About Shunpike: Established by artists in 2001, Shunpike envisions a community where independent artists and arts groups thrive, creatively and economically, and where their work is widely valued as fundamental to the cultural, social and economic wellbeing of Washington State. To achieve this vision, we provide artists with the services, resources and opportunities they need to forge their own paths to sustainable success. Based on our key organizational values of inclusivity, relevance and accessibility, Shunpike strives to serve a diversity of independent artists and arts groups across Washington State, embracing artists working in all art-forms, as well as those identifying as emerging and/or established. 

Our Commitment to Racial Equity:  Inclusion means my voice is heard. Diversity means I am reflected and represented in the organization at every level. Equity means I am supported by systems and policies that ensure I succeed, despite historic patterns of hindered success. Shunpike is committed to this statement of equity and work to ensure that all staff and clients apply this lens to the work that they do.

The Storefronts Program:  In 2010, an innovative consortium of city and neighborhood organizations inaugurated the Storefronts program in Seattle’s Pioneer Square and International District neighborhoods by activating empty storefronts with vibrant local art and creative projects. At the time, the initiative sought to address high retail vacancy rates that were symptomatic of the economic downturn. Though Seattle's economic climate is now stronger, Shunpike continues to support our creative community and urban neighborhoods by providing opportunities for artists to showcase dynamic, engaging works that reach out to passersby, humanize our built environment, and support urban revitalization.

Amazon AiR - the artist-in-residence program: In 2018 we launched the Amazon Artist-in-Residence program, which provides 450 sq.ft. of studio space in the heart of the Amazon campus in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood. Every year, 4 artists are selected for a 10-week residency each. This unique program provides several opportunities for interaction with Amazon staff, through workshops, artist talks and exhibitions. Shunpike's AiR Salons also provide an opportunity to present residency work to the general public.


Artists of Color Expo & Symposium (ACES) is a two-day, BIPOC-led program with performances, exhibits, presentations, workshops, and open forums. Our vision is to establish a space for us to celebrate and center ourselves, especially in communities of color where crisis breeds innovation. We are coming together with intentionality to value our work and to see each other as resources, while focusing on the challenges and solutions we face as artists of color in the Pacific Northwest.  

We invite you to apply and share your art, expertise, wisdom, passion, and joy!

Event Date: Saturday May 15 - Sunday May 16, 2021

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, ACES will be presented entirely online. Visual arts will still be displayed in a gallery, and attendees will be able to view the art by a virtual tour.


There are three categories that applicants can choose from:

Visual Art (painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media...)

Visual artists can expect a flat fee of $100 per work accepted.

No more than 3 accepted works.

Performance (music, movement, acting, film/video...)

Performing artists can expect a flat fee of $100 per person per performance.

Limit 10-30 minute performances.

Presentation/Workshop/Open Forum/Listening Session

Artists can expect to receive a flat fee of $100 per person.

Limit 30 minute programs.


  • 15 years of age or older; young people are often not invited or included in important discussions and are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Washington State residents and those who are infusing the Pacific Northwest with their radiant and invaluable melanin.

Please contact Martin Tran (martin@shunpike.org) with questions about your application.