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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. 

Dates
May 20 + 21, 2023

Time
12 pm - 7 pm

Locations
VIRTUAL

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.
Saturday, May 20
 

11:00am PDT

ACES Gallery at GUUAC (LOCATED IN SPOKANE, WA)
Exhibiting Artists
avatar for Amber Hoit

Amber Hoit

AOD PAINTING
I've been a creator for roughly 15 years.A meager beginning by painting for a music venue, I did it for fun with a chance to practice. Then realized it was a passion of mine and people wanted me to paint for them.Started with charcoal drawings, then acrylics, then oils. Years later... Read More →
avatar for Jun Soo Oh

Jun Soo Oh

Jun Soo Oh demonstrates his own language exploring texture and color aiming to expand boundaries between two dimensional surface and three dimensional space. He crosses lines of Color Field and Abstract Expressionism by using recognized color, gesture, form and mark in the work. His... Read More →
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Olivia Evans

Mama Wolf Media LLC
Olivia Evans is a grant-awarded, multidisciplinary visual artist and producer based in Spokane, WA. Working in video, photography, drawing, film, and beadwork, her work is heavily influenced by motherhood, nature, the subconscious, and personal experiences - intertwining traditional... Read More →
avatar for Quinn Carl

Quinn Carl

Hello there! I'm Quinn Carl, creator behind quinnwillmadeit. I’m an artist by trade and a preschool teacher by day!I specialize in digital portraits, murals, and prints. My dream is to get more colorful murals in the town of Spokane, WA (or anywhere really, the world needs more... Read More →
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Sarah Torres

Sarah Torres is a visual artist based in Spokane, WA, working in painting, drawing, and photography. Sarah has earned an Associate of Fine Arts degree from Spokane Falls Community College and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington. Their work has been included in numerous... Read More →


Saturday May 20, 2023 11:00am - 5:00pm PDT
Gonzaga University Urban Arts Center

11:30am PDT

Complimentary Childcare
Free childcare is provided on-site for those attending the event.

Saturday May 20, 2023 11:30am - 7:00pm PDT
Pratt Fine Arts Center - Youth Room

12:00pm PDT

Holarchy vs Hierarchy: The revolution will not be diversity and inclusion trainings
My keynote is a fun combination of performance, speech, and (my favorite part) experiential, immersive storytelling workshop.


Presenting & Performing Artist...
avatar for Sara Porkalob

Sara Porkalob

Sara Porkalob (she/they) is a creative consultant, artist-activist, and creator of the DRAGON CYCLE. DRAGON CYCLE is a trilogy of plays about her family; one play for each generation built around a central female protagonist. The first in the cycle, Dragon Lady, is the recipient... Read More →


Saturday May 20, 2023 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute - Theater

12:00pm PDT

ACES Gallery at Langston
Experience the incredible works of the ACES 2023 visual artists.

Presenting & Performing Artist...
avatar for Chloe Sow

Chloe Sow

Chloe is a current junior at The Downtown School. As a musician and artist, she often dabbles with different mediums such as acrylics, watercolor, ink, graphic design, and writing, seeking to interpret the world around her. Other than that, in her spare time, she loves playing badminton... Read More →

Exhibiting Artists
avatar for AI-CHUN HUANG

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 →
avatar for Amália Couto

Amália Couto

Born in the state of Bahia, Brazil. Amália Couto began her artistic career in theater and was a professional stage actress in Brazil before moving to England where she continued her career in the performing arts. After moving to Seattle Amália earned a BA in drama at the University... Read More →
avatar for Angus Lin

Angus Lin

Angus Lin is a Taiwanese Canadian, greyscale artist born in 1997 in the Greater Vancouver region of Canada. He has been based in Seattle since 2020.His formal education is in engineering, but self-expression through visual art has been a recurrent theme in his life. While creativity... Read More →
avatar for Astha Malik

Astha Malik

Astha is a proud woman of color. She creates modern-day women portraits that capture essence and facets of their identity, and leans on vibrant colors and vivid imagery to portray her women. Through her work she celebrates beauty, strength and diversity of women.She draws inspiration... Read More →
avatar for Bernie Hall

Bernie Hall

Bernie Hall is a Seattle based multi-disciplinary artist, writer, actor, drummer, dancer and visual artist who likes to incorporate universal cultural elements in his art. Growing up in Buffalo, NY, art gave Bernie a sense of rhythm in his life and a way to reflect on the world around... Read More →
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 →
avatar for Charlize Sow

Charlize Sow

Charlize is a current 7th grader. Interested in animation and illustrating, she frequently creates comics and shorts of historical and scientific events. In her free time, she loves to be inspired by webtoons, create music, and explore different types of art mediums.
avatar for Cheezymicron

Cheezymicron

Cheezymicron is a self-taught Seattle based artist who, after taking a long hiatus from creating, rekindled their relationship with art 5 years ago. As they revived their creative spirit, they began use and see art as a therapeutic form of introspection and expression and grew to... Read More →
avatar for De'Ja Marshall

De'Ja Marshall

De’Ja Marshall is a narrative tableau photographer based out of Tacoma, Washington. Her interest in photography was first piqued at ten years old while spending time with her grandfather’s digital camera. Over the course of her extensive photography journey, the subject matter... Read More →
avatar for Dovey Martinez

Dovey Martinez

Dovey Martinez is a Honduran- American visual artist and educator. Her work is situated at the crossroads of contemporary figure painting and graphic art. Her art is painted stylistically in a paint by number style, with natural earth tones combined in solid fields of color. Gold... Read More →
avatar for Edimbo Lekea

Edimbo Lekea

Born of Congolese parents, Edimbo Lekea (born Lucien-Edimbo Lekea) is a "Franco-Congolais" artist painter born in a small town of Creil, France. It wasn't until the early ages of 5 to 6, that Edimbo got to develop his creative skill through various sketches. From there, it would be... Read More →
avatar for Frances Grace Mortel

Frances Grace Mortel

Photographer, Filmmaker, & Community Organizer
Frances Grace Mortel (she/her) is a Filipino photographer, filmmaker, and community organizer. Previously a production designer/art director in the Philippines, she now works as the Communications Strategist for APIC Spokane, serves as part of the board of directors for Spokane F... Read More →
avatar for Gabriela Garcia

Gabriela Garcia

Gabi is a venecuir illustrator and designer based in Seattle. She was born and raised in Venezuela, and is mostly self-taught in her art practice. She works in digital media, watercolor, lino, and mixed media. Gabi also loves facilitating art workshops, and making the exploration... Read More →
avatar for Garima Naredi

Garima Naredi

Teaching Artist, Pratt Fine Arts Center
I was born and raised in India amidst rich colors, ornate patterns and cultural stories. I earned Bachelor of Fine Arts in Applied arts and worked in advertising before moving to Seattle. I further explored my love for classical art and studied realist drawing and painting for three... Read More →
avatar for Gemma Cross

Gemma Cross

Gemma is a multi-media artist based out of Seattle. In 2021 they co-founded GiiiRLBAND Productions, a production company that specializes in music videos, concert production, and photography. They work in the Seattle area as a photographer, videographer and VJ.
avatar for Grace Hamada

Grace Hamada

Hana Studios
I am a Seattle based artist who has been using various art media for more than 25 years. My art is designed by nature, my heritage, and landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. I started making art using different materials (such as rust, hair, rice, etc) to express ideas that words were... Read More →
avatar for Heidi Grace Acuña

Heidi Grace Acuña

Heidi Grace Acuña (they/she) is a Filipinx-American interdisciplinary visual artist from O'ahu, Hawai'i who grew up witnessing her immigrant parents’ hard work and compassion as they cared for adults with intellectual disabilities. Heidi creates dimensional works in ceramics, printmaking... Read More →
avatar for Jake Prendez

Jake Prendez

Jake Prendez is a prominent Chicano artist exhibiting his art and lecturing across the country. He is the owner/co-director of the Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery in the White Center neighborhood.His work is an amalgamation of his life experiences. It represents his Chicano background... Read More →
avatar for Jay Jun

Jay Jun

Jay Jun works through Wolfberry Studio to create illustrations that center people of color. They are a digital artist who works primarily in vector.https://instagram.com/wolfberrystudio... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Soren Davidson

Jonathan Soren Davidson

Jonathan Soren Davidson is a South African-American writer and illustrator who is interested in using horror as a way of exploring futures of liberation. Much of his work focuses on monstrosity, liminality, and Mad futurity.https://www.instagram.com/jonathansoren_/... Read More →
avatar for Jovita Mercado

Jovita Mercado

Jovita is a mixed medium Chicana artist. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Washington.After graduating, she went on to create public artwork for the City of Seattle, Burien, and Sea Tac. She was also an Art Instructor for the YMCA and Metro Parks. Through... Read More →
avatar for Kamari Bright

Kamari Bright

With the goal of creating something that starts the process of healing for herself and others, Kamari Bright is a poet, videopoet, and creative that is heavily inspired by her life lessons and observations. The award-winning creator transcends the bounds of imagery and language by... Read More →
avatar for Kellie Kawahara-Niimi

Kellie Kawahara-Niimi

Hi! I’m Kellie and I’m a non-binary + queer + Asian American artist working out of Seattle, WA. While I have an Arts History/Arts Management degree from the University of San Francisco, most of my art experience stems from a creatively nurturing childhood and way too many hobbies.My... Read More →
avatar for Leslie Barber

Leslie Barber

Leslie Barber is an emerging Jamaican American fiber artist and holds a degree in Fashion & Textile Management from North Carolina State University. After relocating to Washington in 2017, she felt an overwhelming sense of loneliness as she navigated primarily white spaces as a black... Read More →
avatar for Nadia Ahmed

Nadia Ahmed

Nadia Ahmed (she/her) is a Pakistani-American performance artist, sculptor, and arts administrator currently based in Seattle, WA. She earned a BA in Art History and Three-Dimensional Forum from the University of Washington. Nadia’s exhibition history includes Out of Sight, The... Read More →
avatar for Nahom Isak Ghirmay

Nahom Isak Ghirmay

My art delves into themes of identity and emotional experiences through a variety of mediums. I am captivated by the vast range of emotions conveyed through facial expressions and body language. As I observe the people around me, I am intrigued by their stories, hopes, worries, and... Read More →
avatar for Naoko Morisawa

Naoko Morisawa

Artist
Born in Tokyo, I have been a mosaic artist for decades, currently working in the Greater Seattle area and beyond. I moved from Japan to the Pacific Northwest in the U.S. in 2004. I have exhibited my work across the U.S. in more than 30 states, and in international museums including... Read More →
avatar for Ross Collado

Ross Collado

My name is Ross Boa Collado. I identify as Filipino-American and self-taught abstract expressionism painter in Seattle. As early as 6 years old, my siblings, cousins and friends relied on me for anything that requires creativity. I designed them greeting cards and classroom visual... Read More →
avatar for Rubin Quarcoopome

Rubin Quarcoopome

Rubin Quarcoopome loves a good story. From his childhood days in Ghana hearing his father's tales of the mischievous Anansi to his adolescence in Detroit absorbing anime and movies, the allure of riveting tales helps him understand the world and its people. Rubin's artistic work latched... Read More →
avatar for Sabella Flagg

Sabella Flagg

the monarq
Sabella is an artist, designer, and writer creating under the moniker “the monarq” which is a multidisciplinary art practice. She works with abstraction through a mixture of analog photography, pattern design, and printmaking alongside portraiture. Themes around self identity... Read More →
avatar for Samantha Baddon

Samantha Baddon

Hello there, my name is Sammie Rae! I grew up in California with my four siblings, and spent my adolescence exploring different forms of art. I received my Associates of Art from Palomar College and age 16 on, worked as a professional wedding and portrait photographer amongst other... Read More →
avatar for Sony Purba

Sony Purba

Originally from Indonesia, Sony came to the US in the early ‘90s to earn her college degrees in Art and Architecture. She moved from the Midwest to Seattle in 2002 and has been calling it home ever since. For over two decades, Sony was focused in building her career as a licensed... Read More →
avatar for Symonne Larison

Symonne Larison

Monie Love Creations
Self-taught artist MonieLove has called the Pacific Northwest home all her life, being born in Portland and now a Seattle, Washington resident. She began sketching portraits at ten years old. Since then, she has transitioned to painting individualized expression portraits using various... Read More →
avatar for Tatiana Garmendia

Tatiana Garmendia

Tatiana Garmendia was born in Cuba at the height of the Cold War and remembers playing in abandoned missile trenches as a girl. In her interdisciplinary work, history is understood as meditations on national and private mythologies, as the stories we tell others and whisper to ourselves... Read More →
avatar for Wadiyah Nelson - Shimabukuro

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 →
avatar for Xin Xin

Xin Xin

Xin Xin is a visual artist who explores healing traumatic emotions through watercolor and paper weaving abstraction. Xin was born in Beijing, China, and emigrated to Washington with her family when she was twelve years old. Xin graduated from the University of Washington with B.A... Read More →
avatar for Yi Du

Yi Du

I am Chinese American and live in Seattle. I make art, grow plants, balance spreadsheets, and take naps.https://www.instagram.com/authenticityi/
avatar for Yongqi Tang

Yongqi Tang

Yongqi Tang was born in 1997 in China and lives in Seattle, WA. She received her MFA in Painting and Drawing (2022), her BA in Painting and Drawing (2019) from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA.She has mounted her work in a solo exhibition at T293 Gallery in Rome, Italy... Read More →


Saturday May 20, 2023 12:00pm - 7:00pm PDT
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute - Grand Hall

1:00pm PDT

Seattle Restored presents the ACES Art Market
Discover unique treasures from 26 Seattle Restored BIPOC makers and artists while supporting our vibrant local community. The market will feature a fantastic selection of products and artwork.

Presenting & Performing Artist...
avatar for Stephanie Morales

Stephanie Morales

I am a homegrown, Seattle born and based artist. Creating art from a young age, I returned to my passion through acrylic and pencil mediums six years ago. Travels throughout the US, Europe, and Africa influence my work which often includes themes of duality and false dichotomies... Read More →

Exhibiting Artists
avatar for José Garzón

José Garzón

Chef & Owner, Garzón Latinx Street Food
Jose Garzon was born in Guayaquil Ecuador and has been a WA resident since 2013. The concept was created in a desperate attempt to show the PNW the many varieties of LATINX STREET FOOD. We currently have residencies at a few breweries in Seattle and also work with a few non-profits... Read More →
avatar for Nyema Clark

Nyema Clark

Avenue South
Nyema Clark (she/her) is founder and Director of Nurturing Roots Farm located on Beacon Hill. She currently hosts workshops ranging from germination to systemic food oppression participating on panels and lectures, sharing her journey as a black female entrepreneur. She is also an... Read More →
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Omar Leon

Nature's Elements
Jason Leon was born and raised in the Puget Sound region his entire life. He is a first-generation college student, grad student, and now a first-time business owner. It is a journey that he hopes to continue while building upon the achievements thus far. He enjoys hiking and road-tripping... Read More →
avatar for Sabella Flagg

Sabella Flagg

the monarq
Sabella is an artist, designer, and writer creating under the moniker “the monarq” which is a multidisciplinary art practice. She works with abstraction through a mixture of analog photography, pattern design, and printmaking alongside portraiture. Themes around self identity... Read More →
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Sarah Cabarteja

Down the Ave
Hi! We're Down the Ave LLC, founded by Sarah Cabarteja and Rahma Kamel. We're a women-owned, BIPOC team working to spread the joy of game night with diversity and relatable card content. Our team was formed through the University of Washington’s Create A Company Program in the Foster... Read More →
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Swati Choudhury

I'm a visual artist and an ex-project manager at Microsoft, India. I’m born and brought up in India where I pursued my education and graduated in Electronics and Communication Engineering. I joined Microsoft, India and worked there for 4 years as an associate project manager before... Read More →
avatar for Teresa Martinez

Teresa Martinez

Owner, Amano
Teresa is a Seattle based artist that creates art & jewelry inspired by her Mexican American culture. She often incorporates and re interprets the traditional Latin American game Loteria into her work. What started out as a need to wear and see things that represented her culture... Read More →
avatar for Xin Xin

Xin Xin

Xin Xin is a visual artist who explores healing traumatic emotions through watercolor and paper weaving abstraction. Xin was born in Beijing, China, and emigrated to Washington with her family when she was twelve years old. Xin graduated from the University of Washington with B.A... Read More →
avatar for Yolanda Galery

Yolanda Galery

Owner/Artist, Yolanda Galery Art
Yolanda Galery is a self-disciplined artist based in Seattle. Yolanda works in acrylic and digital mediums. Born in Colorado, her family relocated to Eastern Washington where she spent her childhood. From a young age Yolanda has had a deep appreciation for art. As a child she would... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Seattle Restored

Seattle Restored

Shunpike & Seattle Good Business Network
Seattle Restored revives Seattle neighborhoods with creativity and commerce! Seattle Restored calls our local artists and entrepreneurs to reinvigorate our city by activating empty storefronts. These projects will benefit neighborhoods, small businesses, artists and property owners... Read More →


Saturday May 20, 2023 1:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Pratt Fine Arts Center - Outdoor Market

1:15pm PDT

Artist Talk: Make It Up As You Go w/ Kamari Bright
As a self-taught (more like a "community-taught") artist in a budding genre, I've had to get really creative about how I evolve in my artistry. Growing up with limited resources, I've never been a stranger to finding ways to stretch a little to a lot. Art was never presented as an option for a career path, so I went the more traditional route and obtained a degree in psychology. But after a pivotal life event pushed me into the arts, I've been on an adventure to apply what I learned from other fields to my current passion.

In this artist talk, I'll share how I use my background and growth journey as inspiration for my craft, detail the steps I took to progress in as an artist, and offer a glimpse of the upcoming projects that I'm excited for. If you've ever felt like you're making it up as you go, or aren't sure what an unconventional artist journey could look like- join me for this conversation!

Exhibiting Artists
avatar for Kamari Bright

Kamari Bright

With the goal of creating something that starts the process of healing for herself and others, Kamari Bright is a poet, videopoet, and creative that is heavily inspired by her life lessons and observations. The award-winning creator transcends the bounds of imagery and language by... Read More →


Saturday May 20, 2023 1:15pm - 1:45pm PDT
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute - Grand Hall

1:15pm PDT

Saturday Morning Cartoons - Part Three
Back by popular demand, this FAMILY FRIENDLY interactive experience features artists Khadijah Jordan and Mujale Chisebuka. Hosted by Merri Ann Osborne, Executive Director/Mahogany Project, attendees will meet the artists and hear their artistic journeys. The conversation will be followed by hands-on workshops where you can create your own cartoon characters, find the superhero within and explore storytelling through a comic and animation lens. Coming together as community, attendees are encouraged to share their artwork and take home their new creations. Art supplies will be provided. All ages are welcome and children are encouraged to attend! No experience is required! Let’s have some fun!!

Presenting & Performing Artist...
avatar for Miles Irwin

Miles Irwin

Growing up in Kirkland, Washington, the natural world has always been a source of inspiration for me. It was in late high school when I had the epiphany that my love of theater arts, sculpting and storytelling could all come together in animation. I studied animation at San Jose State... Read More →
avatar for Khadijah Jordan

Khadijah Jordan

Artist
Khadijah is an Illustrator and UX Designer based in Seattle. She enjoys designing and drawing characters that are fun, fantastical and often heavily inspired by her love for science fiction.Check out more illustrations at khajor.com/artwork... Read More →
avatar for Mujale Chisebuka

Mujale Chisebuka

As an artist, I love creating art that speaks to both myself and others about life and all the things it encompasses. The beauty, the culture, the moments, the upside and the down, Nature, the fear, the triumphs, and accomplishments- life is an amazing and mysterious miracle that... Read More →
avatar for Merri Ann Osborne

Merri Ann Osborne

Executive Director, The Mahogany Project
Merri Ann Osborne is the Executive Director of the Mahogany Project, an arts organization that spotlights artists from the African diaspora. A multi-disciplinary artistand producer, she enjoys collaborating with artists and bringing people together to share their stories, especially... Read More →


Saturday May 20, 2023 1:15pm - 2:45pm PDT
Pratt Fine Arts Center - Painting & Drawing Studio

1:15pm PDT

Artist Resources
ACES has partnered with these local organizations to bring artist resources & networking opportunities to our community.

Sponsors
avatar for 4Culture

4Culture

As the cultural funding agency for King County, Washington, 4Culture works to make our region vibrant. Look for all the ways we are at work in your community.
avatar for Artist Trust

Artist Trust

Artist Trust is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that supports working artists of all disciplines in Washington State. We fuel our funding and other programs for artists through fundraising, partnership, and community engagement. Recognized as a national model for direct funding and... Read More →
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ArtsWA

Mission: The Arts Commission is a catalyst for the arts, advancing the role of the arts in the lives of individuals and communities throughout the state.Vision: The arts thrive and are celebrated throughout Washington State, and are woven into the fabric of vital and vibrant comm... Read More →
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BIPOC STAHC

BIPOC STAHC is at the intersection of equitable community development, sustainable green climate building solutions, and racial equity/justice.
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CD Forum

Our MissionTo provide a platform for provocative arts and ideas that foster awareness of and involvement in Black experiences.Our VisionWe envision a world where cultural experiences are valued.Our ValuesCommunity – We believe in the value of cultural and geographic community. Community... Read More →
avatar for Coyote Central

Coyote Central

Coyote sparks creativity in young people, putting tools in their hands to build skills and forge their futures. We provide adult level classes for 10-15 year olds in every type of creative medium imaginable! All classes are pay-what-works-for-you.
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Office of Arts & Culture

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) manages the city's public art program, cultural partnerships grant programs, ARTS at King Street Station, the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, and The Creative Advantage initiative in the effort to foster a city driven by cre... Read More →
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Pratt Fine Arts Center

MissionTo foster a creative, inclusive art-making community, providing access to quality education and professionally equipped studios for everyone. We promote the joy and transformative power of art and actively support the development of visual artists.
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Shunpike

Shunpike
Shunpike empowers artists through equitable access to vital expertise, opportunities, and business services.
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The Vera Project

The Vera Project
The Vera Project is an all-ages nonprofit space dedicated to fostering personal and community transformation through collaborative, youth-driven engagement in music and art. A music venue, screen print shop, recording studio, art gallery, and safe space for radical self-expression... Read More →


Saturday May 20, 2023 1:15pm - 7:00pm PDT
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute - 2R

1:30pm PDT

Capoeira Angola
Capoeira Angola is an African Brazilian martial art. The basic elements of Capoeira are movements, music, history and philosophy. In this workshop the participants will have an introduction to the basic movements of Capoeira Angola and understand how the body dialogue is fundamental part of the Capoeira game. The participants will learn the basic Capoeira rhythms playing instruments such as tambourines, drum and the musical bow "berimbau". The history and philosophy of this African-Brazilian martial art will be shared with the public by learning how to sing the songs in Brazilian Portuguese and understanding the meaning of those songs when singing in the Capoeira cypher- roda.

Presenting & Performing Artist...
avatar for Silvio Dos Reis

Silvio Dos Reis

director, international capoeira angola foundation
My name is Silvio Dos Reis and I am from Brazil and a Capoeira Master Teacher. I moved to Seattle, WA, in 2004 and since then I have been teaching Capoeira for kids, youth and adults since then, organizing educational programs about the importance the cultural arts from the Diaspora... Read More →


Saturday May 20, 2023 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute - Theater

2:00pm PDT

Musical Performance by James Pakootas (LOCATED IN SPOKANE, WA)
Presenting & Performing Artist...
avatar for James Pakootas

James Pakootas

Co-Founder, New Age Warriors, L.L.C.
James "Just Jamez" Pakootas is a modern-day story weaver from The Colville Confederated Tribes. He is an award-winning vocalist, producer, and filmmaker who cultivates change through the power of words. James comes from people whose future, present and past are expressed through art... Read More →


Saturday May 20, 2023 2:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
Gonzaga University Urban Arts Center

2:10pm PDT

Spoken Word Performance: Garfield Hillson
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.

Presenting & Performing Artist...
avatar for Garfield Hillson

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

2:15pm PDT

Artist Talk: Xin Xin
Release & Restore focuses on healing through a slow yet expressive art movement. By releasing emotions, thoughts, and events that no longer serve us, we can restore inner calmness. I use dramatic body movement and expressive colors to bring out emotions in viewers. Follow by a repetitive pattern to process these emotions like a meditative practice of breathing in and exhaling. Happiness comes and goes during times of loss, grief, mental health struggles, and life transitions. I want to create a comforting feeling that you are not alone. I hope you find a moment of comfort.

Exhibiting Artists
avatar for Xin Xin

Xin Xin

Xin Xin is a visual artist who explores healing traumatic emotions through watercolor and paper weaving abstraction. Xin was born in Beijing, China, and emigrated to Washington with her family when she was twelve years old. Xin graduated from the University of Washington with B.A... Read More →


Saturday May 20, 2023 2:15pm - 2:45pm PDT
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute - Grand Hall

2:35pm PDT

Verses and Voices for Peace
My art is my desire to creatively and powerfully express and reflect thoughts and feelings through poetry, spoken word, and as a playwright. It is not enough for me to write a piece about a topic or subject that has been written or performed many times before with only a slight twist, but to ensure it is entirely unique or has a completely different approach. I am only satisfied when I know I have created and given my best.

30 minute spoken word performance about peace, accompanied by an a cappella vocalist.

Presenting & Performing Artist...
avatar for CHRISTINE ROBINSON

CHRISTINE ROBINSON

Christine is a phenomenal human being and phenomenal vocalist.  Don’t let her quiet, humble, and shy nature fool you.  She has performed in choirs, various programs/ events at King County Superior Court, and at the theater on 18th & Union as part of Four Black Women Talking.When... Read More →
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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... Read More →


Saturday May 20, 2023 2:35pm - 2:55pm PDT
Pratt Fine Arts Center - Outdoor Stage

3:00pm PDT

Eduardo Mendonça - Sounds from an African South-American
Eduardo Mendonça performs peculiarities on his guitar exploring his African-Brazilian roots and creativity on arrangements for standards and his own compositions.

Presenting & Performing Artist...
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Eduardo Mendonça

Director, Show Brazil Productions
Last name pronunciation: (menDONsa) Eduardo Mendonça has played, composed, and directed various genres of Brazilian popular music in the US, Canada, Nepal, and Brazil. A native of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, has performed for many notable personalities, including the 14th Dalai Lama... Read More →


Saturday May 20, 2023 3:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
Pratt Fine Arts Center - Outdoor Stage

3:00pm PDT

Poeta
A contemporary Flamenco presentation

Presenting & Performing Artist...
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Quiero Flamenco

Director, Quiero Flamenco
Monica Mota, director of Quiero Flamenco, is a Hispanic artist, originally from Texas. Monica has been teaching and performing Flamenco for the past twenty years. She has also danced professionally as a ballet dancer with the New Mexico Ballet Company and with the Bill Evans Dance... Read More →


Saturday May 20, 2023 3:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute - Theater

3:00pm PDT

A Cacophony of Organized Chaos
A Cacophony of Organized Chaos is an interactive experience
where audience members use their handheld device to deliver
pre-recorded sounds through the devices built-in speakers. In addition, I
will live mix other audio recordings in response to the room sounds.
At this time of this proposal deadline, the first iteration of this interactive
project is in production with a debut performance on Friday, November
18th as part of my exhibition at Edmonds College in Lynnwood, WA. The
following is the preliminary agenda for the 20 minute performance.

1. Prior to the start of my performance, six color coded cards will be
passed out to ACES participants.

2. Each card will have a QR code printed on it.

3. Those attending the performance are invited to participate by
using their smartphone to scan the QR code.

4. The QR code will lead the user to a website with a pre-recorded
audio track.

5. I will instruct the audience members to ensure that their device is
playing the audio through the speakers as a test.

6. Once the testing is complete, I will have the audience press the
play button on their device at the specified time by showing the
appropriate colored card.

7. While all of the participating devices are playing the separate
tracks simultaneously, I will play and mix additional audio tracks
from my laptop in conjunction to the overall room sound.

8. The audio performance will be accompanied by a video.

projection of my time based media project on a big screen.
9. Grand finale






Presenting & Performing Artist...
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Minh Carrico

I'm an artist, curator, and educator with a background in photography and design. I launched a business as an editorial and advertising photographer prior to graduating from college. My creative services elevated into art direction and graphic design while working in New York City... Read More →


Saturday May 20, 2023 3:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute - West Room

3:15pm PDT

Artist Talk: Wadiyah Nelson - Shimabukuro
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

3:45pm PDT

The Evolution of Hip Hop
King Khazm is an emcee, producer and community organizer who has become a prominent figure in the Hip-Hop community within Seattle and around the world. His work to engage and empower communities is demonstrated through over 25 years of music, art and community service.

King Khazm has performed all around the country and world including the World’s Fair & Expo 2020 (Dubai), Hempfest (Seattle), Galpao Aplauso (Brazil), Festival de la Juventud (Guatemala), and Strictly Street (Malaysia), Folklife Festival (Seattle), sharing stages with the likes of Naughty By Nature, Gza, Kurtis Blow, Zion I, Aceyalone and others.

As a producer, he has collaborated with artists such as Abstract Rude, Afu-Ra, Def-I, Eli Almic, Gabriel Teodros, OneBeLo, Sadat X, Sean Price and Xololanxinxo.

Presenting & Performing Artist...
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King Khazm

King Khazm is an emcee, producer and community organizer who has become a prominent figure in the Hip-Hop community within Seattle and around the world. His work to engage and empower communities is demonstrated through over 25 years of music, art and community service.King Khazm... Read More →


Saturday May 20, 2023 3:45pm - 4:45pm PDT
Pratt Fine Arts Center - Painting & Drawing Studio

4:15pm PDT

Artist Talk: Frances Grace Mortel
The challenges of being a mother, immigrant, and queer artist of color fuel her desire to tell and center stories that examine intersectional truths, navigate intergenerational and diasporic identities, and inspire social justice.

Exhibiting Artists
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Frances Grace Mortel

Photographer, Filmmaker, & Community Organizer
Frances Grace Mortel (she/her) is a Filipino photographer, filmmaker, and community organizer. Previously a production designer/art director in the Philippines, she now works as the Communications Strategist for APIC Spokane, serves as part of the board of directors for Spokane F... Read More →


Saturday May 20, 2023 4:15pm - 4:45pm PDT
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute - Grand Hall

4:15pm PDT

From Page to Stage - a performance workshop
How do you honor the words you wrote? How do you bring your fullest self to the stage? What do you do with your hands!?!? Here's a safe place for writers/ performers to explore how to physically embody their words and how to better emote on stage.

Presenting & Performing Artist...
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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 4:15pm - 5:15pm PDT
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute - Theater

4:30pm PDT

Public Art and the Washington State Arts Commission
This workshop will discuss the Public Artist Roster, the experience of BIPOC artists who have received commissions through the roster, and how to apply to the current call

Presenting & Performing Artist...
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Adetola Abatan

ArtsWA
Adetola manages Art in Public Places projects in public schools, colleges, universities, and state agencies. Prior to joining ArtsWA in 2022, she had a 14-year career in the energy sector, though is now focused on her visual art and music practices. She holds a MFA in Arts Leadership... Read More →


Saturday May 20, 2023 4:30pm - 5:30pm PDT
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute - West Room

5:15pm PDT

Artist Talk: Astha Malik
I paint vibrant women portraits celebrating their beauty, strength and diversity. Art is like meditation to me. It helps me connect with my inner self and brings me peace. I draw inspiration from everyday women I meet, read about and the ones I've had around me growing up. My art is influenced by Indian and African culture, graffiti, New York Streets and just about anything spontaneous.
Through my work I try to represent a variety of narratives - there's hidden beauty within each one of us, what you see on the outside is just a coat of what we show to the world, we all have imperfections that we should embrace and we are way stronger than we think we are! You Be You!

Presenting & Performing Artist...
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Astha Malik

Astha is a proud woman of color. She creates modern-day women portraits that capture essence and facets of their identity, and leans on vibrant colors and vivid imagery to portray her women. Through her work she celebrates beauty, strength and diversity of women.She draws inspiration... Read More →


Saturday May 20, 2023 5:15pm - 5:45pm PDT
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute - Grand Hall

5:15pm PDT

How We Became Latina Artists in Rural Washington ft. Yakima
The "How We Became Latina Artist in Central Washington ft. Yakima" presentation will be a panel of five Latina artists across Yakima Valley. The panel will include different types of Latina artists from the valley who have different practices and work in different areas of the art world. The presentation will be about how each Latina became an artist and will include an open discussion between the members of the panel. Location has been a large part of the involvement of each of the Latina artists in the panel, we will be going into depth about what it is like to live in agricultural towns and how it has affected our practice. The challenges we have faced and the beautiful moments that we have been able to see in the Yakima Valley art scene as of late.

The presentation will start with a land acknowledgment of Yakima Valley which was stolen land from the Yakama Nation people. The panel will explain Central Washington and what exactly Yakima Valley is. Yakima is a town where the majority of its population majority is not white American as of the recent 2020 census. Yakima Valley has the largest Latine population in Washington state. Each artist has a connection to Yakima Valley and will have time dedicated to them to present their work. Every artist on the panel has their own story of living in Yakima valley with valuable knowledge and experiences. Each artist has carved themselves into the art scene and has impressive achievements in their practice. Throughout the presentation, we will talk with each other about our challenges, similarities, and differences. The presentation's goal is to begin a dialogue about artists in rural Washington and how an artist can come from different backgrounds. The main focus of the presentation is to give insight to the audience about how artists' lives differ and how collaboration can make a community thrive.

A big part of the presentation is to get the audience's participation. The last half of the presentation encourages questions from the audience. We have set aside a big portion of the presentation to discuss these questions with the panel.

Presenting & Performing Artist...
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Victoria Urrutia

Graphic Designer and Artist, Freelance Artist
Hello! My name is Victoria Urrutia I am a Latina artist and designer with a BFA in Graphic Design from Central Washington University. I love to design, illustrate, and paint with a variety of mediums including digital and traditional arts.I enjoy to consume all forms of art and media... Read More →
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Esmeralda Vasquez

Esmeralda Vasquez is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist and muralist currently based out of the Seattle area. Her experience as a Latinx / LGBTQ+ artist from the Yakima Valley has expanded her view of the world and inspired her drive to connect with people from diverse backgrounds... Read More →
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Rosie Saldana

Artistic Director, Tieton Arts & Humanities
Rosie Alexis Saldana is an artist and non-profit leader in Yakima Washington. She graduated with her Bachelor’s in visual arts from Heritage University in 2017 and recently obtained her master's degree in museum studies through Johns Hopkins Universuty. Rosie is fourth generation... Read More →
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H.R. Emi

Visual Fine Artist
H.R. Emi is a visual artist in Yakima, Washington, she specializes in painting and drawing. Emi’s work explores themes of identity, memory, and language. She creates art with the intention of capturing a disruption of emotion through everyday moments. Her work captures snapshots... Read More →
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Cindy Lemus

Cindy Lemus is a visual artist from the Yakima Valley in Washington. She specializes in painting but enjoys a variety of mediums. Cindy is a K-5 visual art educator in a public school on the Yakama Reservation. She was born and raised in the district where she now teaches, and she... Read More →


Saturday May 20, 2023 5:15pm - 6:45pm PDT
Pratt Fine Arts Center - Painting & Drawing Studio

5:45pm PDT

Passage
This piece is in 5 sections that are inspired by the impact of religious education on my understanding of my identity. I went from conforming to an image where I wore a uniform, tried and failed to adhere to gender norms, and never wanted to look bad in front of adults or God, to being much more free in terms of how I express myself. My desire is to tell a story through 5 different vignettes that not only tell a story through movement, but also through costume, in which I peel a layer off after each section. I want to represent the journey of how I viewed myself through the lens of Western Christianity to viewing myself through my own lived experience as a black queer individual whose identity is open to interpretation as a way to heal from the trauma of having the truth of my origins be erased, and finding my identity in spite of it. "Passage" premiered at the Men in Dance Festival this year.




Presenting & Performing Artist...
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Robbi A. Moore

Robbi A. Moore, from Hamden, CT, began dancing at New England Ballet and continued at Dee Dee’s Dance Center and New Haven Ballet. Robbi is an alumnus of Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts, the Ailey Summer Intensive, Cunningham Trust Workshop, Jacob’s Pillow’s Commercial... Read More →


Saturday May 20, 2023 5:45pm - 5:55pm PDT
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute - Theater

6:00pm PDT

Musical Performance by Mariah Roberson
Presenting & Performing Artist...

Saturday May 20, 2023 6:00pm - 6:30pm PDT
Pratt Fine Arts Center - Outdoor Stage

6:00pm PDT

The Long Game: Analyzing the art market and identifying approaches that ensure a lifelong art practice centered on our BIPOC voices
My lecture presentation/workshop is an entreaty to bring belle hook's notion of marginality as " the site of radical possibility, a space of resistance.... as the central location for the production of a counter hegemonic discourse that is not just found in words but in habits of being and the way one lives." Bringing a soul centered approach to art marketing that values the long game in which we don't become widgets.

This clear-eyed look at the art marketplace looks at the latest research which discloses that despite lip service to the contrary marginalized voices still face significant barriers to entry. Given these actual barriers we can't buy into the marketing and branding strategies that reflect the dreams of a predominantly white, European, male protagonist. We have to come from our marginality not as a place of deprivation, as belle hooks wisely advises, but as a strength.

To do so we'll face the market as it is, not as it's painted or as we wish it to be. We must define what success REALLY looks like to us and our communities based on our heart/soul needs, not based on the values lauded by a capitalist system that is crooked and intent on keeping us out. Perfect exemplars of this approach are local artists Aramis O. Hamer, Humaira Abid, George Rodriguez, and arts administrator thought/leader Brian Carter.

We'll look at actionable steps to set up our own systems. Systems that support our creative practices.
- identifying segments of the marketplace for potential income streams.
-the basic online kit for visual artists
-different social media sites cater to different audiences
-why your email list is your best asset
-daily marketing tasks
-weekly marketing tasks
-monthly marketing tasks
-quarterly marketing tasks
-yearly marketing tasks

Lastly, we'll look at holistic approaches for sharpening the saw with the primary question being, "How can we juggle day jobs, family responsibilities, economic and health pressures and not burn out?"

All participants are also given access to my ongoing ACES page for continuing support after the conference: http://tatianagarmendia.com/ACES/

This is a 55-minute Powerpoint presentation. It can also be run as an 85-minute workshop, as I have worksheets that folk can use to begin the process of crafting their supportive systems. If run as an online workshop, we would use Zoom breakout rooms for timed discussions.


Exhibiting Artists
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Tatiana Garmendia

Tatiana Garmendia was born in Cuba at the height of the Cold War and remembers playing in abandoned missile trenches as a girl. In her interdisciplinary work, history is understood as meditations on national and private mythologies, as the stories we tell others and whisper to ourselves... Read More →


Saturday May 20, 2023 6:00pm - 7:00pm PDT
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute - West Room

6:15pm PDT

Artist Talk: Gabriela Garcia
My art emanates from profound experiences of loss, grief, and love in the context of the Venezuelan diaspora, intergenerational struggles, and transcultural experiences. My dark humor mixes with a curiosity for the world (aka chisme), and a desire to connect with others. I reflect on systemic injustices, communal resistance, and personal realities that continuously have clashed and coexisted in history - and how they inform a singular moment of our life. I also seek to pay tribute to people and movements that made it possible for me to be who I am today.

Exhibiting Artists
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Gabriela Garcia

Gabi is a venecuir illustrator and designer based in Seattle. She was born and raised in Venezuela, and is mostly self-taught in her art practice. She works in digital media, watercolor, lino, and mixed media. Gabi also loves facilitating art workshops, and making the exploration... Read More →


Saturday May 20, 2023 6:15pm - 6:45pm PDT
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute - Grand Hall

6:25pm PDT

Flow, Swim, Float
Flow, Swim, Float (A solo performance) - Being an avid traveler and experiences as an immigrant in United States pose me with forever evolving question of belonging and identity. As an artist, I am drawn towards stories and characters who struggle to claim a unique identity for themselves in this ever-changing complex world.

In solo performance ‘Flow, Swim, Float’, Leher, a vibrant and energetic content creator invites you to be part of a special day in her life. Come and be part of this humorous, heartwarming story and join Leher on her journey as she is
determined to go into unknown exploring the themes of identity, authenticity, and complexity of increasingly digital world.

Presenting & Performing Artist...
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Clint Bull

Clint Bull is a freelance lighting designer who has been doing work in the greater Seattle area since he graduated from Gonzaga University in 2020. He most recently designed lights for The Ruins of Memory: Women's Voices of the Holocaust with Tales of the Alchemysts Theatre and the... Read More →
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Pawan Singh

Pawan is a graphic designer, stage manager and a core team member of the BYQA.INK production company. He has been a tour manager for solo 'Masha’s Wedding' across India. He is thrilled to be part of ACES community and team 'Flow, Swim, Float'.
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Ashley Salazar

Ashley is a Seattle based actress and theatre practitioner. She has studied Meisner at Freehold Theatre and The William Esper Studio. Her recent past productions include Intiman Emerging Artist Program - La Conejita, GreenStage's Backyard Bard, and Welcome to Arroyo's - Theater S... Read More →
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Aarti Tiwari

Aarti Tiwari(she/her) is a multi-lingual actress/writer based in Seattle. Her regional acting credits include The Pericles Project at Freehold Engaged Theatre; The Winter’s Tale, Twelfth Night at Seattle Rep; ‘This and That’ at Baltimore White Flag Performance group. She has... Read More →


Saturday May 20, 2023 6:25pm - 6:50pm PDT
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute - Theater
 
Sunday, May 21
 

11:00am PDT

ACES Gallery at GUUAC (LOCATED IN SPOKANE, WA)
Exhibiting Artists
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Amber Hoit

AOD PAINTING
I've been a creator for roughly 15 years.A meager beginning by painting for a music venue, I did it for fun with a chance to practice. Then realized it was a passion of mine and people wanted me to paint for them.Started with charcoal drawings, then acrylics, then oils. Years later... Read More →
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Jun Soo Oh

Jun Soo Oh demonstrates his own language exploring texture and color aiming to expand boundaries between two dimensional surface and three dimensional space. He crosses lines of Color Field and Abstract Expressionism by using recognized color, gesture, form and mark in the work. His... Read More →
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Olivia Evans

Mama Wolf Media LLC
Olivia Evans is a grant-awarded, multidisciplinary visual artist and producer based in Spokane, WA. Working in video, photography, drawing, film, and beadwork, her work is heavily influenced by motherhood, nature, the subconscious, and personal experiences - intertwining traditional... Read More →
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Quinn Carl

Hello there! I'm Quinn Carl, creator behind quinnwillmadeit. I’m an artist by trade and a preschool teacher by day!I specialize in digital portraits, murals, and prints. My dream is to get more colorful murals in the town of Spokane, WA (or anywhere really, the world needs more... Read More →
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Sarah Torres

Sarah Torres is a visual artist based in Spokane, WA, working in painting, drawing, and photography. Sarah has earned an Associate of Fine Arts degree from Spokane Falls Community College and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington. Their work has been included in numerous... Read More →
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Tracy Poindexter-Canton

Tracy Poindexter-Canton is a mixed media artist in Spokane, Washington. Through collage, vibrancy and portraiture, Poindexter-Canton examines Black American identity and melding literary imagery with visual art. An eclectic assortment of media and materials are incorporated into her... Read More →


Sunday May 21, 2023 11:00am - 5:00pm PDT
Gonzaga University Urban Arts Center

11:30am PDT

Complimentary Childcare
Free childcare is provided on-site for those attending the event.

Sunday May 21, 2023 11:30am - 7:00pm PDT
Pratt Fine Arts Center - Youth Room

12:00pm PDT

Artist Talk: Angus Lin
My work is a dramatic expression of my Asian identity and an outlet to explore repetition and patterns in nature, such as the fractals of snowflakes and the homogeneity of a field of flowers. I create my work in greyscale for its minimalism and ability to draw out texture, contrast, and intricacies in these repetitive visuals.

Exhibiting Artists
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Angus Lin

Angus Lin is a Taiwanese Canadian, greyscale artist born in 1997 in the Greater Vancouver region of Canada. He has been based in Seattle since 2020.His formal education is in engineering, but self-expression through visual art has been a recurrent theme in his life. While creativity... Read More →


Sunday May 21, 2023 12:00pm - 12:30pm PDT
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute - Grand Hall

12:00pm PDT

Spoken Word Performance by A.J. the Wordsmith
Presenting & Performing Artist...
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afaria duke

Forge
my energy and vibe 


Sunday May 21, 2023 12:00pm - 12:30pm PDT
Gonzaga University Urban Arts Center

12:00pm PDT

Communal Mural + Discussion
Join Rya and fellow art enthusiasts in a hands-on communal paint session on a 5x10 foot long canvas! We'll explore what it means to create in community while staying grounded in one's own agency. All materials will be provided, as well as take home worksheets.

Presenting & Performing Artist...

Sunday May 21, 2023 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute - West Room

12:00pm PDT

PLAY TIME: an Arts Game Show
Chino Gonzales (Bonnet Black) and Merri Ann Osborne (Mahogany Project) present PLAY TIME: an Arts Game Show.

Play Time is a new interactive and multigenerational game show series where audience members compete through different art games to collect the most points.

Play Time was developed to pay homage to the vast contributions made by artists and creatives from the African Diaspora and create space for our communities to play and learn at the same time.

Join us for the debut of Play Time, Sunday, May 21 from 12-1 PM in the Theater at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute with your host, America’s favorite comedian, Armani Jones.

Put your dance moves to the test in Name That Dance, create a song in a genre of your choice using 3 random words suggested by the opposing team in Jammin Artists, compete with other teams in an improv themed game led by guest artist Issiah Harris and learn about creative pioneers from the past and present in our bonus round, Ancestor Appreciation.

Anyone can play, regardless of their background in the arts. The main goal is to get together, build community, and have some fun.

Since this is a new production, there will be digital and physical feedback forms available. Your feedback is appreciated.

ASL interpreters will be available.
This event will not be recorded.

Presenting & Performing Artist...
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Armani Jones

CEO, LoveGrooves
First and foremost, Armani Jones enjoys the role of being an entertainer.Armani has used his education in communications, human behavior and life experience to place his company, LoveGrooves Productions, where it is today. "It is not easy. I have had to overcome many challenges... Read More →
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Keni (Chino) Gonzales

Founder, Bonnet Black
Chino, also known as Bonnet Black in the music scene, is an LGBTQ+ community organizer, educator, stage director, music producer, graphic designer, and occasional performer (but you didn't read that here). Chino believes that storytelling and performance art can be used as powerful... Read More →
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Merri Ann Osborne

Executive Director, The Mahogany Project
Merri Ann Osborne is the Executive Director of the Mahogany Project, an arts organization that spotlights artists from the African diaspora. A multi-disciplinary artistand producer, she enjoys collaborating with artists and bringing people together to share their stories, especially... Read More →
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Issiah Harris

Born in Connecticut but raised in Seattle, WA, Issiah has been on stage since the age of 8. While he started out doing musicals at theatre's such as The Moore, Seattle Rep, and Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, he is currently performing improv comedy throughout Seattle, primarily... Read More →



Sunday May 21, 2023 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute - Theater

12:00pm PDT

Artist Resources
ACES has partnered with these local organizations to bring artist resources & networking opportunities to our community.

Sponsors
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4Culture

As the cultural funding agency for King County, Washington, 4Culture works to make our region vibrant. Look for all the ways we are at work in your community.
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Artist Trust

Artist Trust is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that supports working artists of all disciplines in Washington State. We fuel our funding and other programs for artists through fundraising, partnership, and community engagement. Recognized as a national model for direct funding and... Read More →
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ArtsWA

Mission: The Arts Commission is a catalyst for the arts, advancing the role of the arts in the lives of individuals and communities throughout the state.Vision: The arts thrive and are celebrated throughout Washington State, and are woven into the fabric of vital and vibrant comm... Read More →
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BIPOC STAHC

BIPOC STAHC is at the intersection of equitable community development, sustainable green climate building solutions, and racial equity/justice.
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CD Forum

Our MissionTo provide a platform for provocative arts and ideas that foster awareness of and involvement in Black experiences.Our VisionWe envision a world where cultural experiences are valued.Our ValuesCommunity – We believe in the value of cultural and geographic community. Community... Read More →
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Coyote Central

Coyote sparks creativity in young people, putting tools in their hands to build skills and forge their futures. We provide adult level classes for 10-15 year olds in every type of creative medium imaginable! All classes are pay-what-works-for-you.
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Office of Arts & Culture

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) manages the city's public art program, cultural partnerships grant programs, ARTS at King Street Station, the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, and The Creative Advantage initiative in the effort to foster a city driven by cre... Read More →
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Pratt Fine Arts Center

MissionTo foster a creative, inclusive art-making community, providing access to quality education and professionally equipped studios for everyone. We promote the joy and transformative power of art and actively support the development of visual artists.
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Shunpike

Shunpike
Shunpike empowers artists through equitable access to vital expertise, opportunities, and business services.
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The Vera Project

The Vera Project
The Vera Project is an all-ages nonprofit space dedicated to fostering personal and community transformation through collaborative, youth-driven engagement in music and art. A music venue, screen print shop, recording studio, art gallery, and safe space for radical self-expression... Read More →


Sunday May 21, 2023 12:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute - 2R

12:00pm PDT

ACES Gallery at Langston
Experience the incredible works of the ACES 2023 visual artists.

Presenting & Performing Artist...
avatar for Chloe Sow

Chloe Sow

Chloe is a current junior at The Downtown School. As a musician and artist, she often dabbles with different mediums such as acrylics, watercolor, ink, graphic design, and writing, seeking to interpret the world around her. Other than that, in her spare time, she loves playing badminton... Read More →

Exhibiting Artists
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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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Amália Couto

Born in the state of Bahia, Brazil. Amália Couto began her artistic career in theater and was a professional stage actress in Brazil before moving to England where she continued her career in the performing arts. After moving to Seattle Amália earned a BA in drama at the University... Read More →
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Angus Lin

Angus Lin is a Taiwanese Canadian, greyscale artist born in 1997 in the Greater Vancouver region of Canada. He has been based in Seattle since 2020.His formal education is in engineering, but self-expression through visual art has been a recurrent theme in his life. While creativity... Read More →
avatar for Astha Malik

Astha Malik

Astha is a proud woman of color. She creates modern-day women portraits that capture essence and facets of their identity, and leans on vibrant colors and vivid imagery to portray her women. Through her work she celebrates beauty, strength and diversity of women.She draws inspiration... Read More →
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Bernie Hall

Bernie Hall is a Seattle based multi-disciplinary artist, writer, actor, drummer, dancer and visual artist who likes to incorporate universal cultural elements in his art. Growing up in Buffalo, NY, art gave Bernie a sense of rhythm in his life and a way to reflect on the world around... Read More →
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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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Charlize Sow

Charlize is a current 7th grader. Interested in animation and illustrating, she frequently creates comics and shorts of historical and scientific events. In her free time, she loves to be inspired by webtoons, create music, and explore different types of art mediums.
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Cheezymicron

Cheezymicron is a self-taught Seattle based artist who, after taking a long hiatus from creating, rekindled their relationship with art 5 years ago. As they revived their creative spirit, they began use and see art as a therapeutic form of introspection and expression and grew to... Read More →
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De'Ja Marshall

De’Ja Marshall is a narrative tableau photographer based out of Tacoma, Washington. Her interest in photography was first piqued at ten years old while spending time with her grandfather’s digital camera. Over the course of her extensive photography journey, the subject matter... Read More →
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Dovey Martinez

Dovey Martinez is a Honduran- American visual artist and educator. Her work is situated at the crossroads of contemporary figure painting and graphic art. Her art is painted stylistically in a paint by number style, with natural earth tones combined in solid fields of color. Gold... Read More →
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Edimbo Lekea

Born of Congolese parents, Edimbo Lekea (born Lucien-Edimbo Lekea) is a "Franco-Congolais" artist painter born in a small town of Creil, France. It wasn't until the early ages of 5 to 6, that Edimbo got to develop his creative skill through various sketches. From there, it would be... Read More →
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Frances Grace Mortel

Photographer, Filmmaker, & Community Organizer
Frances Grace Mortel (she/her) is a Filipino photographer, filmmaker, and community organizer. Previously a production designer/art director in the Philippines, she now works as the Communications Strategist for APIC Spokane, serves as part of the board of directors for Spokane F... Read More →
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Gabriela Garcia

Gabi is a venecuir illustrator and designer based in Seattle. She was born and raised in Venezuela, and is mostly self-taught in her art practice. She works in digital media, watercolor, lino, and mixed media. Gabi also loves facilitating art workshops, and making the exploration... Read More →
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Garima Naredi

Teaching Artist, Pratt Fine Arts Center
I was born and raised in India amidst rich colors, ornate patterns and cultural stories. I earned Bachelor of Fine Arts in Applied arts and worked in advertising before moving to Seattle. I further explored my love for classical art and studied realist drawing and painting for three... Read More →
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Gemma Cross

Gemma is a multi-media artist based out of Seattle. In 2021 they co-founded GiiiRLBAND Productions, a production company that specializes in music videos, concert production, and photography. They work in the Seattle area as a photographer, videographer and VJ.
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Grace Hamada

Hana Studios
I am a Seattle based artist who has been using various art media for more than 25 years. My art is designed by nature, my heritage, and landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. I started making art using different materials (such as rust, hair, rice, etc) to express ideas that words were... Read More →
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Heidi Grace Acuña

Heidi Grace Acuña (they/she) is a Filipinx-American interdisciplinary visual artist from O'ahu, Hawai'i who grew up witnessing her immigrant parents’ hard work and compassion as they cared for adults with intellectual disabilities. Heidi creates dimensional works in ceramics, printmaking... Read More →
avatar for Jake Prendez

Jake Prendez

Jake Prendez is a prominent Chicano artist exhibiting his art and lecturing across the country. He is the owner/co-director of the Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery in the White Center neighborhood.His work is an amalgamation of his life experiences. It represents his Chicano background... Read More →
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Jay Jun

Jay Jun works through Wolfberry Studio to create illustrations that center people of color. They are a digital artist who works primarily in vector.https://instagram.com/wolfberrystudio... Read More →
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Jonathan Soren Davidson

Jonathan Soren Davidson is a South African-American writer and illustrator who is interested in using horror as a way of exploring futures of liberation. Much of his work focuses on monstrosity, liminality, and Mad futurity.https://www.instagram.com/jonathansoren_/... Read More →
avatar for Jovita Mercado

Jovita Mercado

Jovita is a mixed medium Chicana artist. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Washington.After graduating, she went on to create public artwork for the City of Seattle, Burien, and Sea Tac. She was also an Art Instructor for the YMCA and Metro Parks. Through... Read More →
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Kamari Bright

With the goal of creating something that starts the process of healing for herself and others, Kamari Bright is a poet, videopoet, and creative that is heavily inspired by her life lessons and observations. The award-winning creator transcends the bounds of imagery and language by... Read More →
avatar for Kellie Kawahara-Niimi

Kellie Kawahara-Niimi

Hi! I’m Kellie and I’m a non-binary + queer + Asian American artist working out of Seattle, WA. While I have an Arts History/Arts Management degree from the University of San Francisco, most of my art experience stems from a creatively nurturing childhood and way too many hobbies.My... Read More →
avatar for Leslie Barber

Leslie Barber

Leslie Barber is an emerging Jamaican American fiber artist and holds a degree in Fashion & Textile Management from North Carolina State University. After relocating to Washington in 2017, she felt an overwhelming sense of loneliness as she navigated primarily white spaces as a black... Read More →
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Nadia Ahmed

Nadia Ahmed (she/her) is a Pakistani-American performance artist, sculptor, and arts administrator currently based in Seattle, WA. She earned a BA in Art History and Three-Dimensional Forum from the University of Washington. Nadia’s exhibition history includes Out of Sight, The... Read More →
avatar for Nahom Isak Ghirmay

Nahom Isak Ghirmay

My art delves into themes of identity and emotional experiences through a variety of mediums. I am captivated by the vast range of emotions conveyed through facial expressions and body language. As I observe the people around me, I am intrigued by their stories, hopes, worries, and... Read More →
avatar for Naoko Morisawa

Naoko Morisawa

Artist
Born in Tokyo, I have been a mosaic artist for decades, currently working in the Greater Seattle area and beyond. I moved from Japan to the Pacific Northwest in the U.S. in 2004. I have exhibited my work across the U.S. in more than 30 states, and in international museums including... Read More →
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Ross Collado

My name is Ross Boa Collado. I identify as Filipino-American and self-taught abstract expressionism painter in Seattle. As early as 6 years old, my siblings, cousins and friends relied on me for anything that requires creativity. I designed them greeting cards and classroom visual... Read More →
avatar for Rubin Quarcoopome

Rubin Quarcoopome

Rubin Quarcoopome loves a good story. From his childhood days in Ghana hearing his father's tales of the mischievous Anansi to his adolescence in Detroit absorbing anime and movies, the allure of riveting tales helps him understand the world and its people. Rubin's artistic work latched... Read More →
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Sabella Flagg

the monarq
Sabella is an artist, designer, and writer creating under the moniker “the monarq” which is a multidisciplinary art practice. She works with abstraction through a mixture of analog photography, pattern design, and printmaking alongside portraiture. Themes around self identity... Read More →
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Samantha Baddon

Hello there, my name is Sammie Rae! I grew up in California with my four siblings, and spent my adolescence exploring different forms of art. I received my Associates of Art from Palomar College and age 16 on, worked as a professional wedding and portrait photographer amongst other... Read More →
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Sony Purba

Originally from Indonesia, Sony came to the US in the early ‘90s to earn her college degrees in Art and Architecture. She moved from the Midwest to Seattle in 2002 and has been calling it home ever since. For over two decades, Sony was focused in building her career as a licensed... Read More →
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Symonne Larison

Monie Love Creations
Self-taught artist MonieLove has called the Pacific Northwest home all her life, being born in Portland and now a Seattle, Washington resident. She began sketching portraits at ten years old. Since then, she has transitioned to painting individualized expression portraits using various... Read More →
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Tatiana Garmendia

Tatiana Garmendia was born in Cuba at the height of the Cold War and remembers playing in abandoned missile trenches as a girl. In her interdisciplinary work, history is understood as meditations on national and private mythologies, as the stories we tell others and whisper to ourselves... Read More →
avatar for Wadiyah Nelson - Shimabukuro

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 →
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Xin Xin

Xin Xin is a visual artist who explores healing traumatic emotions through watercolor and paper weaving abstraction. Xin was born in Beijing, China, and emigrated to Washington with her family when she was twelve years old. Xin graduated from the University of Washington with B.A... Read More →
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Yi Du

I am Chinese American and live in Seattle. I make art, grow plants, balance spreadsheets, and take naps.https://www.instagram.com/authenticityi/
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Yongqi Tang

Yongqi Tang was born in 1997 in China and lives in Seattle, WA. She received her MFA in Painting and Drawing (2022), her BA in Painting and Drawing (2019) from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA.She has mounted her work in a solo exhibition at T293 Gallery in Rome, Italy... Read More →


Sunday May 21, 2023 12:00pm - 7:00pm PDT
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute - Grand Hall

12:15pm PDT

Embodying Artistic Reflection
This workshop engages participants in an active reflection on a piece of visual art through embodied practice based on Theatre of the Oppressed techniques. Through collective brainstorming and image analysis, participants will reflect on the themes and stories present within specific art pieces in the gallery. This interactive workshop honors each individual’s lived experience, using image creation to unleash our body-knowledge. In this workshop you will learn from yourself as well as the rest of the participants and the facilitator, leading to powerful reflections and community building.

The workshop will include the following Theatre of the Oppressed activities: Individual Sculpting, the Game of Power, and Group Sculpting. All exercises will be followed by reflection and story-sharing.

Presenting & Performing Artist...
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Nabra Nelson

Nabra Nelson is a community organizer, EDI consultant, and theatre creator from Egypt, Nubia, and California. She has worked with theaters, universities, non-profits, corporations, and community organizations across the nation to strengthen community and amplify under-heard voices... Read More →


Sunday May 21, 2023 12:15pm - 1:15pm PDT
Pratt Fine Arts Center - Painting & Drawing Studio

12:30pm PDT

Musical & Spoken Word Performance by Aleyanna Grae
Aleyanna Grae (They/Them) is a singer, songwriter and spoken word poet in Seattle. A mix of dream pop and rnb elements, paired with introspective and authentic lyricism, Aleyanna Grae has managed to curate a unique sound. Their work is for everyone who thinks in paragraphs and feels too much, and they hope their art can inspire others to tell their own stories. You can find them on all streaming platforms as Aleyanna Grae, IG as @grae.dreamer, and you can look forward to their debut album coming June 2023.

Presenting & Performing Artist...
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Aleyanna Grae

Aleyanna Grae (They/Them) is a singer, songwriter and spoken word poet in Seattle. A mix of dream pop and rnb elements, paired with introspective and authentic lyricism, Aleyanna Grae has managed to curate a unique sound. Their work is for everyone who thinks in paragraphs and feels... Read More →


Sunday May 21, 2023 12:30pm - 1:00pm PDT
Pratt Fine Arts Center - Outdoor Stage

12:30pm PDT

Musical Performance by Truehoods (LOCATED IN SPOKANE, WA)
With an emphasis on thoughtful lyricism and provoking subjects, Truehoods brings the old-school, independent hip-hop sound to the Spokane scene. Inspired by generations of emcees who take the craft of lyricism to the next level, rosethrow and Manny the 3rd carve verses out of their own tender experiences. All words are set to vinyl chops produced by Logan McDonald.



Presenting & Performing Artist...

Sunday May 21, 2023 12:30pm - 1:00pm PDT
Gonzaga University Urban Arts Center

1:00pm PDT

Artist Talk: Blanca Santander
I have been a member of the BIPOC community here in Seattle for many years, and now I have the opportunity to share a project that comes from an issue that affects the Latino community. In 2020, I created an exhibit titled "Testimonios," which contained artwork featuring testimonies of children separated from their parents after crossing the border and being detained in facilities. This project was never physically exhibited due to the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic, so as a result, it was turned into a video exhibition. This video is something I wish to share at the ACES venue because I want to spread awareness about an issue that could just as easily happen again. Even though the policy to separate children at the border has ended, there are more immigrants detained in the U.S. now in 2022 than ever.

Exhibiting Artists
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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 →


Sunday May 21, 2023 1:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute - Grand Hall

1:00pm PDT

You CAN do it irrespective of your age! (LOCATED IN SPOKANE, WA)
Inspiring Talk/presentation
The Creative Journey of a 13 year old Artist & a TEDx speaker:
I am a strong, driven middle school student from Spokane has a goal to help everyone realize that no matter your age: You Can Do It!. My goal is to inspire the next generation youth to dream big, word hard and go get it!
I hope my presentation at ACES helps people realize their potential so they can help themselves and others through ART

The video in the link has only a part of my recent TED talk, the actual TED talk isn't released yet. This video will give you an idea of teh talk.

https://youtu.be/PPTUEM_TIKs

Presenting & Performing Artist...
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Sindhu Surapaneni

CEO and Founder of Imaginations2creation, www.facebook.com/i2csindhu
Watch an exciting presentation by a 14-year-old artist, changemaker, and a philanthropist. She is a TEDx speaker (x2), a cultural enthusiast, motivator, dancer, and ASB president of Selkirk Middle School. In her stories, her primary goal is to promote empathy above everything else... Read More →


Sunday May 21, 2023 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Gonzaga University Urban Arts Center

1:00pm PDT

Seattle Restored presents the ACES Art Market
Discover unique treasures from 26 Seattle Restored BIPOC makers and artists while supporting our vibrant local community. The market will feature a fantastic selection of products and artwork.

Presenting & Performing Artist...
avatar for Stephanie Morales

Stephanie Morales

I am a homegrown, Seattle born and based artist. Creating art from a young age, I returned to my passion through acrylic and pencil mediums six years ago. Travels throughout the US, Europe, and Africa influence my work which often includes themes of duality and false dichotomies... Read More →

Exhibiting Artists
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Nyema Clark

Avenue South
Nyema Clark (she/her) is founder and Director of Nurturing Roots Farm located on Beacon Hill. She currently hosts workshops ranging from germination to systemic food oppression participating on panels and lectures, sharing her journey as a black female entrepreneur. She is also an... Read More →
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Omar Leon

Nature's Elements
Jason Leon was born and raised in the Puget Sound region his entire life. He is a first-generation college student, grad student, and now a first-time business owner. It is a journey that he hopes to continue while building upon the achievements thus far. He enjoys hiking and road-tripping... Read More →
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Sabella Flagg

the monarq
Sabella is an artist, designer, and writer creating under the moniker “the monarq” which is a multidisciplinary art practice. She works with abstraction through a mixture of analog photography, pattern design, and printmaking alongside portraiture. Themes around self identity... Read More →
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Sarah Cabarteja

Down the Ave
Hi! We're Down the Ave LLC, founded by Sarah Cabarteja and Rahma Kamel. We're a women-owned, BIPOC team working to spread the joy of game night with diversity and relatable card content. Our team was formed through the University of Washington’s Create A Company Program in the Foster... Read More →
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Swati Choudhury

I'm a visual artist and an ex-project manager at Microsoft, India. I’m born and brought up in India where I pursued my education and graduated in Electronics and Communication Engineering. I joined Microsoft, India and worked there for 4 years as an associate project manager before... Read More →
avatar for Teresa Martinez

Teresa Martinez

Owner, Amano
Teresa is a Seattle based artist that creates art & jewelry inspired by her Mexican American culture. She often incorporates and re interprets the traditional Latin American game Loteria into her work. What started out as a need to wear and see things that represented her culture... Read More →
avatar for Xin Xin

Xin Xin

Xin Xin is a visual artist who explores healing traumatic emotions through watercolor and paper weaving abstraction. Xin was born in Beijing, China, and emigrated to Washington with her family when she was twelve years old. Xin graduated from the University of Washington with B.A... Read More →
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Yolanda Galery

Owner/Artist, Yolanda Galery Art
Yolanda Galery is a self-disciplined artist based in Seattle. Yolanda works in acrylic and digital mediums. Born in Colorado, her family relocated to Eastern Washington where she spent her childhood. From a young age Yolanda has had a deep appreciation for art. As a child she would... Read More →


Sunday May 21, 2023 1:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Pratt Fine Arts Center - Outdoor Market

1:00pm PDT

Seattle Restored presents the ACES Art Market
Discover unique treasures from 26 Seattle Restored BIPOC makers and artists while supporting our vibrant local community. The market will feature a fantastic selection of products and artwork.

Presenting & Performing Artist...
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Tina Fahnbulleh

Eating good food is life. My grandmothers taught me to cook, or should I say put me to work, until I learned how to cook. By the time I was 4 they trusted me to make rice, which is the highest honor in a West African home. In our family every meal was a celebration. We made big dishes... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Morales

Stephanie Morales

I am a homegrown, Seattle born and based artist. Creating art from a young age, I returned to my passion through acrylic and pencil mediums six years ago. Travels throughout the US, Europe, and Africa influence my work which often includes themes of duality and false dichotomies... Read More →

Exhibiting Artists
avatar for Nyema Clark

Nyema Clark

Avenue South
Nyema Clark (she/her) is founder and Director of Nurturing Roots Farm located on Beacon Hill. She currently hosts workshops ranging from germination to systemic food oppression participating on panels and lectures, sharing her journey as a black female entrepreneur. She is also an... Read More →
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Omar Leon

Nature's Elements
Jason Leon was born and raised in the Puget Sound region his entire life. He is a first-generation college student, grad student, and now a first-time business owner. It is a journey that he hopes to continue while building upon the achievements thus far. He enjoys hiking and road-tripping... Read More →
avatar for Sabella Flagg

Sabella Flagg

the monarq
Sabella is an artist, designer, and writer creating under the moniker “the monarq” which is a multidisciplinary art practice. She works with abstraction through a mixture of analog photography, pattern design, and printmaking alongside portraiture. Themes around self identity... Read More →
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Sarah Cabarteja

Down the Ave
Hi! We're Down the Ave LLC, founded by Sarah Cabarteja and Rahma Kamel. We're a women-owned, BIPOC team working to spread the joy of game night with diversity and relatable card content. Our team was formed through the University of Washington’s Create A Company Program in the Foster... Read More →
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Swati Choudhury

I'm a visual artist and an ex-project manager at Microsoft, India. I’m born and brought up in India where I pursued my education and graduated in Electronics and Communication Engineering. I joined Microsoft, India and worked there for 4 years as an associate project manager before... Read More →
avatar for Teresa Martinez

Teresa Martinez

Owner, Amano
Teresa is a Seattle based artist that creates art & jewelry inspired by her Mexican American culture. She often incorporates and re interprets the traditional Latin American game Loteria into her work. What started out as a need to wear and see things that represented her culture... Read More →
avatar for Xin Xin

Xin Xin

Xin Xin is a visual artist who explores healing traumatic emotions through watercolor and paper weaving abstraction. Xin was born in Beijing, China, and emigrated to Washington with her family when she was twelve years old. Xin graduated from the University of Washington with B.A... Read More →
avatar for Yolanda Galery

Yolanda Galery

Owner/Artist, Yolanda Galery Art
Yolanda Galery is a self-disciplined artist based in Seattle. Yolanda works in acrylic and digital mediums. Born in Colorado, her family relocated to Eastern Washington where she spent her childhood. From a young age Yolanda has had a deep appreciation for art. As a child she would... Read More →

Sponsors
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Seattle Restored

Shunpike & Seattle Good Business Network
Seattle Restored revives Seattle neighborhoods with creativity and commerce! Seattle Restored calls our local artists and entrepreneurs to reinvigorate our city by activating empty storefronts. These projects will benefit neighborhoods, small businesses, artists and property owners... Read More →


Sunday May 21, 2023 1:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Pratt Fine Arts Center - Outdoor Market

1:30pm PDT

The Flower, So-Hwa's Dream
Choreographer/Director Miyoung’s note:

I have presented the original Contemporary Korean Fusion pieces inspired by Korean folktales.

Once again, I would love to talk about “One World” through the Korean Contemporary fusion dance piece since I deeply feel that is what we all need for especially in this pandemic.

To me, living in this one world together means ‘Love’.
And as we all know, Love is All you need.

Embracing our unique heritage,
while celebrating our common life journey.
Though we all come from different backgrounds,

We can come together to create a beautiful performance.

In my choreography,

I enjoy blending
Eastern to Western
Western to Eastern

To create a fusion of cultures
and a performance we can all connect to.

I am proud to present an original Contemporary Korean Fusion piece that once again draws from my Korean Heritage
and borrows from another Korean folktale.

The tragic love story of So-Hwa,
A Court Lady,
who’s unreturned love for the king,
left her waiting forever and dying Alone.

Her remains transformed into the imaginary Flower, the “Trumpet Creeper” Which to this day, still wait for the kings return.

This story is told by a diverse cast of extremely talented MiYoung Margolis Dance Collective dancers.
We hope you enjoy this piece.


Presenting & Performing Artist...
avatar for Vee Volante

Vee Volante

Dancer, Miyoung Margolis Dance Collective
Under-represented culturally-based movement storyteller.You have heard many voices. Eventually, they will all sound alike and look alike even within marginalized communities.Did you know there are marginalize voices/movements within marginalized communities? Have you heard of the... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Su

Stephanie Su

Stephanie is a performer, video editor/producer, and artist currently based in Seattle.
avatar for Tatiana Linardopoulou

Tatiana Linardopoulou

Principal Dancer, Miyoung Margolis Dance Collective
Tatiana is a dancer, actor, and writer based in Seattle. She has been dancing since she was 6 years old and is trained in classical ballet, Graham modern, lyrical, jazz, ballroom dance, and Flamenco. In 2020, she joined MMDC and began exploring the intersection between classic Korean... Read More →
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Hyunjung Jin

Dancer, MiYoung Margolis Dance Collective
HyunJung Jin (Rachel) has a Master's degree in Korean Traditional Composition from Han-Yang University. She plays multiple Korean traditional instruments, including: GaYaGeum, KoMoonGo (Korean lute), JangGu and NanTa. She is an active member of both MMDC and Morado, a Korean Traditional... Read More →
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JaeWon Moon

Soloist dancer, Miyoung Margolis Dance Collective
Ever since Jae-Won was a child, she always has loved to dance,She started classical ballet when she was 7 years old and attended the art focused, Deok-Won Arts High School in Seoul, South Korea.Dancing has been always her passion and she was pursuing a degree in Dance.Jae-Won said... 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 →


Sunday May 21, 2023 1:30pm - 1:50pm PDT
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute - Theater

1:30pm PDT

Mercedes Nicole Jazz
I believe Music is a conduit for harmony. Music can bring people together, and unit them in one cause. It can soothe and heal broken hearts, and really speaks to the should of what makes us human. That is why I sing. Music is beauty in sound and touches lives in a way simple knowledge cannot...it is through the arts, Music, Song, Dance, Poetry, Painting and sculpture that we are realize we are one.

Presenting & Performing Artist...
avatar for Mercedes Nicole

Mercedes Nicole

Mercedes Nicole been singing 12 years, Winner 2018 Female Composer Award, Allied Arts Foundation. Grew up West Coast, Singer, Song Writer, Composer, Sings Jazz, Blues, Produced Jazz Concerts for Your Sister's House, Grandparents raising Grandchildren, Women of Color Symposium, Seattle... Read More →


Sunday May 21, 2023 1:30pm - 2:00pm PDT
Pratt Fine Arts Center - Outdoor Stage

1:30pm PDT

In Place: Mapping Your Journey as an Artist-in-Residence
The opportunity to spend a dedicated, uninterrupted span of time working on a project or simply exploring an idea is invaluable to an artist and it is important to make the best use of your time and intentions.

Literary and visual artist Carletta Carrington Wilson shares lessons learned and insights gained from three residences that proved instrumental in her development as an artist. She will discuss ways of making the best use of your time and talents such as identifying residences that will further your practice and/or skills, preparation for the residency, documenting your progress and assessing the experience.

In May 2011, Wilson was artist-in-residence at the James W. Washington Jr. home and studio. Her book, "Poem of Stone and Bone: The Iconography of James W. Washington Jr. in Fourteen Stanzas and Thirty-One Days" chronicles the work accomplished during her residency.

Presenting & Performing Artist...
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Carletta Carrington Wilson

Literary and visual artist Carletta Carrington Wilson has exhibited at Wa Na Wari, CoCA, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, ArtXchange Gallery, Kittredge Gallery, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Denver Public Library, Northwest African American Museum, Gallery 110, Columbia City Gallery, Onyx... Read More →


Sunday May 21, 2023 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute - West Room

1:45pm PDT

Framing Portraiture as an Act of Love
‘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...
avatar for Kenya Shakoor

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

1:55pm PDT

Kadanakuthuhalam Thillana
Traditionally the final piece of a Bharatanatyam dance program, a Thillana is a joyous and rhythmic piece. The Kadanakuthuhalam Thillana combines intricate footwork, beautiful music, and a playful story about Krishna. This Bharatanatyam piece highlights the beauty of the art form, telling an ancient story through intricate mudras, precise footwork, and expressive movements.

Presenting & Performing Artist...
avatar for Sameehita Mohan

Sameehita Mohan

Sameehita Mohan is a dancer based in Seattle, Washington. She trained with Guru Meena Logan at Pushpanjali Dance Academy in the Bay Area, completed her Arangetram in 2014, and has performed at several venues around the Bay. As a college student, she danced and choreographed with Michigan... Read More →


Sunday May 21, 2023 1:55pm - 2:05pm PDT
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute - Theater

2:00pm PDT

Artist Talk: 愛淳 黃 / AI-CHUN HUANG
As a nomad artist, Ai-Chun freely uses different materials for experiments, and makes best use of the resources onsite and on the moment. She has 10 years traditional painting training experience from sketch to acrylic paintings. She uses Taiwanese culture background as very important roots for her art practice. Like her artworks "the holy mountain", she was inspired from her life experience from a limited social expectations. She sees those Asian cultural images as very important elements in her metaphor, and she will keep extracting from her child memories, and looking back what she came from, and where she is standing now.

Sunday May 21, 2023 2:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute - Grand Hall

2:00pm PDT

2:15pm PDT

Musical Performance by Jed
Presenting & Performing Artist...

Sunday May 21, 2023 2:15pm - 2:30pm PDT
Pratt Fine Arts Center - Outdoor Stage

2:55pm PDT

Irkanni, Homeland: Being Nubian-American
In this performance, I will share a script excerpt from a play I wrote, then two original poems. All pieces of this performance deal with Nubian language, being a part of a diasporic culture, and being mixed race. The attachment is from last year's performance with ACES. I would like to do this performance again to reaxch a wider audience, and have in-person audiences. I also intend to write another poem integrating the Nubian language for the ACES performance in 2023.

Presenting & Performing Artist...
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Nabra Nelson

Nabra Nelson is a community organizer, EDI consultant, and theatre creator from Egypt, Nubia, and California. She has worked with theaters, universities, non-profits, corporations, and community organizations across the nation to strengthen community and amplify under-heard voices... Read More →


Sunday May 21, 2023 2:55pm - 3:05pm PDT
Pratt Fine Arts Center - Outdoor Stage

3:00pm PDT

Artist Talk: Samantha Rae
I have a great love of portraits, both in photography and painting. Ive spent a lot of time practicing realism and now have been trying to set my paintings apart from photographs. I often find myself drawn to self portraits with some surreal elements. I have always found myself a difficult subject, I think because I struggle to see myself honestly. Depicting a true and accurate representation of myself requires a vulnerability and acceptance that I still find myself fighting for. Painting, in general, is, in a way, like falling in love over and over. I feel in painting a subject it requires you to see it as it is. In all its flaws, beauty, personality and you begin to fall in love with all that is unique about that subject. So in a way, self portraits are a bit like a self love experiment.

Sunday May 21, 2023 3:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute - Grand Hall

3:00pm PDT

Spoken Word Performance by Olyvia Babinski (LOCATED IN SPOKANE, WA)
Presenting & Performing Artist...
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Olyvia Babinski

Founder, Blessed and Beautiful Creative Co
Olyvia is a skilled and passionate public speaker, visual artist, and visionary leader. She is focused on building creative communities and leadership development opportunities in her community. She focuses on the historic (and artistic) Garland District in Spokane where she engages... Read More →


Sunday May 21, 2023 3:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
Gonzaga University Urban Arts Center

3:00pm PDT

Stories from The Blue Suit: Asian American stories
A 55-minute presentation on what I've learned as a poet writing for the page moving into the space of writing for the ear for public radio and podcast formats. I'll share clips and outtakes from episodes of The Blue Suit highlighting stories from Asian American community members.

Presenting & Performing Artist...
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Shin Yu Pai

Shin Yu Pai is the host and creator of The Blue Suit, a podcast on Asian American stories, for KUOW Public Radio, Seattle's NPR affiliate. She is also the author of 11 books of poetry. She served as Poet Laureate of The City of Redmond from 2015 to 2017. Shin Yu is a 2022 Artist Trust... Read More →


Sunday May 21, 2023 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute - West Room

3:15pm PDT

Telling Stories Through Collages - Interactive Workshop
Facilitated by collage artist Bernie Hall and featuring guest artist AshaAung Helmstetter, this interactive workshop will explore how stories can be told through the visual art form of collages.

Bernie and AshaAung will share ideas and concepts on collage making and the infinite stories that can be told through this evolving artform. Attendees will then be invited to create their own collages that reflect their experiences, hopes and dreams and how they show up in the world. Workshop participants can take their collage home after the workshop.

"Collages are an accessible art form. Regardless of experience, you can have so much joy through this art form."
Bernie Hall

Get ready to create and have fun during this workshop.

All ages are invited to attend
Materials will be provided
Feel free to bring any specific paper, cloth or other easy to glue items to the workshop

Produced by Bernie Hall in collaboration with The Mahogany Project (www.mahoganyproject.org)



Presenting & Performing Artist...
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Merri Ann Osborne

Executive Director, The Mahogany Project
Merri Ann Osborne is the Executive Director of the Mahogany Project, an arts organization that spotlights artists from the African diaspora. A multi-disciplinary artistand producer, she enjoys collaborating with artists and bringing people together to share their stories, especially... Read More →
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Bernie Hall

Bernie Hall is a Seattle based multi-disciplinary artist, writer, actor, drummer, dancer and visual artist who likes to incorporate universal cultural elements in his art. Growing up in Buffalo, NY, art gave Bernie a sense of rhythm in his life and a way to reflect on the world around... Read More →


Sunday May 21, 2023 3:15pm - 4:45pm PDT
Pratt Fine Arts Center - Painting & Drawing Studio

3:30pm PDT

Kitty Junk: Junk Punk
Glam-grunge duo project of Angie Dane and Ryan Lee.

The band formed in response to many sexist encounters within the music industry. The band aims to make the rock world a gender-inclusive and POC-friendly space. The duo works to empower their female listeners through their heavy, hard-hitting tracks. The female duo is only adding more ammunition to their collection of undeniably catchy tracks.


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Kitty Junk

Kitty Junk is a POC/LGBT glam grunge duo from Seattle. We work with multiple charities in town to empower marginalized women through art and music. www.instagram.com/kittyjunkgirls... Read More →


Sunday May 21, 2023 3:30pm - 4:00pm PDT
Pratt Fine Arts Center - Outdoor Stage

4:00pm PDT

Artist Talk: Garima Naredi
I work primarily in oil paints, charcoal and mixed media 2D art. My work is rooted in realism and storytelling. The themes explored range from spiritual and symbolic to representing the simpler things in life. I like to create subtle textures through brushwork or by combining different mediums together. These patterns and strokes have significance to the overall theme of the picture. I draw inspiration from the moments and places of everyday life, through a subject matter ranging from still lifes, interiors to portraits and family life. Becoming a mother of two has influenced me to explore the now and the beauty and struggle of everyday life.

Presenting & Performing Artist...
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Garima Naredi

Teaching Artist, Pratt Fine Arts Center
I was born and raised in India amidst rich colors, ornate patterns and cultural stories. I earned Bachelor of Fine Arts in Applied arts and worked in advertising before moving to Seattle. I further explored my love for classical art and studied realist drawing and painting for three... Read More →


Sunday May 21, 2023 4:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute - Grand Hall

4:20pm PDT

Bharatanatyam Repertoire - A Balance between The Finite & The Infinite
Presenting & Performing Artist...
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Shwetha Nirmal

My name is Shwetha, a dance teacher, performer, founder, and artistic director of KalaSiddhi Academy of Bharatanatyam in the Pacific Northwest region.I am a recipient of ' The All India Solo-Dance Competition' by winning the Silver Medal and has had the honor of performing in Rashtrapati... Read More →


Sunday May 21, 2023 4:20pm - 4:50pm PDT
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute - Theater

4:30pm PDT

Rock out with Theory of Change
Our name comes from our collective background as social activists seeking change for the good, at the intersection of music and social activism. Our music and video content extends a keen message of change and growth — both in our society and individually. We believe in building better societal structures that allow everyone to have access to prosperity, and not just those with wealth and privilege.

But this is also a story of personal growth, as resiliency makes us stronger and we grow from our experiences along the way. Resiliency has been a tremendous theme in Ben’s life, as he has survived a battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and a raging apartment fire.

“Music is a powerful thing,” Ben says. “Music can heal. It can bring people together. It can spur difficult but needed conversations. I still believe music and truly change the world.”

Presenting & Performing Artist...
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Theory of Change

Theory of Change is a socially conscious folksy indie-rock ensemble producing pensive but powerful, thoughtful, and melodic songs about societal and personal growth. We are comprised of Ben Henry, songwriter/singer/guitarist formerly of The Crud (Honolulu, HI) and Grim Smiley (Seattle... Read More →


Sunday May 21, 2023 4:30pm - 5:00pm PDT
Pratt Fine Arts Center - Outdoor Stage

4:30pm PDT

Elon Musk; a legacy of colonialism from the Dutch Golden Age– technology, alternative currency, and why there will be art on Mars.
Following the 80 years war, the seafaring merchants of the Dutch Republic would go on a campaign of successfully establishing trade routes and colonies around the globe. Subsequently, Dutch colonization would generate untold fortune through the exploitation of the resources and people of the global south. This explosion of dutch wealth would spur massive investments and advancements in science, technology, and economic systems, such as the creation of capitalism and the ledger-based currency, the Guilder. It also generated comparable advancements in art and opulence. Out of the Dutch Golden age, we see the emergence of masterworks of art by Vermeer, Franz Hals, and Rembrandt. Works from this time often depict far-off colonies, extravagant tablescapes, exotic botanicals, and wealthy merchant guilds. 

It is from the legacy of the Dutch empire that in 1971 Errol Musk, a capitalist emerald mine owner, and Maye Haldeman, a vogue model, would give birth to a son named Elon, in the capital of apartheid South Africa, a former Dutch Colony. Heralded as a self-made billionaire and genius of technological innovation, Elon Musk would go on to revolutionize digital monetary transactions and has set his sights on the colonization of mars.

This talk aims to contextualize Musk's “innovations” and capitalistic ventures against the backdrop of a legacy of Dutch colonialism and to explore the intersection of art, wealth, and, colonization, historically and into the future. Talking points include a primer on Dutch colonialism and the Dutch Golden Age, a discussion of Musk's recent partnership with Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa to send artists to space, and Musk’s baby mama, the performer Grimes’ foray into NFT’s.  


Notes:

“The governor, John Maurice of Nassau, invited artists and scientists to the colony to help promote Brazil and increase immigration” 

“The Dutch period in Brazil was "a historical parenthesis with few lasting traces" in the social sphere.[33] Dutch artistic production in Brazil, particularly by Albert Eckhout and Frans Post left an important visual record of the local people and places in the early 17th century” 

Dutch Brazil. (2022, October 25). In Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dutch_Brazil



Presenting & Performing Artist...
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Scott Méxcal

Scott Méxcal he/him was born amidst the nopal and yucca on the bank of the Rio Grande river in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Scott's ancestors have lived along the river on both sides of what is today the Mexican/U.S border for countless generations. Scott is Chicano, descended from indigenous... Read More →


Sunday May 21, 2023 4:30pm - 5:30pm PDT
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute - West Room

5:00pm PDT

Artist Talk: Yongqi Tang
Having studied and worked between China and America, my works have been influenced by the drastically different cultural and ideological contexts of the two countries. Interested in how the interaction with the environing world would affect our existence, I question and deconstruct my roles in both private and public space by investigating the social construction of identities through the act of painting and drawing. My works examine the fluidity of our self-images and relate to the broader human experience of the ambiguousness of identity such as gender, sexuality, and nationality. The objective of my works is to reinterpret the categories into which we are born to rearticulate the discourse around them. My studio practices involve a variety of materials such as oil, watercolor, acrylic, and charcoal.

Exhibiting Artists
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Yongqi Tang

Yongqi Tang was born in 1997 in China and lives in Seattle, WA. She received her MFA in Painting and Drawing (2022), her BA in Painting and Drawing (2019) from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA.She has mounted her work in a solo exhibition at T293 Gallery in Rome, Italy... Read More →


Sunday May 21, 2023 5:00pm - 5:30pm PDT
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute - Grand Hall

5:15pm PDT

Movement of Body and Land Connection
The workshop will be lead by myself. I would like to present one of my short dance films and then lead into a movement session that connects our bodies to the Earth, Skyworld and Ourselves (ancestors). This movement workshop will be for all bodies and will start with connecting to our breath, our body then the land (the land will be where ever you are in space). There will be a land recognition, honoring of those past, present and future. The movements in the workshop will be to tap into our bodies with sound and voice to guide us. I would also like to leave room for question and comments.

Presenting & Performing Artist...
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Kayla Banks

KAYLA BANKS (Afro-Native non-enrolled Choctaw and Creek Freeman and Eastern European is a choreographer, dancer and actor from Denver, Colorado where she received her B.A. in Performing Arts and Business Administration from Colorado State University. . She has trained with José Limón... Read More →


Sunday May 21, 2023 5:15pm - 6:15pm PDT
Pratt Fine Arts Center - Painting & Drawing Studio

5:20pm PDT

ACES On Screen
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

NEIGHBORHOOD (8:39)
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.

THE HOLY MOUNTAIN (1:51)
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...
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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 →
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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.
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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 →
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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 →
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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

5:30pm PDT

Musical Performance: PUSHFORLOVE
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PUSHFORLOVE

Push for Love is a Seattle, WA based band. Melanie Granger is the Lead Singer with Xavier Salinas as Lead Guitarist. The two are often accompanied by special guest artists on the drums and the bass. Over the past 10 years of playing music together, Melanie and Xavier have created... Read More →


Sunday May 21, 2023 5:30pm - 6:00pm PDT
Pratt Fine Arts Center - Outdoor Stage

6:20pm PDT

Closing Night Performance: Chong the Nomad
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Chong the Nomad

Chong The Nomad (real name Alda Agustiano) is a 26-year-old Indonesian-American producer, DJ and artist based in Seattle. She's already a strong presence in the sync world with spots for Singapore Airlines, Apple, and Universal Audio, as well as placements with Maybelline (broadcast... Read More →


Sunday May 21, 2023 6:20pm - 7:00pm PDT
Pratt Fine Arts Center - Outdoor Stage
 
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