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 this month – photo courtesy Lake Wilderness Arboretum
  • Dance – Dancers in ECB’s Summer Intensive – photo credit Evergreen City Ballet
  • Heritage – in April the White River Valley Museum will be doing a program on Auburn’s former terracotta industry
  • Literary – KCLS hosts author Nguyen Phan Que Mai, author of The Mountains Sing, in a virtual KCLS Author Voices program on November 5
  • Music – Auburn Symphony Orchestra musicians perform Vivaldi’s Four Seasons – streaming this month
  • Organization – As part of its OneBook series, on November 19 Green River College hosts Shajaunda Tate, advisory board member of the Freedom Education Project Puget Sound, to discuss “Imagining a Prison to College Pipeline”   – photo courtesy FEPPS
  • Theatre – Theatre Battery has been offering weekly YouTube installments of its queer fan fiction parody adventure series, LEGO Harry Potter and the Transgender Witch
  • Visual Arts – 2020 Icons by Kathryn Jones, part of the Art of the Quarantine exhibit currently online – curated by the Helen S. Smith Gallery at Green River College


On About SoCo page

At Pacific Bonsai Museum, reps from Kent Arts Commission, Auburn Symphony Orchestra, Federal Way Performing Arts Foundation and Des Moines Arts Commission get together to discuss advertising on mass transit – photo credit Barbara McMichael