SoCoCulture Announcements

Stop-Motion Animation Virtual Workshop

Mary Olson Farm Date: 7/10/2021, 1-3 PM Join us for a Stop-Motion Animation Virtual Workshop with Mary Olson Farm’s Artist in Residence Neely Goniodsky! In this fun virtual workshop, Mary Olson Farm Artist in Residence Neely Goniodsky will lead participants in... Read more...

Wildfire Ecology Virtual Class

SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve Date: 7/22/2021, 5:30 – 7:30 PM Wildfire season is right around the corner, and SHADOW invites you to join us for an evening to learn about the ecology, safety and prevention of wildfires in Washington State. This lecture will be led... Read more...

Junior Musical Theater Camp

Allegro Performing Arts Academy Date: 8/6/2021, 9 AM – 4 PM A day-long intensive involving dancing, singing and acting, with a Virtual Show at the end of the day. (Bring a sack lunch for break at noon.) Cost is $100. Allegro Performing Arts Academy is located at... Read more...

Auditions for Allegro’s Precision Dance Company

Allegro Performing Arts Academy Dates: 7/13/2021, 3 PM (virtual and in-person options) Interested in auditioning for our Precision Dance Company for the 2021-2022 season?! Join us for a mandatory pre-audition, new parent meeting on one of the two dates mentioned... Read more...

Community Garden Art Project

Burien Arts Association Deadline extended: 6/15/2021 The Shark Garden at New Start High School in Burien is accepting art submissions from local youth and community members for the garden fence. A call for art on garden themes (flowers, plants, Puget Sound wildlife... Read more...

Exhibit Junior Curator – Summer Camp

Highline Heritage Museum Dates: Three consecutive Wednesdays (7/28, 8/4, 8/11), 9 AM – Noon Ages 12 and 17 are invited to go behind the scenes at the Highline Heritage Museum and curate your own exhibit in this unique and immersive camp. The Museum provides a... Read more...

Dave’s Diner Exhibit

SeaTac City Hall Now through 8/31/2021 This look back at Dave’s Diner and Brew, a family-owned and -operated business for many years on the southwest corner of S 188th Street and Pacific Highway South in SeaTac, was made possible by Dave & Jennifer Sousa... Read more...

Rivers, Wind & Water – Paintings by Lezlie Jane

Highline Heritage Museum Now through 6/30/2021 Lezlie is both a painter and a sculptor. Rivers, Wind, and Water features Lezlie’s most recent paintings, inspired by the water views and breezes of the Pacific Northwest. Pictured at right, “Sunlight on the... Read more...

Like Mother Exhibit

Highline Heritage Museum Now through 8/2021 Like Mother features the work of 25 artists telling their stories. It was curated by Kelly Lyles, who shares this reflection on the exhibit: “Like Mother was learning that my own need to make work after my... Read more...

McMillen Foundation Fellowship

Robert B. McMillen Foundation Deadline: 8/11/2021 The Robert B. McMillen Foundation believes in the power of the arts to change lives, to make the world a better place, to build vibrant communities, and to build bridges of understanding. The Foundation believes in a... Read more...

Call for Artists – 2021 Senior Art Show

Franke Tobey Jones Deadline: 6/30/2021 Franke Tobey Jones is in search of talented Washington State artists aged 55 or better for its 2021 Senior Art Show, which will take place Friday, October 15 through Sunday, October 17 in the M.J. Wicks Wellness Center  at Franke... Read more...

Renton Landing Chalk Street Painting Event

The Landing in Renton Date: 7/31/2021 On Saturday July 31, the Landing in Renton will be hosting a small Chalk/Street Painting event. The whole event is just one day. Spaces will be around 6×6 or bigger for 3d. We are hoping to have mostly local artists and there will... Read more...

Great Annual Northwest Art Exhibition 2021

Puget Sound Group Deadline: 8/20/2021 The Puget Sound Group (PSG) invites painters, with membership and including pastelists, who live in the Puget Sound region and are at least 18 years of age, to enter the Annual Great NW Art Exhibition 2021. The exhibition will be... Read more...

Kent Creates Call to Artists – Hope Blooms

Kent Arts Commission Submission date: 6/30/2021 Kent Creates is a community of imagination and inspiration for anyone who creates or seeks to be inspired by creativity. Kent Creates is open to all mediums and projects. For this iteration of Kent Creates, the theme is... Read more...

Cornish Arts Incubator Residency

Cornish College of the Arts Application window: 6/7 – 7/23/2021 The intention of Arts Incubator is not to create a final, polished product. Instead, the program seeks to give artists time and space to incubate and begin to develop an idea, concept, or... Read more...

Call for Teaching Artists

Arts Corps Founded in 2000, Arts Corps is a multidisciplinary organization in Seattle that provides free arts learning opportunities to K-12 young people throughout South King County. Our programs include school-based programs, after-school classes and teen leadership... Read more...

RJE Sprout Fund

Russell J. Efros Foundation Rolling deadline The RJE Sprout Fund was established by the Russell J. Efros Foundation in Roslyn, New York, in 2021 to support artists with the direct funds needed to complete projects in the next twelve months. Russell Efros was a... Read more...

Summer Drama Camps at Carco Theatre

Carco Theatre Throughout the summer DramaKids International is holding 1-week and 2-week summer drama camps throughout the summer at Carco Theatre, with options ranging from musical theatre to puppetry. 7/5-9/2021, 10 AM-Noon – Kinderkids Superheroes for ages... Read more...

Art in the Parks – Call to Artists

Tukwila Parks and Recreation Application deadline: 6/14/2021, 5 PM In conjunction with Urban Artworks, Tukwila Parks and Recreation is offering a public mural program this summer, designed to improve the visual vibrancy, connection and interest to Tukwila’s... Read more...

Summer Ballroom Dance Camps for Kids

Pacific Ballroom Dance Dates in August Pacific Ballroom Dance is hosting two different summer dance camps for kids 4th grade and under. Through group activities, challenges, and choreography, they will discover the joy of Ballroom Formation Team dancing. These camps... Read more...

Visitor Services and Sales Associate

Museum of History & Industry For nearly 80 years, MOHAI has been dedicated to enriching lives by preserving, sharing, and teaching the diverse history of Seattle, the Puget Sound region and the nation. With a collection of nearly 4 million artifacts, photographs,... Read more...

Advancement Officer Opportunity

Key to Change  Key to Change is growing and looking to hire its first full-time employee! We are looking for an Advancement Officer, who enjoys all sides of development and stewardship work. We have just completed our five year business plan and we’re looking... Read more...

ArtsWA Seeks Vet Corps Member

Washington State Arts Commission Application deadline 7/28/2021 ArtsWA has an opportunity for a Vet Corps member to join our team. Veterans, military spouses, and dependents are eligible to join Vet Corps and apply to work with ArtsWA helping to expand our Creative... Read more...

Themed Summer Dance Classes for Kids

Allegro Performing Arts Academy July – August 2021 Allegro Performing Arts Academy is offering six weeks of free, themed classes on Facebook for kids this summer. The weekly class for kids ages 3-5 is held 5:20-6:05 PM , and the weekly class for kids ages 6-9 is... Read more...

Yuán Fen – We Were Fated

Art on Main Now through 7/5/2021 Artist May Kytonen has created an installation titled Yuán Fèn: We Were Fated of hanging tapestries utilizing batik wax resist dyeing that depict the Four Symbols: the mythological creatures featured in Chinese constellations, the... Read more...

GRC Annual (and Virtual) Student Exhibition

Helen S. Smith Gallery Dates: Now through 6/28/2021 This year’s Virtual Student Exhibition at Green River College’s Helen S. Smith Gallery provides a special opportunity set aside for GRC’s art students to find their footing as exhibiting artists as... Read more...

Summer Dance Intensives and Workshops

Allegro Performing Arts Academy Allegro’s summer program is set up for a dancer to improve with a variety of teachers and options in order to learn as much as possible about the craft. Muscle memory is important to a dancer and consistent training over the... Read more...

Summer Intensive Dance

Evergreen City Ballet Dates: 7/12 – 8/6/2021 ECB offers an affordable, high-quality training experience for students seeking a rigorous and well-rounded approach to improving their technique and artistry. Ballet and pointe technique classes include live piano... Read more...

Call to Artists – Art in Public Places Roster

ArtsWA Application dates: 5/10 – 6/21/2021 The Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) seeks a diverse range of artists to create artworks for state agencies, colleges, universities, and public schools throughout Washington State. The Roster is the chief tool... Read more...

Nonprofit Community Recovery Grants

ArtsFund and Washington State Department of Commerce Submission dates: 5/10-24/2021 These pandemic recovery grants will be administered by ArtsFund to Washington nonprofits meeting the eligibility requirements listed below. Organizations that are led by and/or serve... Read more...

Hiring a Development and Membership Coordinator

Museum of History & Industry The Development and Membership Coordinator is responsible for administrative support to the development and membership program teams and is integral to the overall success and smooth operations of fundraising and membership at MOHAI.... Read more...

Soos Creek Botanical Garden Pavilion

Soos Creek Botanical Garden Schedule your event or ceremony at the Soos Creek Botanical Garden. This is a perfect covered venue for weddings, meetings, classes, fundraisers, memorials and family reunions. Reservations are being taken now for your 2021 celebrations,... Read more...

Soos Creek Botanical Garden Needs Volunteers

Soos Creek Botanical Garden If you have 1/2 day per week or more to share your skills and learn some new ones, please consider applying to be a Garden volunteer. E-mail info@sooscreekbotanicalgarden.org with your questions. A 90 minute Orientation is held a few times... Read more...

What Difference Do Renton Women Make

Renton History Museum In honor of the centennial of national women’s suffrage in 2020, “What Difference Do Renton Women Make?” is an online exhibit that explores the contributions that Renton women have made to the city’s history. Made possible by a grant... Read more...

Auburn Summer Camps

Auburn Parks, Arts and Recreation Summer camp season begins 6/28/2021 Auburn Parks, Arts and Recreation is offering a rich slate of summer camps for kids ages pre-school through tweens. Choose from camps offering theater, dance, art, or cooking, as well as Time... Read more...

Storytellers Sought

Burien Culture Hub, Burien Arts Association, Highline Heritage Museum The three organizations mentioned above welcome folks to step forward and share their personal stories in this monthly storytelling event. You don’t need to have any experience in... Read more...

Call for Auk Art

Edmonds Arts Festival Submission deadline: 6/25/2021 Puget Sound area artists are invited to submit original artwork representative of Puget Sound bird life to be used on the 2021 Puget Sound Bird Fest poster for promotion of the event taking place September 11-12 in... Read more...

Cultural Arts Grants

Kent Community Foundation Rolling deadlines: 7/30 and 10/30 The objective of the Kent Community Foundation grant is to promote educational activities that inspire or enhance learning and expand cultural arts in the Kent/Covington community.  For more information,... Read more...

Call for Submissions – The Madrona Project

Empty Bowl Deadline: 8/1/2021 Inviting submissions for The Madrona Project Volume II Number 2, edited by Michael Daley. Projected publication date: November 1, 2021. The theme for this issue is taken from Empty Bowl’s Mission Statement: human communities in wild... Read more...

Renton’s 2021 Arts and Culture Grants

Renton Municipal Arts Commission Rolling deadline RMAC now accepting proposals for the 2021 Arts Grant Program. Funding is available for arts, cultural and heritage projects that serve residents and visitors in Renton. We encourage innovative projects by artists &... Read more...

Into the Woods Show Camp

Rosebud Children’s Theatre Conservatory Dates: 6/28 – 8/6/2021, Shows 8/6-15/2021 Young actors ages 14-20 are invited to participate in this outdoor summer camp to work on a production of Into the Woods. Plot: A Baker and his wife wish to have a child,... Read more...

Sleepy Hollow Show Camp

Rosebud Children’s Theatre Conservatory Dates: 6/28 – 7/23/2021 Young actors ages 8-13 are invited to participate in this outdoor summer camp to work on a production of Sleepy Hollow. Plot: Schoolmaster Ichabod Crane seeks a well-to-do wife in Sleepy... Read more...

Black in the Valley

White River Valley Museum This virtual exhibit covers the early history of black people in the White River Valley, from 1830 to 1970. Visit www.wrvmuseum.org/exhibits-entry/2021/2/9/black-in-the-valley  to learn more. Read more...

Outdoor Volunteer Opportunities

SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve has numerous volunteer opportunities. You can help remove noxious weeds and plant native species with SHADOW’s Land Management Specialist as a Volunteer Restoration Assistant or you can help take care of... Read more...

Call for Gift Shop Merchandise

Foss Waterway Seaport  Deadline: 7/1/2021 The Foss Waterway Seaport is a maritime museum in Tacoma. It seeks products created by local artists and craftspeople to add to the museum’s store. These proposals should be for pieces that you make that can be modified... Read more...

Building for Equity Learning Circles

4Culture This new webinar series from 4Culture is open to anyone working in the King County cultural sector. Acquiring or developing a cultural facility often includes working with consultants to achieve your goals. A consultant provides a needed expertise and a... Read more...

RACIAL EQUITY MATTERS Resource List

This list is provided in conjunction with SoCoCulture’s September 16, 2020 membership meeting on Racial Equity Matters. Browse through and follow up on the programs, activities and readings that are of most interest to you. SoCo members can use these materials... Read more...

Internships at Evergreen City Ballet

Evergreen City Ballet Ongoing Evergreen City Ballet (ECB) is currently recruiting talented and hard-working individuals to join its team! If you are someone who is looking for experience in the non-profit world and would like to gain valuable insight, please reach out... Read more...

Give Me Culture Grants

Kent Arts Commission Rolling deadline The City of Kent Arts Commission’s “Give Me Culture” program offers small, flexible grants to individuals, organizations and community groups for arts and culture projects and events that serve the public in Kent. Awards are... Read more...

Brand new resource for artists

SoCoCulture  SoCoCulture is developing a new mailing list expressly for artists, actors, musicians and others who are interested in receiving a listing of South King County-based creative opportunities on a regular basis. We hope to expand our reach to artists... Read more...

Monthly Work Parties at Saltwater

Friends of Saltwater State Park First Saturday of each month (exception for July – when the work party will be July 11) Friends of Saltwater State Park sponsors a monthly work party to remove invasive plants – 10 to noon on the first Saturday of each... Read more...

Docents and maintenance volunteers needed

Greater Kent Historical Society Anyone interested in offering a few hours a month would be welcomed! There are a number of opportunities depending on your interest. Docents will be trained to help at the Museum during open hours Building maintenance Cleaning Garden... 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...

Volunteer with Renton History Museum

Renton History Museum Looking for a great volunteer opportunity in 2020? 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 Program, now in its eighth year, exhibits sculptures on loan from talented regional artists and displays them for all to experience. The sculptures become an integral part of the downtown... 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...

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

Wayfind Wayfind is a nonprofit with a mission to improve the quality of life in Washington by providing free business legal services for nonprofits and microenterprises.Here are some examples of the legal work they can help you with: · Contracts – Review, draft, and... 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...

Plateau Area Writers Association

Plateau Area Writers Association Speakers’ series, workshops, critique groups, and Enumclaw Plateau History Project. Find more information at https://www.plateauareawriterassociation.org/ Read more...

Burien Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services

Moshier Community Art Center The Moshier Community Art Center, 430 S 156th Street, 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... Read more...