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 – Pete Daigle is a member of SeaTac’s Arts, Culture and Library Commission – he’s pictured here at SeaTac’s inaugural Link the World event at Angle Lake Light Rail Station – photo credit Barbara McMichael
  • Botanical – Did you know that the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden has the world’s largest public Victorian Stumpery? – photo credit Barbara McMichael
  • Dance – Adult Social Dance class begins at Pacific Ballroom Dance this month – photo courtesy Pacific Ballroom Dance
  • Heritage – Detail from a painting by the late Kent artist, Danny Pierce, whose works will be shown at the Kent History Museum this month
  • Literary – Poets on the Farm event happens at Mary Olson Farm on August 24 – photo credit Poets Northwest
  • Music – Brian Wharton, principal cellist with Auburn Symphony Orchestra, will be one of four cellists performing on November 22 and 24 as part of ASO’s Chamber Concert Series – photo courtesy Auburn Symphony Orchestra
  • Organization – SoCoCulture is appearing at festivals throughout South King County over the course of the summer – at the Juneteenth celebration in Kent, we asked folks to share African American history that you won’t find in conventional history textbooks
  • Theatre – Henry IV performance sponsored by Burien Arts Association – photo credit Greenstage
  • Visual Arts – Photograph of tiger by Des Moines artist Tracey LeMoine, whose work is on display this month at Burien Arts Association’s pop-up gallery at the Burien Community Center


On About SoCo page

A quartet of SoCo members pose for a pic after our most recent SoCoCulture meeting: Justin Henderson/PowellsWood, Amanda de León/Normandy Park Parks Department, Nadine Byers/Friends of Saltwater State Park, Christy Caravaglio/Kent Arts Commission