SoCoCulture Announcements

Salish Modern – Innovative Art with Ancient Roots

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

ArtLifting Artists sought

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

Touring Arts Roster

4Culture Auditions: 8/20 and 8/21/2017 For over 30 years, 4Culture has managed an ever-expanding, juried roster of some of the best performing artists King County has to offer. What started as a brochure is now a digital tool, making it easy for promoters, nonprofits,... Read more...

ArtsEd Washington seeks executive director

ArtsEd Washington Application deadline: 7/31/2017 ArtsEd Washington is an innovative grassroots organization that has made an impact in K-12 arts education by advocating at the local and state levels; training arts organizations and other advocates to advance arts... Read more...

Washington State Poet Laureate sought

Washington State Arts Commission and Humanities Washington Application deadline: 7/31/2017 If you are planning to apply for the position of Washington State Poet Laureate, the deadline is nearing. To be considered, applicants must meet all eligibility criteria and... Read more...

Tech Specific funding

4Culture Deadline: 9/28/2017, 5 PM Analog to digital, low-tech to high-tech, this grant is for anyone working at the intersection of art and tech – that means artists as well as programmers, designers, fabricators, developers, engineers, tinkerers, and makers of all... Read more...

Works by Amy Britsas and Darrell Honanie

Auburn City Hall Gallery Dates: 7/13 – 8/24/2017 Amy Britsas creates recycled-material collages that provide “deeper hidden meanings for the eye to find.” Darrell Honanie Jr. is a Navajo/Hopi Indian artist who explores many media and considers... Read more...

Photographic works by Zachary Burns

Auburn Community Center Gallery Dates: 7/13 – 8/24/2017 Zachary Burns creates unique photographic works in which “the tintype process allows the cans themselves to be used as both film and camera. This makes them an integral element of both the process and... Read more...

Volunteer training night – Haunted Peat Bog

SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve Date: 9/26/2017, 6:30-8 PM Find your place in the SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve community! Bring your favorite treat to share and come down to the Nature Preserve for an evening of companionship and fun! Join other environmentally conscious... Read more...

Volunteer training night – Amazing Amphibians

SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve Date: 8/22/2017, 6:30-8 PM Bring your favorite treat to share and come down to the Nature Preserve for an evening of companionship and fun! Join other environmentally conscious volunteers to discover more about SHADOW’s programs,... Read more...

Volunteer training night – Native Plants

Shadow Lake Nature Preserve Date: 7/25/2017, 6:30-8 PM Find your place in the SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve community! Bring your favorite treat to share and come down to the Nature Preserve for an evening of companionship and fun! Join other environmentally concious... Read more...

Cash prizes for locally focused films

Hometown Heroes Application deadline: 8/25/2017 Hometown Heroes invites filmmakers to produce diverse stories focused on their hometown to compete for a cash prize. To be eligible, filmmakers must run a successful crowdfunding campaign for a feature film in any stage... Read more...

Environmental Explorers camp

Shadow Lake Nature Preserve Dates: 8/1-3/2017 Nurture your child’s natural curiosity and foster their sense of wonder! Campers will spend their days experimenting with in the great outdoors, exploring their surroundings, and asking questions about things they... Read more...

Playing with Mud

Auburn Parks, Arts and Recreation In Playing With Mud, we’ll use clay to make sculptures and pottery- explore our creativity and the fun to  be had with our hands in the mud!  Create clay pots, bowls and boxes; paint your clay creations and make an imprint of your... Read more...

Summer camps for young actors

Auburn Parks, Arts and Recreation Learn basic acting techniques, stage etiquette, and create your own costumes while working as an ensemble to bring a short story to life!  Parent observation day on the final day of class!  Ages 4-7. $57/$72. Camps are: Cinderella-... Read more...

Call for Auburn poet laureate

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

Arts and Culture Funding – Burien

City of Burien Application deadline: 8/18/2017, 4:30 PM Do you provide arts, culture or heritage programming in Burien?  Or are you interested in creating a new project? Arts & Culture funding is on an annual application cycle and is available to individuals,... Read more...

Photographs by Judi Jubes

Cheryl Sallee Gallery Dates: 6/28 – 8/30/2017 The City of Auburn and the Auburn Arts Commission are pleased to present the work of Judi Kube. A photographer whose work “is a colorful interpretation of the landscapes of America and Canada,” Kubes... Read more...

Call to artists – Protecting Our Waters

4Culture and King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division Application deadline: 7/27/2017, 4 PM 4Culture and King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) want to commission four Associate Artists to create intrigue and stimulate curiosity, raise awareness,... Read more...

SeaTac Arts, Culture and Library Commission

City of SeaTac The SeaTac City Council has formally established a new Arts, Culture, and Library Committee and is currently accepting applications for seven available positions. The committee mission statement has not yet been established, but SeaTac residents are... Read more...

Airport Community Ecology Fund

Port of Seattle First round of applications due: 9/1/2017 A new $1 million program to fund environmental projects in communities around Sea-Tac Airport has been launched by the Port of Seattle. The Airport Community Ecology (ACE) Fund offers grants to organizations to... Read more...

Forces and Reactions

Art on Main Gallery Now through 7/31/2017  Christopher Hartshorne uses woodblock prints to “illustrate turbulent forces, chaos, and expulsions, which conjure connections to the natural processes within biology, chemistry and physics.” Through his bold and expressive... Read more...

A History of Renton in 75 Objects

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

Summer Music Camps – MVYSO

Maple Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra Full Orchestra Camp, for grades 4 and up, will take place at Kentlake High School, 21401 SE 300th Street, Kent, from July 31 through August 4, 10 AM – 2 PM every day. The concert will take place on August 4 at 7 PM at... Read more...

Works by Roxanne Fawcett

Carco Theatre Gallery Dates: 5/1-7/30/2017 A visceral connection to the outdoors and boldly natural influences can be seen in all of her work and art. Over 30 years, Roxanne has worked as an artist and designer. Her specific vision has been applied to landscape and... Read more...

Shape Up Auburn – fitness classes

Auburn Parks Department Various weekly dates Take your workout outside with this free summer six-week fitness series in Auburn Parks!  Try out a new class or join in on an old favorite. Tai Chi: Mondays, June 26-July 31, Les Gove Park, 910 9th Street SE Zumba:... Read more...

Opportunity grants

Humanities Washington Available to small or rural organizations for public presentations. Opportunity grants do not require a funding match and organizations may request up to $1,000. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year until all funds are... Read more...

Washington Stories Fund

Humanities Washington Application deadline: Letters of intent due June 9; full proposals due July 21 Awarded once per year to projects that highlight the little-known stories of a person or group whose contributions add to the cultural richness and health of... Read more...

Amazing Race Summer Camp – a musical journey

Rainier Youth Choirs Dates: 8/14-27/2017, 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM  Day camp (9:30-2:30) for singers entering grades 3-9 (2017-2018 school year), staffed by Rainier Youth Choirs’ highly qualified choral directors and volunteers. Fee includes T-shirt, lunch and... Read more...

Natives

Pacific Bonsai Museum Dates: 4/8 – 10/8/2017 Hear the coyotes of the Badlands. Taste the salty air of the Oregon coast. Stand among the great Redwoods. Immerse yourself in the  richness, diversity and beauty of North American bonsai. Natives pairs large-scale... Read more...

Venerable local bonsai donated to Pacific Bonsai Museum

Oriental Garden Center co-owners David Asahara and Joan Bloedel are donating their signature bonsai tree to the Pacific Bonsai Museum as a legacy of their late father Joe Asahara. Their uncle, Kenneth Hikogawa, was a master carpenter who is known as the mentor to the... Read more...

Reading with Colors

by Paul T. Jackson A first grade teacher, Mrs. Barbara Laws… was experimenting with colors. Some of her most disruptive students who had difficulty reading found using color overlays improved their attention and reading. She had discovered the book, Reading by... Read more...

Auburn Downtown Sculpture Gallery

Through 12/1/2017 Auburn’s 2016/17 Downtown Sculpture Gallery is installed and showcasing 9 unique sculptures from artist throughout the region. The sculptures were selected through a competitive application process, and the artwork is on temporary loan to the... Read more...

Community 4Culture

4Culture Rolling deadline, beginning 9/2016 Community 4Culture is a new grant program that aims to sustain an arts and cultural community reflective of King County’s diverse populations, and seeks to connect with groups and communities that 4Culture has not been... Read more...

The Story of RSBG

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden Permanent exhibit Five new interpretive panels have been installed at the RSBG, giving a quick illustrated introduction to the mission of the Garden. They tell the exciting story of the purpose and adventure of the plant... Read more...

Renton History Museum seeks volunteers

Renton History Museum The Renton History Museum seeks committed volunteers who are enthusiastic about Renton’s history, to help with Saturday greeting, leading tours, assisting with programs, and working on our oral history team. Please contact kowens@rentonwa.gov to... Read more...

Remembrance trees

by Stephen Lamphear Des Moines Memorial Way was established after World War I as a living memorial to those who gave their lives in it. A privately funded effort transformed a 10-mile section into an American Elm-tree-lined road, from the Seattle City limits to the... Read more...

Federal Way teachers made history in 1974

by Chris Green From August 29 to September 17, 1974, teachers in Federal Way were on strike. It was the first public school teacher’s strike in the history of King County. Public school teachers in Washington state had only been granted the right to organize unions... Read more...

Orchestra of Flight

The Orchestra of Flight is a volunteer community orchestra performing in the Puget Sound area since 1983. Under the direction of Matthew Kruse, the Orchestra presents four concert series per season, which runs from September to early June. Performances are on Monday... Read more...

Three summer poems by Renton poet Kiana Davis

Under a Summer Sun When I need to escape the elusive grace of butterfly wings haunt my memories and for an instant I am a little girl again under a summer sun spending hour evading my mother so I could run through an abandoned field and fill my jelly jar with the... Read more...

The value of trees

by Amanda Leon Amanda Leon is the City of Normandy Park’s Community Development and Parks Director, and a certified arborist. This is an excerpt from an article that originally appeared in the May 2015 edition of Normandy Park City Scene. In 2006, the U.S.... Read more...

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden

Home to one of the largest collections of species rhododendrons in the world, the Garden displays over 700 of the more than 1,000 known species. The RSBG is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the conservation, public display, and distribution of... Read more...

Ribbon-cutting for a unique Kent neighborhood

by Zachary E. Van Tassel, Greater Kent Historical Society On Saturday, August 8, at 1 PM, the Mill Creek Neighborhood will host a unique ribbon-cutting event on the corner of Temperance Street and Jason Avenue North in Kent. Late last year, the neighborhood was... Read more...

Fomenting a pro-tree movement in South King County

by Barbara McMichael, SoCoCulture As an umbrella organization for South King County cultural groups, SoCoCulture is pleased to have as members a number of institutions that are rooted in botany (pardon the pun). Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden, Soos Creek Botanical... Read more...

Pacific Bonsai Museum

Pacific Bonsai Museum The Pacific Bonsai Museum offers an outdoor heated tent space that can accommodate 49 seated guests and the museum courtyard can accommodate up to 100 guests for meetings, small weddings and special events. Email rental@pacificbonsaimuseum.org or... Read more...

Artist display space – Carco Theatre

Carco Theatre Ongoing review The Carco Theatre in Renton invites professional or amateur artists working in a variety of media to apply for consideration for the Carco Theatre Lobby art display. Local artists’ exhibits are scheduled for six week periods. The Lobby has... Read more...

Good neighbors build great gates

by James Daly and Greg Bartol If you are one who recognizes great organizations when you see them, then you know that two of them are near each other on Lea Hill in Auburn. Naturally, when Soos Creek Botanical Garden (SCBG) needed a gate to span their large entry,... Read more...

Volunteer in Soos Creek Botanical Garden

Soos Creek Botanical Garden Soos Creek Botanical Garden welcomes volunteers and considers them an essential resource that we could not do without. Volunteering is a great way to get involved with the gardens and to meet new and interesting people. Whether you are... Read more...

The Military Road Telegraph Sesquicentennial Project

In October of 1864, a group of workers was working its way steadily north along Military Road, installing the poles and telegraph wires that would connect Seattle at last to the rest of the world.  Back then, they called it “tied by lightning!” — and... Read more...

Dance classes at Allegro

Allegro Performing Arts Academy Allegro Performing Arts Academy offers classes in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, drama, tumbling, creative movement (Tiny tots), hip hop and occasional master classes from out-of-town choreographers.  Classes are for all... Read more...

Auburn PAC to get long-needed upgrades

by Pam L. Smith, managing director, Auburn School District Theatres One of South King County’s busiest performance halls is shutting its doors – but only temporarily. Hosting over 300 events a year, the 1100-seat Auburn Performing Arts Center, located on the campus of... Read more...

Duwamish pioneer served in Civil War militia

by Pat Brodin, Tukwila Historical Society Although the Civil War was under way on the eastern side of the nation which seemed far away from the Pacific Northwest, the conflict had coursed its way through the Washington Territory. Vast numbers of military personnel... Read more...

Neely Mansion welcomes volunteer help

Neely Mansion Association Flexible hours The Neely Mansion Association welcomes and relies on volunteer help in restoring and maintaining this valuable landmarked property as a heritage to our community. Specifically needed are volunteers to lead, coordinate, and... Read more...

Arts Alive!

Based in Enumclaw, Washington, Arts Alive! Center for the Arts is an all volunteer, non-profit organization that exists to foster art awareness and provide support for our highly diverse and talented community of visual, performing and literary artists on the Enumclaw... Read more...

Open 4Culture

4Culture Deadline: six weeks before public event 4Culture recognizes a need for an entry point into 4Culture’s funding opportunities. Open 4Culture provides awards of up to $1,500 for projects that are created by or for underserved communities of King County, and are... Read more...

Maple Valley Historical Museums

Maple Valley Historical Society First Saturday of every month The Maple Valley Historical Society operates three museums: the top floor of the Old Grade School at 23015 SE 216th Way; and the Fire Engine Museum and Gibbon/Mezzavilla Store Museum at 22012 SE 248th... Read more...

Free legal services to non-profit organizations

Washington Attorneys Assisting Community Organizations WAACO provides free legal services to nonprofit organizations on their business transactional legal issues and can help your organization if you need legal help. Here are some examples of the legal work they can... Read more...

Free to SoCo members – organizational assessment

EntrePre Arts EntrePre Arts Consulting provides services in nonprofit board development, enterprise management, revenue strategies and engagement strategies for non-profit arts organizations facing opportunities for growth. Anna Brodie and Nancy Gosen are offering... Read more...

Private music lessons

South King County Music Teachers Association This organization of local music teachers offers instruction in piano, violin, and much more.  Please visit their website for to find information about private teachers near... Read more...

The Civil War in Washington Territory

We’re very excited to announce the first program coming out of the Military Road/Civil War Sesquicentennial Project, a joint undertaking of four local historical societies. On Saturday, October 27, at 11:30 AM, the Historical Society of Federal Way is proud to... Read more...

Military Road – at the crossroads of history

Four local historical societies are collaborating on a project to draw attention to the remarkable history of a road that is often traveled by many of us who live in South King County.  Did you know that Military Road is one of the very oldest roads in the State of... Read more...

Trace Des Moines history via heritage trail

by Barbara McMichael, SoCoCulture administrator Historical photographs provided courtesy of Des Moines Historical Society  The Des Moines Beach Park Heritage Trail is a stroll back through time. The Des Moines Historical Society, with support from 4Culture, has... Read more...

Dance classes at Evergreen City Ballet

Evergreen City Ballet Year-round Evergreen City Ballet is one of the Northwest’s premiere dance institutions, and offers a wide range of classes year round to all ages and skill levels: Mommy & Me, Creative Movement, Angelina Ballerina, Level 1 through... Read more...

Kent’s Give Me Culture grants

Kent Arts Commission Year-round This new funding program will be directed to projects that serve the general public in Kent. Give Me Culture Grants are small, flexible grants available to individuals, organizations, and community groups. The Give Me Culture program is... Read more...

Museums and students – changing minds together

by Elizabeth P. Stewart How connected do young people feel to the past? That was one of the things we set out to learn when we began planning for our current exhibit, Two By Two: Students Reinterpret Renton History. Thanks to our partnership with Renton High Language... Read more...

Ground penetrating radar at the Saar Pioneer Cemetery

Story and photos by Karen Bouton, SKCGS Saar Cemetery Project Coordinator In late 2004, the Saar Pioneer  Cemetery was dark, gloomy, and horribly overgrown with blackberries and ivy.  One could barely determine it was a burial place for many of the Kent area pioneers.... Read more...

Reflections on 9/11

by Barbara McMichael, SoCoCulture administrator The ripple effects of 9/11/2001 have extended across the miles and through time.  This point was driven home to me last week as I listened to a flight attendant recount her memories of that terrible day a decade ago when... Read more...

Free management strategy consultation

Free Consultation on Good Management Strategies for Cultural Organizations. This offer is exclusive to SoCoCulture members only. Marcia Holland, CAE, CEO, of Outcomes Unlimited, LLC, and a member of the SoCoCulture leadership team, is offering free, two-hour... Read more...

Burien Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services

www.MoshierArtCenter.org The Moshier Community Art Center, 430 S 156th, is one of Puget Sound’s hidden gems. Located in Burien, the art center provides a fully equipped ceramics studio for students from beginner to advanced skill levels. Each session we offer... Read more...