SoCoCulture Announcements

WSDOT seeks inaugural Artist in Residence

Washington State Department of Transportation Application deadline: 1/7/2019 Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), in partnership with Transportation for America (T4America) and the State Smart Transportation Initiative (SSTI), seek an artist or a... Read more...

Exhibition opportunity for Artists Up participants

4Culture Application deadline: 2/1/2019, 5 PM Artists Up is pleased to once again partner with Cornish College of the Arts to present an exhibition of visual artwork around the theme of THEATER, in celebration of Nellie Cornish’s 100 years of theater making in... Read more...

Working with Refugee Children – Hope for the Future

Kent Library – 12/9/2018, 1:30 PM or  White Center Library – 12/10/2018, 6:30 PM Parents and caregivers are invited to attend free STARS (State Training & Registry System) workshops. STARS is a career development system for those who work in childcare... Read more...

Gingerbread House Exhibit

Auburn Community & Event Center Now through 12/10/2018 A dozen delectable gingerbread houses, all created by residents of South King County, are on display at this inaugural Gingerbread House Exhibit sponsored by the City of Auburn. Come by to admire the wide... Read more...

New opportunities for artists

Artist Home and LOGE  Artist Home will program live music at LOGE locations across the US in a new partnership with LOGE. Artist Home, NW based producers of music festival events such as Timber! Outdoor Music Festival will present weekend concerts at LOGE locations in... 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...

Chocolate snitches workshop

Black Diamond Library Date: 12/22/2018, 11 AM Make ganache filled snitches (truffles) rolled in cocoa powder, crushed peppermint, nuts or coconut to enjoy yourself or give as gifts. Presented by Mollie Stewart. Ages 11 to adult. The Black Diamond Library is located at... Read more...

Botanical sketching

Woodmont Library Date: 12/1/2018, 11 AM Learn botanical sketching, including how to use line to accurately and artfully depict plant subjects and shading for three-dimensionality. Presented by Kathleen McKeehen, artist. All experience levels welcome. Registration... Read more...

Illustrate your holiday letter – comic book basics

Des Moines Library Dates: 12/1/2018 and 12/15/2018, 1 PM both days Please note, this is a two-part class, designed for adults and teens ages 15 and older. Surprise your friends and relatives with a comic book recap of your year! Comic artist and art instructor Kelly... Read more...

Music Man auditions

Auburn Community Players Audition dates: 12/17-18/2018, 6:30-9 PM Come audition for the Auburn Community Players production of The Music Man directed by Kathryn Stahl, choreographed by Megan Hicks and music direction by Sadi Wentz. Auditions located at Auburn Ave... Read more...

Paintings by April Hurst

Enumclaw City Hall Gallery Dates: 12/6/2018 – 1/1/2019 The final art exhibit of 2018 hosted by the City of Enumclaw and 4Culture of King County is a display of paintings by April Hurst. April was the People’s Choice winner in the Enumclaw GEMs Miniature Juried... Read more...

Development manager

SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve Applications accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled This is a 30 hour/week, salaried position. The Development Manager will be responsible for raising funds to support SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve’s land acquisition... Read more...

Restoration and education manager

SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve Applications accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled This is a part-time, hourly position. The Education & Restoration Manager will be responsible for oversight of the Education and Restoration Programs at SHADOW Lake... Read more...

Kent seeks applicants for Arts Commission

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

We Are Still Here – call to artists

Seattle Office of Arts and Culture Application deadline: 12/12/2018, 10:59 PM The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) are seeking an artist/artist team to... Read more...

Production crewmembers needed

Auburn Avenue Theater Open until filled The Auburn Community Players offers seven production opportunities a year. Including four main stage productions, a teen musical and two junior theater camps. We are looking to develop a roster of talented theater professionals.... Read more...

Gallery 4Culture

Gallery 4Culture Application deadline: 1/14/2019, 5 PM Gallery 4Culture showcases contemporary art, presenting the work of outstanding independent artists living in King County. Our 1,000-square-foot exhibition space is located on the street level of the 4Culture... Read more...

All Is Lost at Sea

Art on Main Gallery Now through 1/3/2019 Sam Trout’s “All Is Lost at Sea” installation combines sculpture, painting, and lighting to create a visual experience that seeks to evoke a sense of wonder within each viewer. Planning to create a three-dimensional... Read more...

Call for ‘Fall Colors’ entries – Kent Creates

Kent Arts Commission Submission period: now through 11/30/2018 The Kent Arts Commission is seeking entries for an online exhibit via Kent Creates, a web platform for sharing art, culture, and creative endeavors, at KentCreates.com The current exhibit is open September... Read more...

Votes for Women centennial grants program

Washington State Historical Society Deadlines: 12/31/2018 and 4/30/2019 Votes for Women Centennial Grants fund non-profits and public entities to support programming that celebrates the national suffrage centennial across the State of Washington. Grant applications... Read more...

DanceAble special needs dance classes for youth

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

Call for loaned art exhibits

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

Call for artists – Carco Theatre lobby

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

Adult ballroom dance classes

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

UW Museology paid internships

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

Wetlands heritage internship

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

Trekker “captures” Soos Creek Botanical Garden

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

Call for poems about ending the death penalty

Call for Poems: Death Penalty Deadline: 12/31/2018 A total of 110 executions have been carried out in Washington State and its predecessor territories since 1849. Five executions have taken place since the death penalty was re-enacted November 4, 1975. Eight men are... Read more...

Creative Districts certification applications

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

Opportunity grants

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

Spaceworks

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

Residency for cultural capital producers

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

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...

T.I.P.S. Mini-Grants

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

Talk Time

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

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...

The value of trees

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

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden

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

Ribbon-cutting for a unique Kent neighborhood

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

Fomenting a pro-tree movement in South King County

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

Pacific Bonsai Museum

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

Artist display space – Carco Theatre

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

Good neighbors build great gates

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

Volunteer in Soos Creek Botanical Garden

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

The Military Road Telegraph Sesquicentennial Project

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

Dance classes at Allegro

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

Duwamish pioneer served in Civil War militia

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

Neely Mansion welcomes volunteer help

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

Open 4Culture

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

Maple Valley Historical Museums

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

Free legal services to non-profit organizations

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

The Civil War in Washington Territory

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

Military Road – at the crossroads of history

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

Trace Des Moines history via heritage trail

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

Dance classes at Evergreen City Ballet

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

Kent’s Give Me Culture grants

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

Burien Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services

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