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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. 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 • 3:10pm - 3:40pm
ACES at the Movies

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A Thirst for Reading
Directed by Daniel Chang
A young man attempts to woo a library patron, but things don't go as heterosexually as planned.

Creak!
Directed by Tifa Tomb
A sneak peek at award-winning director Tifa Tomb's newest, unreleased short film!

Sepulcher
Directed by Stephen Takashima
An isolated man’s world comes crashing down when he discovers a ceiling leak in his perfect apartment.

Retch
Directed by Tifa Tomb
Written & Produced by Nicole Pouchet
An unseen force kills travelers stranded on a broken-down bus near Seattle. Biases ratchet up the tension when they suspect the murders aren't random.



Artists
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Daniel Chang

A Bay Area native, Daniel studied film at San Francisco State University. The popularity of video-capable DSLR cameras among student filmmakers also led him to learn the craft of portrait photography. Now a Seattle resident, Daniel works behind the camera with Little Grey Cat, a local... Read More →
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Nicole Pouchet

Screenwriter and Filmmaker
(she/her) A former Broadway assistant director, Nicole Pouchet is a novelist and writer/director for the award-winning fantasy series, STROWLERS. Her horror/social thriller short, RETCH, premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) in 2019, won Best Film at the Seattle... Read More →
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Stephen Takashima

Director
Stephen Takashima is a Seattle-based filmmaker currently working in freelance film production. His works include Sepulcher (2019), Civil (2018), and Breathing Through Trees (2017), which have screened at both Oscar-qualifying film festivals. To see more of his work or get in contact... Read More →
avatar for Tifa Tomb

Tifa Tomb

Director, Tefawefa productions
Tifa Tomb is a director based in the Seattle area, whose most recently directed short film, Retch, was awarded Best Film - Seattle Black Film festival 2020, and was an official selection at SIFF 2019. She works as a Media Producer at the University of Washington, and freelance edits... Read More →


Saturday May 15, 2021 3:10pm - 3:40pm PDT
The Mainstage