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 • 2:20pm - 2:50pm
From Novel to Animated Sci-Fi Short Film: A journey with author, director, producer and screenwriter Dorothy Sekabira

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Merri Ann Osborne, Executive Director of The Mahogany Project, talks with multi-disciplinary artist Dorothy Sekabira about her journey from novelist to animated filmmaker.

With her story ‘Rescue 2050’ serving as a backdrop, Merri Ann and Dorothy will explore how her passion for science fiction and fantasy informs her work, discuss the process of transforming a novel to film, and share with viewers the challenges and celebrations Dorothy encountered along the way. This presentation will include a viewing of ‘Rescue 2050’ and Q&A in chat if possible.

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Merri Ann Osborne

Executive Director, The Mahogany Project
As an artist, I'm intrigued by the intersections of art, social trends and politics as seen through a multi-cultural lens. My personal work has been in theatre, film, voice over, music, dance and bringing new works to life. Having lived and performed in Japan and the UK, I enjoy collaborating... Read More →
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Dorothy Sekabira

Writer, Jaguza Productions
Dorothy Sekabira is a writer and film director. She wrote and directed the short film Dole (the doll) (2012) and an animated sci-fi short film, Rescue 2050 (2019), for her novel of the same title short film. She has pitched on multiple occasions at the Great American Pitchfest in... Read More →

Saturday May 15, 2021 2:20pm - 2:50pm PDT
The Lab