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 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Framing Portraiture as an Act of Love

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‘Framing Portraiture as an Act of Love’ is inspired by my reading of bell hooks. The aim of the workshop is to express love for self and community through portraiture. I will talk about myself and my work. Afterward, I will speak about intentionally in portraiture. Then, I will teach attendees some compositional tools to use along with their intention to guide their practice. Attendees will break off into groups for the cellphone portrait activity. Lastly, the group will come back together to share their portraits.

Presenting & Performing Artist...
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Kenya Shakoor

Kenya Shakoor, a self-taught photographer, and filmmaker from Tacoma, Washington, embodies her love for herself and her community through her artistry. She exhibits work that prompts discussion about vulnerability, softness, and community care. In addition to exhibiting work, she... Read More →

Sunday May 21, 2023 1:45pm - 2:45pm PDT
Pratt Fine Arts Center - Painting & Drawing Studio