SoCoCulture Announcements

Northwest Symphony Orchestra auditions

Northwest Symphony Orchestra The NWSO is an audition orchestra and has the following openings for the 2016 – 2017 season. • Principal Flute (see audition requirements) • Section violin, viola, cello, and bass sections – these auditions require part of a... Read more...

Japanese Kite Making Workshop

White River Valley Museum Date: 10/2/2016, 1-3:30 PM Work with artist Greg Kono to construct a coffee filter kite using shibori dyeing techniques and create a masterpiece that can actually fly! No experience is necessary and all materials will be provided. $20 per... Read more...

Ken DeRoux and Garreth Schuh

Burien Art Gallery Dates: October 1-31 The October exhibit features works by painters Ken DeRoux and Garreth Schuh. Ken DeRoux moved to Burien in 2009 after a long career in Alaska as a painter and museum curator. Hehas participated in more than 70 solo and group... Read more...

Glow-in-the-dark lanterns workshop

Covington Library Date: 10/6/2016, 4:30 PM Make glow-in-the-dark mummies and fairy lights. Learn about real ghost lights and gross-out mummy trivia. Bring a friend; make a friend. If you are able, bring your own jar for each lantern (about 1 pint size). For grades... Read more...

Winter Solstice Arts and Crafts

Shadow Lake Nature Preserve Date: 12/3/2016, 5-8 PM Don your most outrageous holiday sweater and join us for an afternoon of wintery crafts. Featuring hot cocoa and holiday cheer.  Suggested donation: $10/child. Register at http://shadowhabitat.org/visit. Shadow Lake... Read more...

Gardening with Native Plants

Shadow Lake Nature Preserve Date: 11/12/2016, 11 AM – 1 PM Learn how to utilize native plants to create an eco-friendly space in your garden without sacrificing aesthetics. Suggested donation: $10/person. Register at http://shadowhabitat.org/visit. Shadow Lake... Read more...

Identifying Native Plants

Shadow Lake Nature Preserve Date: 10/22/2016, 11 AM – noon Learn the basics of identifying native plants! Meet and chat with Dirk Powell, local native plant enthusiast, and discover the beauty and functionality of native plants in our community. Suggested... Read more...

End of year work party and potluck

Shadow Lake Nature Preserve Date: 12/17/2016 A chance to get some fresh air and do some good during the holidays! Bring a dish to share as we celebrate this year’s accomplishments after the last work party of 2016! Shadow Lake Nature Preserve is located at 21656... Read more...

Super Solar Power – Alternative Energy Series

Shadow Lake Nature Preserve Date: 11/19/2016, 1:30-3:30 PM The third in an alternative energy series conducted by STEAMboat Studio at Shadow Lake Nature Preserve, 21656 184th Avenue SE, Renton. Open to all ages but children under the age of 6 should be accompanied by... Read more...

Wonder of Wind Power – Alternative Energy Series

Shadow Lake Nature Preserve Date: 11/5/2016, 1:30-3:30 PM The second in an alternative energy series conducted by STEAMboat Studio at Shadow Lake Nature Preserve, 21656 184th Avenue SE, Renton. Open to all ages but children under the age of 6 should be accompanied by... Read more...

Making Water Work – Alternative Energy Series

Shadow Lake Nature Preserve Date: 10/22/2016, 1:30-3:30 PM The first in an alternative energy series conducted by STEAMboat Studio at Shadow Lake Nature Preserve, 21656 184th Avenue SE, Renton. Open to all ages but children under the age of 6 should be accompanied by... Read more...

Call for volunteers – Federal Way Symphony

Federal Way Symphony Volunteers are the backbone of non-profit organizations like the Federal Way Symphony. Not only do FWS volunteers keep the cost of producing beautiful live music within our budget, but they are the Symphony’s ambassadors  to our community. We have... Read more...

Kent’s Got Talent – audition sign-up

Kent Community Foundation Sign-up deadline: 10/21/2016 Entry forms are due on or before October 21, and auditions for 2016 Kent’s Got Talent will be Sunday, October 30. Upon completing your registration you will receive a confirmation e-mail from... Read more...

Andy Goldsworthy-type nature art class

SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve Date: 10/8/2016, 1-4 PM The trees at the Preserve are starting to lose their leaves and there’s a nip in the air that makes a sweater feel like the perfect garment. Come sip apple cider and help us create an outdoor art installation... Read more...

Watercolor workshop with Georgia Sumner

Burien Arts Gallery Dates: 10/1 & 10/2/2016 Georgia Sumner, a former nurse and painter for many years, will conduct this workshop in watercolor, releasing creativity, and having fun! Georgia’s philosophy: “Painting is not about making a pretty picture for... Read more...

Puget Sound Initiative funding

The Morgan Fund Application deadline: 9/30/2016 The Morgan Fund, a Family Foundation at Seattle Foundation, is proud to announce the 2016 round of the Puget Sound Initiative, a funding opportunity for small to mid-sized dance and theatre organizations located in... Read more...

Request for qualifications – 4Culture muralist roster

4Culture Application deadline: 10/24/2016 4Culture seeks qualifications from artists skilled, experienced, and interested to create large-scale murals in King County. The agency is developing a new Muralist Roster which will pre-qualify artists to work on a variety of... Read more...

Jinglefoot Academy

Carco Theatre Carco has partnered with Jinglefoot Academy to offer project based learning for ages 12 and up (10 and up for acting) – that means that you sign up for a project rather than just ongoing lessons. For example, instead of just taking singing lessons,... Read more...

A Celebration of the Working Horse

Muckleshoot Library Now through 9/30/2016 Visit the Muckleshoot Library during the month of September to view White River Valley Museum’s collection of vintage photos of Horse Power: A Celebration of the Working Horse. These historic images showcase horses... Read more...

Local newspapers keep an eye on our communities

by Barbara McMichael, SoCoCulture This is a piece in praise of local newspapers, which are indeed an important part of our local culture. In the last decade or so, with rapidly changing technology, local papers have struggled to stay alive. But they have never ceased... Read more...

Jack Straw artist residencies

Jack Straw Cultural Center Deadline: 10/31/2016, 5 PM The Jack Straw Artist Residency Programs offer established and emerging artists in diverse disciplines an opportunity to explore the creative use of sound in a professional atmosphere through residencies in our... Read more...

Zumba® class

Pacific Ballroom Dance Dates: Saturdays beginning 9/10/2016, 8-9 AM Take the “work” out of workout and join PBD’s new ZUMBA® class! Zumba® features latin-inspired movements in an 60 minutes instructor lead aerobic dance party! Enjoy the music and... Read more...

Adult auditions – Fiddler on the Roof

Heavier Than Air Family Theatre Company Audition dates: 9/20/2016 and 9/22/2016 Adult auditions for Heavier Than Air Family Theatre Company’s upcoming production of Fiddler on the Roof will be held Tuesday and Thursday, September 20 and 22, 2016. This open audition... Read more...

Dance classes

Pacific Ballroom Dance For homeschoolers, Running Start students, or anyone else with a flexible daytime schedule, you now have more options to learn ballroom dance! Adam Lee is the instructor. E-mail secretary@pacificballroom.org for more information. Pacific... Read more...

Works by Sue Kraft

Burien Arts Gallery Dates: 9/1 – 10/1/2016 Noted Alaska painter Sue Kraft will have a solo show at the Burien Arts Gallery for the month of September. Kraft’s work has been included in numerous juried art shows as well as solo and group exhibitions. Her work is... Read more...

Volunteers needed – Highline Historical Society

Highline Historical Society The Highline Historical Society seeks volunteers for the final quarter of 2016. The volunteer opportunities all involve face time with the public – representing the Historical Society at city events. The activities are listed below.... Read more...

4Culture sustained support

4Culture Application deadline: 10/19/2016 There will be one funding workshop in South King County to discuss your applications. It is happening Wednesday, September 14 at noon, at the Federal Way Community Center (this is immediately following the SoCoCulture... Read more...

Call for artists – Small Works, Big Presents

White River Valley Museum/City of Auburn Submission deadline: 10/16/2016 The White River Valley Museum, in partnership with the City of Auburn, is seeking submissions for the 8th Annual Small Works, Big Presents: The Gift of Art juried art show and sale. This show... Read more...

Call to artists – City of Auburn galleries 2017

Auburn Arts Commission Deadline: 10/17/2016 The City of Auburn is seeking artists and/or artist groups working in two-dimensional media to exhibit their work at three City of Auburn gallery spaces during 2017. Galleries are within City operated buildings including... Read more...

Call to artists for sasquatch-themed utility box art

Federal Way Art Commission Applications accepted until decision is made Federal Way’s Mini-Murals are an innovative way to have public art in public spaces right where people can see it, not hidden away in a gallery. Everyone can enjoy the art as they travel... Read more...

Tech Specific

4Culture Deadline: 9/29/2016 Tech-Specific is the latest iteration of the 4Culture Site Specific Program, launched in 2005 to provide funding and resources for the commissioning and presentation of visual art, installation and performance in alternative and... Read more...

Works by Michael Dinning

Burien Community Center Now through 9/30/2016 Spokane artist Michael Dinning’s artwork is inspired by a wide variety of sources, from Italian Renaissance to Pop Art, Abstract Expressionism to Fauvism. His primary artistic focus now is creating mixed media screens and... Read more...

Conifers exploration and craft class

PowellsWood Date: 8/13/2016, 10 AM – noon Explore the three key native conifer trees of our region. Then use their cones and branches as paintbrushes. Activity included in garden admission. Class size twelve children and their accompanying adults. Suitable for... Read more...

Community 4Culture

4Culture Rolling deadline, beginning 9/2016 Community 4Culture is a new grant program that aims to sustain an arts and cultural community reflective of King County’s diverse populations, and seeks to connect with groups and communities that 4Culture has not been... 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...