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 – Brian Tomisser and So Won Kim, City of SeaTac staff supporting the new Parks, Arts and Library Committee in SeaTac – photo credit Barbara McMichael
  • Botanical – SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve executive director Isabelle Feraudo and Restoration & Education director Ali Yeates – photo credit Barbara McMichael
  • Dance – Pacific Ballroom Dance is preparing for Nationals – watch their kick-off performance on February 24 – photo credit Barbara McMichael
  • 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, kicks off on February 10 with the book Boston Jane at the White River Valley Museum. Pictured in this photo: Rachael McAlister and Ashley Rust, both of the White River Valley Museum, and Auburn children’s librarian Robbin Price – photo credit Barbara McMichael
  • Music – Kent Spotlight Series presents We Banjo 3 on February 9
  • Organizations – 4Culture Heritage Lead Brian Carter presented at SoCoCulture’s January 2018 membership meeting – photo credit Barbara McMichael
  • Theatre – Check out Burien Actors Theatre’s new script club meeting on February 15 – the group will be discussing BAT’s current play, Rapture, Blister, Burn
  • Visual Arts – Meet collage artist Linda McClamrock on February 7 – her “A Gift of Music” exhibit will be up all month long at the Burien Community Center, sponsored by the Burien Arts Association

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.