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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
 

12:00pm PDT

KEYNOTE ADDRESS - Telling Stories: The Role of Artists in Narrative Justice
Shontina will share her work with Visionary Justice StoryLab as a basis for artists seeking to engage narrative justice as a dynamic cultural strategy.    

Presenters
avatar for Shontina Vernon

Shontina Vernon

Shontina Vernon is a multidisciplinary artist, filmmaker, and musician exploring Black subjectivities, intergenerational legacies around healing and trauma, and queerness. Drawing from her early experiences with the carceral system, her work experiments to disrupt narratives of erasure... Read More →


Saturday May 15, 2021 12:00pm - 12:30pm PDT
The Mainstage

1:00pm PDT

Artist Talk with Valencia Carroll
An opportunity to learn about artist Valencia Carroll's work, process, inspirations, and artistic philosophy.

The year 2020 was not only a year of great uncertainty, but it was also a year that allowed for deep reflection and a sense of urgency to complete projects started several years ago. This work took on many twists and turns from conception to completion and reflects a bit on the nostalgia of play. In fact, the title of the full series was derived from the fact that each doll is positioned with objects associated with different letters of the alphabet, hopefully creating a playful sense of curiosity for the viewer.

Artists
avatar for Valencia Carroll

Valencia Carroll

Valencia Carroll is a classically trained graduate of the Gage Academy of Art - Aristides Atelier. She works in oil, graphite and charcoal with emphasis on fine drawing technique. She has exhibited, presented and taught throughout western Washington and currently serves as a PTA Art... Read More →



Saturday May 15, 2021 1:00pm - 1:20pm PDT
Artist Talk Space

1:00pm PDT

ArtsWA Artist Mentor Program: Professional Development for Emerging Public Artists
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
Presenters
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.

Exhibitors
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ArtsWA Art in Public Places Program

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

1:00pm PDT

Enter the World of Capoeira Angola
I will be presenting the movements, music, and history of Capoeira Angola. I will start with a brief explanation about the roots of Capoeira Angola and the relationship with the slave trade and African Diaspora in South America. Then I will be moving to show each of the instruments we play for the Capoeira game and we will practice the basic movements of Capoeira. The public will welcome to follow my lead trying the basic steps to enter the world of Capoeira Angola

Presenters
avatar for Silvio Dos Reis

Silvio Dos Reis

director, international capoeira angola foundation
My name is Silvio Dos Reis and I am from Brazil and a Capoeira Master Teacher. I moved to Seattle, WA, in 2004 and since then I have been teaching Capoeira for kids, youth and adults since then, organizing educational programs about the importance the cultural arts from the Diaspora... Read More →



Saturday May 15, 2021 1:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
The Lab

1:10pm PDT

Musical Performance by Elisha
Coming out of Miami, Florida, singer-songwriter Elisha brings a soulful, jazzy style with a touch of folk to the Seattle music scene. With silky-smooth vocals and a swing in their strum, they aim to spread love and hope to all who listen.

Why do I make music?
I found my identity in creative expression. Music is within me and I am music. This is how I experience and interpret the world—through sound and rhythm. It is how I “feel” beyond my sense of touch. A long time ago, I discovered the reach and the power of music. No matter what was going on, I could never turn my back on music because music has never turned its back on me. It has always embraced me warmly whether I was standing on a mountain or making my way through a valley. My hope is that my music will heal, comfort, and empower listeners. I’ve had the pleasure of connecting with various communities by sharing my art. It is both my passion and my calling. The journey continues!

Artists
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Elisha

Elisha is a visual artist, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist from Miami; currently based in Seattle. They were raised in Miami and were part of many music projects from childhood to adulthood. Besides guitar and vocals, their other instruments include bass, drums, trumpet... Read More →


Saturday May 15, 2021 1:10pm - 1:40pm PDT
The Mainstage

1:30pm PDT

Artist Talk with Esther Ervin
An opportunity to learn about artist Esther Ervin's work, process, inspirations, and artistic philosophy.

My past artistic work includes fiber-based wall hangings and ceramic masks commenting on politics and the environment; jewelry art from beads and metal; and small abstract wooden sculptures.

I also curated the work of several other artists and created my own permanent works reflecting on the redlining history of Seattle’s Central District.

My four works in sand-blasted glass depict these redlined districts. Three cast bronze salmon epitomize the struggle against racism and five colorful concrete, wood, and tile drum benches reflect ceremonies and celebrations. These permanent exterior installations at the new Liberty Bank Building helped broaden my examination of local society and politics

This project taught me about the history of the Central District, and of other racially segregated areas of Seattle. It informed the development of the works I created for that space and of other works, such as the “Erase Gun Violence,” necklace made of bullet casings and erasers.

Artists
avatar for Esther Ervin

Esther Ervin

Chief Operating Artist, Esther Ervin Creative Source, LLC
Esther Ervin is a contemporary visual artist, and jeweler. Born in Somerville, New Jersey, her explorations of art and nature began in childhood. She has a BS in Biology from the University of California, with credits from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. She completed... Read More →



Saturday May 15, 2021 1:30pm - 1:50pm PDT
Artist Talk Space

1:30pm PDT

Opportunities with Pratt Fine Arts Center
Stop by to learn more about access to Glass, Printmaking, Wood, Sculpture, and Jewelry/Metals studios in the Central District. There will be details about classes and workshops, tuition assistance, scholarships, and summer art programs.

Sponsors
avatar for Bianca Recuenco

Bianca Recuenco

To foster a creative, inclusive art‐making community, providing access to quality education and professionally equipped studios for everyone. We promote the joy and transformative power of art and actively support the development of visual artists.Your artist is inside.


Saturday May 15, 2021 1:30pm - 2:00pm PDT
Opportunity Room

1:40pm PDT

BLACK LIVES HAVE ALWAYS MATTERED: The Wisdom of African Proverbs
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
avatar for Georgia S. McDade

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 →
avatar for Merri Ann Osborne

Merri Ann Osborne

Executive Director, The Mahogany Project
As an artist, I'm intrigued by the intersections of art, social trends and politics as seen through a multi-cultural lens. My personal work has been in theatre, film, voice over, music, dance and bringing new works to life. Having lived and performed in Japan and the UK, I enjoy collaborating... Read More →

Artists
avatar for African American Writers' Alliance

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 →
avatar for Gail Haynes

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 →
avatar for Gaylloyd Sissón

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 →
avatar for helen collier

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 →
avatar for Jaye Ware

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 →
avatar for Margaret Barrie

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 →
avatar for Minnie A. Collins

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 →
avatar for Noni Ervin

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

1:40pm PDT

THE STAR THAT YOU ARE
THE STAR THAT YOU ARE

Nic Masangkay coaching you through transformation

Based on my original song “Star”

LESSONS
Self-empowerment, agency, and autonomy
Healing and self-love
Transformation and change

“ONE-ON-ONES” W/ME SUPPORTING...
one person
A group or situation
A collective or organization

MY SKILLS, EXPERIENCE, & VALUES INTUITIVELY APPLIED
music, poetry, multimedia
Filipinx
survivor
fibromyalgia & CPTSD
non-binary femme
solo polyam, grey ace
advocacy & consulting
healing justice
death positivity
transformative justice

SPECIALIZED STRATEGIES PER CONNECTION

MUST BE 21 OR OLDER

ONGOING UNTIL WE HAVE REACHED THE INTENDED GOALS

COMPENSATION: EXCHANGE WHAT WE CAN AS WE GO

Visit www.nicmasangkay.com for a full description
Contact Nic Masangkay at ngmasang@gmail.com for inquiries

Presenters
avatar for Nic Masangkay

Nic Masangkay

When you struggle with the ending, think of me. I’m Nic Masangkay —a cultural worker in music, poetry, multimedia, and transformation. Following years in a personal state of survival, I re-emerge in 2021 thriving. I am loved and ready to love. I know my power and where that can... Read More →



Saturday May 15, 2021 1:40pm - 2:10pm PDT
The Lab

2:00pm PDT

Artist Talk with Melany Lynne Bell
An opportunity to learn about artist Melany Lynne Bell's work, process, inspirations, and artistic philosophy.

I am an Ambidextrous Artist, Scientist, Step-Mother, Lover of Lady's & their Others.
Made to own Our connected spaces &
reinterpretation of
Shape, Sound or Frequency, re-speculating the birth of WE .
I am the Word & World created on a stage, page, tone or face
recreating, representing, & reflecting a state of a Mind, for the race to BE Human.
I am preaching precious Story's
mirrors we're constantly living up to reflecting on,
herstory's, infinite intelligence too deep to be respected
all to make rhyming come back
like when the Last Poets just met.
When lazy Saturdays meant SMURPH'S,
and Prince had not yet worn their bottomless pants .
I am UNcomforting white pages turned brilliant
like beats on the backs of breakdowns
an Ali of mental graphics
Shakespeare of word gymnastics.
to art like butter to fat is
no attempts just doing It.
ashe



Artists
avatar for Melany Lynne Bell

Melany Lynne Bell

I am a grant award-winning Ambidextrous Visual & Performing Artist & Writer, from Seattle, WA. I Teach & Perform locally & Internationally. I've worked at most major Music venues & theaters in the country as a Performer or Instructor. Including, every public school in the state of... Read More →



Saturday May 15, 2021 2:00pm - 2:20pm PDT
Artist Talk Space

2:00pm PDT

Opportunities with Arts Corps
Zoom rooms and Art Kits, responding to necessity in the digital age.

Sponsors
avatar for Arts Corps

Arts Corps

Arts Corps is a nationally recognized youth arts education organization that works to address the race and income-based opportunity gap in access to arts education. Through participation in our arts integration, out-of-school arts and teen leadership programs, youth experience the... Read More →


Saturday May 15, 2021 2:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
Opportunity Room

2:10pm PDT

The Art of Movement 1
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.

Artists
avatar for Dandy

Dandy

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 →
avatar for Eve Sanford

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 →
avatar for Sade Aset

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 →
avatar for Thias

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

2:20pm PDT

From Novel to Animated Sci-Fi Short Film: A journey with author, director, producer and screenwriter Dorothy Sekabira
Merri Ann Osborne, Executive Director of The Mahogany Project, talks with multi-disciplinary artist Dorothy Sekabira about her journey from novelist to animated filmmaker.

With her story ‘Rescue 2050’ serving as a backdrop, Merri Ann and Dorothy will explore how her passion for science fiction and fantasy informs her work, discuss the process of transforming a novel to film, and share with viewers the challenges and celebrations Dorothy encountered along the way. This presentation will include a viewing of ‘Rescue 2050’ and Q&A in chat if possible.

Presenters
avatar for Merri Ann Osborne

Merri Ann Osborne

Executive Director, The Mahogany Project
As an artist, I'm intrigued by the intersections of art, social trends and politics as seen through a multi-cultural lens. My personal work has been in theatre, film, voice over, music, dance and bringing new works to life. Having lived and performed in Japan and the UK, I enjoy collaborating... Read More →
avatar for Dorothy Sekabira

Dorothy Sekabira

Writer, Jaguza Productions
Dorothy Sekabira is a writer and film director. She wrote and directed the short film Dole (the doll) (2012) and an animated sci-fi short film, Rescue 2050 (2019), for her novel of the same title short film. She has pitched on multiple occasions at the Great American Pitchfest in... Read More →


Saturday May 15, 2021 2:20pm - 2:50pm PDT
The Lab

2:30pm PDT

Artist Talk with Yazzy
An opportunity to learn about artist Yazzy's work, process, inspirations, and artistic philosophy.

A reference photo inspired "Sisterhood", created under my artist name, Yazzy. I wanted to capture the feminine empowerment and harmony the photo represented to me. I chose a denim jacket for the painting that I could wear to share this positive message.

Artists
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Yazzy

Artist
Yazzy, an aspiring artist and high school student from Seattle, Washington had been introduced to art through an after school program when she was 7. Afterwards, her interest in art had been sporadic until the covid-19 pandemic of 2020. Shortly after the pandemic started, awareness... Read More →



Saturday May 15, 2021 2:30pm - 2:50pm PDT
Artist Talk Space

2:30pm PDT

Opportunities with the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture
The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture will be available to provide consultations around its many funding opportunities.

Sponsors
avatar for Seattle Office of Arts & Culture

Seattle Office of Arts & Culture

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) manages the city's public art program, cultural partnerships grant programs, the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, and The Creative Advantage initiative in the effort to foster a city driven by creativity that provides the o... Read More →


Saturday May 15, 2021 2:30pm - 3:00pm PDT
Opportunity Room

2:50pm PDT

Irkanni: Homeland
Writer and theatre artist Nabra Nelson explores Nubian language, being a part of a diasporic culture, and being mixed race. She shares an excerpt from 'Nubian Stories', a play she co-wrote with her mother, and two original poems.

To purchase a copy of the play, go to https://www.blurb.com/user/Nabrashaa.


Artists
avatar for Nabra Nelson

Nabra Nelson

Nabra Nelson is a writer, community organizer, and theater creator from Nubia, Egypt, and California. Her Nubian side is from the Fadijja tribe of the village of Abu Simbel. As a playwright, arts administrator, director, and teaching artist, she works with theaters, universities... Read More →



Saturday May 15, 2021 2:50pm - 3:00pm PDT
The Mainstage

3:00pm PDT

Artist Talk with Adetola Abatan
An opportunity to learn about artist Adetola Abatan's work, process, inspirations, and artistic philosophy.

Adetola Abatan is a collage artist who primarily works with paper and fabric. Her art speaks to multi-layered identities and the belief that we are more than one skill or interest even as we evolve and find places of belonging. Her collage work is often whimsical and surreal, a juxtaposition of black and/or female bodies and the struggles of personhood, faith, and wholeness. What does it mean to be one’s intersectional self when society- even within one’s own community- can only see one layer, one box at a time? She is currently earning an MFA in Arts Leadership at Seattle University while deepening her mixed media and collage experience.

Artists
avatar for Adetola Abatan

Adetola Abatan

Adetola Abatan is a collage artist, engineer, and emerging arts leader. She is in a life swerve, transitioning from a 14-year chemical engineering career to focus on the Arts sector. Since discovering collage, her artwork has been featured in the 2020 Jazz Dance Open’s “Dance... Read More →



Saturday May 15, 2021 3:00pm - 3:20pm PDT
Artist Talk Space

3:00pm PDT

Opportunities with The Vera Project
Meet Vera Project members & staff leading Digital Production Lab NW (DPLN), a new free career-training program focused on audio/video broadcast production for BIPOC and LGBTQ youth ages 15-24 in the greater Seattle area. This cohort-format program equips young people with production gear, hands-on workshops, access to mentors, and professional opportunities to produce and direct creative content. Check out behind-the-scenes of DPLN students' work, including performances featured at ACES, and learn how you can get involved with the next Production Lab cohort!

Sponsors
avatar for The Vera Project

The Vera Project

Always All Ages
The Vera Project fuels personal and community transformation through collaborative, youth-driven engagement in music and art.VERA is an all-ages volunteer-fueled music and arts venue. By engaging participants at all levels of music production and community organizing, Vera fulfills... Read More →


Saturday May 15, 2021 3:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
Opportunity Room

3:00pm PDT

We Do Not Live Single Issue Lives
 "There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives."
- Audre Lorde

My presentation seeks to educate on the concept of Intersectionality. It will begin by defining intersectionality and helping the participants to understand how social and political identities combine to create different modes of discrimination/oppression and privilege. I will then show a slide, consisting a photo of my face, and listing my many intersecting identities. As time permits, I would like to poll the participants to help them to discover their intersectionalities.

Presenters
avatar for Gloria Jackson-Nefertiti

Gloria Jackson-Nefertiti

Gloria Jackson-Nefertiti has been a workshop presenter throughout most of North America, starting with a workshop she created called "Transcending Shame." In 2020, she answered a Call for Presenters for a new conference in Berlin, Germany called, "LOVE IS POLYTICAL – Conference... Read More →



Saturday May 15, 2021 3:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
The Lab

3:10pm PDT

ACES at the Movies
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
avatar for Daniel Chang

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 →
avatar for Stephen Takashima

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 →
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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

3:30pm PDT

Artist Talk with Kellie Kawahara-Niimi
An opportunity to learn about artist Kellie Kawahara-Niimi''s work, process, inspirations, and artistic philosophy.

Kellie Kawahara-Niimi’s art is quiet and meditative. The art is a reminder to take time to rest and recover. Their work is about finding a quiet space for reflection-- finding ways to bring ourselves back into our bodies and to rediscover our humanness. Their pieces are about respite and whimsical escapes. Kellie’s aim with their art is to be able to bring a sense of pleasure and delight through vibrant resin paintings. The works evoke sensations of playfulness and discovery. They are approachable, yet thought-provoking and insightful.

Kellie believes that being an artist is audacious. Each decision made in the creative process is a practice in courage to create something in a society that criticizes and devalues the arts. Their life's work is to create spaces that allow us to recognize that any artwork created is needed and necessary.

Artists
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Kellie Kawahara-Niimi

Kellie Kawahara-Niimi (pronouns: they/theirs) is a non-binary asian-american artist based in Seattle, Washington. Kellie uses their artwork as a way to communicate kindness, comfort and compassion to the world. Each piece is made with vulnerability and authenticity, which makes Kellie’s... Read More →



Saturday May 15, 2021 3:30pm - 3:50pm PDT
Artist Talk Space

3:30pm PDT

Opportunities with 4Culture
Chat with 4Culture reps to learn about their work in the community, and to receive tailored advice on specific art project grants and fellowships, or public art opportunities that best match your interests.

Sponsors
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4Culture

As the cultural funding agency for King County, Washington, 4Culture works to make our region vibrant. Look for all the ways we are at work in your community.


Saturday May 15, 2021 3:30pm - 4:00pm PDT
Opportunity Room

3:40pm PDT

A Non Model Minority
I will present the intersectionality of visual art and performance as an extension of a current site-specific art installation, “A Non Model Minority”. The 16-page newspaper is a visual autobiography outlining my life and career as a Vietnamese American artist. This interactive artwork is on display at Little Saigon Creative through June 2021 as part of their inaugural exhibit, “Owning It”. Folks are welcome to take a copy of the newspaper though due to the restrictions stemming from the pandemic, patrons are severely limited to visit the gallery.

I will read excerpts from the tabloid-size newspaper along with showcasing additional images associated with each story. Following my readings, I will respond to the audience's questions and engage in a dialogue. And concluding the presentation, I will offer parting words of advice for making art during the pandemic.

Artists
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Minh Carrico

I am a transdisciplinary artist and my present studio practice focuses on producing public art installations and curating gallery exhibitions that examine the issues of citizenship, standardization, and the construction of identities. I am also a visual arts educator at Edmonds College... Read More →



Saturday May 15, 2021 3:40pm - 4:10pm PDT
The Lab

4:00pm PDT

Artist Talk with Elisha
An opportunity to learn about artist Elisha's work, process, inspirations, and artistic philosophy.

(NOTE: this is about my music, but the same applies to my visual art)
I found my identity in creative expression. Music is within me and I am music. This is how I experience and interpret the world—through sound and rhythm. It is how I “feel” beyond my sense of touch. A long time ago, I discovered the reach and the power of music. No matter what was going on, I could never turn my back on music because music has never turned its back on me. It has always embraced me warmly whether I was standing on a mountain or making my way through a valley. My hope is that my music will heal, comfort, and empower listeners. I’ve had the pleasure of connecting with various communities by sharing my art. It is both my passion and my calling. The journey continues!

Artists
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Elisha

Elisha is a visual artist, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist from Miami; currently based in Seattle. They were raised in Miami and were part of many music projects from childhood to adulthood. Besides guitar and vocals, their other instruments include bass, drums, trumpet... Read More →



Saturday May 15, 2021 4:00pm - 4:20pm PDT
Artist Talk Space

4:00pm PDT

If Harmless Had a Body
A poetry reading of celebration, defiance, self-love, and food.

Artists
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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 →


Saturday May 15, 2021 4:00pm - 4:20pm PDT
The Mainstage

4:00pm PDT

Opportunities with Shunpike
Speak with Shunpike Program Manager Martin Tran to learn more about Shunpike programs beyond ACES. He will touch on Storefronts, Amazon Artist in Residence, Arts Business Advice, and present on our newest opportunity, The Studio at 2+U, a dedicated space for artists to rehearse and gather, free of charge.

Sponsors
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Shunpike

Shunpike empowers artists through equitable access to vital expertise, opportunities, and business services. Shunpike envisions a community where independent artists and arts groups thrive creatively and economically, and where their work is widely valued as fundamental to the cultural... Read More →


Saturday May 15, 2021 4:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
Opportunity Room

4:20pm PDT

Making My Masterpiece
I will give attendants a good foundation for writing a book of any kind. Emphasis will be on the structure of a book: cover, table of contents (if applicable), dedication, a letter from the author (optional), introduction (optional), content, index, biography. The hope is with this structure, anyone can write a book.

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 →


Saturday May 15, 2021 4:20pm - 5:00pm PDT
The Lab

4:30pm PDT

Artist Talk with Soo Hong
An opportunity to learn about artist Soo Hong's work, process, inspirations, and artistic philosophy.

My work explores the unrooted human condition, reflecting my nomadic life experience and as a person of color and immigrant who aspires to feel belonged. I am not deeply rooted in a particular culture or a place. The act of painting is analogous to nesting in the place I live and creating an intimate space. Through my works, I want to convey a sense of belonging and inclusion regardless of the differences in backgrounds.

I use abstract imagery to convey diversity and bring a wider perspective to this world. In my paintings, I fill the space with bright colors, peculiar shapes, chromatic gradations, and gestural lines. In my abstract painting, I explore to bring new methods and conventionally incompatible materials together- mixing acrylic with Chinese ink, collaging photographs, painting on sculptures, and using apps in my works. This approach leads me to create new images and ways to extend them.

Artists
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Soo Hong

Artist
Soo Hong (b. Seoul, Korea) constantly moved, lived in five different countries, and struggled to learn new languages and cultures each time. Now she is striving to settle in the U.S. Not deeply rooted in a particular country or culture, Hong has felt being alienated by her surroundings... Read More →



Saturday May 15, 2021 4:30pm - 4:50pm PDT
Artist Talk Space

4:30pm PDT

Opportunities with Refuge Outdoor Festival
Refuge Outdoor Festival is a camping experience geared toward Black, Indigenous, People of Color. Centered on building community through outdoor recreation, conversations, music, and art.  

Meet with President and Founder Chevon Powell to learn more about the festival, opportunities for visual and performing artists, vendors, and scholarships to attend the next festival this August.

Exhibitors
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Refuge Outdoor Festival

Refuge Outdoor Festival is a camping experience geared toward Black, Indigenous, People of Color. Centered on building community through outdoor recreation, conversations, music, and art.  


Saturday May 15, 2021 4:30pm - 5:00pm PDT
Opportunity Room

4:30pm PDT

What the Funk?! Why Representation Matters in Burlesque
We will screen a 5-minute teaser reel of 'What the Funk?!', followed by a discussion of the BIPOC burlesque community in Seattle. We will then explore the national and international reach of BIPOC Burlesque, and explore how other BIPOC artists can support BIPOC Burlesque. We'll then end with what you've been waiting for, a performance from 'What the Funk?!'

Presenters
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Rebecca M Davis

Exec Producer, The Stay Up Late Show
Rebecca M. Davis holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Oregon. You may have seen her in 'The Bishop’s Wife' at Taproot, or playing Touchstone for Seattle Shakespeare Company Spring, 2019.  A versatile host and MC, Rebecca has pivoted to hosting events online since the outset... Read More →
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Mx. Pucks A'Plenty

Mx. Pucks A'Plenty is the Director of Junk in da Trunk, the Michelle Obama of Burlesque, and Seattle's Own Mxtress of Thiccness! Pucks is the founder and co-producer behind What the Funk?! An All POC Burlesque Festival. The Femme Daddy that your mother should have warned you about... Read More →


Saturday May 15, 2021 4:30pm - 5:00pm PDT
The Mainstage
 
Sunday, May 16
 

12:00pm PDT

KEYNOTE ADDRESS - Listening to the past: Ancestor memory as a tool for understanding your purpose
Inye Wokoma and Elisheba Johnson will show the connected threads of both of their family's histories of community building and how that has shaped the creation and development of Wa Na Wari.  

Presenters
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Elisheba Johnson

Elisheba Johnson is a curator, poet, public artist, and consultant that lives in Seattle, WA. Johnson, who has a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts, was the owner of Faire Gallery Café, a multi-use art space that held art exhibitions, music shows, poetry readings, and creative... Read More →
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Inye Wokoma

Inye Wokoma’s family has lived in the Central District since the 1940s and has been entrenched in the neighborhood’s long history of Black art, culture, commerce, worship, institution building and political activism. As an award-winning journalist, filmmaker, and visual artist... Read More →


Sunday May 16, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
The Mainstage

1:00pm PDT

Artist Talk with mg dufresne
An opportunity to learn about artist mg dufresne's work, process, inspirations, and artistic philosophy.

A majority of my life is spent as a poet, teacher, publisher, and diversity inclusion activist. Long hours are spent thinking through writing and rewriting. This process much like my work with clay sustains ideas of compaction, attachment, and weathering away.

Living in the Pacific Northwest with its abundance of water, elemental green and blue hues, pocked volcanic fields, thinning glacial crevasses are referenced in my vessels. I’m interested in the ways clay, elemental materials, and atmosphere speaks to history, relics of violence, and longing intrinsic to existing in/through durational violence—the marks between marks.

Because I am an immigrant, a person of color, and a woman, my work often avoids linear narratives and their retellings; hence, I cannot separate myself from my context—its landscape. Each vessel through its making and materials begs the question: how can one survive and exist within a hostile environment and come out intact?

Artists
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mg dufresne

Born in Subic Bay, Philippines, Mg Dufresne makes sculptural vessels and functional ware inspired by the landscape of the Pacific Northwest. She is a Kelsey Street press member, Kundiman fellow, and author of the poetry collections Anemal Uter Meck (Black Radish Books, 2017) and not... Read More →



Sunday May 16, 2021 1:00pm - 1:20pm PDT
Artist Talk Space

1:00pm PDT

The Colorization Collective: Promoting Teen Artists of Color
A panel discussion featuring youth artists (ages 13-19) of color. The teens will have participated in The Colorization Collective’s programs, either as mentorship participants or teen features. Our panelists will share their journey through the arts, how being a youth of color has impacted their artistic practice, and why they believe racial equity in the arts is important.

Teens of color face specific barriers to artistic participation, including cultural pressures from family, a lack of professional role models, and financial barriers. Additionally, they often struggle to find an artistic community that celebrates their identity. On the flip side, when teens do find safe spaces and can pursue the arts, their work is often revolutionary. By sharing their stories, these teens of color can share a novel perspective—that of BIPOC youth—with the audience.

As an organization, The Colorization Collective empowers teen artists of color to grow more confident in themselves and their abilities. We believe that when we view those who look like us and share our experiences in artwork, we receive validation of our identity. Through our two main projects, we amplify the work of BIPOC teens, push for diversity and inclusion, and work to ensure that all teens feel welcomed in the artistic community.

We will begin the presentation by sharing a short clip from our Refocus web series [5 min]. In this clip, J’Dyn Plater, a Black actress, will share about the barriers she faced as an artist of color, as well as how she overcame them. We will then transition into a panel discussion [25 min]. Potential questions for the discussion include: - Have you ever felt conscious of your race in the arts? Why or why not? - How do you think teens can change the status quo and combat racial inequity in the arts? - What advice do you have for teen artists of color? - What does your ideal future for the arts look like?



Presenters
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Kalkidane Yeshak

Kalkidane Yeshak is a senior at Lakeside School and has been a leader of the Black Student Union since 2019. She will be attending Occidental College in the fall, where she will be studying Political Science. She started writing poetry in middle school after discovering her passion... Read More →
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Izze Peña

Izze Peña is a 16-year old high school sophomore and a Hispanic, neurodivergent, multidisciplinary artist. She is passionate about accessibility, sustainability, racial justice, and emphasizing intersectionality.
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Marina Chen

Marina Jinghang Chen is a freshman at Duke University and prospective English major, serving as an associate editor for the Duke literary publication, The Archive. She started writing poems in high school after hating poetry since birth and now, whenever she finds time, writes surrealist... Read More →
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Anya Shukla

Anya Shukla is a senior at Lakeside School and has been an artist for as long as she can remember. A proponent of racial equity in the arts, she co-founded The Colorization Collective in 2019; through The Collective, she works to support teen artists of color. Anya is also the President... Read More →



Sunday May 16, 2021 1:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
The Lab

1:10pm PDT

Musical Performance by Theory of Change
Our name comes from our collective background as social activists seeking change for the good, at the intersection of music and social activism. Our music and video content extends a keen message of change and growth — both in our society and individually. We believe in building better societal structures that allow everyone to have access to prosperity, and not just those with wealth and privilege.

But this is also a story of personal growth, as resiliency makes us stronger and we grow from our experiences along the way. Resiliency has been a tremendous theme in Ben’s life, as he has survived a battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and a raging apartment fire.

“Music is a powerful thing,” Ben says. “Music can heal. It can bring people together. It can spur difficult but needed conversations. I still believe music and truly change the world.”

Artists
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Theory of Change

Theory of Change is a socially conscious folksy indie-rock ensemble producing pensive but powerful, thoughtful, and melodic songs about societal and personal growth.The 6-piece indie band sometimes performs as a 3-piece acoustic ensemble, comprised of Ben Henry, songwriter/singer/guitarist... Read More →



Sunday May 16, 2021 1:10pm - 1:40pm PDT
The Mainstage

1:40pm PDT

Hip Hop Theory 101
In this workshop we will discuss the importance of maintaining cultural integrity for hip hop artists. I will explain the basic elements of hip hop songwriting as well as the value of branding and adhering to a concept.

Presenters
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AnthonyArlene!

Writer, AnthonyArlene Music LLC
AnthonyArlene! is a Songwriter, Lyricist, Artist, and Producer based out of Seattle, Washington. He has worked with a range of up-and-coming Seattle artists to co-write, coach, and produce a wide range of musical pieces. He is best known for his catchy hooks and rapid songwriting... Read More →
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Norma "La Profexora" González

Artist Manager, AnthonyArlene Music, LLC
Norma "La Profexora" González is a Writer, Speaker, Consultant, and Entrepreneur. She holds a Law Degree from Seattle University School of Law and is a Certified Life, Entrepreneur, and Business Coach. She uses her community lawyering, visionary, and coaching skills to help friends... Read More →


Sunday May 16, 2021 1:40pm - 2:10pm PDT
The Lab

1:50pm PDT

Visual Poetry Anthology
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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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

2:00pm PDT

Artist Talk with Isabella Wang
An opportunity to learn about artist Isabella Wang's work, process, inspirations, and artistic philosophy.

All of the pieces that I have selected represent discoveries I’ve made in what it means to be a young person in 2020; I paint the struggles, the successes, and the experiences of adolescence. Being overwhelmed by a wealth of knowledge and endless amounts of decision-making, I was determined to investigate the relationship between youth and their environments. As stressful as it is to be a youth in society, I wanted to shed light on the hopefulness and ambition that we should all have. In my art, I show the fierce power and individualism that youth can use against the face of oppression and injustice. These pieces encapsulate my journey not only as an artist, but as a teenager in an ongoing mission to find my youth identity. These paintings document the struggles I’ve faced and tell the story I continue to lead.

Artists
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Isabella Wang

Isabella Wang is currently a high school student residing in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. In middle school, Isabella was chosen as one of fifteen students nationwide to serve on the Microsoft Council for Digital Good. Serving on the council, Isabella grew passionate about amplifying... Read More →



Sunday May 16, 2021 2:00pm - 2:20pm PDT
Artist Talk Space

2:20pm PDT

The Role of the Treatment in Filmmaking
With my background in filmmaking, I will use a recently completed project as a case study for how artists can develop works drawing from their native culture, from the pitch/treatment, through funding, production, and exhibition. The case study would focus on "Yai Nin," a documentary short film about my Thai grandmother that was filmed in our native Chiang Mai, and has gone on to a film festival run and earning several awards.  

The key takeaway for the ACES community is the development of a treatment as being applicable to many art forms and industries. An effective treatment can be more than just a proof of concept. It is a document you refer back to for informing a project or idea throughout its lifespan and beyond. It rallies other creative collaborators and prospective supporters to your ideas as allies and helps your allies stick to your vision.

Time allowing I can be available to audience questions relating to any topics covered and end with calling out some resources that I've found useful in creative project development.

Presenters
avatar for Champ Ensminger

Champ Ensminger

Champ Ensminger is a Thai American filmmaker born in Chiang Mai and raised in Spokane, Washington. After graduating from the University of Washington in Seattle with a degree in comparative literature and anthropology, he moved to New York City, where he worked at the video hosting... Read More →


Sunday May 16, 2021 2:20pm - 2:50pm PDT
The Lab

2:20pm PDT

Open Mic: A Collection of Poetry, Music, & Getting Loud
A showcase of Seattle's unique and talented performers.

Poetry reading by Tazz Enrico

a trip to the sun: spoken word and music by Yuna & Anis

Musical Performance by YoungDub

Musical Performance by honeypot.


Artists
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honeypot.

honeypot. is a lo-fi indie punk band led by Seattle singer/songwriter Hunter Grier. He describes the project as "The sonic representation of an anxiety attack."Everything is written/recorded/released by Hunter.Thanks for listening.
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YoungDub

21 years old. I Live in Everett WA, grew up in Mukilteo WA.  Alumni in Macklemore's residency program for 2 years. Write my own music.  I encourage people to spread love and positivity.  I'm living my dream one day at a time. Keep following me to the top!https://www.facebook.c... Read More →
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Yuna & Anis

Yuna is a singer from the land of Kanaka Maoli (Hawai’i) by way of Kumagaya City, Japan. She has an affinity for SpongeBob memes, loves to be appropriately quirky, and is a hype man for her beautiful BIPOC friends.Anis Gisele is committed to anger and disobedience as an Azn femme... Read More →


Sunday May 16, 2021 2:20pm - 3:00pm PDT
The Mainstage

2:30pm PDT

Artist Talk with Jake Prendez
An opportunity to learn about artist Jake Prendez's work, process, inspirations, and artistic philosophy.

Jake Prendez' oil paintings and digital artwork are created with a specific focus on themes relating to Chicanx and Indigenous culture, social justice, pop culture, and satire.

Jake’s work is an amalgamation of my life experiences. It represents his Chicano background, his life lived back and forth from Los Angeles and Seattle, it represents love and heart break, oppression and resilience, laughter and tears. It’s as if I took all his life experiences, put in a blender and poured out onto canvas.

Artists
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Jake Prendez

Jake Prendez grew up living in between LA and Seattle. He received his Bachelor’s in American Ethnic Studies from UW and his Master’s in Chicana/o Studies from CSU Northridge. His Master’s thesis was entitled The Art of Rebellion: Social Justice and Chicana/o Visual Arts. Today... Read More →



Sunday May 16, 2021 2:30pm - 2:50pm PDT
Artist Talk Space

3:00pm PDT

Artist Talk with Gemma Cross
An opportunity to learn about artist Esther Ervin's work, process, inspirations, and artistic philosophy.

Because of my identity, my work is rooted in creating social change by making art that brings opportunities for others. I strive to create my art with people in my community and bring them up with me in my success. I want to be a role model for young BIPOC, because if I can do it, so can they.

Artists
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Gemma Cross

My name is Gemma Cross, and I'm a photographer, videographer, and creative director from Seattle. I'm a Film student at Cornish College of the Arts and am a full-time artist. I specialize in creative portraiture and music videos.



Sunday May 16, 2021 3:00pm - 3:20pm PDT
Artist Talk Space

3:00pm PDT

Participate in Amplifying the Palestinian Demands to Survive Ethnic Cleansing
To Collaborate with a Seattle-based political feminist collective calling on ending the violence in Palestine.  

Presenters
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sonj basha

hi, i'm sonj basha. i am an immigrant from Bangladesh, currently working as an artist & creative advisor. i have been traveling & designing community experiences for over 8 years while being rooted in the pacific northwest. i graduated from Mills College in Oakland California with... Read More →



Sunday May 16, 2021 3:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
The Lab

3:05pm PDT

The Stuff I See
A reading of original poems by Jaye Ware.

"Art resides deep within the soul; grumbling and stirring things up. It cannot be restrained, contained, or controlled. The Artist is propelled and driven by a yearning inside to express their form of art; a persistence that cannot be ignored or denied. I write and share spoken word in a wide variety of spaces and places because I am compelled. The plays I write tap into and explore a different part of my artistic style that permits more freedom and the inclusion of others in my art and vision."

Artists
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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 →


Sunday May 16, 2021 3:05pm - 3:35pm PDT
The Mainstage

3:30pm PDT

Artist Talk with Osa Elaiho
An opportunity to learn about artist Osa Elaiho's work, process, inspirations, and artistic philosophy.

I believe art is a conduit for healing and an expression of transformation. My goal through art is to always capture the emotions and observations around me in a way that questions logic and linear thinking. My use of multiple, and often bold, colors are an attempt to capture the complexity of foundational emotions which is sometimes lost or hidden.

Artists
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Osa Elaiho

As a Nigerian-born visual artist who is self-taught, I have been blessed to be influenced by a range of creative inputs in my life. I lived in Nigeria until I was 16 years old. As a child, music played a key role in my life as my father piped various genres of music through the speakers... Read More →



Sunday May 16, 2021 3:30pm - 3:50pm PDT
Artist Talk Space

3:40pm PDT

THE EMERGING BLACK WRITER
Noni Ervin interviews author Helen J. Collier.

1. What does it mean to be a Black writer in America?
2. How has my life been affected by the standard that is inflicted on me as a Black writer?
3. What are the problems that I have had to confront as being a Black writer and being a part of the writing community as a whole?
4. What are the expectations for me as a Black writer that’s not there for a white writer?
5. How have traditional publishing entities treated Black writers?
6. How are Black writers able to get our writing out?
7. The privilege that white writers and publishing companies live in
8. What does the reader/audience miss out on by not having access to Black writers?
9. The Black author’s writing is unique:
10. The experience
11. The impact on the reader
12. The experience of the Black writer 13.
There is a need

Presenters
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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 →

Artists
avatar for Noni Ervin

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 →


Sunday May 16, 2021 3:40pm - 4:10pm PDT
The Lab

3:45pm PDT

The Art of Movement 2
Rippling Through
Choreography and dance by Isabella Smith

Where Angels Fear to Tread
Choreography by Sade Aset
Dancers: Ivory's Angels

un recuerdo de la eternidad 
Choreography by Julietta Magaña Pérez
Animation by Natalia Magaña Pérez
My soul has existed for many years and might exist again in the future. I know that others have existed previously as well. I recognize that no matter what lifetime we live in, we will meet again. My ancestors will always be behind me, guiding me. Maybe I am a soul of my ancestors
 

Artists
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Isabella Smith

Isabella Smith is a new choreographer born and raised in Seattle, WA. She has been studying ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, choreography, Donald Byrd technique, and various types of world dance at The School of Spectrum Dance Theater's Professional Academy Program. She has participated... Read More →
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Julietta & Natalia Magaña Pérez

Julietta and Natalia Magaña Pérez are Mexican American siblings from Kirkland, Washington. Julietta studied dance at Columbia College Chicago, earning their B.F.A in 2018. Natalia is in their senior year of high school studying illustration part-time at DigiPen. This is Julietta... 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 →


Sunday May 16, 2021 3:45pm - 4:05pm PDT
The Mainstage

4:00pm PDT

Artist Talk with Angelina Villalobos
An opportunity to learn about artist Angelina Villalobos' work, process, inspirations, and artistic philosophy.

Angelina Villalobos, pseudonym 179 grew up in Seattle, Washington within a mosaic of cultures and ideas. Having been raised Americanized Mexican Catholic, Angelina’s work mixes the elements of her upbringing and merges them with graffiti, anime, folklore, and fairytales to create a very unique style exclusive to the Pacific Northwest. Angelina received her Associate of Applied Science from Seattle Central Community College Graphic Design Program in 2008, but discovered she liked the tangibleness of creating art by hand rather than the distant world of computers.

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Angelina Villalobos

Artist, 179
I’m a muralist and teaching artist in Seattle working with the community on public art projects and workshops. My goal is to create safe and beautiful spaces for community members by engaging them in mindful installations. I love working with youth and challenging their brilliant... Read More →



Sunday May 16, 2021 4:00pm - 4:20pm PDT
Artist Talk Space

4:15pm PDT

Baking the Brand: A Recipe for Reach, Recognition & Revenue
Have you been building a half-baked brand? Probably so if you post without a plan, communicate without consistency, or trip over telling your story. This workshop is designed to show you how to strategize for your personal brand without sacrificing your authenticity or peace of mind. Learn how to construct an organic marketing plan that will help position you for better opportunities and leave a digital footprint that people genuinely want to follow. Even if you plan to outsource your marketing efforts, Baking the Brand offers an intro to full-stack brand marketing through a lens of visuals, voice, and value-based relationships.

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Twitter: @WorthiLLC

Presenters
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Briaan L. Barron

Founder & CEO, Worthii LLC
Briaan L. Barron has spent over a decade building purpose-fueled brands as a founder, brand strategist, consumer marketer, and creative director. She is the Owner and Principal of Worthi, a strategy and design firm focused on supporting balanced business owners and nimble nonprofits... Read More →


Sunday May 16, 2021 4:15pm - 5:00pm PDT
The Mainstage

4:20pm PDT

Zodiaco Familiar- A reimagined Mexican Zodiac
I have created a series of 12 ceramic animal heads that represent a Mexican zodiac--a playful and personalized reinterpretation of the Chinese zodiac you may be familiar with. The fifth of this series is a collaboration with 13 amazing Mexican and Chicanx artists of all different disciplines.

14 different artists collaborated on a 12 zodiac head series. Each artist is working on the animal that correlates to the year of their birth (according to the parallel Chinese zodiac). If they were born the year of the rat, they would work on El Chapulín. This made for a wonderful and vulnerable way of talking to different artists. Some of the collaborators are friends from my past and some are new friends because of this undertaking.

The goal of this project and collaboration is to showcase the breadth of artistic expressions within the Mexican and Chicanx community, to give these artists a platform to express their voice and vision, and to use a familiar tale to comment on the need for human connection and community. It’s been one of the most exciting ventures to create and it’s all because of the bond we are forming through collaboration.


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George Rodriguez

Born and raised in the border city of El Paso, TX, George Rodriguez creates humorous decorative ceramic sculpture addressing his identity and community. The first in his family to finish college, he received a BFA in ceramics from the University of Texas at El Paso then went on to... Read More →


Sunday May 16, 2021 4:20pm - 4:50pm PDT
The Lab

4:30pm PDT

Artist Talk with Kyler Hill Pahang
An opportunity to learn about artist Kyler Hill Pahang's work, process, inspirations, and artistic philosophy.

My body of work exhibits large mixed media paintings that depict the colonized in the same position as their colonizers in order to expand others' views on third-world countries.

I am encouraging others to do the same by depicting aspects of their cultures that are often excluded by Mass Media. My work is an effort to decenter the Eurocentric Canon of Art and to make the marginalized the leading role.

I had grown up in a society where my people were, and continue to be, invisible. My only frame of reference to Filipinx contributions and culture had been taught by my parents. Just like many immigrant parents, their focus was not on the preservation of culture, but more so on the success of their children which often meant their assimilation. To this day I use art as a vehicle on my journey of reclaiming my identity.

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Kyler Pahang

Kyler Pahang is a Filipino artist based in Seattle, WA. His art is focused on empowering, decolonizing, and celebrating cultures. He wants to reconnect back to his roots and does so by researching in precolonial traditions and creating artworks based upon said research. Pahang has... Read More →


Sunday May 16, 2021 4:30pm - 4:50pm PDT
Artist Talk Space