Barbara Mandingo Kelly Annual Peace Poetry Awards

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Deadline: 7/1/2015

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation contest is currently taking entries for its Barbara Mandingo Kelly annual peace poetry awards. It is open to people of all ages worldwide.


  • Adults – $1,000
  • Youth (13 to 18) – $200
  • Children (12 and under) – $200


  • Send 2 copies of up to 3 typed unpublished poems. Maximum of 30 lines per poem.
  • Include name, address, email, telephone number, and age (if youth or child) in upper right hand corner of one copy of each poem.
  • Title each poem.
  • Do not staple individual poems together.
  • Please keep copies of all entries as we will be unable to return them.
  • (Any entry that does not adhere to ALL of the contest rules will not be considered for a prize)

Fee: $15 for up to three poems for Adult entires. No fee for Youth or Children’s entries.

Judging: Judging done by a committee of poets selected by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.

Send Entries to:

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Barbara Mandingo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards
PMB 121, 1187 Coast Village Road, Suite 1
Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2794

Winners and Honorable Mentions will be announced by October 1, 2015 on the Foundation’s website. Winners will be notified by mail. For more information, rules, and procedures visit

Artist display space – Carco Theatre

Carco Theatre
Ongoing review

The Carco Theatre in Renton invites professional or amateur artists working in a variety of media to apply for consideration for the Carco Theatre Lobby art display. Local artists’ exhibits are scheduled for six week periods. The Lobby has approximately 72 linear feet of wall space, with a picture rail and cable gallery system, and an additional 14 feet of space for works on paper to be hung with magnets. Review of applications is ongoing and accepted throughout the year. Request a PDF with full details and application form by contacting or 206-453-1489.

Call to artists – Arts-A-Glow Lantern Festival and Procession

City of Burien
Deadline for submissions: 5/29/2015, 4 PM

Artists are encouraged to submit proposals to provide new or existing temporary illuminated artworks as part of the Arts-A-Glow Lantern Festival in Burien.  Before submitting, artists are encouraged to visit Dottie Harper Park, site of the Festival. Artworks must be waterproof and family friendly, and must leave no lasting physical impact on the park. For full details, click here. Please e-mail with any questions.

Osness Scholarship – for seniors graduating from Kent School District high schools

Greater Kent Historical Society
Application deadline: 5/13/2015, 4 PM

The Greater Kent Historical Society is happy to announce the 2015 Osness Scholarship in the amount of $950. This scholarship is funded by the Osness Family and awarded through GKHS. The scholarship will be awarded to a senior who is graduating from one of the high schools within the Kent School District and is planning to attend college in the fall of 2015. For more information, click here.

Developing the Author Within – writing workshop

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

Wizard of Oz workshop

Centerstage Theatre
Dates: 4/6-11/2015

Missoula Children’s Theatre is back with a week long workshop of The Wizard of Oz.  Two specially trained actors work with up to 60 local kids (K-12) in one week to present an original musical on Friday and Saturday at 7 PM.

Call 253-661-1444 or go online to register. $85 includes the workshop and T-shirt. Audition day is Monday, April 6 at 2:45 PM – no preparation necessary! Rehearsals run from 3-7 PM, Monday through Friday, and Saturday from 5 PM through the end of the show.

Accessioning and deaccessioning – how to plan and prune your collection

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

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

Hi-Liners Musical Theatre Spring Break Camp

The Hi-Liners
Dates: 4/6-10/2015, 10 AM – 1 PM daily

Truly Scrumptious in Neverland! For ages 7–15. Get to know the shows before you audition! This is a great opportunity to learn about our upcoming productions, Peter Pan Jr. and our September MainStage show Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Hone your Musical Theatre skills while exploring fabulous characters – singing their songs, learning the plot and dancing in the style of the show. Then, strut your stuff in our off, off, off Broadway Production of musical selections and scenes. The Camp takes place at the Burien Annex, 14501 4th Avenue SW, Burien. Cost is $175.

Register at

Auditions – Peter Pan Jr. and Rent: Student Edition

The Hi-Liners 

Auditions: 4/18/2015

Callbacks: 4/25/2015

The Hi-Liners DownStage Center Summer Shows are holding auditions for Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. and Rent: Student Edition. The age range for Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. is 7–15, and 14–22 for Rent: Student Edition. Our age limits are guidelines. Sometimes 6-year-olds audition, but remember, cast members MUST be able to read. Sometimes we accept older students for particularly challenging shows. If you are outside the age range and would like to audition, contact us at for details.

Call for on-site reviewers

Application deadline: 4/6/2015

The On-Site Review program is part of how 4Culture evaluates the many arts and heritage organizations who receive Sustained Support funding. All of these organizations (choruses, theaters, art galleries, historical societies, orchestras, dance troupes, film collectives, literary groups, museums, service organizations, and more) tell us which of their events best reflect who they are—which programs best embody the quality of their efforts and the essence of their mission. Then 4Culture sends On-Site Reviewers to these events, who write up brief but substantial reviews, which are later given to the panels that consider the Sustained Support recipients’ next application. The goal of these reviews is to give the panelists a patron’s-eye-view of the organization, to flesh out their understanding of what these organizations actually do.

Call to artists – Astronauts on the Town

Museum of Flight
Application deadline: 4/17/2015, 5 PM

“Astronaut” is the mascot of the Museum of Flight, created back in 2012 as part of the Museum’s “Now Everyone Can Be An Astronaut” ad campaign. A vivacious, curious character in a spacesuit, Astronaut has become an established feature in the Museum’s social media and advertising.

The Museum of Flight is launching an Astronauts on the Town campaign this summer, featuring 25 astronaut statues that will be placed in various public spaces from Friday, June 12 to Friday, September 11, 2015. Most host locations will be within King County and will be indoors and easily accessed by the public. Some of the host locations include: Washington State Convention Center, Northgate Mall, Pike Place Market, Ballard Locks, etc.

Artists are being invited to submit designs to the Museum of Flight. If your design is chosen, you will be provided with the statue, which is composed of cast resin mixed with fiberglass and is adhered to a wood base (dimensions: 33″ long, 31″ wide, 75″ tall, 80 pounds). These statues will be made available to artists to pick up during the last week of April, who will then have about six weeks to complete their design on the statue. Completely decorated astronaut statues are due back at the Museum of Flight on June 10. For more information, click here.

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

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

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

Shrek is family-oriented in more ways than one

HEAVIER-Shrek“Once upon a time, there was a little Ogre named Shrek…” So begins Shrek The Musical, the musical stage version of the Oscar-winning film presented by Heavier Than Air Family Theatre. In this adventure, everyone’s favorite ogre finds himself on a life-changing journey with a wisecracking Donkey and feisty princess. Shrek’s travels take him from swamps to castles, encountering everything from a short tempered royal to a cookie with attitude, a band of fairytale misfits, and a fiercely flirtatious Dragon. Along the way he learns that different can be wonderful and friendships are kindled.

As Shrek, the story’s unlikely hero, actor Patrick Roduin’s return to the stage has also been an interesting journey. Over 20 years ago he planned to pursue a career in theatre but, as often happens, life came along and set him on a different course. Patrick currently works as a drafter for a local cabinet company.

Benchmarks – call to artists

Auburn Arts Division
Application deadline: 4/13/2015

The City of Auburn Arts Division is launching BenchMarks, a new program that will see artistically altered benches placed throughout the City.  Built by Green River Community College Carpentry Division, these benches are a blank canvas for community groups to make their mark.  As a means to build community pride and get people engaged in creating art, the BenchMark program will place 15 benches throughout the City from July – October 2015.

Good neighbors build great gates

scbg Gate I

by James Daly and Greg Bartol

If you are one who recognizes great organizations when you see them, then you know that two of them are near each other on Lea Hill in Auburn. Naturally, when Soos Creek Botanical Garden (SCBG) needed a gate to span their large entry, they should turn to their neighbors at Green River College (GRC) Welding Technologies program.

“Not a standard rail-style gate,” said SCBG Director Jim Daly. “This gate should be unique, and be what ‘represents’ us. We are a 20 acre botanical garden of unique trees, plants and more.”

Auditions for Charlotte’s Web the Musical

Heavier Than Air Family Theatre
Dates: 3/31 and 4/2/2015, 7 PM

This open audition for ages 16 and above will be held in the Performing Arts Building at Green River Community College. This is an informal, read-through type group audition. Community actors/actresses with strong singing and dancing skills are encouraged to attend.
• A song from the show will be provided and no advance preparation is necessary.
• Casting will be for all adult roles.
• Children’s roles (15 and under) will be cast from Heavier Than Air’s Musical Theatre Camp participants on an alternate date.

More information about Heavier Than Air Family Theatre can be found on their website.

Pruning class with master pruner Masa Mizuno

Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden
Date: 6/13/2015, 9 AM – 1 PM

The Highline Botanical Garden Foundation is pleased to offer a pruning class to be given by noted Japanese master pruner Masa Mizuno, president of Masa and Associates, Tualatin, Oregon.  Mizuno’s company prunes and maintains several public Japanese Gardens in the Northwest, including the Seike Japanese Garden at Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden and Kubota Gardens.  You will learn not only proper pruning techniques but how to look at a tree or shrub with an eye to the beauty and individuality of each and bring this beauty out with structured pruning. 

Twisted wire jewelry

Arts Alive! Center for the Arts
Spring 2015

AFMS Wire Master Char Jorgensen teaches several different styles of wired jewelry this spring at Arts Alive! Center for the Arts in Enumclaw.  The class provides the tools you will need along with the material used for the project. You leave with a great piece of jewelry and the instruction on how you made it. 

Call to artists – Art in the Garden

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

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

Landmarks capital grants

Deadline: 5/13/2015, 5 PM

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

Cultural equipment grants

Deadline: 5/6/2015

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

StEPs 4Culture capacity building grants


Four years ago, through the 2011-2012 Heritage Sustained Support review panel process, 4Culture provided 17 organizations complimentary enrollment in the Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations, or StEPs. This self-assessment program, developed by the American Association for State and Local History, “offers history organizations of every size and type the opportunity to benchmark their work against nationally recognized standards.” From those initial 17 organizations, StEPs enrollees in King County now number 40.

Artists Up – evening of resources for Native artists

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

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

Call to performing artists – from Bellevue

City of Bellevue

The City of Bellevue is compiling a list of performing artists from theatre, music and dance who would like to be on the City of Bellevue Performing Artists list. This list is used when Bellevue and other Eastside organizations are looking for performing artists for cultural and community events. If you are interested in being on the list, please send your name, and/or name of organization, type of performer or performance offered and contact info, including phone, website and email address to Kevin Henry at Contact him with your questions, too, if you have any.

Plant propagation program team leader

Photo by Ray Owens

Photo by Ray Owens

Needed immediately

SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve seeks a collaborative and innovative Team Leader to oversee and manage their Plant Propagation Program! SHADOW’s Plant Propagation and Greenhouse Program provides native plants for use in SHADOW’s ongoing habitat restoration projects. 2015 projects include: reforestation in targeted areas, creation of educational gardens and programming, and hosting educational service learning projects. The Team Leader is a dedicated volunteer looking for a long-term leadership opportunity to guide & shape a robust native plant propagation and education program.

Call to artists – Enumclaw Studio Tour

City of Enumclaw
Application deadline: 5/16/2015

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

Call for artists – UW School of Law

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

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

VANS Custom Culture grants

Americans for the Arts
Deadline: 11/26/2015

VANS Custom Culture Grants are available to public high schools serving grades 9-12 that have allowed arts education to thrive in their school community. The grants are intended to encourage the inclusion of the arts as an integral component of an excellent education, and to support activities that are consistent with local and national learning standards for arts education. Ten (10) schools across the country will each receive a $2,000 grant to support their work in providing high-quality music and/or visual arts instruction for students.

Local Sightings – call for short films

Northwest Film Forum
Deadline: 6/15/2015

Northwest Film Forum’s annual Local Sightings Film Festival is made by the people and for the people of the beautiful Pacific Northwest. They are seeking excellent new Northwest films for the 18th annual Local Sightings, screening September 24 – October 3, 2015. Eligible films for submission to Local Sightings 2015 are those finished within the last 18 months, and the filmmaker(s) must live in the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, British Columbia, and the Yukon Territories). Learn more here.

ArtsEd Washington executive director

ArtsEd Washington
Application deadline: 3/31/2015

ArtsEd Washington seeks an energetic, self-motivated change agent to serve as its next Executive Director. We’ve had many successes over the last ten years and are poised to create an even deeper statewide impact on arts education in Washington. This position offers opportunities to define and contribute meaningfully to a forward-looking agenda that advances arts education in our schools. The executive will build and maintain strong, collaborative partnerships with funders, organizations, and other groups to strengthen advocacy and outreach initiatives. Our next leader will effectively communicate priorities through a wide variety of means, including public speaking. They will be comfortable interacting with and engaging diverse audiences and constituents. Reporting to the board of directors, the executive is responsible for leading and managing all aspects of ArtsEd Washington programs, fundraising and business operations. The executive’s work is also multi-faceted and hands-on – from relationship building at the highest levels one day to budgeting the next. For full description of the position, click here.

Photographing nature workshop

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

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

STARS Workshop – Movement Matters – BrainDance for Newborn to Age 5

Covington Library
Date: 4/11/2015

This workshop is presented by Terry Goetz, Director of Creative Dance Center. BrainDance is based on movement patterns that support language and rhythmic development, socio-emotional intelligence and the creation of multi-sensory experiences for young children. Dress comfortably and be prepared to move and have fun. Provides 2 STARS credit hours in Child Growth and Development. The workshop takes place on Saturday, April 11, beginning at 11:15 AM. Registration is required beginning March 28 – call the Covington Library at 253-630-8761.

Call to artists – piano transformations

City of Auburn
Application deadline:  5/4/2015

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

Stage managers needed

Rosebud Children’s Theatre Conservatory

Rosebud Children’s Theatre Conservatory seeks stage managers for two productions. These are paid positions. Time commitments are as follows:

Call to artists – photographic exhibition

Washington State Convention Center
Submission deadline: 4/10/2015

Every year, thousands of people from around the world attend events at the Washington State Convention Center, providing opportunities to introduce the abundance of the farmed and harvested riches of our state to many new markets. The Convention Center announces this call for artists for an upcoming photographic exhibition showcasing the bounty of the Washington State harvest and all the people who make it exceptional.

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

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

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

ArtsWA Project Support Grants

Washington State Arts Commission
Deadlines: beginning 4/20, depending on arts organization size
Online grant applications are now available for the ArtsWA Grants to Organization (GO) Project Support grants. Grants ranging from $1,000 to $8,000 are available for small, mid-sized and large institutions.

Artists United Annual Juried Show and additional wearable art exhibit

Nancy Bogni--The Ballerina-1Burien Arts Gallery

Since 1949, Artists United’s mission has been to provide an organization in which artists work together, encourage each other’s creativity, and bring art to South King County. The members work in a variety of styles and media, including watercolor, acrylic, oil, pastel, mixed media, photography, pottery, printmaking, glass and jewelry. The juror for this show was Seattle artist Pam Ingalls.

Also on display: affordable wearable art, created by Checha, Bob Hoffmeyer, Amy Reeves Silvana Segulja and Victoria Leep.

Checha grew up in Yugoslavia and moved to Seattle to pursue an architecture and interior design career. After years of collecting fine jewelry, she began making her own, exploring architectural forms and materials in unexpected scale.

After a long business career and many years of purchasing glass art, West Seattle artist Bob Hoffmeyer started creating lamp work and fused glass pendants, beads and jewelry.

After earning a degree in metals at University of Washington, Amy Reeves worked as a professional in fine jewelry for many years. Since 2009, she has been the sole proprietor of Tacoma Metal Arts Center as well as teaching classes in jewelry making.

Silvana Segulja travels internationally collecting beautiful beads that she handpicks to use in her jewelry. Since beginning Silvana Segulja Design in 1999 she has continued to collect gemstones, pearls, Murano glass, and much more.

Victoria Leep, from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, creates using the birch bark from fallen trees along the shores of Lake Superior. Utilizing the bark in all of its varied tones, feathers, pearls, semi-precious stones, leather and steel she designs one of a kind necklaces and super lightweight earrings.

The Gallery is located at 826 SW 152nd Street in Burien. It is open Wednesday-Saturday, noon-6 PM and Sunday, noon-4 PM. 206-244-7808.

Apply for Kent’s Fourth of July Splash community showcase

Kent Arts Commission
Application deadline: 4/17/2015

The Fourth of July Splash is pleased to present the Community Showcase at the Fourth of July Splash. This is an opportunity for local performers to play in front of their own town on the Splash main stage. Performance times are 30-45 minutes and include a professional sound tech. Entertainers simply need to bring their instruments and be ready to do their thing in front over 5,000 people. The Splash takes place on Saturday, July 4th. Performance times range from 12:30 – 6 PM. For application, click here.

Call for climate change shorts by young filmmakers

University of Washington School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
Deadline: 4/13/2015

The UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences announces a climate change video contest. Contestants should make a short film (three minutes or less) that answers the question, “What does climate change mean to you?” Your video may address the impacts, challenges, and solutions associated with climate change at any scale, from your everyday life to the world around you. It can take on any format imaginable – claymation, music video, film noir mystery, ballet, stand-up comedy routine, rock opera, documentary. The contest has two categories, high school and undergraduate. Submissions are due April 13 and first prize in each category is $5,000. Click here for more information.

Concessions volunteers needed

concessionsCarco Theatre 

Carco Theatre
seeks volunteers to help with concessions during evening and weekend shows. Volunteers will be able to sit on a high stool or stand, and will get free coffee and tea and employee pricing on other snacks. Volunteers will also be able to be in the audience during the show, if they like. Contact Cassie Welliver, Theatre Manager, at or 206-453-1489.

Grants for public programming related to Latino American history and culture

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

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

Furry Friends: From Fads to Family

4 - awesome turn of century boy w pug 1999.006-2Renton History Museum
2/17 – 8/29/2015

Long before YouTube and Instagram made pet images an inescapable part of today’s pop culture, Renton’s inhabitants were posing with pets of their own, sometimes in hilarious fashion. This lighthearted exhibit celebrates the familial connections between people and their furry best friends and explores the human fascination with capturing our pets’ antics on camera.

The Renton History Museum is located at 235 Mill Avenue S in Renton. For open hours and other information, click here.

Call for tattoos on active and ex-military members

White River Valley Museum
Deadline: 4/1/2015

The White River Valley Museum in Auburn, WA invites all local active and ex-military members to submit an entry for the upcoming exhibit, “Service Ink: Veterans’ Tattoos and Their Stories.” Entries must be military-inspired tattoos and include a high resolution photo (900 x 1500 pixels or 4 x 6 in-focus print). The online entry form at includes a 50 word description of why you chose that tattoo image, and asks for the brief story behind the military inspired tattoo(s). Applicants must be ex- or active United States military or Reserves and reside in Washington State. The deadline for both online and U.S. mail submissions is 4:30 PM on April 1, 2015. All complete and appropriate entries will be accepted and included in this special community-based exhibit.

Salish Bounty: Traditional Native American Foods of Puget Sound

Muckleshoot Library
2/7 – 4/12/2015

Organized by the University of Washington’s Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, and co-curated by Warren King George and Elizabeth Swanaset, this exhibit explores the deep history of the area’s food traditions. Comprised of historic photos, maps and informative text, Salish Bounty reminds us that food isn’t solitary; cooking and eating are things we do with other people, and express our cultural history and values. The exhibit is available for viewing during library open hours,   The Muckleshoot Library is located at 39917 Auburn-Enumclaw Road SE, Auburn.


Watercolor Workshops: Learning From the Masters

Auburn Parks and Recreation
Spring 2015 series

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

Call to sculptors – Auburn Downtown Sculpture Gallery

City of Auburn
Application deadline: 4/20/2015

The City of Auburn invites sculptors to submit proposals for Auburn’s Downtown Sculpture Gallery. The works selected for this public art exhibition will be on loan to the City for a period of twelve months and can be available for sale during that time. Each artist will receive a $1000 stipend and at the conclusion of the exhibition a work or works from the exhibition may be purchased for inclusion in the City of Auburn’s permanent collection. Purchase budget is $10,000. Click here for application.

Call to artists – Auburn ArtRageous

City of Auburn
Application deadline: 4/13/2015

Seeking talented and creative teaching artists to lead art making activities at the variety of City of Auburn summer festivals and events. This is a paid opportunity.  Complete application and details here.

Call to printmakers

Burien Arts Association

Burien Arts Gallery is seeking to host several shows focusing on the topical and timeless fine art of the print. Submit four (4) images of works created in the past two years.

Call to artists – Witte Road Phase 3 Improvement Project

Maple Valley Arts Commission
Deadline: extended to 4/10/2015

The City of Maple Valley invites Pacific Northwest artists (Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana) to submit responses to a Request for Qualifications to design artwork that will be installed in conjunction with the City of Maple Valley’s Witte Road Phase 3 Improvement Project. The artwork selected for this public art will be owned by the City of Maple Valley.

Attention youth summer program coordinators – storytelling festival openings

PowellsWood Garden
Program date: 7/24/2015

The Annual PowellsWood Garden Storytelling Festival has openings available for day camp, daycare groups, summer school and homeschool groups to attend a free storytelling program on Friday, July 24th.  Available session times are: 9:30 AM; 11:15 AM; 1 PM; and 2:30 PM. Spots will be open until filled.

Stim Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship

Seattle Public Library Foundation
Deadline: 3/31/2015

The Seattle Public Library Foundation is pleased to announce the second annual Stim Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship competition. The contest is open to high school seniors and college undergraduates who live, work, or attend school in Seattle. Students are invited to submit a 1,500 word essay on civic courage and the first place entry wins a $5,000 scholarship. There are also two $2,500 scholarships. Top essays are reviewed by a blue ribbon panel of judges, including Sherman Alexie, Jon Krakauer, and Jonathan Raban. Winners will be chosen in May. Full contest details are here.

Call to artists – City of Enumclaw

City of Enumclaw

Visual artists are invited to apply for consideration to have their two- and three-dimensional, original, works of art exhibited at Enumclaw City Hall Gallery 2015. Please include the date you prefer for exhibition. Artists can apply to exhibit work in one of the following months: June, July, September, or December. All work submitted will be reviewed by the Arts Commission for inclusion in the exhibit schedule. A total of twelve exhibitions will be scheduled for City Hall in 2015. Each exhibition will be displayed for approximately four weeks. Artists represented in all exhibits are responsible for installation, labels, text, and sales.

Of a Feather: Artists, Birds and the Northwest

Angell_GoldenEagle_WEBSITEWhite River Valley Museum
1/14 – 6/7/2015

This exhibit presents work by 19 leading Northwest artists working in a wide range of media on one common theme: birds. Guest curator Kenneth Greg Watson. This exhibit is sponsored by 4Culture. The White River Valley Museum is located at 918 H Street SE in Auburn and is open Wednesday through Sunday, noon – 4 PM, and 6-8 PM on the first Thursday of the month. Admission is $2 for children and seniors, $5 for adults. Museum members are free, and admission on the first Thursday and third Sunday of the month is free. (Golden Eagle lithograph by Seattle artist Tony Angell.)

Nature photography workshop

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

Learn the basics of taking great nature shots with instructor Cary Davidson. This workshop will have a classroom component at the Museum as well as a field study at the Mary olson Farm. Students must be 13 years or older and have transportation. $5- per person, registration required.  To register, e-mail or call 253-288-7439.

Challenge America grants

National Endowment for the Arts
Deadline: 4/16/2015

The Challenge America category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations — those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Age alone (e.g., youth, seniors) does not qualify a group as underserved; at least one of the underserved characteristics noted above also must be present. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development.

Weekly work parties – Save Habitat and Diversity of Wetlands

Through Fall, 2015

SHADOW (Save Habitat And Diversity Of Wetlands) is hosting weekly Saturday work parties in 2015 to restore habitat on SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve. Work parties take place from 10 AM – 2 PM, rain or shine. Tasks may include planting native plants, removing invasive species, building habitat zones, carpentry, landscaping, trail maintenance and more. Most projects require moderate to heavy exertion, including but not limited to: lifting, walking, digging, pulling, and hiking. Please come with a water bottle, warm layers, and a smile! No experience necessary, snacks and tools provided. To RSVP and for more information, please contact Sahara at

SeaTac’s public secondary schools

TyeeHighline Historical Society
Now through 3/15/2015

The Highline Historical Society’s new exhibit at SeaTac City Hall displays photos and artifacts from Tyee and Glacier High Schools, and Sunset Junior High and Chinook Middle School. All of these schools are (or were) affiliated with the Highline School District, and are located in the City of SeaTac.

Both Glacier and Sunset were closed due to noise issues associated with proximity to SeaTac Airport. The Sunset campus was completely demolished and that site today is part of North SeaTac Park. The Glacier High School building remains and occasionally is used as a facility for one of the overcrowded Highline School District’s educational programs. Chinook was originally a junior high school and now is a middle school. And the Tyee campus still exists, although the students have been apportioned into “small schools” on the campus.

Race: Are We So Different?

Various King County facilities ( see below)
Now through 10/2015

King County is bringing a selection of panels from last year’s Pacific Science Center exhibit, “RACE: Are WE So Different?” to several King County facilities for one year. Each location will host four educational panels that will be rotated every three months. These panels provide a brief history of equity and social justice facts in King County and surrounding areas. This exhibit is meant to challenge King County employees and patrons to begin a conversation about race, equity and social justice in their workplace, neighborhoods and homes.

Help plan the 2015 Enumclaw Music & Arts Festival

Chalet Arts Showcase Theatre

Chalet Arts Showcase Theatre (CAST) is looking for energetic enthusiastic people interested in working with a committee to plan the 2015 Enumclaw Music & Arts Festival. If interested, please e-mail, using 2015 Festival as the subject.

Volunteer in Soos Creek Botanical Garden

SOOSCREEK-lilypondSoos Creek Botanical Garden

Soos Creek Botanical Garden welcomes volunteers and considers them an essential resource that we could not do without. Volunteering is a great way to get involved with the gardens and to meet new and interesting people. Whether you are interested in general garden maintenance, plant propagation or working in the demonstration vegetable garden, we are delighted to have your help. Whatever your talent, there is a volunteer opportunity available for you at Soos Creek Botanical Garden. Visit the website to learn more.

County council designates County Maritime Heritage Area


Des Moines Beach Park is included in the new County Maritime Heritage Area.

The Metropolitan King County Council has voted unanimously to recognize the historic, recreational and economic value of the region’s waterways by designating certain county shorelines as “County Maritime Heritage Area.” The ordinance is intended to encourage the State Legislature to designate saltwater shorelines statewide as a maritime heritage area, and ultimately, to prompt the U.S. Congress to take steps to designate a National Maritime Heritage Area in our region.

“We have worked to build vibrant communities and a growing economy on Puget Sound for decades,” said King Countyt Council Chair Larry Phillips. “We are defined by our waters and shorelines and our interaction with them over time, and that story should be highlighted and celebrated.”

Brugger to retire as Auburn’s first Poet Laureate

BruggerOn September 11, the City of Auburn is hosting a public celebration in honor of award-winning poet Dick Brugger as he finishes out his three-year term as Auburn’s first Poet Laureate. (See SoCoCulture calendar for details.)

Throughout Brugger’s tenure as Auburn’s Poet Laureate, his work has heightened the awareness of poetry and brought additional visibility to the many great poets that reside within the area.  He has presented at City events and festivals, written poetry for cultural exchanges, participated in youth workshops and public events, had his poetry integrated into permanent public art projects, and written a monthly “Poets Corner” section in the Auburn Reporter.

RYC founder receives state honor

Leora Schwitters (2)Leora Schwitters, Artistic Director and Founder of Rainier Youth Choirs (RYC), has been presented the Washington American Choral Directors Association (WA-ACDA) Leadership and Service Award for 2014. The organization’s 400-plus membership honors one member with this award each year at its annual state conference.

The award recognizes Schwitters, who currently directs RYC’s Young Women’s Ensemble and Colla Voce choir and co-directs RYC’s Consonare choir, for her outstanding musicianship and leadership. The recipient of this prestigious award must have produced outstanding choirs worthy of regional and national performances, programmed the highest quality literature for all music periods appropriate to performers’ abilities, demonstrated excellence in rehearsal with singers of all ages and ability levels inspiring many to become skilled musicians, and supported ACDA as a loyal member, strong promoter and effective leader making a difference in opportunities for singers and choral directors.

Pianos on Parade in Auburn


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Detail from the piano created by Amaranta Ibarra

Pianos on Parade is back for a third year, celebrating art and music throughout Auburn.  This temporary art project takes the shape of seven art-modified pianos that anyone can see and play. Previously only located in Downtown Auburn, the program has expanded to Les Gove Park and Lakeland Hills. Play one or more of the pianos, take a photo or video, and share it with all of Auburn! #PianoChallenge

Here is a list of pianos, artists and locations:

  • At the corner of Main and Division in downtown Auburn, the piano created by the brother-sister team of Michael  Taskey and Theresa Taskey was inspired by the 1920s German silent horror film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. The artists used glow-in-the-dark paint, carved wood and solar-powered lights. The host for this piano is State Farm insurance agent Scott Hubert.
  • At 101 E Main Street, Nelson’s Jewelry hosts the piano created by artist Mary Ellen Bowers, who created a torn-paper collage to depict Mt. Rainier and the view from Auburn’s Centennial Viewpoint Park.
  • At 1406 Lake Tapps Parkway E, the piano by freelance multimedia artist/designer Suzy Fountaine is an updated version of her piano from 2013, with 3-D elements that can be viewed through glasses provided onsite. This piano is being hosted by Haggen Food Grocery Store, Lakeland Hills.
  • At the B Street Plaza at 144 E Main Street, Home Plate Pub is hosting a piano by Amaranta Ibarra, who depicts Día de los Muertos and invites passersby to consider their ancestors.
  • At Sound Transit Plaza (23 A Street), photographer Elise Koncsek created laser-cut wooden notes which began as digital images, and then affixed these to the piano – the public can share their own melodies by arranging the laser-cut wood musical notes on metallic staff lines.=============This piano is being hosted by Station Bistro.
  • In Les Gove Park (910 Ninth Street SE), the City of Auburn is hosting a piano that is no longer playable but is a visual surprise. Illustrator/animator Amy Collins collaborated with artist Jerrud Collins to reimagine this piano as a big fuzzy animal. It is located adjacent to the Discovery Playground.
  • And in tribute to street performers everywhere, the Penny Piano, hosted at 402 E Main Street by Zola’s Cafe, is covered with pennies and has a tip jar built right in.

These pianos are on display in Auburn and are available for playing through Monday, September 8.

Posted on 8/18/2014.



Auburn Valley Creative Arts Gallery

Auburn Valley Creative Arts

AVCA-treeringsView works by AVCA members Zach Tanner, Conni Reinecke, Mary Ellen Bowers, Marie Lyndemere, Amanda J. DeSilver and more in AVCA‘s new gallery space at 222 E Main Street (Suite F in The Arcade building), Auburn.

The Military Road Telegraph Sesquicentennial Project

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In October of 1864, a group of workers was working its way steadily north along Military Road, installing the poles and telegraph wires that would connect Seattle at last to the rest of the world.  Back then, they called it “tied by lightning!” — and everyone was thrilled with the prospect of being able to stay in closer touch with relatives or business associates back East.

In October 2014, we celebrated 150 years of the arrival of the telegraph with a series of events along Military Road in South King County. Kevin Saville, president of the Seattle-Tacoma chapter of the Morse Telegraph Club, installed hands-on telegraph demonstration stations in Federal Way, Kent, SeaTac and Tukwila that were be hosted by the local historical societies.   This series of site-specific telegraph demonstrations was made possible with the support of 4Culture.  For more information about this project, contact


Rainier Youth Choirs sing in the Big Easy

SeaTacTwenty-two Rainier Youth Choirs singers, six parent chaperones, and RYC Artistic Director and Founder, Leora Schwitters traveled to New Orleans this summer for a remarkable week at the 15th annual Crescent City Choral Festival in New Orleans. They were one of only ten choirs that had been chosen by audition to participate in the festival held in one of America’s most historic cities.

The group included Joel Sigrist, Kevin Sweet, Lindsey Pavletich, and Duane Davis of Renton; Makoto Také of SeaTac; Angela Cimo and Haylee Ball of Auburn; Julia Wenndt, Russell Johnson, Janeé Green, Juliana Howe, Tyson Powell, Ariel Gire, Elena Cueto, and Olivia Gendreau of Kent; Sophia Heinz, Elizabeth Zosel, and Jonathan Zosel from Maple Valley; Nick Anderson, Fiona Higgins, and Hannah Burley of Covington; and Amanda Ross of Issaquah. Even before they left for New Orleans, this group of South King County teens was primed to sing, regaling fellow passengers at SeaTac Airport with an impromptu concert before they boarded their flight.

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 ages and levels! Easy registration at

Auburn PAC to get long-needed upgrades

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

AuburnPACbathroomsOne of South King County’s busiest performance halls is shutting its doors – but only temporarily. Hosting over 300 events a year, the 1100-seat Auburn Performing Arts Center, located on the campus of Auburn High School, has been a veritable cultural workhorse. Since it opened in 1981, it has served all of the Auburn School District as well as numerous local and regional groups, including the City of Auburn’s BRAVO Series, the Auburn Symphony Orchestra, and Pacific Ballroom Dance.

But over the years, some challenges have become apparent – from the PAC’s inadequate parking and delivery areas, to worn out theater seats. The theatre’s heating and air conditioning equipment is wearing out and the lighting and sound systems are in need of an upgrade. The building does not meet current structural codes and ADA regulations, and it also falls short in providing common sense amenities – there are only five stalls in the women’s restroom!

Covington Library hosts a Poetry Coffeehouse

The City of Covington is perhaps best known for a retail core dominated by shopping plazas and big box stores, but on the fringe of that consumer-driven landscape, the Covington Library stands as a bulwark of creative and cultural vitality.

Case in point: the Poetry Coffeehouse taking place there on Wednesday, April 23, 7 PM, in honor of National Poetry Month.

paul nelsonNorthwest poetic promulgator Paul Nelson, formerly of Auburn, returns to South King County for this event and is joined by fellow poets Peter Munro, Amber Nelson and Judith Roche to participate in an evening of open mike poetry reading for all ages. Nelson is the author of A Time Before Slaughter, an epic poem about the history of Auburn that incorporates Whulshootseed, the ancestral language of the Muckleshoot tribe. He has been a literary arts activist for more than a quarter of a century He is a driving force behind the Cascadia Poetry Festival, he writes an American Sentence every day, and his own work has been translated into Spanish, Chinese and Portuguese.

Judith Roche is the author of three poetry collections – Wisdom of the Body is an American Book Award winner. She has published widely in various journals and magazines, and taught at various universities and poetry workshops throughout the country. Currently she is on the Washington State Humanities Inquiring Minds roster. Roche’s poetry has been incorporated into several Western Washington public art projects, including Water Carry, a poem that is incorporated into a public art installation by artist Claudia Fitch at the Tukwila Water Treatment Plant.

Peter Munro is a fisheries scientist who works in the Bering Sea, the Aleutian Islands, the Gulf of Alaska, and Seattle. He is also the founder and host of Easy Speak Wedgwood, a monthly open mike at the Wedgwood Ale House.

AmberNelsonAnd Amber Nelson is the co-founder and poetry editor for alice blue review, as well as the editor of alice blue books, which creates handmade art books in limited editions. She’s the author of several chapbooks, including Diary of When Being With Friends Feels Like Watching TV (Slash Pine) and Your Trouble is Ballooning (Publishing Genius). Her first full-length book, In Anima: Urgency, is forthcoming from Coconut Books.

The Poetry Coffeehouse is free and open to the public – local poets and poetry-lovers are encouraged to attend and participate. This event is made possible thanks to the support of the Friends of the Covington Library and the Maple Valley Library Guild. Treats and coffee will be provided.

Posted 4/22/2014

Life drawing sessions

Burien Arts  Association

The life drawing sessions will be held every Monday afternoon from 1 – 4 PM at the Burien Arts Gallery, 826 SW 152nd Street. Male and female models will pose on alternate weekends with drawing of the figure available in 1 hour of short poses and a 2 hour long pose. Drawing horses and some easels will be available. Four-session passes will be available issued for $40 (no exchanges for future dates).  Call 206-244-7808 for more information.

Local teachers flock to the stage in HONK!


HONK! cast members include Heather Waugh, Crestwood Elementary, Kent SD; Tina Snyder, Shadow Lake Elementary, Tahoma SD; Terri Thibodeaux, Lake Youngs Elementary, Kent SD; Jeri Mahaffey, Northwood Middle School, Kent SD; Sunshine Glynn, Panther Lake Elementary, Federal Way SD

A bevy of talented school employees will be flocking to the stage in this award-winning musical rendition of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling.” Presented by Heavier Than Air Family Theatre, HONK! uses charm and humor to tell the endearing story of an odd looking baby duck and his quest to find his mother. Familiar cast members include teachers, para educators and staff from the Kent, Auburn, Tahoma, and Federal Way school districts. Several of these school employees recently hosted a Musical Theatre Night in conjunction with the PTA at Lea Hill Elementary. In addition to providing students with a workshop on the art of acting, singing and performing, the event allowed cast members to deliver HONK!’s message of tolerance in support of the anti-bullying campaigns widely featured at institutions throughout the state.

Call to artists – Auburn’s StreetScape Art

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 businesses, organizations and community groups. Applications for Static Installations and Active Enterprise are accepted on a rolling basis and placed as spaces become available.  Artist participation is sought on an ongoing basis and applications are accepted here.

Rep. Zack Hudgins hosts Renton History Museum exhibit

Legislative aide Doug Honma helped arrange the exhibit in Rep. Zack Hudgins' office

Legislative aide Doug Honma helped arrange the exhibit in Rep. Zack Hudgins’ office

The Olympia office of Rep. Zack Hudgins (11th District) is hosting a selection of the Renton History Museum exhibit, I Am Here: Students Find Themselves in Renton, throughout the 2014 legislative session. I Am Here features the essays and photography of Renton High School sophomores, exploring their favorite places in and outside of Renton. The award-winning Renton History Museum exhibit, widely recognized for its success in engaging youth, represents Rep. Hudgins’ first featured history exhibit.

2014-15 Downtown Auburn Sculpture Gallery

Kuhns FertilityThe City of Auburn’s outdoor Sculpture Gallery extends throughout the downtown core, with six sites on Main Street and one additional site at the intersection of N Division Street and 1st Street NE between the City Hall and Auburn General Hospital. The sculptures rotate annually. Currently on display:

  • Dancing Starfish by Steve Jensen
  • Anemone by Stephen Nomura
  • JOLI 3 by Steve Farris
  • Fertility by Jennifer Kuhns
  • Silverware Ostrich by Greg Bartol and Deborah Drllevich
  • Hook Nose Salmon by Dan Klennert
  • Timeline Theory Reflections by Ken Turner

Duwamish pioneer served in Civil War militia

Henry Van Asselt – Image Credit: MOHAI, 1967.4236.1

by Pat Brodin, Tukwila Historical Society

Although the Civil War was under way on the eastern side of the nation which seemed far away from the Pacific Northwest, the conflict had coursed its way through the Washington Territory. Vast numbers of military personnel throughout the West were sent through San Francisco on their way to eastern battlegrounds and with their departures, the territorial forts were left vacant. Acting Gov. Henry McGill delivered a proclamation to form local militia, which was prompted by the May 3, 1861, presidential proclamation from Abraham Lincoln calling for 42,000 additional volunteers to serve for three years.

Anybody Can Do Anything – a guide to surviving the bad times

Anybody_coverNorthwest author Betty MacDonald is best known for her phenomenally successful first book, The Egg And I, published in 1945. MacDonald’s third memoir, Anybody Can Do Anything, fondly and wittily recounts her family’s struggles to survive the hard years of the Great Depression in Seattle. Published in 1950, Anybody Can Do Anything offers a nostalgic but realistic portrait of how her family — the Bards — survived the harsh 1930s in a modest home in Seattle’s Roosevelt district.

“There is no getting around the fact that being poor takes getting used to,” Betty wrote. “You have to adjust to the fact that it is no longer a question of what you eat but if you eat. That when you want to go to a movie you can stay home and read the book. That when you want to go dancing you can stay home and make fudge. That when you want to go for a drive in a convertible you can go for a walk in the park. When you want to go to a concert you can play Chinese checkers with Mother” (ACDA, p.94).

What in the world is Vertical Plank/Box Construction?

The Luigi and Aurora Pagani house in Black Diamond

The Luigi and Aurora Pagani house in Black Diamond

Some people quest for diamonds, shipwrecks, or prehistoric bones – but Seattle historic preservation specialist Kate Krafft seeks a different rare item – examples of Vertical Plank/Box Construction. In the Puget Sound region, vertical plank construction dates from the mid- to late-19th century into the early 20th century. It is a distinctly different construction method and structural system from the construction types (full log, hewn log, balloon frame, western frame) that are generally identified with settlement era construction in the region. One nice example of Vertical Plank/Box Construction can be found in Black Diamond – in the Luigi and Aurora Pagani house. Other known and documented examples include the Charles and Minnie Moore House in Fall City, and the Officer’s Quarters at both Fort Steilacoom and at American Camp on San Juan Island.

School boards hold the keys to arts education

Candidate Survey Project logoWith hundreds of Washington school board positions up for election this fall, voters have a critical opportunity to select leaders who are committed to providing the high quality, sequential arts learning that every student deserves – and that the law requires! But how will voters know which candidates support arts education and are willing to work to improve its provision?

Neely Mansion welcomes volunteer help


Neely Mansion Association
Flexible hours

The Neely Mansion Association welcomes and relies on volunteer help in restoring and maintaining this valuable landmarked property as a heritage to our community.

Specifically needed are volunteers to lead, coordinate, and support:

  • Supporting special events
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Mowing (we currently have support here)
  • Care for flowers
  • Building tasks (carpentry, plumbing, electrical)
  • Care for trees
  • Trimming
  • Weeding flower beds
  • Maintaining the well

Arts Alive!

Based in Enumclaw, Washington, Arts Alive! Center for the Arts is an all volunteer, non-profit organization that exists to foster art awareness and provide support for our highly diverse and talented community of visual, performing and literary artists on the Enumclaw Plateau. We provide financial support, encouragement and direction to individuals and groups participating in all facets of the arts, from the aspiring student to the seasoned veteran.

Hubley’s Jack is back – along with The Giant and a saucy Bossy Cow


by Barbara McMichael, SoCoCulture

The guy with the big smile and graying ponytail may work wonders in his day job as Bob-the-Fix-It-Guy, but it’s after work that Bob Hubley really works his magic.

He’s been involved with Heavier Than Air Theatre, Green River Community College’s resident theatre company, since his daughter was young. More than 20 years later, Hubley is still here, a musical mainstay of this unique community theatre that makes use of the combined talents of children, local actors and professionals.

Art on Poverty Bay outdoor sculpture gallery

City of Des Moines
Now through 5/2015 DMsculpture

Sculptures by Washington State artists have been installed at sites along S 216th Street, Marine View Drive S and in the Des Moines Marina. Artists whose work is represented include Des Moines resident George C. Scott, Sabah Al-Dhaher, Karsten Boysen, Andries Breedt, Dan Klennert, Lin McJunkin, Pat McVay, Leo Osborne, Kris Vermeer, students in the Highline School District’s Puget Sound Skills Center welding program, and Karsten Boysen, who created the pictured work, titled American Venus.

Open 4Culture

Deadline: six weeks before public event

4Culture recognizes a need for an entry point into 4Culture’s funding opportunities. Open 4Culture provides awards of up to $1,500 for projects that are created by or for underserved communities of King County, and are not served by other 4Culture programs.

Maple Valley Historical Museums

Maple Valley Historical Society
First Saturday of every month

The Maple Valley Historical Society operates three museums: the top floor of the Old Grade School at 23015 SE 216th Way; and the Fire Engine Museum and Gibbon/Mezzavilla Store Museum at 22012 SE 248th Street (corner of Witte Road, behind the Community Center).  These are open the first Saturday of the month from 10 AM to 2 PM, and also are open by appointment.  Call 425-432-3470.

Nihon/WA celebrates Japanese aesthetic


AkioTakamori’s “Sleeping Woman in Yellow Dress

by Barbara McMichael, SoCoCulture

Art exhibit as apology? That’s a gross oversimplification of “Nihon/WA,” the White River Valley Museum’s new exhibit showcasing works by Puget Sound-based artists of Japanese heritage over the last 50 years. But Museum director Patricia Cosgrove and guest curator Kenneth Greg Watson acknowledge that one of the intentions of this extraordinary gathering of work is to honor a population that once thrived in the Auburn area, until it was driven away – literally – by the events of World War II.

Prior to December 7, 1941, the White River Valley had been home to thousands of Japanese immigrants and their children. But the bombing of Pearl Harbor led President Franklin D. Roosevelt to sign Executive Order 9066, which forced their removal and incarceration. Once the war was over, only a few families returned to the place they once called Shirakawa.


Guest curator Kenneth Greg Watson

“Nihon/WA” showcases an aesthetic that has overcome politics, bigotry and exclusion to become an enduring part of our region’s identity. Watson, former Auburn Arts Commission chair and an artist himself, worked contacts and wangled loans to bring together works from 18 different artists of Japanese heritage – Gerard Tsutakawa, Patti Warashina, Aki Sogabe, and Roger Shimomura, to name just a few. Diverse as these pieces are – expressions range from quirky cloisonné miniatures to kites to oversize sculpture – there are shared qualities in terms of gestural line, balance and, as Watson puts it, “letting the moment have its chance.”

The White River Valley Museum long has engaged in sharing the prewar Japanese history of the Auburn area. This exhibit, more contemporary in nature, is a consideration of how that heritage manifests now. It’s not only a celebration but also a homecoming invitation.

Says Watson, “I would love it if someone called this place Shirakawa again.”

For more details on the exhibit, read this coverage from the Tacoma News Tribune.

Posted 4/26/2013 

Jefferson Davis and the making of Military Road














The Pacific Northwest played an often-overlooked role in the Civil War and its continuing legacy through to the Civil Rights Movement.  South King County historian Karen Meador has made several appearances to speak on the topic “An Unlikely Champion: Jefferson Davis and the Pacific Northwest.” She relates the future Confederate President’s considerable role in the settlement of the Pacific Northwest, including the construction of Military Road, right here in South King County.

Thanks to editor Mark Klaas and the Kent Reporter for this great story about a program that Karen presented at the Kent Senior Activity Center (under the auspices of the Greater Kent Historical Society) in February, 2013. Click here:


Free legal services to non-profit organizations

Washington Attorneys Assisting Community Organizations

WAACO provides free legal services to nonprofit organizations on their business transactional legal issues and can help your organization if you need legal help.

Jefferson Davis – unlikely champion for the Pacific Northwest

by Karen Meador

JeffersonDavisFor most people, the phrase Jefferson Davis and the Pacific Northwest sounds like the ultimate historical paradox. But before he became President of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War, Davis had had a long career of public service to the United States as a West Point graduate and Army officer, Congressman, Senator, Secretary of War and closest adviser to President Franklin Pierce. Matters concerning the Pacific Northwest commanded his close attention.

As an ardent expansionist, Jefferson Davis was a great supporter of creating a continental nation. From the time he entered Congress in 1845, through his final term in the Senate as Chairman of Military Affairs, he sponsored numerous bills and secured appropriations to promote American settlement of the West. In the 1840s, many in government discounted the value of the remote Oregon Country. Yet, in his first congressional speech, Davis addressed the boundary dispute with Great Britain, calling for the U.S. to assert its claims to the region. Expanding the Army presence along the Oregon Trail and throughout the Northwest, as well as sponsoring numerous surveys, topographical expeditions and scientific studies were among his top priorities.

Federal Way Symphony Swing Band Concert

by Maureen Hathaway, Federal Way Arts Commission

toddzimbergMost of us have heard the spellbinding words of “there’s no business like show business” and boy do we have a dazzling blitz of music coming to Federal Way and Puget Sound audiences when the Federal Way Symphony presents its annual Swing Concert on Sunday, January 27!

Todd Zimberg and Lonnie Mardis are the dynamic duo and architects of this nostalgic package of music that has people waiting a year to hear some of their favorite swing standards.

Free to SoCo members – organizational assessment

EntrePre Arts

EntrePre Arts Consulting provides services in nonprofit board development, enterprise management, revenue strategies and engagement strategies for non-profit arts organizations facing opportunities for growth. Anna Brodie and Nancy Gosen are offering free organizational assessment to SoCo members. To schedule your consultation please email: or call EntrePre Arts at 206.316.8994.  For more information about who we are, visit our website:

Saltwater celebrates centennial of state parks system

by Barbara McMichael, SoCoCulture

On the morning of January 1, nearly two dozen visitors from around Central Puget Sound started off 2013 right with a wonderful guided hike of Saltwater State Park. This event helped to kick off a year-long celebration of the Washington State Park System‘s centennial.

Private music lessons

South King County Music Teachers Association

This organization of local music teachers offers instruction in piano, violin, and much more.  Please visit their website for to find information about private teachers near you.

Oral history project launches in Federal Way

Maureen Holloway interviews longtime Federal Way activist Dave Kaplan

Maureen Hathaway interviews longtime Federal Way activist Dave Kaplan

by Maureen Hathaway – Oral History Project Director, Historical Society of Federal Way

The Historical Society of Federal Way has dreamed of having an Oral Historical Project for many years and now this dream is coming to fruition with a grant from 4Culture. Oral histories preserve our past, present and provide a portrait for future generations.

Halloween leads to early Christmas for Fiji M-CAWA

by Katherine Hernandez, Fiji Multi-Cultural Association of Washington

Wearing a stiff new chef coat, I carried a large, freshly hollowed pumpkin to my car. I was prepared for a networking event one chilly night in late October. It was almost Halloween, and the Pravda Pumpkin party and potluck seemed like a great opportunity to spread the word about my new catering business.

A special twist on S-Pam-a-lot

Kentlake High School drama teacher Pam Cressey and
Mackenzie Visser in character as Lady of the Lake

In 2009, Kentlake High School drama teacher Pam Cressey was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. As she battled for her life, her current and former students produced a revue of the many musicals they were proud to participate in over the 10 years of Pam’s direction at Kentlake. They called this tribute “Pam-a-lot,” and it helped to raise over $8,000 for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, an organization that provides funding for research and patient support.

New cultural blog on the Plateau

A new member of SoCoCulture, Susan Etchey, 72, relocated to the Pacific Northwest in June of 2012 after living 20 years in rural Florida near Lake Okeechobee. She says her return back home to family and many relatives stretching from Lake Stevens, Washington to Corvallis, Oregon was long overdue but precipitated by entering her third age of life. “It was time to return even though I have visited my family many times over the years and we are very close, I needed to be closer.”

Since returning Susan has become involved in several arts organizations, volunteering her marketing skills, and she recently started an arts blog eager to express her feelings about the importance of creatives in society.

If These Walls Could Talk

Neely Mansion Association board members (l. to r.) Karen Meador, Karen Bouton, Linda Van Nest and Hilda Meryhew

by Karen Meador

Over 200 people recently attended the premiere screening of “If These Walls Could Talk” at the Neely Mansion. The video depicts vignettes in the lives of each of the five families who lived at the historic farmhouse from the 1890s through the 1970s.

The response has been overwhelmingly positive. Black Diamond resident and historian Ken Jensen observed: “Interpreting history is about understanding the context in which it occurs – and the Neely Mansion Association’s video does just that. The arrival of the railroad and modern conveniences, the stock market crash and the Great Depression, immigration and racial discrimination – it’s all there and provides a window into the world of the families that lived in the mansion.”

Boogie-woogie to Enumclaw

Bob Milne is not only one of the world’s best boogie-woogie pianists, he’s also a “traveling ragtimist.” At the age of 72, this indefatigable musician keeps up a nationwide touring schedule that entails approximately 250 concerts annually. He also gives special overseas performances of American music in events arranged by the Department of State at venues from Japan to Switzerland.

Milne is an author and the composer of several musical works. Most recently, he has researched and composed a full-length opera based on Washington Irving’s classic story, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Not surprisingly, he has been dubbed a national treasure by the Library of Congress.