ACES // Artists of Color Expo & Symposium is a BIPOC-led, community-curated program featuring art exhibitslive performancespresentationsworkshopsfilm screeningsartist talksartist opportunity tables and art marketWe are coming together with intentionality to value our work and see one another as resources, while focusing on the challenges and solutions we face as artists of color in the Pacific Northwest.

ACES 2023 is a hybrid event, presented online and in person. 

May 20 + 21, 2023

12 pm - 7 pm


ACES is FREE to attend, with a suggested donation of $10.

ASL interpreters are available on-site and via Zoom.

Free childcare is provided on-site.

ACES is presented by Shunpike, in collaboration with 4Culture, Artist Trust, Arts Corps, ArtsWA, CD Forum, Golden Bricks Events, Ground Zero Radio, Langston Seattle, Northwest Film Forum, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Refuge Outdoor Festival, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Seattle Restored, Black Rock Spirits, Spokane Arts, The Vera Project, and Totem Star.
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Leslie Barber

Leslie Barber is an emerging Jamaican American fiber artist and holds a degree in Fashion & Textile Management from North Carolina State University. After relocating to Washington in 2017, she felt an overwhelming sense of loneliness as she navigated primarily white spaces as a black woman. Desiring a creative outlet, she turned to the meditative act of embroidery to help ease her anxiety and depression and eventually started to interpret her fondness for fashion and culture into embroidered art pieces. In her art, she attempts to prioritize black culture, aspects of black womanhood and the joy black people continue to have despite a system built and maintained to diminish their successes. Her work was most recently selected for Shunpike’s 2022 Storefronts program and she has been awarded a duo exhibition through the City of Kent slated for sometime 2023.


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Saturday, May 20

12:00pm PDT

Sunday, May 21

12:00pm PDT

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