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 arts and heritage in the vibrant communities south of Seattle. SoCo’s key projects include providing advocacy, collaborative marketing, and professional development opportunities for our members.

Become a member

The coalition is open to all arts, heritage, and other cultural organizations that present, produce, preserve or propel culture in South King County, including theatre, music, dance, literary, heritage, botanical 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 – Des Moines Arts Commissioner Fred Andrews wants to bring a sculpture garden to his city – photo credit Barbara McMichael
  • Botanical – SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve executive director Isabelle Feraudo and Restoration & Education director Ali Yeates – photo credit Barbara McMichael
  • Dance – photo credit Allegro Performing Arts Academy
  • Heritage – Costumes researcher Bridget Shew and Renton History Museum board member Laura Clawson at the opening of Renton History Museum’s new Black & White exhibit – photo credit Barbara McMichael
  • Literary – Bookmarks & Landmarks Jr is happening at the Neely Mansion on Saturday, March 24 – the book to read in advance is Dash by Kirby Larson – learn more on our SoCoCulture calendar
  • Music – guitarist Lucas Victor will be one of the performers in the Music of Spain and South America concert in Burien on March 4
  • Organizations – 4Culture Heritage Lead Brian Carter presented at SoCoCulture’s January 2018 membership meeting – photo credit Barbara McMichael
  • Theatre – Don (Wade Hicks) and Catherine (Kris Pepper Hambrick) are talking about why they broke off their relationship in college in Burien Actors Theatre’s production of the comedy Rapture, Blister, Burn, written by Gina Gionfriddo – photo credit Michael Brunk
  • Visual Arts – Kent’s Traffic Cabinet Wrap Project is a partnership between the Kent Arts Commission, Kent Police Department, Public Works Department, and the Office of Economic and Community Development. This wrap was designed by Naoko Morisawa and is located at the intersection of S 256th and 101st in Kent – photo courtesy Kent Arts Commission


On About SoCo page

Bookmarks & Landmarks Jr. is a collaboration between SoCo, KCLS, the Maple Valley Historical Society, the Neely Mansion Association, and the Mary Olson Farm/White River Valley Museum. This is a unique offering that pairs interesting books with local historical sites. Pictured here: KCLS librarian Sharon Chastain and Dick Peacock, Maple Valley Historical Society.