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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Saturday, May 15 • 2:00pm - 2:20pm
Artist Talk with Melany Lynne Bell

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An opportunity to learn about artist Melany Lynne Bell's work, process, inspirations, and artistic philosophy.

I am an Ambidextrous Artist, Scientist, Step-Mother, Lover of Lady's & their Others.
Made to own Our connected spaces &
reinterpretation of
Shape, Sound or Frequency, re-speculating the birth of WE .
I am the Word & World created on a stage, page, tone or face
recreating, representing, & reflecting a state of a Mind, for the race to BE Human.
I am preaching precious Story's
mirrors we're constantly living up to reflecting on,
herstory's, infinite intelligence too deep to be respected
all to make rhyming come back
like when the Last Poets just met.
When lazy Saturdays meant SMURPH'S,
and Prince had not yet worn their bottomless pants .
I am UNcomforting white pages turned brilliant
like beats on the backs of breakdowns
an Ali of mental graphics
Shakespeare of word gymnastics.
to art like butter to fat is
no attempts just doing It.

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Melany Lynne Bell

I am a grant award-winning Ambidextrous Visual & Performing Artist & Writer, from Seattle, WA. I Teach & Perform locally & Internationally. I've worked at most major Music venues & theaters in the country as a Performer or Instructor. Including, every public school in the state of... Read More →

Saturday May 15, 2021 2:00pm - 2:20pm PDT
Artist Talk Space

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