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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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Sunday, May 16 • 1:50pm - 2:10pm
Visual Poetry Anthology

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STARSHINE
By Shin Yu Pai & David Ian Bickley

TIDAL
By Shin Yu Pai & David Ian Bickley

A Soldier Mistook My Muscles for Feathers
By J.A. Dela Cruz-Smith
Starring Antonius Bui
Costume Design by Robinick Fernandez

kur dele dele
By Rana San
Over 400 women a year are losing their lives to femicide in Turkey, slain too often by their own partners, brothers, fathers. Devastatingly, this is hardly a regionally isolated crisis.

This visual prayer is a conjuring of power, a cutting of cords through repetition. A prayer for my sisters alive and unborn. A prayer for the families left to mourn. My maternal grandmother’s words pouring forth. The stop motion loop lasts 38 seconds, one centisecond to honor each victim whose death has been reported since 2008, including the 400 we’ll lose this year if trends hold true. In the end, only an afterimage remains, a lingering residue suspended in silence.

letters to Pablo
By Rana San
An improvised visual letter written in alternating words, from one to another. This film is the first in a series of "letters to Pablo" and was made for the 2019 Georgetown Super 8 Film Festival in Seattle. The letter that gave form to the film was improvised, written in alternating words between me and my collaborator with no editing. The text emerged as an essentially meaningless exchange between fictional characters, thus ripe to be imbued with meaning.

letters to [and from] Pablo
By Rana San
Improvised visual letters breach sense, distance, and substance. This film is part of a series of "letters to Pablo" and was made for the 2020 Georgetown Super 8 Film Festival in Seattle. The letters that gave form to the film were improvised, written in alternating words between me and my collaborator with no editing. The text emerged as an essentially meaningless exchange between fictional characters, thus ripe to be imbued with meaning. The second letter is translated and voiced in Spanish by Barcelona-based Argentinian musician and artist Pablo Schvarzman, whose songs Citrus Máxima and Camellia Sinesis from the album "Seeds" form the soundtrack to the film.

49 Days
By Lia Coleman
They say that the soul wanders the earth for 49 days before crossing to the afterlife.
A grandmother's journey to the afterlife, and the effects that it has on her descendants on earth.

Artists
avatar for J.A. Dela Cruz-Smith

J.A. Dela Cruz-Smith

J.A. Dela Cruz-Smith is a Chamoru-Filipino, queer poet living in Seattle. His family is from Dededo and Chalan Pago, Guahan. His poems have appeared in Assaracus: A Journal of Gay Poetry, Indigenous Literatures from Micronesia (University of Hawai'i Press), Moss, among other publications... Read More →
avatar for Lia Coleman

Lia Coleman

Lia is a Chinese-American artist and educator. Her work is characterized by themes of care, family, and play. She specializes in interactive installations, murals, and animation, especially when combined with technology.Last year at ACES 2020, she and her partner exhibited an interactive... Read More →
avatar for Rana San

Rana San

Rana San is an artist and curator whose creative practice melds dreamwork, written word, embodied movement, video poetry, and analog photography. She uses experimental modes of visual storytelling to examine intimacy and interdependence as spiritual tools for survival. In community... Read More →
avatar for Shin Yu Pai

Shin Yu Pai

Shin Yu's Pai is the author of 10 books of poetry, including most recently Ensō (Entre Rios Books, 2020). From 2015 to 2017, she served as the fourth Poet Laureate of The City of Redmond where her public artwork is installed on the Redmond Connector Trail. For her writing and visual... Read More →


Sunday May 16, 2021 1:50pm - 2:10pm PDT
The Mainstage

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