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 • 5:20pm - 6:10pm
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The Flower, So-Hwa's Dream (4:47)​​​​
a film by MiYoung Margolis
"The Flower, So-Hwa’s Dream" is a Korean Contemporary Lyrical Dance piece. It is an Imagery of the flower, 'Trumpet Creeper' which is linked to a tragic love story in the Korean folktale. I put the story together in the Korean contemporary lyrical dance piece. ----- There was a court lady named 'So-Hwa' who loved her king and was waiting for him. Sadly, he didn't love her and never returned back. Soon she fell ill and died because of love sickness. She left a sorrowful testament stating, “Bury me here. I will be waiting for the king who would come tomorrow” After her death, all her quarters were filled with the Trumpet Creeper.

life is a gift (3:13)
a film by Gloria Joy Kazuko Muhammad & Mu Knowles
What does it mean to be liberated? to be free? for yourself and those you love? In life is a gift, Mu Knowles (born & raised on the Hilltop in Tacoma, WA) takes us on a journey through these questions. Gratitude to iMPACT LENS Narrative Justice HILLTOPIA Film Fellowship for helping to make this film possible. More info on iMPACT LENS here: impact-lens.org

a film by Theo Calhoun
NEIGHBORHOOD explores the connections between gentrification and settler colonialism in the Hilltop neighborhood of Tacoma, Washington.

The Bridge (5:00)
a film by June Nho Ivers
The Bridge explores the diaspora of Korean War Orphans who sit in the blurred lines of American Imperialism. This is a non-sequential visual poem telling the story of children in survival.

unwavering / unfettered (2:34)
a film by Rana San
Hammered into 16mm found footage of a police propaganda film, subtext emerges letter for letter from the redundancy of repeated text—a reclamation of bodily autonomy from those who pose as protectors.

what [in my nature] is dying (1:22)
a film by Rana San
On my birthday I arrive at the ocean, previous night’s dream in tow. The film, wrapped around a circular glass pane, loops back on itself—exposed in the exposure under layers of sun-baked lemon lavender, topped with sand and salt water. 16mm cyanotype capsule of a solar return.

Shaina Shepherd & Duff McKagan - A Change is Gonna Come (Sam Cooke Cover) (4:50)
a film by Vee Hua 華婷婷
In Spike Lee's "Malcolm X," the scene of Denzel aka Malcolm walking to his death is set to Sam Cooke's "A Change is Gonna Come." It is an exceptionally powerful moment despite the somber implications of the scene -- and revisiting the film this year, I can't help but connect it and Malcolm X with 2020 -- as it is an epic milestone in the fight for racial justice. A change has long been coming. A change is definitely going to come. I see part of that change as the dissolution of structures that no longer serve the collective good, to be replaced by those which are more equitable. Victories have and will be gained in this time of great change -- but one must remember that they are also temporary gains. The only constant is change, even though it comes in waves. This piece was filmed COVID-safe with an extremely barebones crew and separate shooting locations for both performers, Shaina Shepherd and Duff McKagan. It is the blend of live performance footage with my many years of experience as a video artist and VJ for live bands and electronic artists. Most of it is constructed in post-production -- and the resulting piece has one foot in this world's historical memory and one in the timeless eternity of nature. Together, we find that everything flows in cycles. Yes, a change is gonna come. But after that change, some rest... before the change begins again. /// Created for Seattle Musicians Access to Sustainable Healthcare - SMASH -- smashseattle.org -- and produced by All is Well Studios -- alliswellstudios.com

Reckless Spirits (12:41)
a film by Vee Hua 華婷婷
A gender-fluid Latine performance artist and a neurotic Asian American therapist are led by a series of uncanny circumstances into a world of chakras, spirits, and cult leader fanaticism.

a film by AI-CHUN HUANG 愛淳 黃
Life is like a path during mountain-hiking, all the way going up and down and encountering the obstacles. When we climb up to the very top of the holy mountain, we also reach the goal of life. The holy mountain” is the place for serenity in our mind.

Testimonios (7:42)
a film by Blanca Santander
This Digital Exhibition showcases a variety of artwork by Blanca Santander, expressing her thoughts, emotions, and concerns for the children suffering at the southern United States border. The video features narration from college students of the testimonies of children who were and are separated from their families at the border.

Presenting & Performing Artist...
avatar for Gloria Joy Kazuko Muhammad (Joy)

Gloria Joy Kazuko Muhammad (Joy)

Joy (she/her) is a writer with a passion for multimedia storytelling! Raised in the Hilltop, Joy strives to use art as a way to connect, collaborate, and heal. She believes art can be a gateway for reimagination and creating the change we want to see in ourselves, community, and... Read More →
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Theo Calhoun

Theo is a Black queer filmmaker based in Tacoma, WA on the stolen ancestral lands of the Puyallup people. Theo is passionate about telling place-based, trauma-informed stories that capture both joy and struggle. Descending from a long line of truth-tellers, Theo honors their lineage... Read More →

Mu Knowles

What does it mean to be liberated? to be free? for yourself and those you love? In life is a gift, Mu Knowles (born & raised on the Hilltop in Tacoma, WA) takes us on a journey through these questions.
avatar for Blanca Santander

Blanca Santander

My journey as an artist begins in Peru, where I was born. Since I was a child I knew that art was a big part of my life. When I finished school, I went to the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru in order to get a degree in fine arts. I began work immediately during my last years... Read More →
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MiYoung Margolis

Artistic Director & Choreographer, MiYoung Margolis Dance Collective
MiYoung Margolis is a lifelong dancer and artist who has trained mainly in ballet, modern, and traditional Korean dance styles. She graduated with a BA in Dance and a MS in Physical/Dance Education, classically trained with Ballet, Modern (mainly Martha Graham) and Korean Traditional... Read More →
avatar for AI-CHUN HUANG


AI-CHUN HUANG is an interdisciplinary artist from Taiwan. She graduated from National Taiwan University of Arts with a master of Fine arts. She is interested in experimental animations, digital installation, paintings, soundscape, and public art. Her artworks focus on life limitations... Read More →
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Rana San

Rana San is an intermedia artist, curator, and night dreamer pondering language and lineage, intimacy and interdependence.https://www.instagram.com/ranitasan/
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June Nho Ivers

June Films
June Nho Ivers (she/her) is a multi-faceted filmmaker from Chicago, educated at Northwestern University, and field-tested in the world of broadcast commercials and music videos in Los Angeles and New York.As a conscientious collaborator, she aligns herself with filmmakers who tell... Read More →
avatar for CHIMAERA


CHIMAERA is a Black, non-binary, trans, queer multidisciplinary artist and organizer from Tacoma, Washington located on the stolen ancestral lands of the Puyallup people and Coast Salish Territories.  In 2018, CHIMAERA founded Cathartic Muse, a media production company focused on... Read More →
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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Writer, Director, Organizer, REDEFINE Media LLC
Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing... Read More →

Sunday May 21, 2023 5:20pm - 6:10pm PDT
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute - Theater