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 – Now you can tour Soos Creek Botanical Garden via Google maps! Click on this link
  • Dance – from book cover of Brain Compatible Dance Education by Anne Green Gilbert – participate in a BrainDance workshop in Federal Way on March 23 (more details here)
  • Heritage – Don Mason (in yellow jacket) is known as the “Mayor of Franklin” – he and other members of the Black Diamond Historical Society will be leading a tour of the site of the former mining town on March 2 (see SoCo calendar for details) – photo credit Barbara McMichael
  • Literary – Bookmarks & Landmarks series opens this month at the Greater Kent Historical Society – Nancy Simpson shows the book we’ll be discussing – Slick as a Mitten – and afterwards we’ll tour the historic buildings of downtown Kent. Learn more about this free program here – photo credit Barbara McMichael
  • Music – Northwest Symphony Orchestra will perform its season finale on April 27 – photo courtesy NWSO
  • Organizations – Friends of Saltwater State Park recently beame a new member – photo credit Barbara McMichael
  • Theatre – You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown – photo courtesy Centerstage Theatre
  • Visual Arts – Azalea bonsai – photo courtesy Pacific Bonsai Museum


On About SoCo page

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