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 – Arts-A-Glow – photo credit Michael Brunk / nwlens.com
  • Botanical – late summer color in Powellswood Garden – photo courtesy of Powellswood Garden
  • Dance – photo courtesy of Pacific Ballroom Dance
  • Heritage – detail from “Red Paint Dancer” by Ron Chadusqidub Hilbert now on display at White River Valley Museume Heritage Museum – photo credit Barbara McMichael
  • Literary – Jess Earl will be the speaker at PAWA’s quarterly meeting on September 12 – photo courtesy of Plateau Area Writers Association
  • Music – Gary Stroutsos will perform at the Fairwood Library on September 17 – photo courtesy of Gary Stroutsos
  • Organizations – Planning for the What Works!? South King County Public Art Symposium  – photo credit Barbara McMichael
  • Theatre – Federal Way Chorale rehearsing onstage at the new Federal Way Performing Arts & Event Center – photo credit Barbara McMichael
  • Visual Arts – artist Iris Scott with her work, “Arctos,” now permanently installed at the new Tahoma Senior High School  – photo courtesy of Tahoma School District


On About SoCo page

SoCoCulture is proud to introduce Bookmarks & Landmarks Jr., a brand-new collaboration between SoCo, KCLS, the Maple Valley Historical Society, the Neely Mansion Association, and the Mary Olson Farm/White River Valley Museum. This is a unique offering that pairs interesting books with local historical sites. Programs are happening February through April. For more information, visit our SoCoCulture calendar. Pictured here: KCLS librarian Sharon Chastain and Dick Peacock, Maple Valley Historical Society, will be welcoming youngsters and their families to the Gibbon-Mezzavilla General Store/Post Office on February 18.