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 – Local Arts Agency meeting hosted by 4Culture with administrators Gina Kallman (Burien), Maija McKnight (Auburn) and Matthew Richter (Seattle) – photo by Barbara McMichael
  • Botanical – Shadow Lake Bog sign – photo by Barbara McMichael
  • Dance – scene from Fancy Nancy ballet – photo courtesy of Evergreen City Ballet
  • Heritage – Diana Nobel-Gulliford and Gerald Knutzen, Historical Society of Federal Way board officers – photo courtesy of Gerald Knutzen
  • Literary – Africa in Auburn Treehouse (site of August 15 Writer’s Conference hosted by PAWA) – photo courtesy of Plateau Area Writers Association
  • Music – Rainier Symphony string player Wendy Lee and some of her students, performing at Renton River Days Art Show – photo by Barbara McMichael
  • Organizations – members of Allied Arts of Renton prepare for chalk art contest at Renton River Days – photo by Barbara McMichael
  • Theatre – scene from GreenStage production of “Much Ado About Nothing” – photo courtesy of Burien Arts Association
  • Visual Arts – participants at an Auburn ArtRageous event – photo courtesy of Auburn Arts Commission

On About SoCo page

  • 4Culture executive director Jim Kelly and SoCoCulture founding chair Linda Petersen – photo by Barbara McMichael