SoCoCulture Announcements

Artist call – Enumclaw High School

Enumclaw School District and Washington State Arts Commission Application deadline: 4/27/2018, 5 PM Enumclaw School District and ArtsWA are seeking an individual artist or artist team to design and create original artwork that is able to reflect Enumclaw School... 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 2018-2019 World Educator Nominees

World Affairs Council Nomination deadline: 5/31/2018 Each year, the World Affairs Council honors a local educator who has made exceptional contributions in broadening the global horizons of students and colleagues. The recipient of the World Educator Award is an... Read more...

Earth Day photo contest

King County Parks and Recreation Submission deadline: 4/24/2018, 11 AM This Earth Day, we want to see your vision of green – through your photographs. We’re looking for photographers to capture what makes King County so special – its natural beauty. Share your photo... 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...

Needle felting for beginners

City of Auburn Date: 5/12/2018, 1-4 PM Learn to needle felt with Janet, the artist of the popular Etsy Shop “Janet’s Needle Felting.” Needle felting is a process which uses barbed needles to interlock wool fibers to form desired shapes. In this 3-hour workshop, you... Read more...

Fused glass pendant class

City of Auburn Dates: 5/9 & 5/16, 6-8 PM Learn how to make beautiful fused glass pendants in this intro to glass jewelry class! We will explore some of the techniques of kiln formed glass and design using a range of glass making techniques and processes to create... Read more...

Museum/farm program assistant position

White River Valley Museum & Mary Olson Farm The Museum is seeking an enthusiastic individual with a flexible schedule to join the team! The assistant will receive an overview of informal education and Museum programming by serving as a Museum and Farm fieldtrip... Read more...

Call to artists – street banner design competition

City of Mercer Island Submission deadline: 5/14/2018 The Mercer Island Arts Council (MIAC) and the City of Mercer Island invite amateur and professional graphic designers (Participant) to enter a competition for the design of street banners to replace the existing... Read more...

Mixed media portraits by Megan Eckman

Auburn City Hall Gallery Dates: 4/12 – 5/29/2018 The City of Auburn and the Auburn Arts Commission are pleased to present the work of Megan Eckman. Saturated with ornate pattern, detailed line work and vivid colors, Eckman creates mixed media portraits that... Read more...

Call to artists – miniature juried art exhibit

City of Enumclaw Applications due: 6/15/2018 The City of Enumclaw’s fourth annual GEMs Miniature Juried Art Exhibit at Enumclaw City Hall Gallery 2018 will run July 6-31. Artists interested in submitting work for jurying into the exhibit may send a request for an... 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...

Tukwila Fine Arts Show – call to artists

Tukwila Arts Commission Drop-off dates: May 8, 8 AM – noon; May 9, noon – 5 PM; May 10, 2-7 PM The 22nd Annual Tukwila Fine Arts Show will be held in conjunction with the Backyard Wildlife Festival on Saturday, May 12. Artists may submit up to three (3) original... 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...

Speakers Bureau applicants sought

Humanities Washington Application deadline: 4/23/2018 Humanities Washington is seeking applicants for its 2019-2020 Speakers Bureau roster! If you are a passionate expert who would love to share ideas and make connections around Washington State, you are encouraged to... Read more...

Landmarks capital funding

4Culture Application deadline: 5/9/2018 Whether you are an individual owner or you represent an organization, if you are the steward of a designated historic landmark property in King County and are working to rehabilitate it, you should consider applying for a... Read more...

Cultural equipment funding

4Culture Application deadline: 5/16/2018 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...

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...

Spring into Your Park – volunteer paint-in!

Normandy Park Parks Commission Date: 4/28/2018, 9-11 AM Join the Normandy Park Parks Commission in a volunteer event painting the playground at City Hall Park, 801 SW 174th Street, Normandy Park. Please call Parks Director Amanda León if you have questions –... Read more...

Works by Danny Pierce

Kent Centennial Center Gallery Dates: 4/2 – 5/18/2018 Danny Pierce was a beloved Kent, WA artist with a long and prestigious career. His artwork is included in such notable collections as the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian Institute, and the Seattle Art... Read more...

The Power of Posture workshop

Des Moines Library Two-part series: 4/16 and 4/23, 6:30 PM On April 16, participants will discuss the evolution and importance of posture as well as posture awareness. Learn to do a mindful assessment of your posture to understand what it may be telling you. We will... Read more...

Pianos on Parade artists call

City of Auburn Deadline: 5/25/2018 Seeking individual artists to participate in Auburn’s Annual Pianos on Parade program.  Artists will artistically alter benches that will be placed throughout Auburn in August 2018. Additional program information and images of... Read more...

Benchmarks applicants sought

City of Auburn Application deadline: 5/2/2018 Seeking community groups to participate in Auburn’s Annual Benchmarks program.  Groups will artistically alter benches that will be placed throughout Auburn, June – September 2018. Additional program... 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...

11th Annual Cultural Resource Protection Summit

Date: 5/23-24/2018 11th Annual Cultural Resource Protection Summit will take place at the Suquamish Tribe’s House of Awakened Culture near Poulsbo. We are actively seeking to increase participation by those responsible for or affected by the intersection between... 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...

Artists needed for summer gigs

City of Tukwila Calling all artists! Summer planning has started for big events and youth programs in Tukwila. We are looking for bands, solo artists, showing artist, photographers, roaming performers, stilt walkers, circus arts, face painters, balloon arts, clowns,... 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...

Black & White

Renton History Museum Now through 5/19/2018 Trends in black and white clothing, and their associated meanings, differ between communities and throughout times. Co-curated by the Museum’s own Kim Owens and Sarah Samson, this exhibit explores three trendsetters and the... 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...