SoCoCulture Announcements

Call for performers – Renton Multicultural Festival

City of Renton Application deadline: 6/1/2017 The City of Renton is looking for performers for its Second Annual Renton Multicultural Festival, which will be held on Friday, September 22, 2017 from 7-10 PM at Carco Theatre and Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 2-8... Read more...

Making Felted Bookmarks – workshop

Covington Library Date: 6/16/2017, 3:30 PM Presented by Flora Carlile-Kovacs. Wet felting is an ancient textile technique that combines hand-dyed wool fibers, soap, water and agitation. Learn about the felting process and use raw wool to make a felt piece that will be... Read more...

Creating Engaging Exhibits workshop

White River Valley Museum Date: 6/19/2017, 1-4 PM This is a workshop for small museums, historic societies, libraries, or businesses that have public displays. White River Valley Museum Director Patricia Cosgrove will share strategies for developing exhibits with... Read more...

Traffic cabinet wrap project – Kent

Kent Arts Commission Deadline: 6/30/2017 The Kent Arts Commission invites artists to submit qualifications to create artwork designs to be reproduced as vinyl wraps and applied to traffic signal cabinets in the city. This opportunity is open to professional and... Read more...

Call to artists – Piano in the Park opportunity

Federal Way Arts Commission Application deadline: 6/2/2017 The City of Federal Way Arts Commission invites local artists to submit a mural design as a launch to the City’s first Piano in the Park program this summer. The piano will be displayed for the summer... Read more...

Collections care funding

4Culture Application deadline: 6/28/2017, 5 PM A Collections Care project might encompass a new storage system, display mount, or digital scanner. Things like shelves and cases can mean the difference between a piece of history or art being lost or being preserved for... Read more...

Summer Music Camps – MVYSO

Maple Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra Full Orchestra Camp, for grades 4 and up, will take place at Kentlake High School, 21401 SE 300th Street, Kent, from July 31 through August 4, 10 AM – 2 PM every day. The concert will take place on August 4 at 7 PM at... Read more...

Des Moines Library Teen Photography Contest

Des Moines Library Submission dates: 5/1-5/31/2017 Des Moines Library is holding a photography contest for teens! The theme for the contest is “What Makes Des Moines Great” and images should reflect that theme. The contest runs from May 1 – May 31, 2017.... Read more...

Photographers and photo labelers needed

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden The RSBG Photography Committee is recruiting for new Committee members who are willing to take photographs of several aspects of rhododendron and companion plants in the garden and con- servatory and label the photos (using our... Read more...

Works by Roxanne Fawcett

Carco Theatre Gallery Dates: 5/1-7/30/2017 A visceral connection to the outdoors and boldly natural influences can be seen in all of her work and art. Over 30 years, Roxanne has worked as an artist and designer. Her specific vision has been applied to landscape and... Read more...

Seussical the Musical – musical theatre camp

Carco Theatre Dates: 7/24-29 and 7/31-8/3/2017 with public performance on 8/3 Directed by Teddy Meyer. Camp runs 9 AM – 3 PM each day, with before and after care for additional fee.  Ages 6-15. $500 ($100 deposit and $400 due 1st day of camp. Deposit is... Read more...

Cascade Mandalas

Cheryl Sallee Gallery Now through 4/26 – 6/28/2017 The City of Auburn and the Auburn Arts Commission are pleased to present  the “Cascade Mandalas” exhibition by Sarah Jane at the Cheryl Sallee Gallery, located in the Auburn Senior Center, 808 9th Street SE,... Read more...

“Meet the Artist” Pinhole Camera Photography

City of Auburn Dates: 7/15 and 7/22/2017, 1:30-4 PM Meet and work with the talented artist Zachary Burns as he teaches students how to make unique photographic images! This class will explore analog photography through building the simplest type of camera, a pinhole... Read more...

Drawing Without an Eraser

City of Auburn Dates: 7/6, 7/13 and 7/20/2017, 6:30-8 PM Unlock your inner artist! For the beginner, expert, and anyone looking for a new way of viewing your world or finding your creative self.  On these beautiful summer evenings, this is an opportunity to get... Read more...

Mixed Media: Inspired by Robert Rauschenberg

City of Auburn Dates: 6/17 and 6/24/2017, 1:30-4:30 PM Mixed media is a fun and exciting way to express yourself! Inspired by the experimental and unique works of legendary mixed-media artist Robert Rauschenberg, come and learn new techniques that combine diverse... Read more...

Garden Mosaics

City of Auburn Dates: 6/3 and 6/10/2017, 1:30-6 PM Create vibrant, colorful mosaic art for the garden! This class will cover the basics for exterior and garden mosaics. Lecture will include information on substrates appropriate for exterior use and their preparation,... Read more...

Shape Up Auburn – fitness classes

Auburn Parks Department Various weekly dates Take your workout outside with this free summer six-week fitness series in Auburn Parks!  Try out a new class or join in on an old favorite. Tai Chi: Mondays, June 26-July 31, Les Gove Park, 910 9th Street SE Zumba:... Read more...

Governor’s Arts and Heritage Awards

Washington State Arts Commission Nomination window: 5/1 – 6/26/2017 ArtsWA is once again seeking nominations for the Governor’s Arts & Heritage Awards (GAHA). Nominations will be accepted May 1 to June 26, 2017. The 2017 GAHA recipients will be... Read more...

Opportunity grants

Humanities Washington Available to small or rural organizations for public presentations. Opportunity grants do not require a funding match and organizations may request up to $1,000. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year until all funds are... Read more...

Washington Stories Fund

Humanities Washington Application deadline: Letters of intent due June 9; full proposals due July 21 Awarded once per year to projects that highlight the little-known stories of a person or group whose contributions add to the cultural richness and health of... Read more...

Works by Mountain Valley Arts

Auburn City Hall Gallery Now through 6/1/2017 The City of Auburn and the Auburn Arts Commission are pleased to present the work of Mountain Valley Arts, a local arts group that was founded in 1972 and whose members vary in age, art medium and experience. These artists... Read more...

Underneath It All – works by Haena Kang

Auburn Community Center Gallery Now through 6/1/2017 The City of Auburn and the Auburn Arts Commission are pleased to present works by Haena Kang, which feature delicate patterning and color – exploring ideas of storytelling through watercolor, acrylic, and ink.... Read more...

Amazing Race Summer Camp – a musical journey

Rainier Youth Choirs Dates: 8/14-27/2017, 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM  Day camp (9:30-2:30) for singers entering grades 3-9 (2017-2018 school year), staffed by Rainier Youth Choirs’ highly qualified choral directors and volunteers. Fee includes T-shirt, lunch and... Read more...

Teen environmental service camp

Shadow Lake Nature Preserve Dates: 7/18-21/2017 Get outside this summer at Shadow Lake Nature Preserve! Teens ages 13-18 will gain experience working in nature, knowledge of native plants and animals, and the opportunity to meet industry experts who can offer a window... Read more...

Restoration work parties – volunteers needed

Shadow Lake Nature Preserve Every Saturday, 10 AM – 2 PM Join the Preserve’s grassroots efforts to restore and maintain vital habitat in South King County. No experience necessary, snacks and tools provided. Work Parties are a great opportunity to increase... Read more...

5th annual jazz composition contest for women

Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra Deadline: 6/18/2017 Entries will be accepted from women only. All entries for the 2017 contest must be a drum feature. The winning and honorable mention compositions will be performed and recorded live by the Seattle Women’s Jazz... Read more...

Grants for Artist Projects

Artist Trust Deadline: 5/15/2017 Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) provide support for artist-generated projects, which can include (but are not limited to) the development, completion or presentation of new work in any discipline. Amount awarded: $1500. In addition to... Read more...

Natives

Pacific Bonsai Museum Dates: 4/8 – 10/8/2017 Hear the coyotes of the Badlands. Taste the salty air of the Oregon coast. Stand among the great Redwoods. Immerse yourself in the  richness, diversity and beauty of North American bonsai. Natives pairs large-scale... Read more...

Ballroom dance workshops for youth

Pacific Ballroom Dance Dates: Tuesday, May 16, 7-8:30 PM             Thursday, June 15, 7-8:30 PM  All youth ages 9-18 are invited to these FREE ballroom dance workshops! Youth groups and individuals ages 9-18 can come to this 90-minute workshop and learn to dance! It... Read more...

Venerable local bonsai donated to Pacific Bonsai Museum

Oriental Garden Center co-owners David Asahara and Joan Bloedel are donating their signature bonsai tree to the Pacific Bonsai Museum as a legacy of their late father Joe Asahara. Their uncle, Kenneth Hikogawa, was a master carpenter who is known as the mentor to the... Read more...

On-site reviewers needed

4Culture Do you like going to arts or heritage events around King County for free? Do you have experience in one or more artforms, or with King County heritage? Are you a thoughtful and articulate writer? Then you could become an On-Site Reviewer for 4Culture!... Read more...

Seeking Summer ArtRageous Artist Leaders

City of Auburn The City of Auburn is seeking creative teaching artists to lead art-making activities at a variety of outdoor events and festivals throughout the summer. If you are interested, please view the details and application guidelines here. For questions or to... Read more...

Women at Work: Uniforms and Work Wear, 1810-1910

White River Valley Museum Exhibition dates: 1/18 – 6/18/2017 Professional women of the early and mid-1900s followed dreams and necessity to pursue careers and work that was often outside the norm—and that came with a price. Held to different standards, which are... Read more...

Reading with Colors

by Paul T. Jackson A first grade teacher, Mrs. Barbara Laws… was experimenting with colors. Some of her most disruptive students who had difficulty reading found using color overlays improved their attention and reading. She had discovered the book, Reading by... Read more...

Auburn Downtown Sculpture Gallery

Through 12/1/2017 Auburn’s 2016/17 Downtown Sculpture Gallery is installed and showcasing 9 unique sculptures from artist throughout the region. The sculptures were selected through a competitive application process, and the artwork is on temporary loan to the... Read more...

Community 4Culture

4Culture Rolling deadline, beginning 9/2016 Community 4Culture is a new grant program that aims to sustain an arts and cultural community reflective of King County’s diverse populations, and seeks to connect with groups and communities that 4Culture has not been... Read more...

The Story of RSBG

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden Permanent exhibit Five new interpretive panels have been installed at the RSBG, giving a quick illustrated introduction to the mission of the Garden. They tell the exciting story of the purpose and adventure of the plant... Read more...

Renton History Museum seeks volunteers

Renton History Museum The Renton History Museum seeks committed volunteers who are enthusiastic about Renton’s history, to help with Saturday greeting, leading tours, assisting with programs, and working on our oral history team. Please contact kowens@rentonwa.gov to... Read more...

Remembrance trees

by Stephen Lamphear Des Moines Memorial Way was established after World War I as a living memorial to those who gave their lives in it. A privately funded effort transformed a 10-mile section into an American Elm-tree-lined road, from the Seattle City limits to the... Read more...

Federal Way teachers made history in 1974

by Chris Green From August 29 to September 17, 1974, teachers in Federal Way were on strike. It was the first public school teacher’s strike in the history of King County. Public school teachers in Washington state had only been granted the right to organize unions... Read more...

Orchestra of Flight

The Orchestra of Flight is a volunteer community orchestra performing in the Puget Sound area since 1983. Under the direction of Matthew Kruse, the Orchestra presents four concert series per season, which runs from September to early June. Performances are on Monday... Read more...

Three summer poems by Renton poet Kiana Davis

Under a Summer Sun When I need to escape the elusive grace of butterfly wings haunt my memories and for an instant I am a little girl again under a summer sun spending hour evading my mother so I could run through an abandoned field and fill my jelly jar with the... Read more...

The value of trees

by Amanda Leon Amanda Leon is the City of Normandy Park’s Community Development and Parks Director, and a certified arborist. This is an excerpt from an article that originally appeared in the May 2015 edition of Normandy Park City Scene. In 2006, the U.S.... Read more...

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden

Home to one of the largest collections of species rhododendrons in the world, the Garden displays over 700 of the more than 1,000 known species. The RSBG is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the conservation, public display, and distribution of... Read more...

Ribbon-cutting for a unique Kent neighborhood

by Zachary E. Van Tassel, Greater Kent Historical Society On Saturday, August 8, at 1 PM, the Mill Creek Neighborhood will host a unique ribbon-cutting event on the corner of Temperance Street and Jason Avenue North in Kent. Late last year, the neighborhood was... Read more...

Fomenting a pro-tree movement in South King County

by Barbara McMichael, SoCoCulture As an umbrella organization for South King County cultural groups, SoCoCulture is pleased to have as members a number of institutions that are rooted in botany (pardon the pun). Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden, Soos Creek Botanical... Read more...

Pacific Bonsai Museum

Pacific Bonsai Museum The Pacific Bonsai Museum offers an outdoor heated tent space that can accommodate 49 seated guests and the museum courtyard can accommodate up to 100 guests for meetings, small weddings and special events. Email rental@pacificbonsaimuseum.org or... Read more...

Artist display space – Carco Theatre

Carco Theatre Ongoing review The Carco Theatre in Renton invites professional or amateur artists working in a variety of media to apply for consideration for the Carco Theatre Lobby art display. Local artists’ exhibits are scheduled for six week periods. The Lobby has... Read more...

Good neighbors build great gates

by James Daly and Greg Bartol If you are one who recognizes great organizations when you see them, then you know that two of them are near each other on Lea Hill in Auburn. Naturally, when Soos Creek Botanical Garden (SCBG) needed a gate to span their large entry,... Read more...

Volunteer in Soos Creek Botanical Garden

Soos Creek Botanical Garden Soos Creek Botanical Garden welcomes volunteers and considers them an essential resource that we could not do without. Volunteering is a great way to get involved with the gardens and to meet new and interesting people. Whether you are... Read more...

The Military Road Telegraph Sesquicentennial Project

In October of 1864, a group of workers was working its way steadily north along Military Road, installing the poles and telegraph wires that would connect Seattle at last to the rest of the world.  Back then, they called it “tied by lightning!” — and... Read more...

Dance classes at Allegro

Allegro Performing Arts Academy Allegro Performing Arts Academy offers classes in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, drama, tumbling, creative movement (Tiny tots), hip hop and occasional master classes from out-of-town choreographers.  Classes are for all... Read more...

Auburn PAC to get long-needed upgrades

by Pam L. Smith, managing director, Auburn School District Theatres One of South King County’s busiest performance halls is shutting its doors – but only temporarily. Hosting over 300 events a year, the 1100-seat Auburn Performing Arts Center, located on the campus of... Read more...

Duwamish pioneer served in Civil War militia

by Pat Brodin, Tukwila Historical Society Although the Civil War was under way on the eastern side of the nation which seemed far away from the Pacific Northwest, the conflict had coursed its way through the Washington Territory. Vast numbers of military personnel... Read more...

Neely Mansion welcomes volunteer help

Neely Mansion Association Flexible hours The Neely Mansion Association welcomes and relies on volunteer help in restoring and maintaining this valuable landmarked property as a heritage to our community. Specifically needed are volunteers to lead, coordinate, and... Read more...

Arts Alive!

Based in Enumclaw, Washington, Arts Alive! Center for the Arts is an all volunteer, non-profit organization that exists to foster art awareness and provide support for our highly diverse and talented community of visual, performing and literary artists on the Enumclaw... Read more...

Open 4Culture

4Culture Deadline: six weeks before public event 4Culture recognizes a need for an entry point into 4Culture’s funding opportunities. Open 4Culture provides awards of up to $1,500 for projects that are created by or for underserved communities of King County, and are... Read more...

Maple Valley Historical Museums

Maple Valley Historical Society First Saturday of every month The Maple Valley Historical Society operates three museums: the top floor of the Old Grade School at 23015 SE 216th Way; and the Fire Engine Museum and Gibbon/Mezzavilla Store Museum at 22012 SE 248th... Read more...

Free legal services to non-profit organizations

Washington Attorneys Assisting Community Organizations WAACO provides free legal services to nonprofit organizations on their business transactional legal issues and can help your organization if you need legal help. Here are some examples of the legal work they can... Read more...

Free to SoCo members – organizational assessment

EntrePre Arts EntrePre Arts Consulting provides services in nonprofit board development, enterprise management, revenue strategies and engagement strategies for non-profit arts organizations facing opportunities for growth. Anna Brodie and Nancy Gosen are offering... Read more...

Private music lessons

South King County Music Teachers Association This organization of local music teachers offers instruction in piano, violin, and much more.  Please visit their website for to find information about private teachers near... Read more...

The Civil War in Washington Territory

We’re very excited to announce the first program coming out of the Military Road/Civil War Sesquicentennial Project, a joint undertaking of four local historical societies. On Saturday, October 27, at 11:30 AM, the Historical Society of Federal Way is proud to... Read more...

Military Road – at the crossroads of history

Four local historical societies are collaborating on a project to draw attention to the remarkable history of a road that is often traveled by many of us who live in South King County.  Did you know that Military Road is one of the very oldest roads in the State of... Read more...

Trace Des Moines history via heritage trail

by Barbara McMichael, SoCoCulture administrator Historical photographs provided courtesy of Des Moines Historical Society  The Des Moines Beach Park Heritage Trail is a stroll back through time. The Des Moines Historical Society, with support from 4Culture, has... Read more...

Dance classes at Evergreen City Ballet

Evergreen City Ballet Year-round Evergreen City Ballet is one of the Northwest’s premiere dance institutions, and offers a wide range of classes year round to all ages and skill levels: Mommy & Me, Creative Movement, Angelina Ballerina, Level 1 through... Read more...

Kent’s Give Me Culture grants

Kent Arts Commission Year-round This new funding program will be directed to projects that serve the general public in Kent. Give Me Culture Grants are small, flexible grants available to individuals, organizations, and community groups. The Give Me Culture program is... Read more...

Museums and students – changing minds together

by Elizabeth P. Stewart How connected do young people feel to the past? That was one of the things we set out to learn when we began planning for our current exhibit, Two By Two: Students Reinterpret Renton History. Thanks to our partnership with Renton High Language... Read more...

Ground penetrating radar at the Saar Pioneer Cemetery

Story and photos by Karen Bouton, SKCGS Saar Cemetery Project Coordinator In late 2004, the Saar Pioneer  Cemetery was dark, gloomy, and horribly overgrown with blackberries and ivy.  One could barely determine it was a burial place for many of the Kent area pioneers.... Read more...

Reflections on 9/11

by Barbara McMichael, SoCoCulture administrator The ripple effects of 9/11/2001 have extended across the miles and through time.  This point was driven home to me last week as I listened to a flight attendant recount her memories of that terrible day a decade ago when... Read more...

Free management strategy consultation

Free Consultation on Good Management Strategies for Cultural Organizations. This offer is exclusive to SoCoCulture members only. Marcia Holland, CAE, CEO, of Outcomes Unlimited, LLC, and a member of the SoCoCulture leadership team, is offering free, two-hour... Read more...

Burien Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services

www.MoshierArtCenter.org The Moshier Community Art Center, 430 S 156th, is one of Puget Sound’s hidden gems. Located in Burien, the art center provides a fully equipped ceramics studio for students from beginner to advanced skill levels. Each session we offer... Read more...