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 – Lesley and Tracy are spreading the news about Tukwila’s new Artist in Residence opportunities – photo credit Barbara McMichael
  • Botanical – Isabelle Feraudo and Ali Yeates, staff at SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve, are reading up and getting ready for the Bookmarks & Landmarks program they’ll be hosting at SHADOW on July 14 – photo credit Barbara McMichael
  • Dance – Roberto the Magnificent’s fancy juggling is a kind of dance unto itself. He’ll be appearing at noon on July 18 in a performance for kids at Kent Town Square Plaza – photo courtesy Roberto the Magnificent
  • Heritage – Bookmarks & Landmarks at the Renton History Museum on June 13 involved a discussion of “The Big Burn” with author Tim Egan, pictured here with KCLS librarian Jennifer Fairchild and public engagement coordinator for the Renton History Museum – photo credit Barbara McMichael
  • Literary – Diana Fairbank is honored for her longtime service to Plateau Area Writers Association by PAWA Vice President Kenneth Lapham – photo credit Barbara McMichael
  • Music – Pacific Coast Brass performs July 5 in the first concert of the Sunsets at Mary Olson Farm series this summer – photo courtesy Pacific Coast Brass
  • Organizations – 4Culture’s Charlie Rathbun, Deb Twersky and Brian Carter, generous funders of SoCoCulture – photo credit Barbara McMichael
  • Theatre – Jim Kleinbeck, Theater Operations Coordinator, Auburn Ave Theater – photo credit Barbara McMichael
  • Visual Arts – Mary Olson Farm’s first Artist in Residence, Michelle Lassaline with her coyote mask – photo credit Barbara McMichael


On About SoCo page

One of the new additions to the Des Moines Arts Commission’s Art on Poverty Bay Sculpture Project – you’ll find it on S 216th Street across from the post office.