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 – Squid-A-Rama – photo courtesy of Highline MAST Center
  • Botanical – photo courtesy of Powellswood Garden
  • Dance – photo courtesy of Silver Kite
  • Heritage – Living Road of Remembrance – photo courtesy of Highline Historical Society
  • Literary – photo courtesy of Keiko Kay Hirai
  • Music – photo courtesy of Kronos
  • Organizations – Sarah Kavage at the South King County Public Art Symposium – photo credit Barbara McMichael
  • Theatre – chocolate bats created exclusively for Burien Actors Theatre by Armoire Chocolat – photo courtesy of Burien Actors Theatre
  • Visual Arts – Vikram Madan, photo courtesy of Vikram Madan


On About SoCo page

Bookmarks & Landmarks Jr. is a 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. Pictured here: KCLS librarian Sharon Chastain and Dick Peacock, Maple Valley Historical Society.