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 – Kent Arts Commission member Christy Caravaglio, who will be chairing the South King County Arts Commissioners Summit, happening this fall – photo credit Barbara McMichael
  • Botanical – pruning class coming up at PowellsWood on February 9, check our Classes page – photo courtesy of PowellsWood
  • Dance – Pacific Ballroom Dance hosts their Dance Competition Kick-Off on February 22 – check the SoCo calendar for details – photo courtesy of Pacific Ballroom Dance
  • Heritage – Nancy Salguero McKay is the new Museum Director at Highline Heritage Museum – opening soon! – photo courtesy of Highline Heritage Museum
  • Literary – Olisa Enrico is the director of Griot Girlz – photo credit Barbara McMichael
  • Music – Todd Zimberg was part of the Federal Way Symphony’s Beat, Boogie and Bounce concert on January 26 – photo courtesy of Federal Way Symphony
  • Organizations – at the January 2019 SoCoCulture meeting, some of the SoCo members who are participating in our Engaging Trees initiative gathered for a group photo – pictured here are Wendy Ann Morgan/Highline Botanical Garden, Linda Hallberg/Soos Creek Botanical Garden, Isabelle Feraudo/SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve, JoAnn Lakin Jackson/Plateau Area Writers Association, Dr. Elizabeth Stewart/Renton History Museum and Amanda León/Normandy Park Parks Director – photo credit Barbara McMichael
  • Theatre – In rehearsal for “Visiting Cezanne” which opens February 15 at Burien Actors Theatre – photo courtesy of Burien Actors Theatre
  • Visual Arts – for the “Microcosms” exhibit at White River Valley Museum,  curator Hilary Pittenger paired local photographer George Kinkade’s landscape photos with his close-ups of the natural world – photo credit Barbara McMichael


On About SoCo page

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