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 • 2:10pm - 2:40pm
The Art of Movement 1

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A collection of dance videos showcasing the talent and diversity of the Pacific Northwest's vibrant dance community.

, but why
Produced, Directed, and Choreographed by Sade Aset
Music & Scoring by Taylor Rimer
Filmed & Edited by James Krick
Lighting Design by Robert Matos
Poems: "Against Hell" & "Portrait of the Alcoholic with Relapse Fantasy" by Kaveh Akbar
Dancers: Erin Baker Cady Bigelow James Clifford Amanda Enz Ri Knouse Venus Nguyen Juliana Rodriguez Ivory Turner Kelsey Turner Hannah Weidenbach Allison Zakharov

Remind, Remember 
Eve Sanford, presented by Prices
A grief and joy processing study in memory of Jason, Kori, Malcolm, Marvin, Howard, Demascus, Gordon, Mildred, Evelyn, Alonzo, Joseph, Eleanor, Breonna, Elijah, and many more.
Remind, Remember is a multidisciplinary work that serves as an exercise in shifting the internal voice. This piece is a celebration of cultural practice, healing work, and grief. Through movement, sound, and design the collaborators explore our imminent proximity to death. Remind, Remember embraces the ephemeral nature of life.

DANDYCANDY: A Fructose Duet
Randy Ford & David Rue

Introduction to Freedom
Directed, Edited, Produced, Written, and Choreographed by Thias "Thesis" Lopez
Dancers: Lateef, Thesis, Ra, Orb, Tim The Pitt, Halim, & Hurricane Raen.

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Dandy is a creative partnership designed to celebrate and elevate the Black cultural landscape of Seattle, WA. David Rue (Liberian-born) and Randy Ford (Seattle-born) use art, dance, fashion, and pop culture as forms of activism, story-telling, and joy centering. Together and separately... Read More →
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Eve Sanford

Founder/Designer, Evolve Revolt Repeat
Eve Sanford (she/her)  is a multidisciplinary artist, educator, and arts leader. Evelyn is a Chicago native and whose connection to the city and memory drives much of the voice behind her work. She worked for nearly 20 years teaching visual and performing arts for Chicago public... Read More →
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Sade Aset

Sade Aset (she/her) is a choreographer and director in the greater Seattle area. She recently graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting/Directing and minor in dance at Pacific Lutheran University. Having backgrounds in cheerleading, musical theatre, hip hop, and jazz, her choreography... Read More →
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Thias "Thesis" Lopez

My artist name is Thesis. I started Breakin in 1998. Born in Tucson, Arizona, and now resides in Seattle, WA. The four crews I represent are Knuckleheads Cali, Fresh Descendants, Massive Monkees, and TheM Team. I am an 8x World Champion. I am a professional at the art form and also... Read More →

Saturday May 15, 2021 2:10pm - 2:40pm PDT
The Mainstage