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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Saturday, May 20 • 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Artist Talk: Wadiyah Nelson - Shimabukuro

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This is the beginning of my journey to address my anger, grief and mourning at the state sanctioned murders of African Americans in this country. These pieces are the two out of a four part Black Lives Matter Project that I'm working on and hope to complete by the end of 2023.

Exhibiting Artists
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Wadiyah Nelson - Shimabukuro

retired librarian
I'm a fiber artist, quilter and member of the Pacific North West African American Quilt group (PNWAAQ). Twenty three years ago I started out with no sewing skills, no sense of color concepts or direction - but I trusted my creative heart to find my way in the magical and spiritual... Read More →

Saturday May 20, 2023 3:15pm - 3:45pm PDT
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute - Grand Hall