SoCoCulture Announcements

Volunteer at the new Federal Way PAEC

Federal Way Performing Arts & Event Center Volunteering at the PAEC is fun, rewarding, and educational. You’ll have the opportunity to see shows, experience behind-the-scenes, and make sure our guests experience the best time they have ever had! We have... Read more...

Poetry Out Loud – time for schools to register

Washington State Arts Commission School registration deadline: 11/17/2017 It’s back to school time for K-12 students and that means it’s also school registration time for Poetry Out Loud, a national recitation competition sponsored by the National... Read more...

Kent Community Arts Support grants

Kent Arts Commission Application deadline: 10/20/2017 The City of Kent Arts Commission announces funding opportunities for local community arts through its Community Arts Support Program. The program provides financial support for arts projects by arts and cultural... Read more...

Residency partnership opportunity

Steve Griggs Ensemble Application deadline: 10/15/2017 The Steve Griggs Ensemble is seeking a 501(c)(3) organization as a Community Partner to collaborate on a residency of at least 3 activities during a month between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. The residency may... Read more...

Works by Lisa Myers Bulmash and Kathleen McIver

Centennial Center Gallery Now through 10/27/2017 Lisa Myers Bulmash is a collage and book artist who works primarily in acrylics, paper and found objects. Informally trained, Myers Bulmash began her career making handmade cards. After her father’s death in 2006, the... Read more...

Sumi Japanese brush painting class

Neely Mansion Date: 10/14/2017, 10 AM – 1 PM Instructor is Darlene Dihel. Class includes all supplies and light refreshments. Registration and fee required. E-mail or text Carol Grimes to register – 253-202-0007 or  carol.r.grimes@comcast.net The Neely... Read more...

2018 Auburn Arts Commission Project Support Grant  

City of Auburn Application deadline: 10/30/2017 Established in 2002, the primary purpose of this program is to provide support to arts-related projects and programs within the City of Auburn. The goal of the program is to encourage the growth, innovation, excellence... Read more...

Call to artists – 2018 City of Auburn Galleries

City of Auburn Application deadline: 10/18/2017, 10:59 PM The City of Auburn is seeking artists and/or artist groups working in two-dimensional or small three-dimensional media to exhibit their work at three City of Auburn gallery spaces during 2018. Galleries are... Read more...

Native American style hand drum workshop

Auburn Parks, Arts and Recreation Date: 10/26/2017, 6-8 PM Spend an evening making the same kind of drum used by Native American artists and in Native gatherings all over the northwest. Using soaked deer rawhide and a maple hoop, you will lace together a traditional... Read more...

Digital photography workshops

Auburn Parks, Arts and Recreation Date: 10/12 and 10/19/2017, 6:30-8:30 PM Instructor Cary Davidson will help you learn to take better photos with your digital camera in this workshop, which takes place over two Thursday evenings. Topics include basic operation of... Read more...

Now hiring theatre technicians

Auburn School District Open until filled The Auburn School District #408 is seeking qualified and experienced Theatre Technicians to join our team at our 950-seat Auburn Performing Arts Center (at Auburn High School), along with its two smaller (400 seat) theatres at... Read more...

Meeting room furniture for sale to local non-profit

White River Valley Museum Sell by date: 11/1/2017 The White River Valley Museum hopes to sell its 40 silver color frame, beige upholstered stacking chairs and 7 30″x60″, very light beige, folding, nesting tables – to a local non-profit that could use... Read more...

Children’s choir director sought

Endolyne Children’s Choir Application deadline: 10/15/2017 Endolyne Children’s Choir is a nonprofit, independent 501(c)(3) organization, founded in September 2003 as a non-audition community choir serving the greater West Seattle area. Weekly rehearsals are held... Read more...

Volunteer in the theatre

Centerstage Theatre Centerstage is looking for volunteers, and you might be the person they need! There are a variety of jobs that they need help with – from data entry, filing and other office work to behind-the-scenes, building, painting, and other magic. If... Read more...

Creative writing workshop

Renton Highlands Library Date: 10/21/2017, 2 PM Join Jeffrey Cheatman of Seattle Urban Book Expo for a free creative writing workshop. The Renton Highlands Library is located at 2810 NE 10th Street, Renton. Read more...

Volunteer at historical Bereiter House

Greater Kent Historical Society The Greater Kent Historical Society board has expanded open hours at the Kent Historical Museum (Bereiter House, 855 E Smith Street, Kent) on Saturdays through October from 10 AM – 4 PM. Volunteers are needed to host visitors, and... Read more...

Call for artists – City of Enumclaw Gallery 2018

City of Enumclaw Deadline: 10/20/2017 The City of Enumclaw is seeking visual artists to exhibit two and three-dimensional, original, works of art at City Hall Gallery 2018. Please include the month you prefer for exhibition. All work submitted will be reviewed by the... Read more...

Yarnsmiths

Fairwood Library Dates: 10/3, 11/7 and 12/5, 6-8 PM Learn how to create something with yarn at the library. Already a yarn expert? Join us and help teach others! Yarn will be provided, or bring your own project to work on. Registration is requested but not required... Read more...

Federal Way 2018 Gallery Program

Federal Way Arts Commission Application deadline: 11/30/2017 The City of Federal Way Arts Commission is accepting applications for the 2018 Gallery Program. A Committee of the Arts Commission will select artists and determine gallery location for 2018 shows. There are... Read more...

Art on Poverty Bay

Des Moines Outdoor sculpture gallery. Locations at Redondo Beach and Marina District. Map at www.desmoinesartscommission.com. Read more...

Des Moines Arts Commission – position available

Des Moines Arts Commission Open until filled The City of Des Moines Arts Commission has one opening available. Commission members are appointed bythe Mayor and serve for a three-year term or an unexpired portion of a three-year term. Arts Commission applications are... Read more...

ASO seeks volunteers

Auburn Symphony Orchestra The Auburn Symphony Orchestra is looking for volunteers for a variety of tasks throughout the 2017-2018 season, and we’d love for anyone interested to give us a call at 253-887-7777, or to e-mail... Read more...

Smith Brothers Farms – A Kent Legacy

Kent Historical Museum Smith Brothers Farms is a Kent-based, family-owned and operated dairy that has been serving the greater Puget Sound area for more than 90 years. One of the largest independent dairies in the region, the company processes and delivers milk and... Read more...

Salish Modern – Innovative Art with Ancient Roots

White River Valley Museum Dates: Now through 12/17/2017 Salish Modern spotlights contemporary pieces inspired by Coast Salish Native traditions. Kenneth (Greg) Watson guest curates; he has brought together artwork borrowed from galleries, museums, artists and... Read more...

ArtLifting Artists sought

ArtLifting Deadline: open ArtLifting is a social enterprise that helps artists living with disability or homelessness earn income by connecting them to interested buyers through our national, online platform. We are currently working with artists in 16 communities... Read more...

Call for Auburn poet laureate

City of Auburn Application deadline: 10/25/2017 The City of Auburn Poet Laureate recognizes and honors a citizen poet of exceptional talent and accomplishment. The Poet Laureate also encourages appreciation of poetry and literary life in Auburn. Once a Poet Laureate... Read more...

A History of Renton in 75 Objects

Renton History Museum Dates: 6/1/2017 – 1/20/2018 If you had to sum up the rich variety of Renton’s history in 75 objects—from coal mining to Boeing, from the Cedar River to the Renton Highlands—what would you choose? Our team of UW Museology students had a... 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...

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...

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

Auburn Parks, Arts and Recreation Now through 9/2018 Auburn’s 2017/18 Downtown Sculpture Gallery showcases ten outdoor sculptures in various sizes, types and mediums. Featured artists include Sharon Agnor, Ben Dye, Miguel Edwards, Jenny Ellsworth, Pat McVay,... 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...