SoCoCulture Announcements

All Over the Map – Rainier Youth Choirs summer camp

Rainier Youth Choirs Dates:8/5/2019, 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM “All Over the Map” will feature music from many different locations, many will be included in Disney songs. For singers entering grades 3-8 in the fall. Community concert on Thursday, August 8 at 7 PM. This... Read more...

Works by Kate Dougherty and Julia Szten

Auburn City Hall Gallery Dates: 4/9-5/22/2019 Artist Kate Dougherty creates beautiful encaustic artworks that reflect her interests in “architecture and the environment, developing a relationship between structure, nature and culture as a universal landscape.” Julia... Read more...

Nature portraits workshop

Woodmont Library Date: 5/25/2019, 2-3:30 PM Designed and facilitated by Silver Kite Community Arts, LLC. Celebrate spring by creating a nature portrait. During this FREE hands-on workshop, create a unique piece of artwork using different objects found in nature... Read more...

STG’s Broadway at Kent dance workshop – Wicked

Kent Library Date: 5/19/2019, 2-3:30 PM Join dancer and choreographer Nikki Long for a dance class inspired by the Broadway sensation Wicked, playing June 12-July 7 at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre! All ages 14 and older welcome. Dance experience not required. Due... Read more...

River rock art workshop

Kent Panther Lake Library Date: 5/22/2019, 6:30-8 PM During this FREE hands-on workshop we’ll explore different ways to design and create miniature artworks on river rocks. Designed and facilitated by Silver Kite Community Arts, LLC, www.silverkite.us. All supplies... Read more...

Living Art of Bonsai – Principles of Design

Pacific Bonsai Museum Dates: 5/11-9/29/2019 This exhibit picks up where PBM’s 2018 exhibit, Elements of Design, left off. One-by-one, the exhibit breaks-down design elements and principles used by bonsai artists to make extraordinary works of art. A curated... Read more...

Great Annual Fish Count – basic REEF class

Friends of Saltwater State Park Dates: 7/13-14/2019 This year will be our fourth offering of REEF (Reef Education Environmental Foundation) classes on Fish and Invertebrates that coincides with the Great Annual Fish Count (GAFC) which takes place worldwide the month... Read more...

Multicultural festival call for performers

City of Renton Application deadline: 5/24/2019 The City of Renton is looking for performers for its third Annual Multicultural Festival, to be held Friday and Saturday, Sept 13 and 14. The festival features a variety of performances that demonstrate the culture and... Read more...

Seeking organizations to serve as cultural navigators

Public Health – Seattle & King County Applications due: 5/22/2109, 2 PM With funding from the King County Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services Levy, Public Health – Seattle & King County is requesting applications from community-based organizations to... Read more...

Auditions for Learning American

Renton History Museum Audition/interview dates: 5/20/2019, by appointment only Performances: 7/27/2019 What does it mean to be American? Four Renton residents try to figure that out as they go through the Renton Americanization School in preparation for their... Read more...

Governor’s Arts and Heritage Awards

Washington State Arts Commission Nomination deadline: 6/3/2019, 5 PM The Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) invites nominations of outstanding arts leaders, artists, culture bearers, and arts organizations for the 2019 Governor’s Arts & Heritage... Read more...

Collections Care grants

4Culture Application deadline: 6/12/2019, 5 PM Collections Care grant program supports the work of King County non-profit heritage organizations by providing the funds necessary to assess, organize, catalog, clean, repair, photograph, scan, and, ultimately, save, the... Read more...

Celebration of the Crow

Auburn Community & Event Center Now through 7/9/2019 Greg Bartol, artist and crow-lover, guest curated “Celebration of the Crow” on display at the Auburn Community & Event Center from April 9-July 9. The show will feature the following artists: Liz... Read more...

Journal Making with Recycled Materials workshop

Federal Way Library Date: 5/11/2019, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM Learn all about different types of journals, then craft your own personal journal using recycled materials. Drop-in program, no registration required. Presented by Seattle ReCreative. The Federal Way... Read more...

Hometown Teams

White River Valley Museum 5/4-6/16/2019 The White River Valley Museum is excited to display “Hometown Teams” as part of the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program. From little leagues to neighborhood pick-up games to afternoons spent listening... Read more...

Renton Special Projects grants

Renton Municipal Arts Commission Deadlines: 7/10/2019 and 11/10/2019 The RMAC’s Special Projects grant program has two more funding cycles this year. The Special Projects grants are offered to individuals, organizations and community groups for arts and culture... Read more...

Artist opportunity – Link the World

City of SeaTac Application deadline: 5/6/2019 The City of SeaTac is recruiting artists for the first annual ‘Link the World’ event at the Angle Lake Sound Transit station. The event will be held outside in the plaza on Saturday, June 29, from 12-6 PM. Link the World... Read more...

Mindful in the Garden – Creating Calm Within

Soos Creek Botanical Garden Date: 6/8/2019, 10:30 AM – noon Utilizing elements of Mindfulness Meditation and Shinrin-Yoku (Japanese Forest Bathing), psychologist Deborah Wilk and naturopathic physician Jessica Hancock from Mindful in the Wild will help you... Read more...

4Culture On-Site Reviewers needed

4Culture Application deadline: 4/24/2019, 5 PM Interested in being a part of the grant-making process? On-Site Reviewers go to events presented by arts and heritage organizations funded by or applying for 4Culture’s Sustained Support grants—orchestras, theaters,... Read more...

Works by Blake Carter and barry johnson

Centennial Center Gallery Dates: 4/3-5/17/2019 Blake Carter’s recent pieces feature hundreds and often thousands of small figure drawings. No two figures are exactly the same, but together they’re more similar than different, just like all of us. Inspired by... Read more...

Art in the Open Air

SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve Date: 6/1/2019 SHADOW will once again host its annual event aimed at showcasing the talents of local artists and inspiring creativity through the wild spaces of SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve. This artist-in-action event invites artists and... Read more...

Photography by Judith Rayl

Burien Community Center Dates: 4/2-30/2019 The Burien Arts Association is pleased to feature the works of Judith Rayl at the Burien Community Center through the month of April. Rayl’s semi-abstract photography explores fleeting connections between humanity,... Read more...

Chief executive officer

ArtsFund ArtsFund seeks a new Chief Executive Officer who is passionate about the importance of the arts in civic life, provides thoughtful strategic and operational leadership, and who brings significant, hands-on fundraising capabilities, and management experience... Read more...

KonMari Method – spring cleaning workshop

Des Moines Library Date: 4/27/2019, 11 AM Tidying first means you won’t get stuck cleaning things that do not spark joy, and it will be easier to clean when your house is already in order. This free workshop includes an overview of KonMari fundamentals, practical... Read more...

Tukwila seeks art proposals

Tukwila Parks and Recreation Summer 2019 Tukwila Parks and Recreation (TPR) is accepting proposals for onsite art installations, community art projects and teaching artists for our 2019 Summer Events. Proposals can be 2D, 3D, performance, installation or community... Read more...

Summer dance camps

Evergreen City Ballet Boys and girls ages 3-9 can choose from a variety of camps inspired by famous stories, allowing dancers to develop their imagination, social skills, physical awareness and confidence. Using the storybook theme of the week, students will dance to... Read more...

Cultural equipment grants

4Culture Application deadline: 5/15/2019 Cultural Equipment grants fund the purchase and installation of equipment that can be considered as fixed assets, including computer hardware. We award these grants in amounts ranging from a minimum of $1,000 to $10,000, and... Read more...

Des Moines seeks art commissioners

City of Des Moines Immediately The Des Moines City Council is accepting applications for potential candidates for appointment to the Des moines Arts Commission. The term will be four members for three years. Members serve without compensation. Applications will be... Read more...

Artist grant workshop

Renton Municipal Arts Commission Date: 4/22/2019 Join us for a Local Arts Grant Writing Workshop – learn how to find, write and secure funding for your creative projects and career. rmacgrants.eventbrite.com This free program will take place at the Renton... Read more...

Call for Pacific Northwest film and media submissions

Northwest Film Forum Deadline: 6/15/2019 In its 22nd year, Northwest Film Forum’s annual Local Sightings Film Festival evolves to showcase the growing complexity of creative communities in the Pacific Northwest. Featuring a competitive selection of curated shorts and... Read more...

Volunteer work party – Pacific Bonsai Museum

Pacific Bonsai Museum Date: 4/20/2019 Two days before Earth Day 2019, join your fellow forest-loving, community members in a work party to help around the Museum. Volunteers will be helping with much-needed jobs like raking, clearing forest debris, pulling weeds, and... Read more...

Bonsai Basics class

Pacific Bonsai Museum Date: 4/20/2019, 1-3 PM This popular Bonsai Basics class will be back in the Pacific Bonsai Museum pavilion on April 20. Pacific Bonsai Museum Bonsai Gardener, Patrick Buckholz, will be your teacher as you create your very own bonsai to take... Read more...

Call to artists – Auburn 2019 artist mural project

City of Auburn Application deadline: 4/26/2019, 10:59 PM The City of Auburn seeks an artist or artist team to create a mural on the two surfaces on the underpass of the bridge located on F Street SE between 4th Street SE and 5th Street SE. The location is located... Read more...

Works by Clarice Keegan

Cheryl Sallee Gallery Dates: Now through 5/9/2019 The City of Auburn and the Auburn Arts Commission are pleased to present the work of Clarice Keegan at the Cheryl Sallee Gallery, located in the Auburn Senior Center, 808 9th Street SE, Auburn. Keegan believes that... Read more...

Become a Normandy Park Community Forester

Normandy Park Parks Department First Saturdays Normandy Park Community foresters is a stewardship program that will focus on forest restoration in Marine View Park. Foresters will receive training in restoration ecology and community engagement, and are required to... Read more...

Birding Basics Class – Normandy Park

Normandy Park Parks Department Classes will be held: 3/30, 4/11, and 4/27, from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM Join naturalist Kevin O’Malley of South Sound Nature School, on a walk to discover migrating and local birds at Marine View Park, 20945 Marine View Drive... Read more...

Opportunity Grants

Humanities Washington Rolling deadline Opportunity Grants are available to small or rural organizations for public humanities presentations, and do not require a funding match. Organizations may request up to $1,000. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis... Read more...

Washington Stories Fund Grant

Humanities Washington Letters of Intent due 6/10/2019, full applications due 7/22/2019 Humanities Washington is now accepting applications from organizations throughout the state for our Washington Stories Fund award. Four grants of up to $5,000 each are available for... Read more...

Ivy League Pull work party

Friends of Saltwater State Park. Dates: 5/4, 6/1, 7/6, 8/3 – 10 AM to noon Mark your calendar! On the first Saturday of the month, come join us in tenaciously pulling ivy, and preventing it from taking over our Saltwater State Park! Bring gloves, wear sturdy... Read more...

One for All and All for One

Normandy Park City Hall Gallery Now through 4/30/2019 Fifteen artists created 17 pieces of art, all based on the inspiration provided by one single photograph. This exhibit is being sponsored by the Normandy Park Arts Commission, and an artists’ reception will... Read more...

Covington signature art piece – call to artists

Covington Arts Commission Submission deadline: 4/22/2019, 5 PM The City of Covington and the Covington Arts Commission announce a Call for Artists to submit proposals for the signature piece of public art to be permanently installed in the main entrance of Covington... Read more...

Volunteer positions at Kent International Festival

Kent International Festival Date: 5/18/2019 The 11th annual Kent International Festival will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at accesso ShoWare. We are looking for individuals who want to volunteer at our festival and help us run the event. We have 2-hour volunteer... Read more...

Dance Formation Team Auditions

Pacific Ballroom Dance Dates: 6/14-22/2019 Formation Team auditions for the 2019-20 season will be held in June and are open to students in grades 4-12. All auditions will take place at the PBD studio in Auburn (1604 15th St SW #109, Auburn, WA). Auditions will be... Read more...

Washington State Arts Apprenticeship Program

Center for Washington Cultural Traditions DEADLINE EXTENDED: 5/13/2019 The Washington State Heritage Arts Apprenticeship Program is now accepting applications for its 2019-2020 program year. Applications are being accepted until April 12, 2019 Participants will be... Read more...

Microcosms – The Photography of George L. Kinkade

White River Valley Museum Dates: Now through 4/28/2019 Local photographer George L. Kinkade created a truly astounding collection of photographs over five decades that asks viewers to stop and consider the beauty of the natural world around us, whether that is the... Read more...

Volunteer with Renton History Museum

Renton History Museum Looking for a great volunteer opportunity in 2019? The Renton History Museum has positions for Saturday greeters, tour leaders, and Board of Trustees members, all in a fun learning environment with people passionate about history and community!... Read more...

Historical society needs volunteers

Historical Society of Federal Way The Historical Society of Federal Way seeks volunteers to help in the Collections/Archives. If anyone is familiar with PastPerfect they would be a great help – other volunteers welcome, too! The Historical Society is located in... Read more...

Docents needed – Pacific Bonsai Museum

Pacific Bonsai Museum Year-round Want to help share the art of bonsai with tens of thousands of visitors from around the world? Become a docent at Pacific Bonsai Museum! We’re looking for docents who love working with the public and enjoy learning about the art of... Read more...

Touring arts roster and presenter incentive program

4Culture Ongoing 4Culture’s Touring Arts Roster (TAR) is a juried directory of some of King County’s most talented performing artists. It’s ideal for your performing artists search, for any event, size, or budget. The roster is here to support equity... Read more...

Kent seeks applicants for Arts Commission

City of Kent Kent is seeking applicants to fill two vacancies on the Kent Arts Commission. The Arts Commission advises the City Council and staff in areas such as: Establishing cultural opportunities and arts education, improving the quality of life and enhancing the... Read more...

DanceAble special needs dance classes for youth

Allegro Performing Arts Academy Dates: 10-week session on Wednesdays at 4:30 Allegro Performing Arts Academy’s new DanceAble integrative dance class is for any child ages 8+ with individual learning differences and other special needs. DanceAble uses specially... Read more...

Call for loaned art exhibits

Lake Wilderness Lodge Art Gallery Introducing Lake Wilderness Lodge Art Gallery, a place for local artists to show case their artwork! Artists working in 2 dimensional art or Custodians of such artwork are invited to apply for the Lake Wilderness Lodge Art Gallery... Read more...

Call for artists – Carco Theatre lobby

Carco Theatre The Carco Theatre invites professional or amateur artists working in a variety of media to apply for consideration for the Carco Theatre Lobby art display.  The rotational gallery will feature local artists and provide an opportunity for artists to share... Read more...

Adult ballroom dance classes

Pacific Ballroom Dance No partner is necessary. Every series is $65/person. If space is available, drop-ins for a single class are OK – $15/person. Beginning Classes – 5-week series, once a week Mondays @ 7:30 PM 9/24 – 10/22 – West Coast Swing... Read more...

UW Museology paid internships

University of Washington Museology Graduate Program Ongoing The University of Washington’s Museology Graduate Program seeks community partners for its Paid Internship Pilot. The UW Museology Paid Internship Pilot aims to create critical learning opportunities for... Read more...

Wetlands heritage internship

SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve Application deadline: rolling This grant-funded position will be tasked with studying the history people and wetlands in King County. Wetlands are a vital resource and key feature of King County’s landscape, yet their degradation... Read more...

Trekker “captures” Soos Creek Botanical Garden

by Dianna Marshall Google Street View is a technology featured in Google Maps and Google Earth that provides panoramic views from positions along many streets in the world. Street View was launched in 2007 in several cities in the United States and has since expanded... Read more...

Creative Districts certification applications

Washington State Arts Commission Ongoing The Creative Districts program is now accepting applications from communities in Washington State who are interested in achieving Certified Creative District designation. Applicants must meet all requirements for certification;... Read more...

Opportunity grants

Humanities Washington No deadline Humanities Washington is currently accepting applications for $1,000 Opportunity grants, which are awarded year-round with no deadlines to apply. Applications must be received at least eight weeks before the date of the event. Find... Read more...

Spaceworks

Spaceworks Deadline: Ongoing Spaceworks Tacoma is an initiative to activate empty storefronts and vacant space. The initiative makes no- and low-cost temporary space available to artists, fledgling creative entrepreneurs, organizations, and community groups who... Read more...

Residency for cultural capital producers

Washington State University Deadline: Ongoing In collaboration with Washington State University, artist and educator Peter Christenson has initiated a cultural capital scholar residency in Richland, WA and is currently seeking proposals from creatives with diverse... Read more...

T.I.P.S. Mini-Grants

4Culture Ongoing If you have an idea for a workshop, lecture, skill-building session, or program that will bring needed information, skills, inspiration, practices, or approaches into the King County heritage field, T.I.P.S. Mini-Grants can help you develop, promote,... Read more...

Talk Time

Practice speaking English, learn about American culture and make friends. Free, join any time. Saturdays from 10-11:30 AM at the Auburn Library, 1102 Auburn Way S, Auburn. This program is available at other King County libraries as well – visit... 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...

Auburn Downtown Sculpture Gallery

Auburn Parks, Arts and Recreation Auburn’s Downtown Sculpture Gallery showcases ten outdoor sculptures in various sizes, types and mediums. Primarily located along Main Street, the sculpture gallery changes annually, providing different artwork for Auburn... 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...