About South King County Cultural Coalition - SoCoCulture

Founded in 2004

In March 2004, King County Council Member Julia Patterson hosted a community luncheon to discuss the artistic and cultural vitality of South King County. Out of this the South King County Cultural Coalition, better known as SoCoCulture, was born.  Some 70 groups have joined forces to promote and preserve culture in the vibrant communities south of Seattle. SoCo provides advocacy, collaborative marketing, networking opportunities and professional development for our members.


Become a member

The coalition is open to all arts, heritage, botanical and other cultural organizations that present, produce, preserve or propel culture in South King County, including theatre, music, dance, literary, heritage, genealogicalbotanical and visual arts organizations. Government and education agencies are also eligible.

Bi-monthly meetings

Check the calendar for specific dates, times, places and speakers in January, March, May, September and November. We meet at different cultural venues throughout South King County and feature guest speakers on various topics. For more information e-mail info@sococulture.org

SoCoCulture Members

Our cultural association consists of dance, heritage, literary, music, theatre, municipal, botanical, educational and visual arts organizations located in AuburnBlack Diamond, Burien, Des Moines, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Kent, Maple Valley, Normandy Park, Renton, SeaTac and Tukwila, Washington. Click here to read about each member. You can join the coalition online or by mail.

Photo credits

On Home page

  • Arts Commissions – Where’s Waldo the fire hydrant? Somewhere in Renton!  – photo courtesy Renton Municipal Arts Commission Facebook page
  • Botanical – Lovely camellia on a cold day in early spring – photo courtesy PowellsWood Garden Facebook page
  • Dance – Evergreen City Ballet is auditioning for their summer intensives – photo courtesy Evergreen City Ballet Facebook page
  • Heritage – Victoria Thomas shares the history of Black fashion designers in Black Fashionista program at the Renton History Museum – photo courtesy Renton History Museum Facebook page
  • Literary – Hilda Meryhew models a suffragette look and displays Women’s Votes, Women’s Voices, the book we’ll be reading at our first Bookmarks & Landmarks 2020 program, March 21 at Neely Mansion – photo credit Barbara McMichael
  • Music – Auburn Symphony Orchestra musicians perform this month in ASO’s final chamber music concert of the season – photo courtesy Auburn Symphony Orchestra
  • Organization – SoCoCulture members met at Pacific Bonsai Museum recently to discuss the possibility of collaborating on an ad campaign on mass transit – photo credit Barbara McMichael
  • Theatre – Rocky Horror Show is onstage at Burien Actors Theatre this month – photo credit Michael Brunk
  • Visual Arts – Tavia at Black Zia – photo courtesy First Friday Music and Art Walk by the B-town Beat


On About SoCo page

At Pacific Bonsai Museum, reps from Kent Arts Commission, Auburn Symphony Orchestra, Federal Way Performing Arts Foundation and Des Moines Arts Commission get together to discuss advertising on mass transit – photo credit Barbara McMichael