SoCoCulture Announcements

Japanese pruning techniques

Highline Botanical Garden Date: 6/11/2016, 9 AM – 1 PM Masa Mizuno is coming to the Highline Botanical Garden to do his annual pruning of the Seike Japanese Garden. He has agreed to stay an extra day, and will offer a hands-on pruning class on June 11 from 9 AM... 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...

Backyard birding – Shadow Lake Nature Preserve

SHADOW Date: 6/4/2016, 8 AM – 10 AM Ever wonder who’s hooting in your backyard? Join local bird photographer, and Chair of the Rainier Audubon Society, Dan Streiffert, for a morning of birding at SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve! Designed for beginners, this... Read more...

Clothes for the Cause drive

The Hi-Liners Musical Theatre Dates: 6/17-18/2016 We all have unwanted textiles that are out of fashion, not needed, or no longer fit. Instead of discarding surplus clothing and household linens, give them a second life through Clothes for the Cause. Donating these... Read more...

Plein air watercolor class

City of Federal Way Dates: Wednesdays, 7/13-8/17/2016, 1-3 PM Instructor Sherri Bails will lead this six-series class – meet in the Federal Way Community Center for first class. Watercolor is a medium painted best with as few strokes as possible. Students focus... Read more...

WaMA registration open – stipends available

Washington Museum Association Conference Dates: 6/22-24/2016 The 2016 WaMA Conference “Adventures in Museumland” happens in Tacoma this year. It will feature regional historian and preservation expert Michael Sullivan as keynote speaker, an opening reception at the... Read more...

Volunteers for Strawberry Festival art making booth

Burien Wild Strawberry Festival Dates: 6/18 and 6/19/2016 Moshier instructor (and all around very fun guy!) John Taylor will be running the art making booth at the Burien Wild Strawberry Festival June 18-19.  Kids and adults of all ages will be making fun hats. We... Read more...

The Science of Art: Circles & Circuits workshop

Kent Library Date: 5/23/2016, 3:30-5 PM For ages 6 years and older, 8 and younger with adult. Create your own contraption that moves and draws using simple circuits, offset DC motor, markers and recycled materials. Be prepared to change and modify to create new... Read more...

Memory Box workshop

Covington Library Date: 6/11/2016, 2 PM  Presented by Silver Kite Community Arts, LLC. Keep a special memory at hand with a memory box. This workshop is based on the theme of “community” where you will engage in reflection activities and conversations with a... Read more...

Creating Character Sketches – graphic art workshop

Black Diamond Library Date: 6/28/2016, 2 PM Time to get your Dungeons & Dragons on! Graphic novelist Elizabeth Guizzetti shows how to draw your favorite Dungeons and Dragons or other board game character using a variety of simple shapes and lines and play your... 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...

Federal grants workshop

Congressman Adam Smith’s office Date: 6/28/2016, 9:30 AM – 1 PM Congressman Adam Smith invites his constituents to attend this free upcoming Grants Workshop to learn best practices when applying for federal grants. Learn helpful tips from agencies... 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...

Youth and kids summer dance classes

Pacific Ballroom Dance Classes begin 6/27/2016 Intro classes, Star Wars Camps, and more! See http://pacificballroom.org for more information and to register. Pacific Ballroom Dance is located at 1604 15th Street SW, #109,... Read more...

Free ballroom dance workshop and auditions

Pacific Ballroom Dance Audition Workshop – Thursday, June 16, 7 PM Come learn everything you would need to know to audition. Auditions for youth performing teams – Saturday, June 18, 9 AM No experience necessary! No partner required! Both events will be... Read more...

Call to artists – SCBG

Soos Creek Botanical Garden Application deadline: 6/1/2016 Iin conjunction with the annual celebration of Experience Historical Kent, Soos Creek Botanical Garden will hold an Art Walk on Saturday, August 13, 2016 from 10 AM – 4 PM. Artists will be selected to... Read more...

Intro to bookbinding art workshop

Burien Library 5/22/2016, 2 PM This workshop is geared for ages 5-12. Two methods of bookbinding are going to be taught by Seattle ReCreative: Japanese stab-stick and accordion bound books. These are perfect projects for anyuone who would like to create their own... Read more...

Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab

Deadline: 7/11/2016 The Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab is embarking on its sixth year. The TAT Lab is an eight-month professional development program for teaching artists working in all artistic disciplines and in all regions across Washington State.... Read more...

Collections care funding

4Culture Application deadline: 6/29/2016, 5 PM 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,... Read more...

Summer theater camp – The Secret Garden

Rosebud Children’s Theatre Conservatory Dates: 6/20 – 7/15/2016, 9 AM – 1 PM (plus performances July 15-17) Youth ages 8-12 are invited to join us for our 7th season of the Summer Youth Musical Theatre Festival! Everyone will love this charming,... Read more...

Auditions for The Music Man

Rosebud Children’s Theatre Conservatory Audition date: 6/15/2016, 4 PM Teens ages 13-20 are invited to join us for the 7th season of the Summer Youth Theatre Festival, which will involve production of Meredith Wilson’s “The Music Man.” This... Read more...

Michael Dupille – works in glass

Burien Arts Gallery Now through 5/28/2016 The soft surrealism of glass pieces by pioneering artist Michael Dupille is featured in May at the Burien Arts Gallery. Dupille helped pioneer the kiln-formed glass movement in the 1980s. He developed and refined the... Read more...

KCLS Immigrant Stories Project

King County Library System KCLS is seeking participants willing to share their immigrant experience – personal history, what life was like before arriving to the U.S. and what life is like now.  Stories will be audio recorded and will become part of a collection... 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...

Jackson Street After Hours

Historical Society of Federal Way Opens 5/12/2016 Seattle Times Jazz Critic Paul de Barros has collected a vast array of photos and oral histories, much of it featured in his acclaimed 1993 book, The Roots of Jazz in Seattle — Jackson Street After Hours. This material... 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...

Rainier Youth Choirs auditions for fall

Rainier Youth Choirs Seeking musically motivated and talented youth grades 2 and up to be part of something remarkable. Auditions for Fall enrollment are taking place now through May. There are four levels of ensembles for grades  2-14, including instrumentalists.... Read more...

Works by James Collins

Federal Way City Hall Gallery Now through 6/14/2016 This exhibit includes works of pyrography, carving, and painting by the multi-talented James Collins. At Federal Way City Hall, 33325 8th Avenue S, Federal Way – the Gallery is located on the second... 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...

Join Renton History Museum’s youth advisory council

Renton History Museum The Renton History Museum’s Youth Advisory Council is in the midst of its third school year, and is always ready to welcome new members. The RenTeens is a great opportunity to learn more about your community in a fun and creative way. Teens ages... 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...

Beaded purse workshop

White River Valley Museum Date: 5/14/2016, 1-4 PM Instructor and artist Teresa Owens will teach you basic bead embroidery techniques to create a fabulous tiny beaded purse. Materials and handouts provided. $55 per person, registration required. Register online at... 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...

Washington Museum Association conference

Washington Museum Association Conference Date: 6/22-24/2016 The theme of the 2016 Washington Museum Association Conference is “Adventures in Museumland” and it will be happening in Tacoma in June. The deadline for Award of Excellence nominations and for Conference... 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...

Northwest Film Forum seeks Local Sightings submissions

Northwest Film Forum Application deadline: 6/13/2016 Northwest Film Forum seeks excellent new films made in the Pacific Northwest for the 19th annual Local Sightings Film Festival, screening September 22 – October 1, 2016. Eligible films for submission to Local... 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...

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...

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...

Call to artists – Burien Arts Gallery

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.  The Gallery is interested in contemporary artists... 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...