SoCoCulture Announcements

World citizen essay contest

World Affairs Council Submission deadline: 3/28/2016 The goal of the World Citizen Essay Contest is to promote discussion among students, teachers, families, and community members about the ways that individuals can effect positive change in the global community. This... Read more...

Works by Erin Algiere Zegarra

Burien Community Center Now through 3/31/2016 The Burien Community Center is pleased to present the works of local artist Erin Algiere Segarra.  Erin shifted her creative focus from writing to the visual arts while working at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver,... Read more...

KCTS 9 seeks independent film submissions

KCTS KCTS 9 is committed to supporting the independent film community in the Pacific Northwest. If you have a completed film that you would like KCTS 9 to preview for broadcast and/or streaming consideration? KCTS 9 is looking for compelling short, as well as... Read more...

Stories of Refugees and Immigrants

Dubsea Coffee 2/1-29/2016 Dubsea Coffee, located at 9910 8th Avenue SW in White Center, hosts a gallery of paintings by White Center residents that express the challenges and aspirations of refugees and immigrants. Learn more about why people are forced to flee their... Read more...

Workshop – the art of lettering

Renton Public Library Date: 2/23/2016, 7 PM Learn to use the art of calligraphy to create thank you notes, birthday cards and other personal writing. Practice basic strokes and discover the tools and special paper used for this type of art project. Calligraphy pens... Read more...

Mixed media and encaustic paintings

Burien Arts Gallery 2/3-27/2016 Laura Van Horne’s mixed media paintings and Corrie LaVelle’s encaustic paintings are featured in February at the Burien Arts Gallery. Artists from Artists United will also present their work during February. The Burien Arts Gallery is... Read more...

Call for garden art vendors

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden Display date: 4/15-16/2016 On April 15 and 16, the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden’s Spring Plant Sale will be filled with flower, food and fun! New this year, RSBG is opening the event to quality, hand-made garden art... Read more...

Espial – call to Auburn-area artists and poets

Green River College Submission deadline: 3/17/2016 Espial is an award-winning literary and art journal completely produced and published by Green River College students. The journal will feature a special section of art and poetry from the Auburn community in addition... Read more...

Auburn seeks Summer ArtRageous artist leaders

Auburn Parks, Arts and Recreation Rolling application deadline Seeking creative teaching artists to lead art-making activities at a variety of summer outdoor events and festivals. This is a paid opportunity, and artist selection will be made starting in January on a... Read more...

Call for artists and filmmakers – Burien Film Festival

Registration deadline: 3/20/2016 Deadline for turning in complete films: 3/25/2016 The Second Annual Burien Film Festival is coming up April 1, 2016 in Olde Burien. CALL FOR ARTISTS The Burien Film Festival is seeks 17 Burien Artists to make history in Burien. There... Read more...

Intolerable Consequences: The Art of Nichole DeMent

Normandy Park City Hall Gallery Now through 2/29/2016 Nichole DeMent is an artist, educator and cultural producer who has worked in the arts for almost two decades including as curator at non-profit, independent and commercial art galleries. In addition to teaching... Read more...

Volunteering in Des Moines

Des Moines Parks, Recreation and Senior Services Department actively seek volunteers, community groups, scouts and businesses to assist with specific programs, events and park clean-ups. There are a wide variety of programs, projects and advisory committees to choose... Read more...

Art Projects funding

4Culture Application deadline: 3/9/2016, 5 PM The Art Projects funding program seeks to enhance the cultural life of King County by providing grant funds for arts projects. 4Culture funds artists and small arts groups, working in all creative disciplines including... Read more...

Small Bags for Big Events

White River Valley Museum Now through 6/19/2015 With a century of handbags to choose from, the White River Museum’s new exhibit, Small Bags for Big Events: 100 Years of Pretty Purses, shows us just how lovely they can be. This exhibit contains purses of every material... Read more...

Opening for Development and Activities Coordinator

Historical Society of Federal Way The Historical Society of Federal Way seeks applicants for this newly-created position. The Development and Activities Coordinator will be responsible for growing, recruiting, maintaining, and coordinating members and volunteers. This... Read more...

Heritage Projects funding

4Culture Deadline: 2/24/2016 4Culture’s Heritage Projects funding program promotes the identification, documentation, exhibition and interpretation of historic and cultural materials pertaining to the heritage of King County, Washington. The program has produced... Read more...

Preservation Special Projects funding

4Culture Deadline: 2/24/2016 The Preservation Special Projects program offers funding for neighborhood survey/inventory, landmark registration, project planning, research, advocacy efforts and more. 4Culture encourages projects that highlight historic places in... Read more...

Works by Robert LaSelle Chism

Federal Way City Hall Gallery Dates: 1/7 – 3/22/2016 Robert LaSelle Chism, winner of the recent Arts Alive competition, will have his work on display at Federal Way City Hall, located at 33325 8th Avenue S in Federal Way. The Historical Society of Federal Way... Read more...

Restoration work parties at SHADOW

Save Habitat and Diversity of Wetlands Winter 2016 Work parties to restore habitat on SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve? are hosted on the following Saturdays from 10 AM – 2 PM, rain or shine: • 1/23/2016 • 1/30/2016 • 2/20/2016 • 2/27/2016 • 3/5/2016 • 3/12/2016 •... 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...

Evergreen City Ballet open house and trial classes

Evergreen City Ballet Date: 1/16/2016 Evergreen City Ballet invites prospective students to come to the studio, 2230 Linden Avenue SW, Suite 109 in Renton, on Saturday, January 16, to participate in a trial class. Schedule: 10:30-11:30 AM – Level II, ages 7-12... Read more...

Birth, Life, and Death: Early Medicine in Renton

Renton History Museum Now through 5/21/2016 How was appendicitis treated in the early 1900s? Who are the “Bronson Babies”? How many Rentonites died of Spanish Influenza? Join us as guest curators from University of Washington’s Museology Graduate Program tell the... Read more...

The Hi-Liners Musical Theatre DownStage Center Classes

The Hi-Liners  Winter 2016 In addition to developing theatre arts skills, DownStage Center classes can help you develop your ability to speak up in school, increase the creativity going into your homework and improve your classroom presentations. It is documented that... Read more...

What’s all the BUZZ about?

Come for a conversation about our native blue orchard bees and how they can help pollinate your spring garden. They are non-aggressive and safe to have around kids and pets. And you do not need to have fruit trees. Find out how easy it is to ‘host them” in your yard... Read more...

Voices of the Wilderness artist residency

US Forest Service, National Park Service and US Fish & Wildlife Service Application deadline: 3/1/2016 The US Forest Service, National Park Service and US Fish & Wildlife Service are pleased to announce that eleven wilderness areas across Alaska will be... Read more...

Call to artists – Spectrum Spring Showcase

Spectrum Creative Alliance Dates: Spring Showcase: April 7-27, 2016 This is a call to artists, performers, and instructors. Spectrum Creative Alliance’s Spring 2016 showcase, “Boxes,” is a pop-up art show held in downtown Enumclaw during the month of... Read more...

Arts Alive for Youth scholarships

Allied Arts of Renton Application deadline: 3/1/2016, 5 PM Mini scholarships in cultural arts fields will be awarded to students who live within the boundaries of the Greater Renton Area, or who have a Renton address and are between the ages of 12-19. The purpose of... Read more...

Call for artists at the Whistle-Stop Art Fair in Enumclaw

Enumclaw Whistle-Stop Art Fair The City of Enumclaw, 4Culture of King County, Arts Alive!, CAST, Enumclaw Chamber of Commerce, and Spectrum Creative Alliance are seeking quality artist for booth displays during the June 25 and 26, 2016 Art Fair on Railroad Street. 10’... 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...

2015-16 Downtown Auburn Sculpture Gallery

The City of Auburn’s outdoor Sculpture Gallery showcases ten outdoor sculptures in various sizes, types and media. Primarily located on Main Street, the sculpture gallery changes annually, providing different artwork for Auburn residents to experience and enjoy.... 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...