ACES // Artists of Color Expo & Symposium is a BIPOC-led, community-curated program featuring art exhibitslive performancespresentationsworkshopsfilm screeningsartist talksartist opportunity tables and art marketWe are coming together with intentionality to value our work and see one another as resources, while focusing on the challenges and solutions we face as artists of color in the Pacific Northwest.

ACES 2023 is a hybrid event, presented online and in person. 

May 20 + 21, 2023

12 pm - 7 pm


ACES is FREE to attend, with a suggested donation of $10.

ASL interpreters are available on-site and via Zoom.

Free childcare is provided on-site.

ACES is presented by Shunpike, in collaboration with 4Culture, Artist Trust, Arts Corps, ArtsWA, CD Forum, Golden Bricks Events, Ground Zero Radio, Langston Seattle, Northwest Film Forum, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Refuge Outdoor Festival, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Seattle Restored, Black Rock Spirits, Spokane Arts, The Vera Project, and Totem Star.
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Sindhu Surapaneni

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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; her personal mission is to understand and encourage those who are going through hard times. Sindhu currently runs Imaginations2Creation, a nonprofit with the dual goal of producing art that embodies positivity, and hope.

She began her journey of giving back to the community when she was just eleven years old by leading over four hundred free creative sessions on Zoom and Facebook Live to bring art to other kids like herself during the pandemic. Through offering art workshops and selling her artwork, over $20,000 of her profits have been donated to organizations that support low-income families and the homeless population. Her artwork is displayed at Washington and New York public schools, city halls, libraries, credit unions, universities, and more.

Since she began giving back, she has won a plethora of honors for her volunteer work, including the President of the United States' Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award (x2), the Spokane Young Philanthropy Award, and the Most Inspiring Youth Award. She has also been mentioned in the NEWS over thirty times around the world, allowing her to further spread her impact and mission.

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