About South King County Cultural Coalition - SoCoCulture

Founded in 2004

In March 2004, King County Council member Julia Patterson hosted a community luncheon to discuss the artistic and cultural vitality of South King County. Out of this the South King County Cultural Coalition, better known as SoCoCulture, was born.  Some 70 groups have joined forces to promote and preserve arts and heritage in the vibrant communities south of Seattle. SoCo’s key projects include providing advocacy, collaborative marketing, and professional development opportunities for our members.

Become a member

The coalition is open to all arts, heritage, and other cultural organizations that present, produce, preserve or propel culture in South King County, including theatre, music, dance, literary, heritage, botanical and visual arts organizations. Government and education agencies are also eligible.

Bi-monthly meetings

Check the calendar for specific dates, times, places and speakers in January, March, May, September and November. We meet at different cultural venues throughout South King County and feature guest speakers on various topics. For more information e-mail info@sococulture.org

SoCoCulture Members

Our cultural association consists of dance, heritage, literary, music, theatre, municipal, botanical, educational and visual arts organizations located in AuburnBlack Diamond, Burien, Des Moines, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Kent, Maple Valley, Normandy Park, Renton, SeaTac and Tukwila, Washington. Click on the names below to read about each member. You can join the coalition online or by mail.

Photo credits

On Home page

  • Arts Commissions – Auburn Arts Commissioner Donna Smart reviews wish list for Auburn’s new art and cultural center – photo by Barbara McMichael
  • Botanical – natural materials for a nature crafts class at SHADOW – photo courtesy Shadow Lake Nature Preserve
  • Dance – participants in Renton’s upcoming Multicultural Festival – photo courtesy of Renton Multicultural Festival organizers
  • Heritage – Historical Society of Federal Way’s Diana Noble-Gulliford and Karen Meador – photo by Barbara McMichael
  • Literary – How now, brown cow? At Mary Olson Farm, KCLS’s Robbin Price and White River Valley Museum’s Rachael McAlister being planning for Bookmarks & Landmarks Jr. 2017
  • Music – Welcome to the new music director of the Rainier Symphony, Jeffery N. Lund – photo courtesy of Rainier Symphony
  • Organizations – CAWA executive director James Kraft discusses results of Cultural Access study groups in King County – photo by Barbara McMichael
  • Theatre – the cast of Leader of the Pack: The Ellie Greenwich Musical, photo courtesy of Heavier Than Air Family Theatre
  • Visual Arts – Young artists creating tree frog hats at SoCo’s Engaging Trees booth at SHADOW’s annual Frog Frolic – photo courtesy of Stephen Lamphear

On About SoCo page

  • SoCoCulture’s September 2016 membership meeting focused on access for special needs artists and audiences. Cassie Welliver/Carco Theatre and SoCo leadership team (far left) was moderator for a panel that included (left to right) Elisa Lewis/Maple Valley Youth Symphony, Marilyn Raichle/The Art of Alzheimers, Joan Rabinowitz/Jack Straw Cultural Center, and Lin Garretson/Special Arts 2 Go – photo by Barbara McMichael