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 • 1:00pm - 1:30pm
ArtsWA Artist Mentor Program: Professional Development for Emerging Public Artists

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Target Audience
  • Emerging public artists and studio artists looking to transition into public art
  • Arts-administrators supporting professional development for artists
About this sessionPlease join us for a Q&A session to learn about our Public Artist Roster and our Artist Mentorship Program.
We are working to make ArtsWA’s 2021-2025 Public Artist Roster our most inclusive and equitable ever. The Roster is our main tool for choosing artists for projects. It is a list of artists who pre-qualify to create artworks through our program. We commission artworks for state agencies, colleges, universities, and public schools throughout Washington.

We recognize the importance of a strong, diverse roster. We also recognize that our past rosters have underrepresented the following:
  • artists of color
  • rural artists and those based in Central and Eastern Washington
  • emerging public artists and studio artists shifting to public art
As part of our efforts to diversify who applies to the Roster, we are offering Washington artists peer-to-peer support through Artists Up Mentorly program. We will provide a limited number of 30-minute mentor sessions. Artist Mentors will help artists prepare their portfolios and apply.
Artist Mentors have completed a project with us. They are leaders in the field. They represent many different artistic disciplines and perspectives.

Join us to learn about:
  • ArtsWA and the Art in Public Places Program
  • how the Public Artist Roster is used
  • how and why to apply to the roster
  • what makes an application successful
  • goals of the artist mentorship program
  • about the mentors
  • how to seek mentorship using the Mentorly platform
Marissa Laubscher, Project Manager, Art in Public Places
Marissa manages Art in Public Places projects. She travels across the state to facilitate site-responsive artwork commissions in public schools, colleges, universities, and state agencies. Prior to joining ArtsWA in 2015, she managed public art and exhibitions for the City of San Antonio’s International Airport, Libraries, City Hall, and the X Marks the Art temporary storefront art program. Bringing art into everyday life is her passion. She earned a MA in Arts Management from the University of Oregon and a BA in Art from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Valerie Peterman, Curated Projects Coordinator, Art in Public Places
Valerie is a public art administrator who has worked for the Washington State Arts Commission since 2016. She serves as the Curated Projects Coordinator. She works to develop policies for the purchase of artworks for state buildings and campuses and travels statewide to bring art into public schools. She previously served as the researcher and writer for ArtsWA’s online collection, My Public Art Portal. Before joining ArtsWA, she administered the publication of fine art editions at Gemini G.E.L. in Los Angeles. She earned a MA in Philosophy and the Arts from Stony Brook University, and a BA in Philosophy from Colorado College.

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Washington State Arts Commission
ArtsWA is the Washington State Arts Commission. Our Art in Public Places program (AIPP) purchases and cares for artworks in state buildings, colleges, universities, and schools throughout Washington. The State Art Collection includes nearly 5,000 artworks, located where people study, work, and live.The 2021 Public Artist Roster opens May 10 - June 21, 2021. We are working to make this Roster our most inclusive and equitable ever. The Roster is our main tool for choosing artists for public art projects... Read More →

Saturday May 15, 2021 1:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
Opportunity Room