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 • 2:10pm - 2:30pm
Spoken Word Performance: Garfield Hillson

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I am a self taught writer specializing in performance poetry raised in South Florida and now living in Seattle. As a Queer Black artist, my stories often exist in opposition to a world that places little value on the intersections that are my life. Therefore, I often spend my time investigating the many hues of traumas and oppressions my communities and myself experience. I guess I wonder about where I am able to just exist. My work is about family and community- my kin and skinfolk. Our dreams. Our defeats. It is also a hallowed place for me to quiet the generational trauma and oppressions that live in my skin, and to imagine a world of liberation and freedom where healing is happening in abundance.

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Garfield Hillson

Originally from South Florida, Garfield Hillson is a Black-Queer poet, warrior, organizer, and educator working in Seattle. He believes in the beauty of words and the power of story-sharing. He believes in trauma-informed social justice healing and that art and education are the building... Read More →

Saturday May 20, 2023 2:10pm - 2:30pm PDT
Pratt Fine Arts Center - Outdoor Stage

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