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 – Poverty Bay Arts Gala – photo credit Daniel Wend
  • Botanical – Pumpkins on the vine at Soos Creek Botanical Garden – photo credit Barbara McMichael
  • Dance – photo courtesy Evergreen City Ballet
  • Heritage – Ila Hemm is a Renton History Museum volunteer – photo credit Barbara McMichael
  • Literary – Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna will be appearing at the Tukwila Library on October 18 – photo courtesy Humanities Washington
  • Music – Mt. Rainier High School students participate in an improv workshop with the Westerlies when they came to town – photo credit Barbara McMichael
  • Organizations – Wendy Ann Morgan (Highline Botanical Garden), Kathi Villaruz (Federal Way Symphony), Rachel Woolsey (Auburn Symphony Orchestra) and Patricia Cosgrove (White River Valley Museum – not pictured here) gave advice on strategic planning at the September 2018 SoCoCulture membership meeting – photo credit Barbara McMichael
  • Theatre – Centerstage Theatre kicks off its season with The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged, running through October 21 – photo courtesy Centerstage Theatre
  • Visual Arts – Patrick Buckholz is leading two Bonsai Basics classes at Pacific Bonsai Museum this month (sorry, folks, the classes are already sold out!) – photo courtesy Pacific Bonsai Museum


On About SoCo page

The Des Moines Historical Society hosted the first program in SoCoCulture’s Engaging Trees Speakers Series this fall. Participants in this panel discussion of The Cultural Value of Trees included Rose Clark (Des Moines Memorial Drive Preservation Committee), Joanna Nelson de Flores (ForTerra), Barbara McMichael (SoCoCulture), Ken Workman (Duwamish Tribe) and Linda McClamrock (collage artist). This series has been made possible by the Port of Seattle’s Airport Communities Ecology Fund, with fiscal sponsorship provided by the Highline Historical Society  – photo credit Scott Schaefer