ACES is a BIPOC-centered and led art conference. Our vision is to establish a space for artists of color to celebrate and center ourselves. ACES features performances, presentations, workshops, artist talks, films, discussions, and opportunities to meet local arts organizations.  All programming will be offered online, with an in-person Gallery available to visit at ARTS at King Street Station.

How to attend and navigate ACES 2021

Please update your Zoom software so when you sign in, you can self-select different breakout rooms to enter. 

Zoom Link to join ACES: https://zoom.us/j/94369338718 

The rooms are named The Mainstage, The Lab, Artist Talk Space, and Opportunity Room.

The Mainstage - Keynote address by Shontina Vernon, keynote address by Elisheba Johnson & Inye Wokoma, performances, and several workshops.

The Lab - Workshops, presentations, and discussions.

Artist Talk Space - Hear from the visual artists exhibited in the ACES Gallery at Arts at King Street Station.

Opportunity Room - Learn about opportunities for grants, mentorship, paid gigs, and more from local arts organizations.

How to visit the ACES Gallery

The Gallery is located at ARTS at King Street Station, and is open to visitors by reservation only.

Address: 303 South Jackson Street Top floor, Seattle, WA 98104

Hours: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Tuesday - Thursday, May 4 - 21

Reservations: To make a reservation, go to the ACES Program Schedule and reserve a timeslot. You will also need to submit a COVID-19 Assessment the day before your visit.

Virtual Tour

If you are unable to visit the ACES Gallery in person, please experience the exhibit via the ACES Gallery Virtual Tour.

Community Agreements

ACES is intended to be a safe and celebratory space, for those who are not often seen and heard to bear witness to one another’s artistry, brilliance, and value. Any language or behavior that an ACES moderator deems racist, sexist, ageist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist or violent will not be tolerated, and will result in the offender being banned from the event.

In a time of social distancing, let’s connect with each other through our art and our joy.

ACES is co-presented by 4Culture,  Arts CorpsLangston SeattleNorthwest Film ForumPratt Fine Arts CenterSeattle Art MuseumSeattle Office of Arts & Culture, and The Vera Project 

Funding for this event provided by the National Endowment for the ArtsSeattle FoundationSeattle Office of Arts & Culture, and 4Culture.

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Sunday, May 16 • 1:00pm - 1:30pm
The Colorization Collective: Promoting Teen Artists of Color

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A panel discussion featuring youth artists (ages 13-19) of color. The teens will have participated in The Colorization Collective’s programs, either as mentorship participants or teen features. Our panelists will share their journey through the arts, how being a youth of color has impacted their artistic practice, and why they believe racial equity in the arts is important.

Teens of color face specific barriers to artistic participation, including cultural pressures from family, a lack of professional role models, and financial barriers. Additionally, they often struggle to find an artistic community that celebrates their identity. On the flip side, when teens do find safe spaces and can pursue the arts, their work is often revolutionary. By sharing their stories, these teens of color can share a novel perspective—that of BIPOC youth—with the audience.

As an organization, The Colorization Collective empowers teen artists of color to grow more confident in themselves and their abilities. We believe that when we view those who look like us and share our experiences in artwork, we receive validation of our identity. Through our two main projects, we amplify the work of BIPOC teens, push for diversity and inclusion, and work to ensure that all teens feel welcomed in the artistic community.

We will begin the presentation by sharing a short clip from our Refocus web series [5 min]. In this clip, J’Dyn Plater, a Black actress, will share about the barriers she faced as an artist of color, as well as how she overcame them. We will then transition into a panel discussion [25 min]. Potential questions for the discussion include: - Have you ever felt conscious of your race in the arts? Why or why not? - How do you think teens can change the status quo and combat racial inequity in the arts? - What advice do you have for teen artists of color? - What does your ideal future for the arts look like?

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Kalkidane Yeshak

Kalkidane Yeshak is a senior at Lakeside School and has been a leader of the Black Student Union since 2019. She will be attending Occidental College in the fall, where she will be studying Political Science. She started writing poetry in middle school after discovering her passion... Read More →
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Izze Peña

Izze Peña is a 16-year old high school sophomore and a Hispanic, neurodivergent, multidisciplinary artist. She is passionate about accessibility, sustainability, racial justice, and emphasizing intersectionality.
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Marina Chen

Marina Jinghang Chen is a freshman at Duke University and prospective English major, serving as an associate editor for the Duke literary publication, The Archive. She started writing poems in high school after hating poetry since birth and now, whenever she finds time, writes surrealist... Read More →
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Anya Shukla

Anya Shukla is a senior at Lakeside School and has been an artist for as long as she can remember. A proponent of racial equity in the arts, she co-founded The Colorization Collective in 2019; through The Collective, she works to support teen artists of color. Anya is also the President... Read More →

Sunday May 16, 2021 1:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
The Lab