ACES // Artists of Color Expo & Symposium 2021
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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. We are coming together with intentionality to value our work and see one another as resources, while focusing on the challenges and solutions we face as artists of color in the Pacific Northwest.
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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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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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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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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
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