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 – World Labyrinth, constructed by Tukwila Arts Commissioner Pinky Estell, who was inspired by the SeaTac Art Attack project  – photo courtesy Pinky Estell
  • Botanical – Rhododendron macgregoriae – photo courtesy Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden
  • Dance – Pacific Ballroom Dance is offering Country Western Social Dance for youths age 10 and up – photo courtesy Pacific Ballroom Dance
  • Heritage – Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at the Highline Heritage Museum  – photo courtesy Highline Heritage Museum (photo was taken in pre-COVID 19 era)
  • Literary – Kiana Davis led the Write Time workshop at Young Authors’ Day 2020 – photo credit Kiana Davis website
  • Music – Auburn Symphony Orchestra violinist Emilie Choi – photo credit Auburn Symphony Orchestra Facebook page
  • Organization – Kent Downtown Partnership is sponsoring the 1st Avenue Inside Out Open Air Dining and Market Place – photo courtesy Kent Downtown Partnership
  • Theatre – scene from Burien Actors Theatre’s performance of Rocky Horror Show – photo credit Michael Brunk
  • Visual Arts – From art installation by Mary Olson Farm Artist in Residence Mollie Bryan – photo credit White River Valley Musuem


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