Announcements

Call to artists – Covington’s 2015 Display Artist of the Month

Covington Arts Commission
Application deadline: 2/27/2015

The Covington Arts Commission seeks artists in all media, including painting, drawing, photography and mixed media to exhibit their work at the Covington City Hall Art Gallery during the 2015 season. Display months are April, May, June, July, August, September, November and December. Selected artists will display for one month. Display artists will be selected by the Covington Arts Commission.

Call to artists – Auburn Art Walks 2015

Auburn Art Walk
Submission deadline: 3/15/2015

There will be two Art Walks in Auburn this year – the Spring event is scheduled for Friday, May 8 and the Fall event is scheduled for Friday, September 11. Both events will run from 5 PM to 9 PM.

Each event will feature local artists who will display their artwork and provide demonstrations in businesses throughout the downtown core. Participants will enjoy visual arts displays, music and performances as well as wine tasting with local wineries. A walking map will be distributed for attendees to navigate the many great happenings throughout both days of the event.

Artisan clay tile class

City of Auburn
Date: 2/28/2015, 1-4 PM

Spend the afternoon creating your own artistic clay tiles. The creative process includes carving, sculpting, molding, extruding and hand building from slabs. Claudia Riedener, proprietor of Ixia Tiles in Tacoma has over 20 years of expertise in working specifically in art tiles and installation. The tiles will be taken by the instructor to be dried, glazed and fired and will be available to pick-up two weeks following the class. Participants can expect to make up to five tiles in this afternoon course. Location: Les Gove Park Building. For ages 16 and over. Fee: $60/$68. More information here.

Fused glass Valentine’s Day hearts class

City of Auburn
Date: 1/31/2015, 1-2:30 PM

Create a special Valentine’s Day gift for someone special out of pre-cut glass shapes, grit, and wet enamel. Following the class, the artwork will be fired by the instructor (artist Kris Vermeer) in a kiln and will be available to pick-up the following week. You will be able to make up to three separate fused glass artworks. Ages under 15 must be accompanied by a guardian – both guardian and child must register for use of the materials. Ages 16 and over, 8-15 with guardian.  This class will be taught in the William C. Warren Building. Fee: $25/$30. More information here.

Collage workshop with artist Deborah Lawrence

Green River Community College
Date: 1/31/2015, 10 AM – 4 PM

Join GRCC’s artist in residence, Deborah Lawrence, at Green River Community Collage to participate in this collage-making workshop.  The workshop is free, but space is limited. Enrollment limited to 20 students. 15 seats reserved for Green River students, 5 seats for community members. Please e-mail Cindy Small to reserve your spot and/or get on a wait list.The location is Salish Hall, Room 370, on the Green River Community College main campus.

Call to Auburn artists and poets

Espial
Submission deadline: 3/17/2015

Espial is an award-winning literary and art journal completely produced and published by Green River Community College students. The intention of this year’s project is to connect the undercurrents of Green River’s creative culture with the surrounding community down stream. The journal will feature a special section of art and poetry from the Auburn community in addition to the work of students, faculty, staff and alumni.

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.

Icons and Masks: Images of Saints and Sinners

Daniel[2]-1Burien Arts Gallery
2/2 – 3/1/2015

Saints: Lis Wright Ivec began painting at an early age in Couer d’Alene, Idaho. Encouraged to paint by her father, Lis attended the University of Idaho in Moscow and received her BFA in painting. She took her studies to Florence, Italy where the images of Italian Renaissance altar pieces, saints and holy men and women greatly influenced her style. Using egg tempera and gold leafing, Lis illustrates some of the lesser-known saints, such as Saint Margaret, the patron saint of reformed prostitutes and the falsely accused, and Saint Dymphna, the patron saint of the mentally ill. Continuing her European studies, Lis took residency in Amsterdam where she showed in numerous galleries. Lis now resides in Everett WA.

Call to printmakers

Burien Arts Association
Ongoing

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.

ArtsEd Washington seeks program manager

ArtsEd Washington
Priority given to applications submitted by 2/8/2015

ArtsEd Washington is seeking qualified candidates for a full-time (40 hours a week) Program Manager position to manage ArtsEd Washington’s outreach programs. This is an exciting opportunity for an individual with a background in program management and administration, arts education, and/or K-12 education. Nonprofit experience and management a plus.

Call to artists – Witte Road Phase 3 Improvement Project

Maple Valley Arts Commission
Deadline: 2/27/2015

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.

Youth Art Exhibit – SeaTac City Hall

City of SeaTac
Through 2/4/2015

Current students attending high schools in SeaTac have entered the annual Youth Art Contest. Open Monday through Friday during business hours at SeaTac City Hall, 4800 S 188th Street.

Suze Woolf and Molly Magai: The Modified Landscape

Kent Arts Commission Gallery
2/1-28/2015

These paintings and drawings are on view at Centennial Center, 400 W Gowe Street in Kent, through the month of February. Gallery hours are 8 AM – 5 PM, Monday through Friday. Admission is free.

 

Scholarships for Arts & Social Change Showcase

Arts organizations and artists outside Seattle are eligible for free registration to the Arts & Social Change Showcase, a booking conference for artists.  ArtsWA is a sponsor of the Showcase, which will be held on Tuesday, January 27, from 1-5 PM at the Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE 6th, Bellevue.

Nuts and Bolts of Nonprofit Law, Part 1

South King County Nonprofit Legal Training Series
Date: 2/24/2015, 11:30 AM – 3 PM

This training is part of the South King County Nonprofit Legal Training Series and is sponsored by The Seattle Foundation and Pacific Continental Bank for the South King County community only.

This seminar is will cover the best practices in forming a nonprofit.

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.

King County historic preservation officer

King County Department of Parks and Natural Resources
Application deadline: 2/13/2015

The King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP) is seeking a dynamic and strategic preservation professional to serve as King County’s Historic Preservation Officer. Reporting to the DNRP Director, this position supervises three other preservation professional staff and coordinates the efforts of an appointed volunteer Landmarks Commission with authority to designate and protect historic resources in unincorporated King County, and in 20 suburban cities with which the County has interlocal agreements. In addition to the regional landmarks program, the HPP program provides an array of services, including: maintaining and inventory of historic resources, assisting county agencies in complying with cultural resource protection regulations and procedures, archeological site identification and protection, review of private developments that could impact historic resources, public information and technical assistance to private property owners interested in preservation. Please click here for necessary qualifications and requirements for this position.

 

 

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.

Nancy Pearl Book Award

Pacific Northwest Writers Association
Deadline: 1/23/2015

The Nancy Pearl Book Award is for completed, published books in categories including mainstream or literary fiction, genre fiction, and memoir.

All PNWA members with books published in 2014 are welcome to enter! All entrants must be current PNWA members. Winners are announced every year at the Summer Conference in front of writers, agents and editors. Click here for more information.

 

Pacific Northwest Writers Association literary contest

Pacific Northwest Writers Association
Deadline: 2/20/2015

The PNWA Literary Contest is for unpublished authors. There are 12 categories, cash prizes and every entry receives two valuable critiques. Winners are announced every year at the Summer Conference in front of writers, agents and editors. For more information, click here.

Call to artists – Spectrum Creative Alliance Spring Art Show

Spectrum Creative Alliance

SCA’s Annual Spring Art Show in Enumclaw will have the theme “Pathways” this year, and will run from April 6-26. Spectrum Creative Alliance would like to hear from all artists creating work that will fit the “Pathways” theme; including but not limited to visual, literary, performing, media arts, and musicians.

Scholarships available for AASLH exhibit makeovers workshop

4Culture
Deadline: 2/5/2015

4Culture is offering scholarships to the King County heritage community for a professional development opportunity from the American Association for State and Local History. On March 12-13, the Museum of History and Industry will host the two-day Exhibit Makeovers Workshop, developed and sponsored by AASLH. To encourage staff and volunteers from local heritage organizations to take advantage of this rare local chance to learn the basics of exhibit planning, organization, text writing, and design, 4Culture is providing 15 partial scholarships of $170 each to offset the workshop registration fee. These scholarships are available to personnel working in a King County heritage organization as a volunteer or paid staff.

Performing arts education director

Studio East Training for the Performing Arts
Application deadline: 1/31/2015

Non-profit children’s theater thriving in Kirkland for nearly 25 years seeks an experienced and vibrant Education Director to help drive our mission of inspiring young people through the performing arts.  Tasks include administrative oversight, teaching, and marketing and outreach. More information here.

 

Twining Humber Award – nominations open

Artist Trust
Nomination deadline: 2/17/2015

The annual Irving and Yvonne Twining Humber Award nominations are now open. The award recognizes creative excellence, professional accomplishment, and dedication to the visual arts.   It is an unrestricted $10,000 award given annually to a Washington State female visual artist, age 60 or over, who has dedicated 25 years or more to creating art. Any United States resident may nominate a Washington State female artist who fulfills the criteria.

4Culture arts projects funding

4Culture
Application deadline: 3/4/2015

4Culture provides critically needed funds to artists and art groups, of all disciplines, who reside in King County to create and present their work. Eligible projects may be at any stage of development including planning, development and final production. Selected projects must offer public access to a project-related art experience.

4Culture will hold funding workshops in South King County at the White Center Library on Wednesday, February 4, and at the Enumclaw Library on Wednesday, February 11. Both workshops will run from 12:15-1:15 PM. Find a listing of all 4Culture grant opportunities at www.4culture.org/calendar/index.htm

 

4Culture preservation special projects funding

4Culture
Application deadline: 2/25/2015

The Preservation Special Projects program offers funding for neighborhood survey/inventory, landmark registration, project planning and more. We encourage projects that highlight historic places in innovative ways, utilize new technology, and engage new audiences.

4Culture will hold funding workshops in South King County at the White Center Library on Wednesday, February 4, and at the Enumclaw Library on Wednesday, February 11. Both workshops will run from 12:15-1:15 PM. Find a listing of all 4Culture grant opportunities at www.4culture.org/calendar/index.htm

4Culture heritage projects funding

4Culture
Application deadline: 2/25/2015

4Culture’s Heritage Projects funding program promotes the identification, documentation, exhibition and interpretation of historic and cultural materials pertaining to the heritage of King County, Washington. The program has produced outstanding publications, oral histories, award-winning exhibits, documentaries and curriculum. Heritage Projects funding is open to both organizations and individuals.

4Culture will hold funding workshops in South King County at the White Center Library on Wednesday, February 4, and at the Enumclaw Library on Wednesday, February 11. Both workshops will run from 12:15-1:15 PM. Find a listing of all 4Culture grant opportunities at www.4culture.org/calendar/index.htm

Call for proposals – Washington Museum Association Conference

Washington Museum Association
Proposal submission deadline: 3/13/2015

The Washington Museum Association will be holding its 2015 conference at the Maryhill Museum of Art from June 24-26. The conference theme will be “Treasures of Washington’s Museums: What Are Yours?” When considering the treasures of Washington’s museums, it is usually collections that first come to mind. But the state’s museums encompass so much more than physical objects, and their true value is reflected in the essential activities that add to their worth. With contributions of dedicated staff, boards, volunteers and patrons, Washington museums produce prized presentations, publications, and programming.

Scholarships available for AASLH Exhibit Makeovers workshop

4Culture
Application deadline: 2/5/2015

4Culture is offering scholarships to the King County heritage community for a professional development opportunity from the American Association for State and Local History. On March 12-13, the Museum of History and Industry will host the two-day Exhibit Makeovers Workshop, developed and sponsored by AASLH.

To encourage staff and volunteers from local heritage organizations to take advantage of this rare local chance to learn the basics of exhibit planning, organization, text writing, and design, 4Culture is providing 15 partial scholarships of $170 each to offset the workshop registration fee. These scholarships are available to personnel working in a King County heritage organization as a volunteer or paid staff.

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 Thursdayt 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 museumevents@auburnwa.gov or call 253-288-7439.

Museum docents and field trip guides needed

White River Valley Museum

The  White River Valley Museum is always looking for new recruits for its crew of Museum volunteers. Here are upcoming trainings for two different volunteer opportunities in 2015:

Museum Docent Training – Tuesday, January 13, 10:30 AM – 2 PM
Museum docents serve as greeters, gallery guards and educational rescues for Museum visitors. Ideal docents can volunteer at the Museum during regular open hours at least once a month. Please contact Janet Wells for more information or to RSVP for training at jwells@auburnwa.gov or 253-876-5010.

Museum Fieldtrip Guide Training – Tuesday, February 10, 10 AM – 1 PM
Museum field trip guides present programs on topics ranging from historic people to Native American culture for students from pre-K through 3rd grade. The ideal guide candidate should be able to present at least one field trip per week from March through early June. Please contact Janet Wells for more information or to RSVP for training at jwells@auburnwa.gov or 253-876-5010.

Schulte and Michaels mixed media

NiaMichaelsBurien Arts Gallery
1/2 – 2/1/2015

The Burien Arts Gallery is starting up the new year with a mixed media show featuring paintings by Mia Schulte and tin assemblages by Nia Michaels.

Michaels is originally from the East Coast, but has been living in Seattle for more than 25 years. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and then working as a painter for many years, she became obsessed with old decorative tins and tintype photos and began to work exclusively with those materials. She has exhibited widely in galleries and juried exhibitions, including The Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston and ArtsWest Gallery in West Seattle. She also won an award at the 10x10x10Tieton.

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.

Art Works grants

National Endowment for the Arts
Deadline: 2/19/2015

“Art Works” refers to three things: the works of art themselves, the ways art works on audiences, and the fact that art is work for the artists and arts professionals who make up the field. Art works by enhancing the value of individuals and communities, by connecting us to each other and to something greater than ourselves, and by empowering creativity and innovation in our society and economy. The arts exist for beauty itself, but they also are an inexhaustible source of meaning and inspiration.

Weekly work parties – Save Habitat and Diversity of Wetlands

Beginning on January 24, SHADOW (Save Habitat And Diversity Of Wetlands) hosts weekly Saturday work parties in 2015. Work parties to restore habitat on SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve? are hosted every Saturday from 10 AM – 2 PM, rain or shine. From planting native plants, removing invasive species, building habitat zones, carpentry, landscaping, trail maintenance and more – SHADOW works to preserve and restore wetland habitat in South King County. 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 sahara@shadowhabitat.org

Call for entries – Write Out of This World

Experience Music Project and Jack Straw Productions
Deadline: 1/31/2014

Write Out of This World: Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Story Contest provides an outlet for the creativity of young writers. Journey to other worlds and explore your wildest imaginations through EMP’s fifth annual sci-fi and fantasy short story contest.

Submissions are judged by a panel of experts including EMP curators, professional writers, and Seattle community leaders. Student winners for first, second, and third place will be awarded by grade level in the following categories: 3rd–5th, 6th–8th, and 9th–12th.

Works by Jan Rogers

Hill Country SolitudeBurien Community Center
Now through 1/30/2015

Burien artist Jan Rogers has studied classical drawing and painting from the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, Washington since 2007.  She continues to pursue studies in landscape, still life and the figure in the mediums of oil, pastel, and watercolor. The Burien Community Center is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 AM – 8 PM, Fridays 8:30 AM – 5 PM, and Saturdays from 8 AM – noon.  Hours may change during the holidays.  For more information please call 206-988-3700.

SeaTac’s public secondary schools

TyeeHighline Historical Society
Now through 2/28/2015

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.

Neely Mansion board members

The Neely Mansion Association is looking for enthusiastic and energetic people to participate in the leadership of the Association for 2015 and beyond. If you are interested, email neelymansionassociation@gmail.com. Thanks!

Call for scripts from young female screenwriters/filmmakers

Pacific Northwest Voices Project

TheFilmSchool Digital Media Lab is launching with the Pacific Northwest Voices Project, a sponsored competition that will take 3 original short stories by Northwest female filmmakers or screenwriters, 22 years of age or younger, and craft them into professional level screenplays and produce them with mentorship from media industry professionals. Scripts must be no longer than 15 minutes long and explore the competition theme of kindness. For more information, visit thefilmschool.com/submit-your-script/

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 (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 enumclawfestival@gmail.com, using 2015 Festival as the subject.

Call to artists – apply for consideration for 2015 exhibitions

Burien Arts Gallery 

The Burien Arts Gallery, centrally located in downtown Burien, is calling for artists to apply via www.burienarts.org for consideration to have their work exhibited in the Burien Arts Gallery. The interest is in contemporary artists working on topical narratives in all genres, but specific to 2015, we would like to curate shows focusing on:

Boeing Space Center

Kent-Space-Center-1965-edited-300x187Kent Historical Museum

On October 30, 1965, the Boeing Space Center was dedicated and open for business. Built in the middle of the Green River Valley’s fertile agricultural lands, it was the most advanced space research complex in private industry. The $120 million Center provided vital support to Boeing’s Space Division in the years ahead. Four major laboratories were in use: Space Flight Simulation, Space Environment Simulation, Materials and Processes, and Microelectronics. By 1967, the Center had expanded to eleven buildings with one and a quarter million square feet of floor space. www.kenthistoricalmuseum.org

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

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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.”

Newcastle – Little Giant of the Eastside

Invitation-1Renton History Museum
Now through 2/7/2015

The Renton History Museum joins forces with the Newcastle Historical Society to present a history of our coal mining neighbor to the North. By the late 1890s, coal mining had made Newcastle the second largest town in King County, second only to Seattle. Pacific Coast Coal Company put its mark on Newcastle in ways that Renton never experienced. When the company left Newcastle after a miners’ strike, many Newcastle residents moved to Renton. Come learn about how different neighboring coal mining towns can be in this fascinating look at another Eastside city.

The Renton History Museum is located at 235 Mill Avenue S, Renton.  www.rentonhistorymuseum.org

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.

Coming up – 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’ll be celebrating 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, will be installing hands-on telegraph demonstration stations in Federal Way, Kent, SeaTac and Tukwila that will be hosted by the local historical societies.  Here are the dates:

In Federal Way
September 30 – October 9 (Tuesday – Thursday, 10 AM – 2 PM; also Saturday, October 4, 12-4 PM) at the Historical Society of Federal Way, 2645 S 312th Street, Federal Way, with additional displays from the era.

In Kent
October 1-11 (Wednesday – Saturday, 12-4 PM) at the Greater Kent Historical Society, 855 E Smith Street, Kent, with additional displays from the era.

In SeaTac
October 2-3 (9 AM – 5 PM) at SeaTac City Hall, 4800 S 188th Street, SeaTac
In conjunction with this demo, the Highline Historical Society is hosting a special telegraph exhibit at SeaTac City Hall through the month of October.

In Tukwila
October 5 (12:30-5 PM) at Church by the Side of the Road, 3455 S 148th Street, Tukwila. Hosted by the Tukwila Historical Society.

Please plan to stop by any one of these free, hands-on demonstrations. Recommended for school classes and youth groups (with appropriate number of adult chaperones), as well as for adults.  This series of site-specific telegraph demonstrations was made possible with the support of 4Culture.  For more information about this project, contact info@sococulture.org.

Also, Tied by Lightning Community Conversations…

In addition, there will be two “Tied by Lightning” Community Conversations that will be held along the Road in October.  This is an informal chance to learn a little more about Military Road’s fascinating history, and to share your own stories of life along Military Road.

October 15, 6:30-8:30 PM – at Mike’s Community Cup, 16260 Military Road S, SeaTac – facilitated by author Michael Schein.

October 28, 7-8:30 PM – at Iglesia Rey de Reyes (the old Star Lake School), 3212 S 272nd Street, Kent – facilitated by Green River College history professor David Norberg.

The Tied by Lightning conversations are being funded by Humanities Washington.

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 www.allegrodance.com.

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

The Japanese in the Kent Valley

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Permanent exhibit

Located on the second floor of the historic Bereiter House, this exhibit focuses on Mr. Ernest Kyozo Saito, one of the previous owners of Bereiter House. Artifacts on display include artwork and a collection of men and women’s clothing. There are also stories of the internment camps during World War II and the Japanese residents of Kent. The Museum is located at 855 E Smith Street in Kent, and is open Wednesday through Saturday, noon – 4 PM.  Suggested admission is $2.  For more information visit www.kenthistoricalmuseum.org

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). Drop in sessions are available for $20.  Call 206-244-7808 for more information.

Local teachers flock to the stage in HONK!

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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.

Renton Cooperative Coal Company

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Permanent exhibit

This exhibit tells the story of a group of miners who came to Renton searching for better lives. The exhibit features a DVD presentation showcasing many of the Museum’s rarely seen historic coal mining photographs. The second exhibit features two of Renton’s other early industries and the people who built them: Denny-Renton Clay & Coal and Pacific Car & Foundry (PACCAR). Included are many artifacts and photographs that are being exhibited for the first time. The exhibits were created with grant funding from 4Culture.

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

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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).

Tukwila Sister City Exhibit

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Permanent exhibit

On permanent display at the Tukwila Heritage and Cultural Center are several gifts presented to the City of Tukwila and its officials from representatives of Tukwila’s Sister City – Miyoshi, Japan.  In 1979 tukwila established formal affiliations with Ikawa-cho, Japan, but when Ikawa merged with five other surrounding cities to form the new city of Miyoshi in 2006, Tukwila continued the sister city relationship with Miyoshi.  However, this relationship is now shared with The Dalles, Oregon, which previously had a sister city affiliation with Ikeda, another one of the merging cities. This exhibit includes dolls, dioramas, scrolls, and more.  The Tukwila Heritage and Cultural Center is located at 14475 59th Avenue S in Tukwila.  tukwilahistory.org

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.

Fiestas de Alfabetizacion Temprana en Espanol

Las “Fiestas” son talleres diseñados para los padres hispanos con niños de edades comprendidas entre los 0 a 5 años de edad, ofrecidos en las bibliotecas de KCLS. El objetivo es prepararlos para el Kindergarten. Las “Fiestas” ofrecen la  oportunidad de comprender y reforzar el papel de los padres como primeros y más importantes educadores de sus hijos a temprana edad. 

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

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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

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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

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

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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.

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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

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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:  http://www.kentreporter.com/community/192352461.html

 

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

Happy New Year to SoCo members from EntrePre Arts Consulting! 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: info@entrepreartsconsulting.com or call EntrePre Arts at 206.316.8994.  For more information about who we are, visit our website: www.entreprearts.com.

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.

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 present Dr. Lorraine McConaghy who will speak on “The Civil War in Washington Territory.” Her talk will take place at the Federal Way Library, 34200 1st Way S, Federal Way.

The Civil War was not just about battles, it was about issues, too — and the people of Washington Territory fully participated in the debate. Now, during the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, you can learn more about the hot topics of that era — territorial attitudes regarding race and slavery, agitation for northwest secession, and federal suppression of freedom of the press.

McConaghy, public instructor for the Museum of History & Industry as well as an instructor at the University of Washington, gives a lively presentation. In addition, Civil War re-enactor Carl Hicks will be on hand, dressed in uniform and displaying items that a Civil War era soldier would have used.

Please join us for this free program, which has been generously funded by the Friends of the Federal Way Libraries and the Historical Society of Federal Way.

Welcoming the salmon home – a public art project

by Barbara McMichael

I’d love to invite everyone to come to Des Moines before the month of October is over to enjoy the Salmon Homecoming Project. To welcome returning salmon, over 300 local residents decorated fishtail-shaped banners that we strung up along the pedestrian bridges that span Des Moines’ salmon-spawning creeks. Students at Parkside and Midway Elementary Schools participated, as did students at Mt. Rainier High School and kids in Des Moines Parks & Recreation’s After-School Program. We held banner-decorating workshops at Des Moines and Woodmont Libraries, the Des Moines Farmers Market, and Highline Community College’s Marine and Science Technology Center (MaST). Des Moines Senior Services invited us to bring our project to two senior lunches – one of them catering to Hispanic seniors.

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 Washington?  And that it was built by some of the people who went on to make names for themselves in the Civil War?

Learn more about the work being undertaken by the Historical Society of Federal Way, the Greater Kent Historical Society, the Highline Historical Society and the Tukwila Historical Society to make sure that the significance of this road is not forgotten.

Take a peek at the brochure that we are beginning to circulate:

That is why, in conjunction with the 150-year anniversary of the Civil War, we are planning programs, exhibits, and other events along the road, and we welcome individuals or businesses who want to sponsor any of these activities.  Contact info@sococulture.org.

 

What motivates the business community to support local arts and heritage efforts

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Stewart, PhD, Renton History Museum Director

At our September 12th membership meeting, co-hosted by the Renton History Museum and the Renton Municipal Arts Commission, SoCoCulture welcomed Brad Brotherton, principal owner of Brotherton Cadillac Buick GMC. A strong community supporter, Brotherton gave SoCo members the following guidance for reaching out to the business community for support.

First and foremost you have to ask. Sometimes you must ask up to seven times to get a “Yes!” Ask them why there is a “No” and what it would take to get a “Yes.”

  • Ask why it is “No” now.
  • Do not ask in December.  (Consider the timing of your ask – sometimes December is a good time to get in when financial times are good, but not if they are bad. So the timing and condition of the market are important.)
  • If you are considering a request for next year, make sure you put some time between your “ask” and the event you are promoting. For example: start the relationship before Halloween in the year before you need the resource to get into their budget cycle.

Real life desperado inspires site-specific play

by Keri Healey, playwright

There’s an interesting story that happened on Auburn’s Mary Olson Farm 110 years ago, and it’s a story I might never have heard until Charlie Rathbun and Eric Taylor of 4Culture (King County’s cultural services agency) clued me into the tale of Harry Tracy, the notorious criminal who cut a treacherous path through Washington State on the way to his final act in Eastern Washington.

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 erected several informative markers throughout the Des Moines Marina and Des Moines Beach Park so that people can get a sense of the lives of those who came before.

Who was Jerry Meeker?

by Linda Van Nest, Points Northeast Historical Society

Who was Jerry Meeker? A Native American teacher, a family man, a real estate developer, a Puyallup language interpreter, an advisor to chiefs, a weather man, a salmon bake expert, and a good neighbor. Brought up during the period of Native American assimilation, Meeker learned the ways of the white man from friends and at several Indian schools. He was a product of two cultures and lived in two worlds.

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 Performance Division, Modern, Pilates, Hip Hop, Adult Tap & Ballet.

For more information:  www.evergreencityballet.org or  425-228-6800 or info@evergreencityballet.org.