SoCoCulture Announcements

Auditions for young musicians – FWYSO

Federal Way Youth Symphony Orchestra Audition date: 8/20/2016, 2-4 PM For students in grades 6-12, with at least two years of playing experience. Contact Rick Kong at rhkong@yahoo.com for information and to set up... Read more...

Photo and T-shirt design contest

Shadow Lake Nature Preserve Deadline: 8/22/2016, midnight Help Shadow Lake Nature Preserve celebrate its 20th annual Frog Frolic (September 10, 1-5 PM) in style! Capture a photo that represents SHADOW and/or design a tag line for this year’s Frog Frolic... Read more...

Kent Summer Art Exhibit

City of Kent Now through 8/29/2016 The City of Kent Arts Commission’s Centennial Center Gallery, 400 W Gowe Street, hosts the 2016 Summer Art Exhibit through August 29. The show displays work by Washington state artists in a variety of media; it is free and open to... Read more...

Call to artists – Arts Alive juried art exhibition

Federal Way Arts Commission Submission date: 9/14/2016 The Arts Alive Juried Art Exhibition is a program designed to give regional artists an opportunity to display their works in a public setting. Artists working with a wide range of media are encouraged to... Read more...

City of Federal Way 2017 Gallery Program

Federal Way Arts Commission Submission deadline: 11/1/2016 A Committee of the Arts Commission will select artists and determine gallery location for 2017 shows at two different locations: • City Hall Gallery located at 33325 8th Avenue S, Federal Way The exhibit area... Read more...

Nominate an Outstanding Global Citizen

World Affairs Council Nominations due: 7/31/2016 The World Affairs Council invites you to participate in the nomination process for the World Citizen Award.  Since 1988, the World Affairs Council has annually recognized an outstanding leader from the State of... Read more...

Local artists can participate in Burien exhibit

Burien Arts Association Date: 8/1/2016 Artists from the local community are invited to create a new work and bring it to the Burien Arts Gallery on Monday, August 1, from 9 AM – noon to exhibit during the Gallery’s Community Art Month in August. You might... Read more...

Highline Historical Society at Blue Angels celebration

Highline Historical Society Dats: 8/5-7/2016 The Highline Historical Society has been invited to participate at the Museum of Flight’s 70th Anniversary of the Blue Angels celebration.  This eventis being held for three days, August 5 – 7, from 9 AM – 5 PM. Volunteers... Read more...

Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award in Fiction

Artist Trust Deadline: 9/12/2016 Artist Trust announces the second annual Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award in Fiction, and is currently accepting applications from exceptional fiction writers based in Washington State. The award winner will receive an unrestricted... Read more...

Handmade in Camp: What We Couldn’t Carry

White River Valley Museum Date: Now through 11/6/2016 During World War II, Executive Order 9066 mandated the incarceration of West Coast Japanese Americans to Concentration Camps. Allowed to bring only what they could carry in a suitcase, Japanese Americans had to... Read more...

Kathy Constantine – mixed media pieces

Burien Arts Gallery Dates: 6/29 – 7/30/2016 Mixed-media artist Kathy Constantine is featured in a Burien Arts Gallery exhibit through July, with an artist’s reception planned for Friday, July 8, 5-8 PM at the Gallery, located at 826 SW 152nd in Olde... Read more...

Adult ballroom dance classes

Pacific Ballroom Dance Adult Classes are 5-week series. No partner is necessary. Prerequisites are required for Intermediate and Advanced Level Classes. • Pre-register Online: $45 person/$80 Couple (Save $5/couple) • At Door Registration: $50 person/$85 Couple • Drop... Read more...

Youth intro to ballroom dance class

Pacific Ballroom Dance Ongoing – Mondays 6-7 PM For grades 4-12. No partner or experience necessary. These classes will take place at Pacific Ballroom Dance – 1604 15th Street SW, Suite 109, Auburn. For more information, call... Read more...

Themed summer dance camps

Pacific Ballroom Dance Summer dates – see below Star Wars Ballroom Dance Camp (Grades 3-5) – July 11-15, 9 AM – 1 PM (lunch included) Avengers Ballroom Dance Camp (Grades 6-8) – July 18-22, 9 AM – 1 PM (lunch included) Neverland Dance... Read more...

The Story of RSBG

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden Permanent exhibit Five new interpretive panels have been installed at the RSBG, giving a quick illustrated introduction to the mission of the Garden. They tell the exciting story of the purpose and adventure of the plant... Read more...

Teen art club – Covington

Covington Library Last Thursday of the month, 3 PM Hang out with other artists (grades 5-12) and unleash your creativity through guided and not-so-guided activities. Each month there will be a new project. Sponsored by Friends of the Covington Library, 27100 164th... Read more...

Documentary filmmaking camp

Carco Theatre Dates: 8/15-28/2016 During this two-week camp, kids ages 11-18 will learn about documentary film-making as they make a short film about Carco’s concurrent theater camp Sing Out Renton! They will learn how to operate professional cameras and editing... Read more...

AugustFest car show and parade entries

City of Auburn Parade application deadline: 8/8/2016 Car show application deadline: 8/9/2016 Participate in Auburn’s AugustFest! The Parade happens in downtown Auburn on Saturday, August 13, 11 AM. Find the parade application here. The Commemorative Car Show... Read more...

Burien Arts & Culture Grant funding

Burien Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Deadline: 8/12/2016, 4:30 PM Burien Arts & Culture Grant funding is available to individuals, groups and organizations that provide arts and cultural enrichment to the residents of Burien. The City is looking for Arts... Read more...

Photography of Julie Gautier-Downes

Burien Community Center Through 7/31/2016 The Burien Community Center presents the works of photographer Julie Gautier-Downes until the end of July, 2016. Gautier-Downes’ studio practice is the investigation of somatic traces left in barren landscapes that become... Read more...

Frog Frolic set-up work party and BBQ

SHADOW Date: 9/3/2016, 10 AM – 5 PM Help Shadow Lake Nature Preserve set up for its largest event of the year, the 20th Annual Frog Frolic. You’ll be hoisting tents, setting up tables, preparing activities, decorating and preparing for the September 10th... Read more...

Summer art camp

Normandy Park City Hall Dates: 8/8-12/2016, 1-3 PM For a week-long camp of creativity, exploration and the love of art. Each day we will have a new theme, children will be encouraged to use story telling through their art while exploring different mediums. Lesson... Read more...

Adult ballroom dance classes

Pacific Ballroom Dance Adult classes are 5-week series. No partner is Necessary. Pre-register online: $45 person/$80 couple (save $5/couple) At-door registration: $50 person/$85 couple Drop in for a single class (if space is available): $12/person Prerequisites are... Read more...

Decked Out – From Scroll to Skateboard

Pacific Bonsai Museum Now through 10/2/2016 The traditional environment for displaying a bonsai in Japan is a small interior alcove called a tokonoma. Much like the mantel above a fireplace, the tokonoma is a room’s focal point where cherished art and objects are... Read more...

Amazing Race summer choir camp

Rainier Youth Choirs Dates: 8/15-18/2016 Take a musical journey with Rainier Youth Choirs – this is the fifth annual Summer Camp for singers entering 3rd-9th grades in the 2016-2017 year. Happens Monday, August 15 through Thursday, August 18, 9:30 AM – 2... Read more...

Summer specialty camps for youth

From moviemaking and web design to dance, theatre, Lego and junior robotics, there are camps for youth ages 6-14 throughout the summer in Federal Way. Most of these camps take place at beautiful Dumas Bay Centre. For more information contact Bo Du at... Read more...

Call for film entries

Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival Application deadline: 8/15/2016 The Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival—for 38 years called the Northwest Film & Video Festival—brings artists and audiences together for a singular community celebration. Each year the Festival draws... Read more...

Summer theatre programs and camps

The Hi-Liners Musical Theatre Dates: weekly over the summer, beginning 6/27/2016 In Musical Theatre Camps, craft time, play time, and theme-centric games are all part of the fun. In the Musical Theatre Intensives, you will love spending your time singing, dancing and... Read more...

Renton History Museum seeks volunteers

Renton History Museum The Renton History Museum seeks committed volunteers who are enthusiastic about Renton’s history, to help with Saturday greeting, leading tours, assisting with programs, and working on our oral history team. Please contact mmulder@rentonwa.gov to... Read more...

SIFF needs volunteers

Seattle International Film Festival SIFF is actively recruiting volunteers for the 2016 Seattle International Film Festival! This year’s festival runs May 19 through June 12, and SIFF will officially kick off festivities with their Annual Volunteer Meeting on... Read more...

Call to poets – Washington 129

Deadline: 1/31/2017 Tod Marshall, 2016-18 Washington State Poet Laureate, announces a new project: Washington 129, an anthology of poems gathered from the people of Washington State—one poem for every year of statehood up until 2018. The project will include work from... Read more...

Call to artists

Burien Arts Gallery The Burien Arts 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.  We are interested in contemporary artists working on... Read more...

Youth heritage project

Washington Trust for Historic Preservation Application deadline: 5/20/2016 Attention high school students and teachers interested in historic preservation: on July 13-16, the fifth annual Discover Washington: Youth Heritage Project will be held at Mount Rainier... Read more...

Social media/marketing internship

Carco Theatre Open until filled Carco Theatre seeks a Social Media & Marketing Intern to increase Carco’s social media presence online, and raise community awareness of the theatre’s opportunities and events. Carco is a local 300-seat community... Read more...

New history of Soos Creek Plateau

As a great grandson of Ole and Anna Oie, Norwegian pioneers who settled on the east hill of Kent in 1890, author Morris Willard Skagen’s dream of publishing the History of the Soos Creek Plateau from 1860-1960 has been achieved. The History of the Soos Creek... Read more...

Remembrance trees

by Stephen Lamphear Des Moines Memorial Way was established after World War I as a living memorial to those who gave their lives in it. A privately funded effort transformed a 10-mile section into an American Elm-tree-lined road, from the Seattle City limits to the... Read more...

Federal Way teachers made history in 1974

by Chris Green From August 29 to September 17, 1974, teachers in Federal Way were on strike. It was the first public school teacher’s strike in the history of King County. Public school teachers in Washington state had only been granted the right to organize unions... Read more...

Orchestra of Flight

The Orchestra of Flight is a volunteer community orchestra performing in the Puget Sound area since 1983. Under the direction of Matthew Kruse, the Orchestra presents four concert series per season, which runs from September to early June. Performances are on Monday... Read more...

Three summer poems by Renton poet Kiana Davis

Under a Summer Sun When I need to escape the elusive grace of butterfly wings haunt my memories and for an instant I am a little girl again under a summer sun spending hour evading my mother so I could run through an abandoned field and fill my jelly jar with the... Read more...

The value of trees

by Amanda Leon Amanda Leon is the City of Normandy Park’s Community Development and Parks Director, and a certified arborist. This is an excerpt from an article that originally appeared in the May 2015 edition of Normandy Park City Scene. In 2006, the U.S.... Read more...

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden

Home to one of the largest collections of species rhododendrons in the world, the Garden displays over 700 of the more than 1,000 known species. The RSBG is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the conservation, public display, and distribution of... Read more...

Ribbon-cutting for a unique Kent neighborhood

by Zachary E. Van Tassel, Greater Kent Historical Society On Saturday, August 8, at 1 PM, the Mill Creek Neighborhood will host a unique ribbon-cutting event on the corner of Temperance Street and Jason Avenue North in Kent. Late last year, the neighborhood was... Read more...

Fomenting a pro-tree movement in South King County

by Barbara McMichael, SoCoCulture As an umbrella organization for South King County cultural groups, SoCoCulture is pleased to have as members a number of institutions that are rooted in botany (pardon the pun). Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden, Soos Creek Botanical... Read more...

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... Read more...

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... Read more...

Good neighbors build great gates

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,... Read more...

StEPs 4Culture capacity building grants

4Culture Ongoing 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... Read more...

Volunteer in Soos Creek Botanical Garden

Soos 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... Read more...

The Military Road Telegraph Sesquicentennial Project

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... Read more...

Dance classes at Allegro

Allegro Performing Arts Academy Allegro Performing Arts Academy offers classes in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, drama, tumbling, creative movement (Tiny tots), hip hop and occasional master classes from out-of-town choreographers.  Classes are for all... Read more...

Auburn PAC to get long-needed upgrades

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

Call to artists – Auburn’s StreetScape Art

Auburn Parks, Arts and Recreation Rolling application basis Auburn’s StreetScape Art is a program that seeks to enliven and activate otherwise empty storefront windows in Auburn’s Historic Downtown by providing temporary space to artists, creative... Read more...

Duwamish pioneer served in Civil War militia

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... Read more...

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... Read more...

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... Read more...

Open 4Culture

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... Read more...

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... Read more...

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. Here are some examples of the legal work they can... Read more...

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... Read more...

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... Read more...

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... Read more...

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... Read more...

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... Read more...

Dance classes at Evergreen City Ballet

Evergreen City Ballet Year-round 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... Read more...

Kent’s Give Me Culture grants

Kent Arts Commission Year-round 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... Read more...

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... Read more...

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.... Read more...

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... Read more...

Free management strategy consultation

Free Consultation on Good Management Strategies for Cultural Organizations. This offer is exclusive to SoCoCulture members only. Marcia Holland, CAE, CEO, of Outcomes Unlimited, LLC, and a member of the SoCoCulture leadership team, is offering free, two-hour... Read more...

Burien Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services

www.MoshierArtCenter.org The Moshier Community Art Center, 430 S 156th, is one of Puget Sound’s hidden gems. Located in Burien, the art center provides a fully equipped ceramics studio for students from beginner to advanced skill levels. Each session we offer... Read more...