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 • 1:10pm - 1:40pm
Musical Performance by Elisha

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Coming out of Miami, Florida, singer-songwriter Elisha brings a soulful, jazzy style with a touch of folk to the Seattle music scene. With silky-smooth vocals and a swing in their strum, they aim to spread love and hope to all who listen.

Why do I make music?
I found my identity in creative expression. Music is within me and I am music. This is how I experience and interpret the world—through sound and rhythm. It is how I “feel” beyond my sense of touch. A long time ago, I discovered the reach and the power of music. No matter what was going on, I could never turn my back on music because music has never turned its back on me. It has always embraced me warmly whether I was standing on a mountain or making my way through a valley. My hope is that my music will heal, comfort, and empower listeners. I’ve had the pleasure of connecting with various communities by sharing my art. It is both my passion and my calling. The journey continues!

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Elisha is a visual artist, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist from Miami; currently based in Seattle. They were raised in Miami and were part of many music projects from childhood to adulthood. Besides guitar and vocals, their other instruments include bass, drums, trumpet... Read More →

Saturday May 15, 2021 1:10pm - 1:40pm PDT
The Mainstage