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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Jaye Ware

Jacqueline Ware, often referred to as Jaye, works in the legal system, but has buttered her bread, breaded her fish, and seasoned her greens on poetry, spoken word, and as a playwright.

Jaye is a long-standing member of the African American Writers’ Alliance. She has presented at ACES several times, conducted poetry workshops at Garfield HS, performed spoken word at several venues, such as, Town Hall, bookstores, libraries, museums, art galleries, Orcas and Vashon Island, community festivals, Folklife, Superior Court, and many other locations.

She is also a playwright thanks to the Mahogany Project and has written two short plays and produced three events since 2020. All were produced and performed, Madison Park Bench, COVID Dreams, and Four Black Women Talking.

Jaye relishes the freedom to write what she loves and believes that “words have power and must be used wisely.”
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