Photography of Lee Rosenberg

Lee - Willow+tree-3Normandy Park Arts Commission
Now through 7/10/2015

Lee Rosenberg is a Bellingham photographer who has been taking pictures since his first Brownie camera. A student of photography during the days of film, Rosenberg pursued a career in Manhattan as a fashion, catalog, portrait and wedding photographer. He went on to become an art director and designed books for several New York publishers.

Coming the the Pacific Northwest rekindled Rosenberg’s love of photography and as the digital age dawned he found additional creative outlets in the realm of post production.

This exhibit is in Normandy Park City Hall Council Chambers, 801 SW 174th Street, Normandy Park.

Humanities Washington Spark Grants

Humanities Washington
Letter of intent due: 8/28/2015
Full applications due: 9/25/2015

Spark Grants bring to life Humanities Washington’s mission of sparking conversation and critical thinking to help create informed, engaged communities across our state. Spark Grants support projects at large and small organizations that encourage thoughtful consideration of issues and provide social, historical and philosophical context to better understand our complex world.

Washington Stories Fund grant

Humanities Washington
Letter of intent due: 8/28/2015
Full applications due: 9/25/2015

The purpose of the Washington Stories Fund is to record and share with the broader community the little-known stories of people or groups whose contributions add to the cultural richness and health of Washington State. Funded projects will elevate the stories of people who fall outside of the mainstream because of their occupation, race, income level, culture, gender, immigration status, country of origin, age, or other unique characteristic, and enhance the public’s awareness of new and unique perspectives and cultures. Humanities Washington encourages applications for projects that tell these stories in a way that constructively casts new light on a current issue and we encourage organizations to express how these stories can be relayed to the broader community in a way that nurtures compassion and seeds action.

Any nonprofit organization or public agency is eligible to apply for a Washington Stories Fund grant. While applicants do not need to be incorporated or have tax-exempt status, they must be organized for nonprofit purposes and funded activities must clearly serve a Washington State audience. In addition:

  • Organizations that have previously received Humanities Washington funding must submit a final report before applying again with a new project.
  • Individuals are not eligible to receive Humanities Washington grants.

One grant of $5,000 is available annually through a competitive grant process. Grant applicants will be notified of funding decisions the week of November 23, 2015, and funded grant activity can begin December 15, 2015.

Apply for the Washington Stories Fund grant through Humanities Washington’s online system. For any questions feel free to contact Ellen Terry, program coordinator for Humanities Washington, by e-mail, or call 206-682-1770 x101.

Seeking artist for site-specific public artwork

Deadline: 6/2/2015, 5 PM

Parkstone Properties seeks an artist or established artist team working at the intersection of art, technology, and quirk to create a site-specific public artwork. The artwork will integrate with and activate the façade(s) of an apartment building in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. The developer and architect team are open to a variety of approaches, in terms of artistic media and the method of integrating with or attaching to the building fabric. Of particular interest are play with color, energy efficient lighting, inventive use of everyday materials, lenticular printing and digital fabrication.

Parkstone Properties has hired 4Culture to manage the public artwork development in full, from artist selection to design and implementation. Eligibility: Open to professional artists and artist teams residing in WA, OR and CA.
Budget: $150,000. Information: Tamar Benzikry-Stern 206-263-1617.

Lucha Libre Masks art workshop

Black Diamond Library
Date: 6/22/2015, 6 PM

Learn about the history of Lucha Libre, a form of professional wrestling that is part of Mexican art and culture. For middle school, junior high and high school ages. Create your own personalized 3D Luchador mask using traditional colors and patterns. All materials provided. Presented by Amaranta Ibarra-Sandys, Art Maranth School of Art. Please register at the Black Diamond Library.

X-Ray Woman: Maria Sklodowska Curie science workshop

Black Diamond Library
Date: 6/30/2015, 1 PM

Learn about Manya, the girl who grew up to be Madame Curie, and recreate some of the experiments she taught students to explain the concepts of radiation, half-life and X-rays. For ages 6 and older. Presented by Witty Scientists.
Registration required beginning two weeks in advance online, by phone 360-886-1105 or in person at the Black Diamond Library, 24707 Roberts Drive, Black Diamond. Seats are released to waiting list attendees fifteen minutes after beginning of class.

PAWA poetry contest

The Plateau Area Writers Association poetry contest is open to all, ages 13 through 110. Minors need to include a separate page with parent’s (or guardian’s) written permission. The poetry contest theme is “Change” — whatever that means to the poet. Poems must be original work, previously unpublished in print or online (exception being self-published, Facebook pages, critique group, appearance on personal websites, and blogs).

Run away with the circus

SANCA (School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts)
Open until filled

You wouldn’t have to run far. SANCA, located in Georgetown, seeks an office manager – .75 position is available immediately with potential for full-time. Rate of pay DOE. Benefits include health insurance, vacation, sick leave. For more information, click here.

Call to young artists

Arts Fund and Seattle Sounders FC
Deadline: 7/1/2015

ArtsFund and Seattle Sounders FC are teaming up for a special arts contest celebrating our region’s youth. As part of Posters by the People, anyone 18 and under is invited to design an original matchday poster for Seattle FC August 1 home match against the Vancouver Whitecaps. Visit for more info and to enter. Parental consent required.

Why I got involved in politics

by Nikki Saucedo

nikki-saucedo_originalI come from a family with absolutely no political background. I did not know the difference between a liberal and a conservative until I took my first political science class. Needless to say, I was not interested in politics. All I ever heard about was how corrupt it is. The political science class bored me, and I never considered having anything to do with politics.

Operations and development manager

Open until filled

The beautiful Shadow Lake Nature Preserve (Save Habitat And Diversity of Wetlands/SHADOW) is located in Renton. Reporting to the Board President, and cooperatively leading the organization’s day-to-day operations with the Community Engagement and Program Manager, the Operations and Development Manager’s primary responsibilities are ensuring organizational effectiveness by providing leadership for the organization’s financial & operational functions and spearheading SHADOW’s development efforts. Start as soon as possible.

Thirty hours a week, 49 weeks a year. Salary of $28,664 annually with $125 monthly healthcare stipend after 90 days and one week of paid vacation annually. For complete details, click here.

Backyard birds class

Date: 6/6/2015, 9 AM – 12:30 PM

Birder Rebekah Graham leads this class for beginning birders, and provides birding basics –including visual and aural tips and instruction on how to identify common bird species in your own backyard. The session will start at SHADOW’s Richter Interpretive Center (21656 184th Ave SE, Renton) to cover the basics before going into the field.


Pacific Bonsai Museum
Now through 9/30/2015

Join the journey to Wireless. The art of bonsai is an eternal pursuit of perfection — the artist’s job is never finished. Trees continue to grow, seasons change and there is always new work to be done. Focused on the horizon, we forget to experience the journey. Explore this journey toward perfection while viewing bonsai not for what they will be, but for what they are… wireless.

Highlights include:

  • Learn how wire is used in sculpting bonsai
  • See the tools of the trade
  • Try your hand at wiring a practice branch
  • View miniature wire bonsai sculptures by artist Ken To

The Pacific Bonsai Museum is located at 2515 S 336th Street, Federal Way. Open Tuesdays – Sundays, 10 AM – 4 PM year-round. Admission is free.

Abstract by Nature

Becky KnoldBurien Arts Gallery

“Abstract by Nature” is a solo show by Olympia painter Becky Knold begins Friday, May 8 at the Burien Arts Gallery. The paintings have as their source a vision of nature that has been internalized, distilled and held onto as a kind of visual memory, and finally expressed as a painting that is ‘Abstract by Nature.’ Knoll also will exhibit contemporary sculpture pieces.

Northwest Sense of Place

Port of Seattle
Deadline: 5/14/2015

The North Seattle-Tacoma Airport Terminal Renovations Program (NorthSTAR) is an unprecedented working arrangement between the Port of Seattle (Port) and Alaska Air Group (AAG), a major component of which is the renovation and expansion of Sea-Tac Airport’s 40-year-old North Satellite Terminal. Establishing a strong mood and narrative thread is the overall design intent for the North Satellite, requiring architecture and art to interweave. The goal is a layering that creates a deep sense of place, an experiential meaning, and a consciously regional experience, referring both to the natural environment and the region’s mediated or synthetic landscape. The region’s diverse environment, culture, spirit, history, and industry contribute to the distinctive qualities and character that the project team refers to as the “Northwest Sense of Place.” The Northwest Sense of Place and experience will be generated and focused throughout the overarching, immersive character of the larger terminal space with a nested set of human scale, specifically located “moments.” Open to all qualifying artists. Budget: $350,000
More information:

Call for photography teacher

Burien Arts Association

Burien Arts seeks a photography teacher to teach four two-hour workshops this summer to middle-school students. Dates are August 4, 6, 11 and 13 from 1-3 PM each day. Teacher will be compensated and materials are provided. Be a part of a positive experience for middle-school students and help them to learn about and appreciate art!
If interested, please e-mail resume and a little about yourself to

Heritage Collections Care funding available

Application deadline: 6/24/2015

This annual funding program provides support for projects that promote and encourage professional standards and practices in the collection, preservation, assessment and perpetual care of historic and cultural materials, artifacts, and archival records pertaining to the heritage of King County.

Stipends for WaMA conference

First come, first served

Registration is now open for the 2015 Washington Museum Association Conference, which will be held June 24-26 at the Maryhill Art Museum of Art near Goldendale. 4Culture is offering stipends of $250 each to King County heritage museum staff, volunteers, and board members planning to attend the annual statewide conference. The 2015 WaMA Conference “Treasures of Washington’s Museums: What Are Yours?” features radio journalist and author Harriet Baskas as keynote speaker; opening reception at Maryhill Winery; pre-conference workshops; awards program; annual banquet; and stimulating breakout sessions.

To be eligible for a 4Culture stipend, a prospective recipient must reside in King County, and be a staff member, volunteer, or board member of a heritage organization in King County. 4Culture stipends may be used for conference registration, and to defray travel and lodging costs. To receive the stipend, qualifying individuals must attend the conference and be prepared to write a short summary of their experiences.

An individual requesting a stipend must submit a letter of interest detailing his or her status with a King County heritage museum, his or her reasons for attending the WaMA conference, and his or her reasons for desiring a stipend. Letters of interest should contain the individual’s contact information, including daytime phone number, mailing and e-mail addresses; and be sent as an email attachment to Eric Taylor, eric.taylor@4Culture.

Stipends are awarded on a first come, first served basis, and are limited in number. Stipend checks will be presented to recipients during the WaMA Annual Awards program, Thursday, June 25, 2015.

Teaching artist training lab

Washington Arts Commission
Application deadline: 7/16/2015

Applications are now being accepted for the fifth year of the Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab, an eight-month professional development program for teaching artists working in all artistic disciplines and in all regions across Washington state. TAT Lab focuses on arts education in K-12 public schools, working to ensure all students receive high quality arts education as part of basic education. Application deadline is July 16, 2015.

Learn guitar at the Enumclaw Library

Enumclaw Library
Date: 5/30/2015, 1 PM

Maybe it’s been sitting there untouched for years, maybe you learned a few chords back in college and quickly forgot them—in any case, it’s time to pick up that guitar and learn to play with award-winning singer and songwriter Wes Weddell! In this free, 90-minute workshop, learn the basics of tuning, chord-playing and strumming.

The Enumclaw Library is located at 1700 1st Street, Enumclaw.

Green River College faculty show

Auburn City Hall Gallery

The artist educators of Green River College work in a variety of media and styles. City Hall Gallery is located on the main floor of Auburn City Hall, 25 W Main Street, Auburn, and is open during regular business hours.

Auditions for AveKids summer theatre camp – You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Auburn Ave Theater
Audition date: 6/20/2015, 9 AM – 5 PM

In this summer camp, participants ages 7-15 will learn voice, choreography, acting, set design, costuming and more, directed by Sarah Samuelson.

This production is a fresh approach to the all-time 1967 classic. Sally Brown joins Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder and Snoopy in this version. Two new songs, Beethoven Day and My New Philosophy, have been added to the twelve wonderful numbers of the original version, such as My Blanket and Me, The Kite, The Baseball Game, Little Known Facts, Suppertime and Happiness.

Camp Times: June 29 – July 19; Monday-Friday; 9 AM – 4 PM (no camp on Friday, July 3).

Cost is $390 for Auburn residents; $487 for non-residents. Register for Class #42488 by calling 253-931-3043

This production is a fresh approach to the all-time 1967 classic. Sally Brown joins Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder and Snoopy in this version. Two new songs, Beethoven Day and My New Philosophy, have been added to the twelve wonderful numbers of the original version, such as My Blanket and Me, The Kite, The Baseball Game, Little Known Facts, Suppertime and Happiness.

The Auburn Ave Theatre is located at 10 Auburn Avenue in Auburn.

Auditions for teens – Legally Blonde – the Musical

Auburn Ave Theater
Audition date: 6/6/2015

Opportunity for kids ages 14-19 to participate in Auburn Community Players Summer Teen Musical directed by Dave Cox with choreographer Stephanie Cox. “Legally Blonde: The Musical” follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery, and scandal in pursuit of her dreams.

Auditions are Saturday, June 6, noon – 5 PM at the Auburn Ave Theatre, 10 Auburn Avenue, Auburn.

Rehearsals: Tuesdays-Fridays; June 30-August 6, 6-9 PM and select Saturdays, June 13-August 1.

Showtimes: August 7 at 7 PM; August 8 at 2 PM and 7 PM; August 9 at 2 PM. All tickets $12, Auburn Ave Theater.

Fee: $175 for Auburn residents; $200 for non-residents. Register for Class #43175 by calling 253-931-3043

Applications open for 2016-2018 State Poet Laureate

ArtsWA and Humanities Washington
Deadline: 7/31/2015

ArtsWA and Humanities Washington are accepting applications for the 2016-18 State Poet Laureate. Selection of the Washington State Poet Laureate is governed by state regulation. To be considered, applicants must meet all eligibility requirements and submit an application electronically by 5 PM on Friday, July 31. See more information and apply online here. 

Sumi art workshop

Renton Highlands Library
Date: 5/21/2015, 2 PM

Explore what you can create using authentic sumi painting tools of handmade brushes, handmade rice paper and sumi (ink). You will leave the workshop, presented by specialist Hae Sung Yoon, with a completed sumi painting. The Renton Highlands Library is located at 2902 NE 12th Street, Renton. The workshop is free but registration is required – call 425-277-1831.

Lea Bishop – Photography and Digital Photo Art

LeaBishopphotoKent Centennial Center Gallery
Now through 5/21/2015

Sponsored by the Kent Arts Commission. The Kent Centennial Center Gallery is located at 400 W Gowe Street in Kent and is open Monday through Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM.

2015 Public Arts Roster Competition

Washington State Arts Commission
Deadline: 6/23/2015

ArtsWA is accepting online applications for its 2015 Public Art Roster. This is a list of professional visual artists eligible for commissions of new work through ArtsWA’s Art in Public Places Program. Selected artists will be qualified for state-funded percent-for-art projects with budgets from $35,000 to $300,000 in colleges, universities, public schools, and state agencies. For more information check the website at or contact Michael Sweney at

Hoboes and Homelessness

Hobo signs in encaustic by Shaun Doll

Hobo signs in encaustic by Shaun Doll

by Elizabeth P. Stewart

What could art possibly have to tell us about homelessness? With history as the nexus between art and current events, an exhibit of work by artist Shaun Doll at the Issaquah Depot Museum creates the opportunity for us to consider homelessness in all its dimensions, from the romantic hobo “riding the rails” to today’s pernicious stereotypes of all homeless people as lazy or mentally ill.

Call to artists – Soos Creek Botanical Garden and Heritage Center

Soos Creek Botanical Garden and Heritage Center
Application deadline: 6/1/2015

Soos Creek Botanical Garden and Heritage Center, in conjunction with the annual celebration of Experience Historical Kent, will hold an Art Walk on Saturday, August 15, 2015 from 10 AM – 4 PM.

Artists will be selected to display their work throughout the beautiful grounds and paths of the Garden. This is an opportunity to show your work at a historically well attended event! The Art Walk will receive publicity through the City of Kent, local newspapers, flyers and on our website for months before the date arrives.

Jungle Cruise – Rainier Youth Choirs summer choir camp

Rainier Youth Choirs
Dates: 8/17-20/2015

This is RYC’s fourth annual camp for singers entering 3rd-8th grades in the 2015-2016 school year. Participants will explore different musical skills such as singing, music reading, movement, rhythms, drama, percussion, crafts, and dress-up days then perform for their families and the community during a free evening concert on August 20th.  All of the camp staff are experienced, certified music teachers from area school districts: Brian Hoskins (Renton SD), Brad Wills (Kent SD), Karen Martin (Kent SD), Jackie Day (Tahoma SD), Matt Garcia (Federal Way SD), Leora Schwitters (Kent SD, retired), Karen Fulmer (Sumner SD, retired), and Andrea Sylvester (Renton SD).

Rainier Youth Choirs is an affordable, family-friendly organization with no religious affiliation that offers a choral music education and performance program.  Four different age and skill level choirs are available for singers in 2nd through 14th grade.  RYC members learn the finest repertoire, music reading skills, music theory, presentation skills, and are offered regular touring opportunities.

Summer Choir Camp is funded in part by the City of Kent Arts Commission.

  • Singers who will start grades 3 & 4 in Fall 2015 meet 9:30-noon (no lunch). Cost: only $50 for the whole week.
  • Singers in grades 5-8 will have sessions from 9:30-2 PM, including lunch. Cost: only $85 for the whole week.

For more information, visit


Call to glass artists

Burien Arts Gallery

The Burien Arts Association has an open call to artists working in glass or enamel. Fine art glass objects in any form or combined with other mediums in 2-D or 3-D  (sizes established) should be submitted in JPEG form to gallery using the information from the website:  There is no submission fee.

The curators will select work based on the uniqueness of the vision conveyed, the quality of execution and how clearly the artist’s individual technique style is presented in each work.

Pacific Bonsai Museum

Pacific Bonsai Museum

The Pacific Bonsai Museum offers an outdoor heated tent space that can accommodate 49 seated guests and the museum courtyard can accommodate up to 100 guests for meetings, small weddings and special events. Email or call 253-353-7345 for more information.

Trees for Containers

PowellsWood Garden
Date: 6/13/2015, 1 PM

This class covers selecting appropriate trees for containers, managing potential planting, fertilizing, watering and drainage issues, and selecting the right container for long term success. Instructor, Kristine Dillinger CPH. For more information, contact

Call to artists and woodworkers

PowellsWood Garden

Looking for volunteers interested in helping PowellsWood Garden create a collection of fairy houses. Unleash your inner child and build the mini house of your dreams. Rustic or detailed these little gems inspire visitors to explore the garden at a new level. Completed houses will be displayed annually as a temporary exhibit. Builders are free to work solo or as a team. Contact Kristine Dillinger at for more information.

Call to artists – art utility box project

Federal Way Arts Commission
Deadlines: 6/21, 9/23 and 12/21/2015

The City of Federal Way announces the ‘Mini-Mural’ Art Utility Box Project. These metal boxes are ubiquitous and are often tagged or vandalized. The ‘Mini-Murals’ seem to discourage tagging and graffiti and provide interest and fun to our town. They are a way to use art to strengthen Federal Way’s identity and sense of community. The art utility boxes are an innovative way to have public art in public spaces right where people can see it, not hidden away in a gallery. The Federal Way Art Commission is accepting applications from local artists for innovative designs and family-oriented illustrations with bold shapes and bright, fun colors to decorate utility boxes across the city. $400 stipend. Click here for further details.



Call to artists – Burien Arts Gallery

Burien Arts Gallery

The Burien Arts Gallery is  now accepting submissions for the 2015-16 Gallery Exhibition Schedule.    The Gallery, centrally located in downtown Burien, is calling for artists to apply via for consideration to have their work exhibited in the Burien Arts Gallery.

They are interested in contemporary artists working on topical narratives in all genres, but specific to 2015, they would like to curate shows focusing on glass works (both two- and three-dimensional)  and multi-media fiber arts. In addition, they are building several shows based upon the following themes: metamorphosis altered reality stories, personal & universal.

Trees of Waskowitz

WaskowitzExhibit-photo 2 copyHighline Historical Society
Now through 6/30/2015

From the 1960s through the 1980s, sixth-graders in the Highline School District came home from their week at Camp Waskowitz with a fir seedling to plant in their yards as a reminder of lessons about forestry and conservation. Many of those trees still dot Highline’s landscape and have become a significant part of our local urban forest. Last year the Highline Historical Society teamed up with the Waskowitz Foundation to identify the Waskowitz trees in our community. This year they present this exhibit that focuses on the trees — and the people — who have greened the community in this unique way.

The exhibit is at SeaTac City Hall, 4800 S 188th Street in SeaTac. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM. Admission is free.

Docents needed for Barker, Denny cabins

FWHS-DennyCabinHistorical Society of Federal Way
Spring through Fall, 2015

The Historical Society of Federal Way is recruiting volunteers to assist with the summer season at the historic David T. Denny and John Barker cabins on S 348th Street in Federal Way at West Hylebos Wetlands Park. Opportunities to meet and greet visitors, assist with programs, collections and artifacts. If you have time to serve and are interested in learning about our history, this is a great opportunity to receive more than you give. Message the Society on Facebook if interested, or contact them by phone or e-mail at 253-945-7842 or at

Barbara Mandingo Kelly Annual Peace Poetry Awards

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Deadline: 7/1/2015

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation contest is currently taking entries for its Barbara Mandingo Kelly annual peace poetry awards. It is open to people of all ages worldwide.

Artist display space – Carco Theatre

Carco Theatre
Ongoing review

The Carco Theatre in Renton invites professional or amateur artists working in a variety of media to apply for consideration for the Carco Theatre Lobby art display. Local artists’ exhibits are scheduled for six week periods. The Lobby has approximately 72 linear feet of wall space, with a picture rail and cable gallery system, and an additional 14 feet of space for works on paper to be hung with magnets. Review of applications is ongoing and accepted throughout the year. Request a PDF with full details and application form by contacting or 206-453-1489.

Call to artists – Arts-A-Glow Lantern Festival and Procession

City of Burien
Deadline for submissions: 5/29/2015, 4 PM

Artists are encouraged to submit proposals to provide new or existing temporary illuminated artworks as part of the Arts-A-Glow Lantern Festival in Burien.  Before submitting, artists are encouraged to visit Dottie Harper Park, site of the Festival. Artworks must be waterproof and family friendly, and must leave no lasting physical impact on the park. For full details, click here. Please e-mail with any questions.

Osness Scholarship – for seniors graduating from Kent School District high schools

Greater Kent Historical Society
Application deadline: 5/13/2015, 4 PM

The Greater Kent Historical Society is happy to announce the 2015 Osness Scholarship in the amount of $950. This scholarship is funded by the Osness Family and awarded through GKHS. The scholarship will be awarded to a senior who is graduating from one of the high schools within the Kent School District and is planning to attend college in the fall of 2015. For more information, click here.

Good neighbors build great gates

scbg Gate I

by James Daly and Greg Bartol

If you are one who recognizes great organizations when you see them, then you know that two of them are near each other on Lea Hill in Auburn. Naturally, when Soos Creek Botanical Garden (SCBG) needed a gate to span their large entry, they should turn to their neighbors at Green River College (GRC) Welding Technologies program.

“Not a standard rail-style gate,” said SCBG Director Jim Daly. “This gate should be unique, and be what ‘represents’ us. We are a 20 acre botanical garden of unique trees, plants and more.”

Pruning class with master pruner Masa Mizuno

Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden
Date: 6/13/2015, 9 AM – 1 PM

The Highline Botanical Garden Foundation is pleased to offer a pruning class to be given by noted Japanese master pruner Masa Mizuno, president of Masa and Associates, Tualatin, Oregon.  Mizuno’s company prunes and maintains several public Japanese Gardens in the Northwest, including the Seike Japanese Garden at Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden and Kubota Gardens.  You will learn not only proper pruning techniques but how to look at a tree or shrub with an eye to the beauty and individuality of each and bring this beauty out with structured pruning. 

Twisted wire jewelry

Arts Alive! Center for the Arts
Spring 2015

AFMS Wire Master Char Jorgensen teaches several different styles of wired jewelry this spring at Arts Alive! Center for the Arts in Enumclaw.  The class provides the tools you will need along with the material used for the project. You leave with a great piece of jewelry and the instruction on how you made it. 

StEPs 4Culture capacity building grants


Four years ago, through the 2011-2012 Heritage Sustained Support review panel process, 4Culture provided 17 organizations complimentary enrollment in the Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations, or StEPs. This self-assessment program, developed by the American Association for State and Local History, “offers history organizations of every size and type the opportunity to benchmark their work against nationally recognized standards.” From those initial 17 organizations, StEPs enrollees in King County now number 40.

Plant propagation program team leader

Photo by Ray Owens

Photo by Ray Owens

Needed immediately

SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve seeks a collaborative and innovative Team Leader to oversee and manage their Plant Propagation Program! SHADOW’s Plant Propagation and Greenhouse Program provides native plants for use in SHADOW’s ongoing habitat restoration projects. 2015 projects include: reforestation in targeted areas, creation of educational gardens and programming, and hosting educational service learning projects. The Team Leader is a dedicated volunteer looking for a long-term leadership opportunity to guide & shape a robust native plant propagation and education program.

VANS Custom Culture grants

Americans for the Arts
Deadline: 11/26/2015

VANS Custom Culture Grants are available to public high schools serving grades 9-12 that have allowed arts education to thrive in their school community. The grants are intended to encourage the inclusion of the arts as an integral component of an excellent education, and to support activities that are consistent with local and national learning standards for arts education. Ten (10) schools across the country will each receive a $2,000 grant to support their work in providing high-quality music and/or visual arts instruction for students.

Local Sightings – call for short films

Northwest Film Forum
Deadline: 6/15/2015

Northwest Film Forum’s annual Local Sightings Film Festival is made by the people and for the people of the beautiful Pacific Northwest. They are seeking excellent new Northwest films for the 18th annual Local Sightings, screening September 24 – October 3, 2015. Eligible films for submission to Local Sightings 2015 are those finished within the last 18 months, and the filmmaker(s) must live in the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, British Columbia, and the Yukon Territories). Learn more here.

Stage managers needed

Rosebud Children’s Theatre Conservatory

Rosebud Children’s Theatre Conservatory seeks stage managers for two productions. These are paid positions. Time commitments are as follows:

Concessions volunteers needed

concessionsCarco Theatre 

Carco Theatre
seeks volunteers to help with concessions during evening and weekend shows. Volunteers will be able to sit on a high stool or stand, and will get free coffee and tea and employee pricing on other snacks. Volunteers will also be able to be in the audience during the show, if they like. Contact Cassie Welliver, Theatre Manager, at or 206-453-1489.

Furry Friends: From Fads to Family

4 - awesome turn of century boy w pug 1999.006-2Renton History Museum
2/17 – 8/29/2015

Long before YouTube and Instagram made pet images an inescapable part of today’s pop culture, Renton’s inhabitants were posing with pets of their own, sometimes in hilarious fashion. This lighthearted exhibit celebrates the familial connections between people and their furry best friends and explores the human fascination with capturing our pets’ antics on camera.

The Renton History Museum is located at 235 Mill Avenue S in Renton. For open hours and other information, click here.

Call to printmakers

Burien Arts Association

Burien Arts Gallery is seeking to host several shows focusing on the topical and timeless fine art of the print. Submit four (4) images of works created in the past two years.

Attention youth summer program coordinators – storytelling festival openings

PowellsWood Garden
Program date: 7/24/2015

The Annual PowellsWood Garden Storytelling Festival has openings available for day camp, daycare groups, summer school and homeschool groups to attend a free storytelling program on Friday, July 24th.  Available session times are: 9:30 AM; 11:15 AM; 1 PM; and 2:30 PM. Spots will be open until filled.

Call to artists – City of Enumclaw

City of Enumclaw

Visual artists are invited to apply for consideration to have their two- and three-dimensional, original, works of art exhibited at Enumclaw City Hall Gallery 2015. Please include the date you prefer for exhibition. Artists can apply to exhibit work in one of the following months: June, July, September, or December. All work submitted will be reviewed by the Arts Commission for inclusion in the exhibit schedule. A total of twelve exhibitions will be scheduled for City Hall in 2015. Each exhibition will be displayed for approximately four weeks. Artists represented in all exhibits are responsible for installation, labels, text, and sales.

Of a Feather: Artists, Birds and the Northwest

Angell_GoldenEagle_WEBSITEWhite River Valley Museum
1/14 – 6/7/2015

This exhibit presents work by 19 leading Northwest artists working in a wide range of media on one common theme: birds. Guest curator Kenneth Greg Watson. This exhibit is sponsored by 4Culture. The White River Valley Museum is located at 918 H Street SE in Auburn and is open Wednesday through Sunday, noon – 4 PM, and 6-8 PM on the first Thursday of the month. Admission is $2 for children and seniors, $5 for adults. Museum members are free, and admission on the first Thursday and third Sunday of the month is free. (Golden Eagle lithograph by Seattle artist Tony Angell.)

Weekly work parties – Save Habitat and Diversity of Wetlands

Through Fall, 2015

SHADOW (Save Habitat And Diversity Of Wetlands) is hosting weekly Saturday work parties in 2015 to restore habitat on SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve. Work parties take place from 10 AM – 2 PM, rain or shine. Tasks may include planting native plants, removing invasive species, building habitat zones, carpentry, landscaping, trail maintenance and more. Most projects require moderate to heavy exertion, including but not limited to: lifting, walking, digging, pulling, and hiking. Please come with a water bottle, warm layers, and a smile! No experience necessary, snacks and tools provided. To RSVP and for more information, please contact Sahara at

Race: Are We So Different?

Various King County facilities ( see below)
Now through 10/2015

King County is bringing a selection of panels from last year’s Pacific Science Center exhibit, “RACE: Are WE So Different?” to several King County facilities for one year. Each location will host four educational panels that will be rotated every three months. These panels provide a brief history of equity and social justice facts in King County and surrounding areas. This exhibit is meant to challenge King County employees and patrons to begin a conversation about race, equity and social justice in their workplace, neighborhoods and homes.

Help plan the 2015 Enumclaw Music & Arts Festival

Chalet Arts Showcase Theatre

Chalet Arts Showcase Theatre (CAST) is looking for energetic enthusiastic people interested in working with a committee to plan the 2015 Enumclaw Music & Arts Festival. If interested, please e-mail, using 2015 Festival as the subject.

Volunteer in Soos Creek Botanical Garden

SOOSCREEK-lilypondSoos Creek Botanical Garden

Soos Creek Botanical Garden welcomes volunteers and considers them an essential resource that we could not do without. Volunteering is a great way to get involved with the gardens and to meet new and interesting people. Whether you are interested in general garden maintenance, plant propagation or working in the demonstration vegetable garden, we are delighted to have your help. Whatever your talent, there is a volunteer opportunity available for you at Soos Creek Botanical Garden. Visit the website to learn more.

County council designates County Maritime Heritage Area


Des Moines Beach Park is included in the new County Maritime Heritage Area.

The Metropolitan King County Council has voted unanimously to recognize the historic, recreational and economic value of the region’s waterways by designating certain county shorelines as “County Maritime Heritage Area.” The ordinance is intended to encourage the State Legislature to designate saltwater shorelines statewide as a maritime heritage area, and ultimately, to prompt the U.S. Congress to take steps to designate a National Maritime Heritage Area in our region.

“We have worked to build vibrant communities and a growing economy on Puget Sound for decades,” said King Countyt Council Chair Larry Phillips. “We are defined by our waters and shorelines and our interaction with them over time, and that story should be highlighted and celebrated.”

The Military Road Telegraph Sesquicentennial Project

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In October of 1864, a group of workers was working its way steadily north along Military Road, installing the poles and telegraph wires that would connect Seattle at last to the rest of the world.  Back then, they called it “tied by lightning!” — and everyone was thrilled with the prospect of being able to stay in closer touch with relatives or business associates back East.

In October 2014, we celebrated 150 years of the arrival of the telegraph with a series of events along Military Road in South King County. Kevin Saville, president of the Seattle-Tacoma chapter of the Morse Telegraph Club, installed hands-on telegraph demonstration stations in Federal Way, Kent, SeaTac and Tukwila that were be hosted by the local historical societies.   This series of site-specific telegraph demonstrations was made possible with the support of 4Culture.  For more information about this project, contact


Auburn PAC to get long-needed upgrades

by Pam L. Smith, managing director, Auburn School District Theatres

AuburnPACbathroomsOne of South King County’s busiest performance halls is shutting its doors – but only temporarily. Hosting over 300 events a year, the 1100-seat Auburn Performing Arts Center, located on the campus of Auburn High School, has been a veritable cultural workhorse. Since it opened in 1981, it has served all of the Auburn School District as well as numerous local and regional groups, including the City of Auburn’s BRAVO Series, the Auburn Symphony Orchestra, and Pacific Ballroom Dance.

But over the years, some challenges have become apparent – from the PAC’s inadequate parking and delivery areas, to worn out theater seats. The theatre’s heating and air conditioning equipment is wearing out and the lighting and sound systems are in need of an upgrade. The building does not meet current structural codes and ADA regulations, and it also falls short in providing common sense amenities – there are only five stalls in the women’s restroom!

2014-15 Downtown Auburn Sculpture Gallery

Kuhns FertilityThe City of Auburn’s outdoor Sculpture Gallery extends throughout the downtown core, with six sites on Main Street and one additional site at the intersection of N Division Street and 1st Street NE between the City Hall and Auburn General Hospital. The sculptures rotate annually. Currently on display:

  • Dancing Starfish by Steve Jensen
  • Anemone by Stephen Nomura
  • JOLI 3 by Steve Farris
  • Fertility by Jennifer Kuhns
  • Silverware Ostrich by Greg Bartol and Deborah Drllevich
  • Hook Nose Salmon by Dan Klennert
  • Timeline Theory Reflections by Ken Turner

Duwamish pioneer served in Civil War militia

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by Pat Brodin, Tukwila Historical Society

Although the Civil War was under way on the eastern side of the nation which seemed far away from the Pacific Northwest, the conflict had coursed its way through the Washington Territory. Vast numbers of military personnel throughout the West were sent through San Francisco on their way to eastern battlegrounds and with their departures, the territorial forts were left vacant. Acting Gov. Henry McGill delivered a proclamation to form local militia, which was prompted by the May 3, 1861, presidential proclamation from Abraham Lincoln calling for 42,000 additional volunteers to serve for three years.

Neely Mansion welcomes volunteer help


Neely Mansion Association
Flexible hours

The Neely Mansion Association welcomes and relies on volunteer help in restoring and maintaining this valuable landmarked property as a heritage to our community.

Specifically needed are volunteers to lead, coordinate, and support:

  • Supporting special events
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Mowing (we currently have support here)
  • Care for flowers
  • Building tasks (carpentry, plumbing, electrical)
  • Care for trees
  • Trimming
  • Weeding flower beds
  • Maintaining the well

Arts Alive!

Based in Enumclaw, Washington, Arts Alive! Center for the Arts is an all volunteer, non-profit organization that exists to foster art awareness and provide support for our highly diverse and talented community of visual, performing and literary artists on the Enumclaw Plateau. We provide financial support, encouragement and direction to individuals and groups participating in all facets of the arts, from the aspiring student to the seasoned veteran.

Art on Poverty Bay outdoor sculpture gallery

City of Des Moines
Now through 5/2015 DMsculpture

Sculptures by Washington State artists have been installed at sites along S 216th Street, Marine View Drive S and in the Des Moines Marina. Artists whose work is represented include Des Moines resident George C. Scott, Sabah Al-Dhaher, Karsten Boysen, Andries Breedt, Dan Klennert, Lin McJunkin, Pat McVay, Leo Osborne, Kris Vermeer, students in the Highline School District’s Puget Sound Skills Center welding program, and Karsten Boysen, who created the pictured work, titled American Venus.

Open 4Culture

Deadline: six weeks before public event

4Culture recognizes a need for an entry point into 4Culture’s funding opportunities. Open 4Culture provides awards of up to $1,500 for projects that are created by or for underserved communities of King County, and are not served by other 4Culture programs.

Maple Valley Historical Museums

Maple Valley Historical Society
First Saturday of every month

The Maple Valley Historical Society operates three museums: the top floor of the Old Grade School at 23015 SE 216th Way; and the Fire Engine Museum and Gibbon/Mezzavilla Store Museum at 22012 SE 248th Street (corner of Witte Road, behind the Community Center).  These are open the first Saturday of the month from 10 AM to 2 PM, and also are open by appointment.  Call 425-432-3470.

Jefferson Davis and the making of Military Road














The Pacific Northwest played an often-overlooked role in the Civil War and its continuing legacy through to the Civil Rights Movement.  South King County historian Karen Meador has made several appearances to speak on the topic “An Unlikely Champion: Jefferson Davis and the Pacific Northwest.” She relates the future Confederate President’s considerable role in the settlement of the Pacific Northwest, including the construction of Military Road, right here in South King County.

Thanks to editor Mark Klaas and the Kent Reporter for this great story about a program that Karen presented at the Kent Senior Activity Center (under the auspices of the Greater Kent Historical Society) in February, 2013. Click here:


Free legal services to non-profit organizations

Washington Attorneys Assisting Community Organizations

WAACO provides free legal services to nonprofit organizations on their business transactional legal issues and can help your organization if you need legal help.

Jefferson Davis – unlikely champion for the Pacific Northwest

by Karen Meador

JeffersonDavisFor most people, the phrase Jefferson Davis and the Pacific Northwest sounds like the ultimate historical paradox. But before he became President of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War, Davis had had a long career of public service to the United States as a West Point graduate and Army officer, Congressman, Senator, Secretary of War and closest adviser to President Franklin Pierce. Matters concerning the Pacific Northwest commanded his close attention.

As an ardent expansionist, Jefferson Davis was a great supporter of creating a continental nation. From the time he entered Congress in 1845, through his final term in the Senate as Chairman of Military Affairs, he sponsored numerous bills and secured appropriations to promote American settlement of the West. In the 1840s, many in government discounted the value of the remote Oregon Country. Yet, in his first congressional speech, Davis addressed the boundary dispute with Great Britain, calling for the U.S. to assert its claims to the region. Expanding the Army presence along the Oregon Trail and throughout the Northwest, as well as sponsoring numerous surveys, topographical expeditions and scientific studies were among his top priorities.

Free to SoCo members – organizational assessment

EntrePre Arts

EntrePre Arts Consulting provides services in nonprofit board development, enterprise management, revenue strategies and engagement strategies for non-profit arts organizations facing opportunities for growth. Anna Brodie and Nancy Gosen are offering free organizational assessment to SoCo members. To schedule your consultation please email: or call EntrePre Arts at 206.316.8994.  For more information about who we are, visit our website:

Private music lessons

South King County Music Teachers Association

This organization of local music teachers offers instruction in piano, violin, and much more.  Please visit their website for to find information about private teachers near you.

The Civil War in Washington Territory

We’re very excited to announce the first program coming out of the Military Road/Civil War Sesquicentennial Project, a joint undertaking of four local historical societies.

On Saturday, October 27, at 11:30 AM, the Historical Society of Federal Way is proud to present Dr. Lorraine McConaghy who will speak on “The Civil War in Washington Territory.” Her talk will take place at the Federal Way Library, 34200 1st Way S, Federal Way.

The Civil War was not just about battles, it was about issues, too — and the people of Washington Territory fully participated in the debate. Now, during the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, you can learn more about the hot topics of that era — territorial attitudes regarding race and slavery, agitation for northwest secession, and federal suppression of freedom of the press.

McConaghy, public instructor for the Museum of History & Industry as well as an instructor at the University of Washington, gives a lively presentation. In addition, Civil War re-enactor Carl Hicks will be on hand, dressed in uniform and displaying items that a Civil War era soldier would have used.

Please join us for this free program, which has been generously funded by the Friends of the Federal Way Libraries and the Historical Society of Federal Way.

Military Road – at the crossroads of history

Four local historical societies are collaborating on a project to draw attention to the remarkable history of a road that is often traveled by many of us who live in South King County.  Did you know that Military Road is one of the very oldest roads in the State of Washington?  And that it was built by some of the people who went on to make names for themselves in the Civil War?

Learn more about the work being undertaken by the Historical Society of Federal Way, the Greater Kent Historical Society, the Highline Historical Society and the Tukwila Historical Society to make sure that the significance of this road is not forgotten.

Take a peek at the brochure that we are beginning to circulate:

That is why, in conjunction with the 150-year anniversary of the Civil War, we are planning programs, exhibits, and other events along the road, and we welcome individuals or businesses who want to sponsor any of these activities.  Contact


Real life desperado inspires site-specific play

by Keri Healey, playwright

There’s an interesting story that happened on Auburn’s Mary Olson Farm 110 years ago, and it’s a story I might never have heard until Charlie Rathbun and Eric Taylor of 4Culture (King County’s cultural services agency) clued me into the tale of Harry Tracy, the notorious criminal who cut a treacherous path through Washington State on the way to his final act in Eastern Washington.

Trace Des Moines history via heritage trail

by Barbara McMichael, SoCoCulture administrator
Historical photographs provided courtesy of Des Moines Historical Society 

The Des Moines Beach Park Heritage Trail is a stroll back through time. The Des Moines Historical Society, with support from 4Culture, has erected several informative markers throughout the Des Moines Marina and Des Moines Beach Park so that people can get a sense of the lives of those who came before.

Dance classes at Evergreen City Ballet

Evergreen City Ballet

Evergreen City Ballet is one of the Northwest’s premiere dance institutions, and offers a wide range of classes year round to all ages and skill levels: Mommy & Me, Creative Movement, Angelina Ballerina, Level 1 through Performance Division, Modern, Pilates, Hip Hop, Adult Tap & Ballet.

For more information: or  425-228-6800 or

Federal Way pieces together Seattle’s neglected history

by Dick Caster

The Historical Society of Federal Way recently completed its restoration of the historic David T. Denny Cabin.  Historical Society secretary Dick Caster has written a detailed monograph about the Denny Cabin. Below is an excerpt.

As early as 1870 David Denny had expanded his real estate holdings and by the 1880s he owned over 1000 acres and in partnership with others controlled much of the land on southern Queen Anne Hill from Lake Union to Puget Sound as well as some land on the north slope of Queen Anne Hills as far as the Fremont District. In the 1880s David Denny formed a real estate company, D.T. Denny and Son, to market and develop his land holdings. He platted several sub divisions.

Kent’s Give Me Culture grants

Kent Arts Commission

This new funding program will be directed to projects that serve the general public in Kent. Give Me Culture Grants are small, flexible grants available to individuals, organizations, and community groups. The Give Me Culture program is intended to broaden participation in, and showcasing of, arts and culture activities throughout Kent with a special interest in supporting projects that serve and showcase ethnically diverse or underserved communities. Funding amounts will be up to a maximum of $1,000 per project.

Auburn Symphony Orchestra

Some of our musicians also teach. Contact us for referrals.

MaST tells the poignant real-life tale of a whale

by Barbara McMichael

If you haven’t yet had a chance to visit MaST, Highline Community College’s Marine Science and Technology Center, this spring is the time to do it. For the last several years, this state-of-the-art marine laboratory at Redondo Beach has welcomed the public (free admission!) every Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM, to visit. The lab includes 3,000 gallons’ worth of flow-through saltwater tanks, holding over a hundred species of local marine life. If you’ve never touched a sea urchin or seastar, or seen a wolf eel up close (and chances are you haven’t, because wolf eels are very shy) this is the place to get acquainted.

Museums and students – changing minds together

by Elizabeth P. Stewart

How connected do young people feel to the past? That was one of the things we set out to learn when we began planning for our current exhibit, Two By Two: Students Reinterpret Renton History. Thanks to our partnership with Renton High Language Arts teacher Derek Smith, in fall 2011 we were able to invite 58 Honors English students in to explore the Renton History Museum’s collection. Their task was to select historic objects and photos, research them, then compare and contrast them to their own meaningful objects and photos.

First Tuesday garden care invitational

Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden
First Tuesday of every month

Join us for our monthly 1st Tuesday Garden Care Invitational at the Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden. From noon till dark each month, the Garden Manager and volunteers will be weeding, raking, thinning and potting up plants from the Botanical Garden’s collections. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned volunteer, we need your help and enthusiasm to keep our Garden looking spiffy and running smoothly. Come for an hour – or stay all day – and gather garden tips and techniques from new friends and old. 

Ground penetrating radar at the Saar Pioneer Cemetery

Story and photos by Karen Bouton, SKCGS Saar Cemetery Project Coordinator

In late 2004, the Saar Pioneer  Cemetery was dark, gloomy, and horribly overgrown with blackberries and ivy.  One could barely determine it was a burial place for many of the Kent area pioneers. The South King County Genealogical Society (SKCGS) took on the monumental task of getting it cleaned up, and through countless volunteer labor hours and several generous grants the cemetery is now a well-maintained place of reverence.

Reflections on 9/11

by Barbara McMichael, SoCoCulture administrator

The ripple effects of 9/11/2001 have extended across the miles and through time.  This point was driven home to me last week as I listened to a flight attendant recount her memories of that terrible day a decade ago when terrorists flew passenger jets into the Pentagon and New York’s World Trade Center.  Even ten years later, her tears flowed freely as she remembered where she was and how she felt, and reflected on how it has affected her work ever since that day.