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 – Normandy Park Arts Commission – photo by Barbara McMichael
  • Botanical – a rhododendron opening in February after a light frost – photo courtesy of Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden
  • Dance – dancers preparing for the National Amateur Ballroom Dance Championships – photo courtesy of Pacific Ballroom Dance
  • Heritage – New hands-on permanent exhibits at the White River Valley Museum – photo courtesy of White River Valley Museum
  • Literary – Morris Willard Skagen, author of History of the Soos Creek Plateau from 1860 to 1960 – photo courtesy of Soos Creek Botanical Garden
  • Music – Northwest Symphony Orchestra musician visits students at Mt. Rainier High School in Des Moines, photo courtesy of Stefan Nelson, Highline School District
  • Organizations – Burien Arts Association volunteers preparing for Vision 20/20 – photo by Barbara McMichael
  • Theatre – Ring of Fire at Centerstage – photo courtesy of Centerstage
  • Visual Arts – Green River College welding student at work on a bee made of silverware – photo courtesy of Monica Tolas, Interurban Center for the Arts

On About SoCo page

  • Barbara McMichael at a SoCoCulture/4Culture tabling event at the SeaTac International Festival on September 13, 2015