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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Sunday, May 21 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
PLAY TIME: an Arts Game Show

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Chino Gonzales (Bonnet Black) and Merri Ann Osborne (Mahogany Project) present PLAY TIME: an Arts Game Show.

Play Time is a new interactive and multigenerational game show series where audience members compete through different art games to collect the most points.

Play Time was developed to pay homage to the vast contributions made by artists and creatives from the African Diaspora and create space for our communities to play and learn at the same time.

Join us for the debut of Play Time, Sunday, May 21 from 12-1 PM in the Theater at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute with your host, America’s favorite comedian, Armani Jones.

Put your dance moves to the test in Name That Dance, create a song in a genre of your choice using 3 random words suggested by the opposing team in Jammin Artists, compete with other teams in an improv themed game led by guest artist Issiah Harris and learn about creative pioneers from the past and present in our bonus round, Ancestor Appreciation.

Anyone can play, regardless of their background in the arts. The main goal is to get together, build community, and have some fun.

Since this is a new production, there will be digital and physical feedback forms available. Your feedback is appreciated.

ASL interpreters will be available.
This event will not be recorded.

Presenting & Performing Artist...
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Armani Jones

CEO, LoveGrooves
First and foremost, Armani Jones enjoys the role of being an entertainer.Armani has used his education in communications, human behavior and life experience to place his company, LoveGrooves Productions, where it is today. "It is not easy. I have had to overcome many challenges... Read More →
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Keni (Chino) Gonzales

Founder, Bonnet Black
Chino, also known as Bonnet Black in the music scene, is an LGBTQ+ community organizer, educator, stage director, music producer, graphic designer, and occasional performer (but you didn't read that here). Chino believes that storytelling and performance art can be used as powerful... Read More →
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Merri Ann Osborne

Executive Director, The Mahogany Project
Merri Ann Osborne is the Executive Director of the Mahogany Project, an arts organization that spotlights artists from the African diaspora. A multi-disciplinary artistand producer, she enjoys collaborating with artists and bringing people together to share their stories, especially... Read More →
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Issiah Harris

Born in Connecticut but raised in Seattle, WA, Issiah has been on stage since the age of 8. While he started out doing musicals at theatre's such as The Moore, Seattle Rep, and Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, he is currently performing improv comedy throughout Seattle, primarily... Read More →

Sunday May 21, 2023 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute - Theater

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