SoCoCulture Announcements

Auburn Days Parade registration

City of Auburn Registration deadline: 7/26/2018 The Auburn Days Parade has been an Auburn tradition for decades and is the kick-off to AuburnFest. The Parade will feature a variety of marching bands, drill teams, dancers, one-of-a-kind cars, plus so much more. The... Read more...

Hiring a development and communications director

Para los Niños Application deadline: closing when position is filled Founded and led by Latino parents, Para Los Nin?os (PLN) transforms communities by providing equal access opportunities to education, arts and culture, and civic engagement for Latinos living in... Read more...

Hiring a youth community organizer

Para los Niños Application deadline: closing when position is filled Founded and led by Latino parents, Para Los Niños (PLN) transforms communities by providing equal access opportunities to education, arts and culture, and civic engagement for Latinos living in South... Read more...

Art proposals now being accepted

Washington State Convention Center Art Committee Application deadline: 8/24/2018 Proposals are now being accepted for the Convention Center’s quarterly rotating art program for calendar years 2019 and 2020. “The Galleries” at the WSCC are open daily from 6:00 a.m. to... Read more...

Works by Paul Illian

Burien Arts Pop-Up Art Gallery Now through 6/29/2018 The Burien Arts Association is pleased to feature the paintings of Paul Illian in the June 2018 exhibit at the Pop-up Art Gallery at the Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Avenue SW, Burien, WA. Paul grew up in... Read more...

Kent Summer Art Exhibit

Kent Arts Commission Dates: 6/6 – 8/24/2018 The 2018 Kent Summer Art Exhibit will be on display in the Centennial Center Gallery, 400 W Gowe Street, from June 6 through August 24. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year’s show will... Read more...

Renton museum seeks volunteers

Renton History Museum Ongoing The Renton History Museum, located at 235 Mill Avenue S in Renton, is always looking for committed volunteers who are enthusiastic about Renton’s history, to help with Saturday greeting, leading tours, assisting with programs, and working... Read more...

Digitize your African American history

Renton History Museum Date: 6/16/2018, 1-3 PM Bring your stories and songs, photos and video tapes, art and objects, genealogy research and more to this interactive workshop! With the help of knowledgeable people and technology, participants will be able to consult... Read more...

Audio workshops

Jack Straw Cultural Center June workshops Jack Straw Audio Workshops are the perfect opportunity to improve your studio skills or get that first hands-on introduction to the world of audio recording and editing. • Basic Field Recording workshop – Sunday, June 10, 9 AM... Read more...

Summer youth docent program

Washington State History Museum Dates: 7/24 – 8/24/2018 Youth entering grades 8-11 next fall are invited to join the Youth Docent Program at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma. Youth docents go behind the scenes and discover how exhibits are created,... 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...

Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab

Washington State Arts Commission Deadline: 7/18/2018 (but apply by June 11 and receive a $50 tuition discount!) The Teaching Artist Training (TAT) Lab is a seven-month professional development program with a focus on supporting arts education as part of basic... Read more...

Teaching artists roster

Washington State Arts Commission Application deadline: 7/2/2018 The Roster of Teaching Artists is a resource directory of high-quality teaching artists who are especially well suited for working with K-12 public schools.Teaching artists wishing to be included on the... Read more...

Dead Cities

Cheryl Sallee Gallery Dates: 5/16-7/12/2018 Forgotten spaces, echoes of the past, and architecture on the brink of self-destruction are the beautiful yet tragic inspirations of artist Mike Vos’s photographic explorations. The artist seeks out and captures these... 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...

Collections Care grants

4Culture Deadline: 6/27/2018, 5 PM 4Culture’s Collections Care grant program helps King County’s archivists, librarians, and historians protect the real, tangible objects that make up history so that the generations of today and tomorrow can continue to learn... Read more...

We Are History Keepers

Greater Kent Historical Society, Ethnic Heritage Council, and UW Libraries Date: Saturday, 11/17/2018, 9 AM – 3:30 PM Second annual free, full-day workshop. At the Kent Lutheran Church, 336 Second Avenue S,... Read more...

Opening – ASO executive director

Auburn Symphony Orchestra Application deadline: 5/30/2018 The Auburn Symphony Orchestra (ASO) is seeking an Executive Director (ED) who will serve as the chief administrative officer, to manage the orchestra’s human and financial resources, and facilitate all aspects... Read more...

Artrageous – paid gigs and volunteer needs

City of Auburn Events throughout the summer The City of Auburn seeks possible volunteers, or paid helpers at $15 per hour, for our summer event ArtRageous activities. It is a fun community-oriented arts opportunity with no prior art experience required! Helpers would... Read more...

Remembering Alvin Anderson

SeaTac City Hall Gallery Now through 8/31/2018 Highline pioneer Alvin Anderson is commemorated in this nice tribute. Curated by the Highline Historical Society.  SeaTac City Hall is located at 4800 S 188th Street, SeaTac, and the Gallery is just outside of Council... 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...

The Rundown – works by Lauren Boilini

Art on Main Window-Front Gallery Now through 6/24/2018 The City of Auburn and the Auburn Arts Commission are pleased to present The Rundown, an installation of innovative site-specific painting and sculpture by Lauren Boilini at Auburn’s Art on Main window-front... Read more...

Vocal performance camp – MVCAC

Maple Valley Creative Arts Center Camp dates: 8/13-17/2018 Maple Valley Creative Arts Center is proud to partner with Voice in the Valley Music Studio to offer this fun-filled, weeklong camp specifically designed for developing vocalists (ages 11-18), emphasizing the... Read more...

Musical theatre camp – MVCAC

Maple Valley Creative Arts Center Camp dates: 7/9-13/2018 Maple Valley Creative Arts Center is proud to partner with Voice in the Valley Music Studio to offer this fun-filled, weeklong camp specifically designed for developing vocalists and actors (ages 8-18),... Read more...

Nominations for Governor’s Arts & Heritage Awards

  Washington State Arts Commission Nomination deadline: 7/9/2018 ArtsWA will be accepting nominations for the 2018 Governor’s Arts & Heritage Awards until July 9, 2018. Several new Arts Award categories have been added this year, including Arts Legacy, Arts... Read more...

Call for entries – On the Water

Kent Arts Commission Submissions accepted now through 6/30/2018 The Kent Arts Commission is seeking entries for an online exhibit via Kent Creates, a web platform for sharing art, culture, and creative endeavors. The most recent exhibit for Kent Creates is open April... Read more...

Living Art of Bonsai – Elements of Design

Pacific Bonsai Museum Dates: 4/21 – 9/30/2018 In this exhibit, visitors will be able to study bonsai trees and describe what they see. The exhibit will break down major design elements of bonsai art — line, shape, form, space, color, and texture —... Read more...

AuburnFest

City of Auburn Date: 8/11/2018 AuburnFest is a summertime family-fun festival that will include two entertainment stages, craft and specialty vendors, a car show, literary showcase, small press fair, hands-on art activities and more. For more information and... Read more...

Snap Grants

ArtsWA Rolling application period: 7/1 – 12/31/2018 Snap Grants is a rolling grants program aimed at supporting small community groups and organizations producing projects or events with arts and culture as a primary or significant component. Designed as an... Read more...

SOUNDTRAX – Rainier Youth Choirs summer music camp

Rainier Youth Choirs  Camp dates: 8/6-9/2018 Rainier Youth Choirs Presents SOUNDTRAX — A Singing and Music Day Camp using movie-themed songs for students entering grades 3-9 for the 2018 school year. Camp dates are August 6-9, 2018 from 9:30 to 2:30 each day. There is... Read more...

Creative classes at Auburn’s Makerspace

Auburn Parks, Arts and Recreation Auburn’s Makerspace is a place for creativity, technology, and exploration!  It is located within the new Auburn Community & Event Center at 910 9th Street SE in Les Gove Park, Auburn. Here is a roster of upcoming classes... Read more...

Call for exhibition proposals

Helen S. Smith Gallery Application deadline: 7/1/2018 The Helen S. Smith Gallery on the main campus of Green River College Campus is currently accepting proposals for solo or curated group exhibitions that will take place January 2019 through December 2019. The... 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 summer outdoor events and festivals. This is a paid opportunity, and artist selection will be made starting in February on a rolling basis, so early... Read more...

City of Opportunity Scholarship Program

City of Tukwila Application deadline: 3/30/2018 Tukwila’s City of Opportunity Scholarship Program was established in 2014. The mission of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance to high school students who reside in Tukwila to support their... Read more...

Songwriters Lab for young musicians

Seattle Theatre Group Application deadline: 7/9/2018 Seattle Theatre Group (STG) is now accepting applications for this year’s annual Songwriters Lab. STG’s Songwriters Lab is for young musicians (ages 14 – 19) interested in pursuing their artistic... 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...

Washington Trust’s PreserveWA Fellowship

Washington Trust for Historic Preservation Application deadline: 2/15/2018 Washington Trust’s PreserveWA Fellowship opportunity. This is an effort to bring fresh and diverse voices to the fields of historic preservation and downtown revitalization. The fellowship... 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...

Call for applications – ArtsWA Public Artist Roster

ArtsWA Application deadline: 6/26/2018 An open call is issued every three years by the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) for the selection of artists for Washington’s Public Artist Roster, a pre-qualified list of visual artists eligible to create... Read more...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

Jefferson Davis and the making of Military Road

                        The Pacific Northwest played an often-overlooked role in the Civil War and its continuing legacy through to the Civil Rights Movement.  South King County historian Karen Meador has made several appearances to speak on the topic “An... 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...

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...

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...