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 arts and heritage in the vibrant communities south of Seattle. SoCo’s key projects include providing advocacy, collaborative marketing, and professional development opportunities 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, botanical 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 – Covington Skate Park art, made possible by the Covington Arts Commission – photo by Barbara McMichael
  • Botanical – forest at Shadow Lake Nature Preserve – photo courtesy Shadow Lake Nature Preserve
  • Dance – The Peking Acrobats, who will be performing at Kentwood High School Performing Arts Center this month as part of the Kent Spotlight Series – photo courtesy Peking Acrobats
  • Heritage – This photo of candy-makers from more than a century ago is part of the White River Valley Museum’s “Women at Work” exhibit, opening January 18 – photo courtesy of Museum of History & Industry
  • Literary – Reps from KCLS, White River Valley Museum and Historical Society of Federal Way are part of the contingent planning for Bookmarks & Landmarks 2017!
  • Music – Adjudicators listening to Mt. Baker Middle School Jazz Band’s performance at last year’s Auburn Riverside Invitational Jazz Festival, which is happening again this month – photo courtesy of Auburn School District
  • Organizations – Robyn Barfoot speaks (and hands out chocolate) at a SoCoCulture membership meeting – photo by Barbara McMichael
  • Theatre – Audio engineer Lukas Poischbeg at work behind the scenes at The Hi-Liner’s production last fall of Oliver! – This month, The Hi-Liners are performing The Sound of Music at Renton Civic Theatre – photo courtesy of The Hi-Liners
  • Visual Arts – Detail from “The Mountain” – plein air painting by Alex Trapp, whose work is on display at Burien Arts Mobile Gallery this month – Photo courtesy of Burien Arts Association


On About SoCo page

SoCoCulture’s September 2016 membership meeting focused on access for special needs artists and audiences. Cassie Welliver/Carco Theatre and SoCo leadership team (far left) was moderator for a panel that included (left to right) Elisa Lewis/Maple Valley Youth Symphony, Marilyn Raichle/The Art of Alzheimers, Joan Rabinowitz/Jack Straw Cultural Center, and Lin Garretson/Special Arts 2 Go – photo by Barbara McMichael