets most Fridays late afternoons/evenings at the following times and locations: 7-10pm at South Park Community Center;6:30-9:30pm at Gage Academy Capitol Hill; 4-7pm at Bellevue Arts Museum. All skill-levels are welcome, from beginning to advanced teen artists. There is no registration required. You are welcome to drop in when you can or come every week! Art supplies and refreshments are provided.
Courtesy of Gage Academy