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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Esmeralda Vasquez

Esmeralda Vasquez is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist and muralist currently based out of the Seattle area. Her experience as a Latinx / LGBTQ+ artist from the Yakima Valley has expanded her view of the world and inspired her drive to connect with people from diverse backgrounds. She is currently a Teaching Artist with Urban Artworks — a local nonprofit that engages youth, artists, and communities in the creation of public art. Her passion for raising awareness among a variety of social topics shows through in her work and acts as a visual representation of her voice. Having empathy and compassion is  very important to her. Embodying these traits has led her on a growing path of creative projects within her community. She has worked on multiple collaborations with local nonprofits such as The Vera Project, Pro Choice Washington, and The Feels Foundation. While her main sources of inspiration revolve around art, music, and design, much of her work focuses on displaying themes of representation, symbolism, and color theory.

IG: @esoveresmeralda

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