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, botanical 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 – Elena Maque performs November 13 as part of the Des Moines Arts Commission Virtual Concert Series – photo courtesy Elena Maque
  • Botanical – Volunteers helping out at Lake Wilderness Arboretum’s recent Make a Difference day – photo courtesy Lake Wilderness Arboretum
  • Dance – Sunday jive – photo credit Allegro Performing Arts Academy‘s Facebook page
  • Heritage – Mike Evans begins carving a welcome pole at the Kent Historical Museum – photo credit Barbara McMichael
  • Literary – KCLS hosts author Nguyen Phan Que Mai, author of The Mountains Sing, in a virtual KCLS Author Voices program on November 5
  • Music – Nels Magelssen performs on the Alpine horn as part of Northwest Symphony Orchestra‘s recent Musical Performances in Nature concert – photo credit NWSO concert video
  • Organization – As part of its OneBook series, on November 19 Green River College hosts Shajaunda Tate, advisory board member of the Freedom Education Project Puget Sound, to discuss “Imagining a Prison to College Pipeline”   – photo courtesy FEPPS
  • Theatre – Renton Civic Theatre records stories for “An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe” performance – photo credit Renton Civic Theatre
  • Visual Arts – From art installation by Mary Olson Farm Artist in Residence Mollie Bryan – photo credit White River Valley Musuem


On About SoCo page

At Pacific Bonsai Museum, reps from Kent Arts Commission, Auburn Symphony Orchestra, Federal Way Performing Arts Foundation and Des Moines Arts Commission get together to discuss advertising on mass transit – photo credit Barbara McMichael