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, botanical 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 – Elena Maque performs November 13 as part of the Des Moines Arts Commission Virtual Concert Series – photo courtesy Elena Maque
  • Botanical – Plant sales are happening at South King County botanical gardens all summer long – photo courtesy Lake Wilderness Arboretum
  • Dance – At a recent open house hosted by Pacific Ballroom Dance, PBD dancers recreate the “Blacktop Ballroom” practice they did over the course of the pandemic, even in the winter  – photo credit Barbara McMichael
  • Heritage – through July, the Renton History Museum is hosting “Facing the Inferno,” an exhibit on wildfires in the West. Dr. Elizabeth Stewart is Director of the Museum – photo credit Barbara McMichael
  • Literary – KCLS hosted author Nguyen Phan Que Mai, author of The Mountains Sing, in a virtual KCLS Author Voices program
  • Music – Alma Villegas performs August 4 in the Des Moines Summer Concert Series at Des Moines Beach Park
  • Organization – Friends of Saltwater Park recently were honored with Volunteers of the Year Award from Washington State Parks – photo courtesy of Friends of Saltwater Park
  • Theatre – Rosebud CTC‘s young thespians performed in the park this summer
  • Visual Arts – Fiber artist Christy Caravaglio shares “Double Diamonds,” the work she has created for Renton’s Ron Regis Park – photo credit Barbara McMichael


On About SoCo page

SoCo members shoot a video promoting COVID vaccines for audiences – Bennyroyce Royon/Evergreen City Ballet, Rachel Perry/Auburn Symphony Orchestra, Christy Caravaglio/Auburn Symphony Orchestra, Rachael McAlister/White River Valley Museum, Barbara McMichael/SoCoCulture – photo credit SoCoCulture