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.

Discover Washington – youth heritage project

Washington Trust for Historic Preservation
Application deadline: 5/18/2015

Discover Washington: Youth Heritage Project (YHP) is an annual 4-day (and overnight) interactive field school that engages high school students and teachers by connecting them to historic, cultural, and natural resources. YHP is designed to introduce historic preservation to a younger generation – future leaders that will work to save the places that matter. Through grant funding, the Trust is pleased to be able to offer YHP free of cost to all accepted applicants.

Call for entries – scientists, book artists and writers

Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound
Entry deadline: 4/29/2015

2015 is the United Nations International Year of the Soil. Poets and book artists can join soil scientists in making the soil visible! Soil is the Earth’s delicately structured biological skin—something far more complex than dirt, which is what we buy at garden-supply stores or sweep out of our houses. A multilayered resource that is essential to the water cycle, soil anchors and feeds forests, prairies, and farmed fields. Every terrestrial ecosystem and all our foods sprout from soil, and soil supports many burrowing animals and an amazing biodiversity of microbes, insects, arthropods, and worms—many yet to be scientifically described.

Auditions – Sweeney Todd

Renton Civic Theatre
Dates: 5/3-4/2015; callbacks on 5/10

Prepare an appropriate one-minute monologue and  32 bars of an appropriate classic Broadway song.  Bring a headshot and resume, and your sheet music in the key you will sing it in the accompanist will not transpose on the spot. No CD’s or acapella singing allowed. To schedule an audition time, email your requested time to auditions@rentoncivictheatre.com

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.

  • 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.

All staff are experienced, certified area music teachers (drawing from the Renton, Tahoma, Kent and Federal Way School Districts).

For more information, visit www.rainieryouthchoirs.org.


Grants for Artist Projects

Artist Trust
Application deadline: 5/18/2015, 10:59 PM

Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) provide support for artist-generated projects, which can include (but are not limited to) the development, completion or presentation of new work in any discipline. In addition to the 60 GAP recipients, who will receive $1500 awards, one artist will receive a one-month residency at Centrum located in Port Townsend and a $500 stipend.

For more information, click here.

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: burienarts.org/artist-entry-form/  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 rental@pacificbonsaimuseum.org 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 admin@powellswood.org

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 admin@powellswood.org for more information.

Call to artists – art utility box project

Federal Way Arts Commission
Deadline: ongoing

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.



Neddy Awards

Cornish College of the Arts
Application deadline: 4/26/2015

The Neddy Award at Cornish is an annual Puget Sound regional artist award program supported by the Behnke Foundation and housed at Cornish College of the Arts in memory of Robert E. (“Ned”) Behnke and in celebration of his life as an artist. Each year, two $25,000 unrestricted awards are given—one in painting and one in any medium or combination of media grounded in the visual arts—to artists living and working in the greater Puget Sound region. Six finalists will also receive $1,500 and will be included in a group exhibition each September. For complete information, click here.

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 www.burienarts.org 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.

Narrating Earth

BURIENARTS-ValderveldeBurien Arts Gallery

The group exhibition “Narrating Earth” represents collaborative works of glass sculpture by Lin McJunkin, paintings by Ann Vandervelde, and poetry by Anne McDuffie. The artists take turns creating the original work that comments on the fragile state of our planet and our relationship with it. The other two artists then interpret the original work in their own media.

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.

Stone Images VI

PACBONSAI-stonePacific Bonsai Museum
Now through 5/4/2015

Viewing Stones from Members of the Puget Sound Bonsai Association Suiseki Interest Group.

Viewing stones, or suiseki as they are called in Japanese, are naturally formed stones valued for their beauty and ability to represent a scene from nature. This includes anything from mountains and islands to animals and plants. Believed to have originated in China two thousand years ago, the ancient art form was introduced to Japan in the sixth century A.D. and has been practiced ever since. When paired with bonsai each enhances the qualities of the other and creates a scene that would be found in nature. Come experience this unique art form and find beauty in the unexpected!

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 contactus@federalwayhistory.org.

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 info@carcotheatre.org 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 ginak@burienwa.gov 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.

Developing the Author Within – writing workshop

Kent Library
Date: 4/25/2015, 3-5 PM

Published author Janet Wong shares the story of her publishing journey and helps you develop your own writing to prepare it for digital publication. For ages 10 and older. At the Kent Library, 212 2nd Avenue N, Kent.

Accessioning and deaccessioning – how to plan and prune your collection

Date: 4/27/2015, 1-4 PM

4Culture is sponsoring a free workshop on accessioning and deaccessioning aimed at giving museums and historical societies the tools to approach collections management successfully, and create policies and procedures that will keep your organization from becoming overwhelmed. The workshop will be led by Hillary Pittenger, Curator of Collections at the White River Valley Museum, which is located at 918 H Street SE in Auburn. The workshop is highly recommended for StEPs 4Culture participants and those who will be applying for the 2015 Heritage Collections Care program. The workshop is free but pre-registration is required – e-mail eric.taylor@4Culture.org.

Call for artists – 19th annual Tukwila Art Show and Competition

Tukwila Arts Commission
Dates: 5/8-9/2015 

The Tukwila Arts Commission is pleased to host the 19th Annual Tukwila Art Show and Competition, held in conjunction with the City of Tukwila’s Backyard Wildlife Festival. The annual art show features amateur and professional artists. A guest juror selects winners in the categories of watercolor, oil, acrylic and mixed media. Cash awards provided to top three entries in each category. For information about the show, including how to enter, please call 206-767-2342 or visit www.backyardwildlifefestival.org and click on Art Shows.

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. 

Call to artists – Art in the Garden

Arts Alive! Center for the Arts
Application deadline: 5/15/2015

The Twelfth Annual Juried Art in the Garden 2015 is scheduled for July 31, August 1 and 2, 2015.  This event is held at 46620 228th Avenue SE, in Enumclaw, in the beautiful rural setting of Country Garden Bouquets. It is a fundraiser for Arts Alive! Center for the Arts.

Landmarks capital grants

Deadline: 5/13/2015, 5 PM

4Culture’s Landmarks Capital program supports “bricks and mortar” projects that help preserve designated local landmarks all around King County. Grants fund design, materials, and labor for rehabilitation projects large and small. Eligible applicants include private owners, businesses, organizations and local governments, and property must be a designated local landmark. Fundable projects will range from $3,000 to $30,000. 

Cultural equipment grants

Deadline: 5/6/2015

Cultural institutions depend on specialized equipment, such as stage lights and museum storage shelving, to operate effectively. A single computer workstation can transform an organization’s ability to reach audiences and serve a community. The annual Cultural Equipment program supports purchase of fixed assets by heritage, arts or preservation organizations as well as local government cultural agencies. Applicants may request up to 100% of the cost, but must demonstrate community support for the project. More information at: www.4culture.org/apply/equipment

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.

Artists Up – evening of resources for Native artists

Date: 4/20/2015, 5:30-8:30 PM

On April 20, a free session to connect Native artists in Seattle, King County and Washington State to key services will be offered by ARTISTS UP partners 4Culture, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture,  and Artist Trust. The evening is designed to share best practices for individual artists through peer learning, build connections between artists and funders, and demystify funding programs and processes. Artists working in dance, literature, media, music, theater, traditional arts, visual and public art are welcome. 

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.

Call to artists – Enumclaw Studio Tour

City of Enumclaw
Application deadline: 5/16/2015

The annual Enumclaw Studio Tour will be held Saturday, June 13. Local artists who would like to participate in the event are invited to submit a request for an application to glaturner@ci.enumclaw.wa.us. Selected Enumclaw-area artists will open their studios to the public for sales and conversation beginning at 10 AM. The Arts Alive! Gallery will also be participating with demonstrations by hands-on artists showing their skills throughout the day.

Call for artists – UW School of Law

Advocates for the Arts at UW Law School
Deadline: 5/15/2015

The Advocates for the Arts at UW Law School are looking for interested local artists to feature at the law school. There is open gallery space available for print/paint/photo/other media.
Please e-mail cooperbj@uw.edu for additional information.

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.

Photographing nature workshop

Covington Library
Date: 4/18/2015, 2 PM

Join Kurt Swanson for a free photography workshop experience to expand your knowledge and skills. The Covington Library is located at 27100 164th Ave SE, Covington.

Call to artists – piano transformations

City of Auburn
Application deadline:  5/4/2015

Seeking creative and talented local artists to transform pianos for all to play and enjoy during Auburn’s 2015 Pianos on Parade. Work must be completed between May and mid-July. This is a paid opportunity. Application form 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:

Acrylics and photographs – artwork by Cara Davis and Leia Maminta Smith

NPartNormandy Park City Hall Art Gallery
Now through 4/30/2015

The Normandy Park Arts Commission is pleased to present an exhibit showcasing the acrylic paintings of Cara Davis and photography of Leia Maminta Smith, in Normandy Park City Hall Council Chambers through April, 2015. Normandy Park City Hall is located at 801 SW 174th Street, Normandy Park. The exhibition will be on view and open to the public Monday through Friday during City Hall business hours.

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 cassie@carcotheatre.org or 206-453-1489.

Grants for public programming related to Latino American history and culture

National Endowment for the Humanities and American Library Association
Deadline: 5/1/2015

NEH and ALA are offering grants of $3,000 to $10,000 to libraries, humanities councils, museums and other nonprofits to develop public programming related to Latino American history and culture. The grant is based on the documentary film series “Latino Americans,” which premiered on PBS in 2013. The program, “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History,” will offer funding and materials to support public film screenings, discussion groups, oral history initiatives, local history exhibitions, multi-media projects, performances and other programs.

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.

Watercolor Workshops: Learning From the Masters

Auburn Parks and Recreation
Spring 2015 series

The techniques and styles of five talented watercolorists will be studied as part of this series. Artists that will be studied include: Brian Ryder, Frank Webb, Cheng Khee Chee, Skip Lawrence and Joseph Zbukvic. These artists’ unique skills, philosophies and painting styles will be taught by instructor and artist Ann Breckon. You can register for individual classes or for the entire series. Classes occur every other week from January 28 – March 25. A supply list is provided upon registration.

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.)

Nature and historic site photography workshop

White River Valley Museum
Date: 4/18/2015, 10 AM – 3 PM

Learn the basics of taking great nature shots with instructor Cary Davidson. This workshop will have a classroom component in the barn at Mary Olson Farm as well as a field study of the flora, fauna and historic buildings at the Farm. Students must be 13 years or older and have transportation. $50 per person, registration required.  Minimum 8 students. Website for registration: http://wrvmuseum.org/nature_photography_workshop.html  Inquiries: 253-288-7439.

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 sahara@shadowhabitat.org

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 enumclawfestival@gmail.com, 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 info@sococulture.org.


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

Henry Van Asselt – Image Credit: MOHAI, 1967.4236.1

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:  http://www.kentreporter.com/community/192352461.html


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: info@entrepreartsconsulting.com or call EntrePre Arts at 206.316.8994.  For more information about who we are, visit our website: www.entreprearts.com.

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 info@sococulture.org.


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:  www.evergreencityballet.org or  425-228-6800 or info@evergreencityballet.org.

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.

School Outreach: It’s Worth the Work

by Ronda Billerbeck, City of Kent Cultural Programs Manager

His name was Luka,
He lived on the second floor,
He lived upstairs from her,
Yes, she got his mail all the time . . .

A bit of a deviation from how the song goes, but that’s how the real story went. I know because I heard it straight from Suzanne Vega herself. She told the story of “Luka,” her celebrated and heartbreaking song about child abuse, to a group of high school students in Kent, Washington.