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 – A cheerful bunch of Enumclaw’s Arts Commissioners after a recent meeting – photo credit Barbara McMichael
  • Botanical – Katherine Wimble Fox, designer of our Forest for the Trees crowd-sourced map, talks it up at the recent Urban Forestry Symposium at the Center for Urban Horticulture – photo credit Barbara McMichael
  • Dance – in the wings at Pacific Ballroom Dance’s performance of Live the Journey – photo courtesy Pacific Ballroom Dance
  • Heritage – White River Valley Museum hosts Late Play Dates every month – photo courtesy White River Valley Museum
  • Literary – Our June 15 Bookmarks & Landmarks program will focus on Frank Lloyd Wright’s biograophy, and we’ll be visiting the FLW-designed Tracy House in Normandy Park. More info on our calendar page – photo courtesy Frank Lloyd Wright Conservatory
  • Music – Welcome to Emilie Choi, new concertmaster of Auburn Symphony Orchestra – photo courtesy Auburn Symphony Orchestra
  • Organizations – Dr. Jeffrey Perkins spoke on Strategies for Writing Successful Grants at our May 15 SoCoCulture membership meeting 
  • Theatre – Summer theatre camps are coming up – find more information on our Classes page! – this photo of last year’s Legally Blonde production, courtesy Rosebud Children’s Theatre Conservatory
  • Visual Arts – Making prints with Tukwila’s Artists in Residence – photo courtesy Olisa Enrico


On About SoCo page

Marcia Holland leads participants at the January 2019 SoCoCulture meeting in a strategic planning exercise – photo credit Barbara McMichael