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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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Saturday, May 15 • 1:40pm - 2:00pm
BLACK LIVES HAVE ALWAYS MATTERED: The Wisdom of African Proverbs

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Black Lives Have Always Mattered: The Wisdom of African Proverbs, is a collaborative performance by 10 members of the African American Writers Alliance (AAWA). Inspired by the wisdom of proverbs from our ancestors, members wrote original pieces that illustrate the diverse genres and writing styles of its members including poetry, historical fiction, science fiction, research, and educational writing styles.

AAWA members are published and non-published authors who are committed to sharing their stories with audiences and encouraging others to do the same. This presentation premiered in February 2021, as part of the Black Lives Matter in American History Exhibit curated by the Highline Heritage Museum.

Presenters
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Georgia S. McDade

COO, Communications Enterprises
Georgia S. McDade, a charter member of the African-American Writers’ Alliance, began reading her stories in public in 1991 and credits the group with making her write poetry. Many poems are inspired by artists. Georgia writes for South Seattle Emerald and Leschinews. She also does... Read More →
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Merri Ann Osborne

Merri Ann Osborne is the Executive Director of the Mahogany Project (TMP). Since 2006, TMP has collaborated with established and emerging artists from the African diaspora by producing and showcasing their work. We are dedicated to supporting artists and sharing the diverse perspectives... Read More →

Artists
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African American Writers' Alliance

The African-American Writers' Alliance, a diverse and dynamic collective of Seattle-area writers of African descent, provides an informal and supportive forum for new and published writers. We help one another polish our skills, provide peer review, and create opportunities for public... Read More →
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Gail Haynes

Gail is an author and poet. The title of her first book is Soulful and Sassy Reflections and Poems. Gail has a passion for uplifting and inspiring people through her passion as a poet and wellness educator. She’s been an active member of the African American Writer’s Alliance... Read More →
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Gaylloyd Sissón

President, Sissón International
The African-American Writers' Alliance, a diverse and dynamic collective of Seattle-area writers of African descent, provides an informal and supportive forum for new and published writers. We help one another polish our skills, provide peer review, and create opportunities for public... Read More →
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helen collier

Helen Collier, a prolific science fiction writer, has excelled in many genres enjoyed by her readers. She has eight titles listed in her collections of novels and short fiction. These include a trilogy, 'Ms. Anna and The Tears from The Healing Tree', 'The Two Worlds of Ms. Anna... Read More →
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Jaye Ware

Jacqueline ( Jaye) Ware is a Parent, Poet, Spoken Word Artist, and Playwright. She enjoys writing and performing children’s poetry and stories. Her poetic main course focuses on social justice and injustice poetry. She is published in the Anthology, Voices That Matter. 🎭Plays... Read More →
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Margaret Barrie

Raised in a loving community of family, neighbors, and friends when the Central District of Seattle was village. Margaret has three major goals as a lifetime learner: continuously develop her writing skills, thrive in and support her intergenerational community, and gather her work... Read More →
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Minnie A. Collins

Writer, African American Writers Alliance
Minnie A. Collins, award-winning English professor, authored 'The Purple Wash', 'Palm Power: Hearts in Harmony', Seattle’s Historical Liberty Bank Building Apartments’ Commemoration Plaques, and screenplay 'Troubled Waters' for the Mahogany Project and We Out Here. She is published... Read More →
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Noni Ervin

Noni Ervin found early success in writing and published Verbatim: Living, Loving, Surviving. She is also the creator of the Kinara Park Kids® and author of the 8-book mini-series which incorporates the seven principles of Kwanzaa with positive images of young Black / African-American... Read More →



Saturday May 15, 2021 1:40pm - 2:00pm PDT
The Mainstage
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