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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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 Bhavan, Delhi in the presence of the then Prime Minister of India and The Governor of Karnataka at Raj Bhavan in Bangalore. I have performed in the 'India- Vietnam Youth Exchange' program.
I yearn to continuously learn the deep rooted theoretical aspects of this art form bringing to light the forgotten flavors by weaving the art with current socio, economic and political concepts to make this age-old art form relevant and absorbable to the current generation
I connects hearts through arts by raising funds for non-profit organization assisting primary, secondary, and advanced college education, free healthcare, free clean water projects, free homes, clothes, food, and more
I derive immense pleasure in sharing this timeless tradition to the best of my abilities, and connect with communities on a global scale continue to pursue this passion by performing in various states in the USA and have received recognitions for the same.

Yours sincerely,
Shwetha Nirmal
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