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, 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 – delegation members from Federal Way’s Sister City of Hachinohe, Japan, lead Federal Way arts commissioners through the Hidden Gems photography exhibit at the Federal Way Performing Arts & Event Center – photo credit Sarah Cho, Federal Way PAEC
  • Botanical – winter berries at PowellsWood – photo courtesy of PowellsWood
  • Dance – Read Heather Yuan’s blog post about “Taking care of your dancer body” – photo courtesy Allegro Academy of Performing Arts
  • Heritage – Proud grandma Dana Loyd-Frost shows off the gingerbread house her grandchildren made for the Gingerbread House Exhibit at the Auburn Community & Event Center – inter-generational baking projects are a wonderful tradition! – photo credit Barbara McMichael
  • Literary – Auburn children’s librarian Robbin Price shows off two of her favorite holiday books – photo credit Barbara McMichael
  • Music – Rainier Youth Choirs will be performing on the Christmas Ship again this year – photo courtesy Rainier Youth Choirs
  • Organizations – SoCoCulture leadership team members Amanda León and Sirichanh Sisavatdy chat after the November SoCo membership meeting  – photo credit Barbara McMichael
  • Theatre – Playwright and performer Mara E. Palmer makes her Centerstage debut as part of the Rapunzel panto cast – photo courtesy of Centerstage Theatre
  • Visual Arts – A Bonsai Solstice happens December 16 at Pacific Bonsai Museum. Details at on our SoCo calendar – photo courtesy of Pacific Bonsai Museum


On About SoCo page

Witness Tree author Lynda Mapes presented to a standing room only crowd at SoCoCulture’s final program in the Engaging Trees Speakers Series this fall – photo credit Barbara McMichael