SoCoCulture Announcements

Writing contest for kids

Author Suzanne Selfors Contest deadline: 9/30/2018 To celebrate the publication of her brand new book, Wish Upon a Sleepover (Imprint/Macmillan), local author Suzanne Selfors is sponsoring a writing contest for kids. What would you do if your sleepover invitations got... Read more...

Funding for 2019 Community Art Projects in Kent

City of Kent Arts Commission Application deadline: 10/5/2018 The City of Kent Arts Commission announces funding opportunities for local community arts through its Community Arts Support Program. The program provides financial support for arts projects by arts and... Read more...

Frog Frolic volunteers needed

SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve Register by 9/13/2018 for 9/15 event The 22nd Annual Frog Frolic is an opportunity to join 22 years of volunteer efforts for education, preservation, and restoration right here, in South King County!  Join a team of passionate volunteers... Read more...

Call to artists for utility box wrap designs

Covington Arts Commission Submission deadline: 9/7/2018, 3 PM The City of Covington and the Covington Arts Commission announce a Call for Artists’ designs to transform select traffic signal cabinets.  This project will utilize a public art application to enhance our... Read more...

Public engagement coordinator

Renton History Museum Open until filled The Renton Historical Society, a 501(c)3 educational nonprofit, is seeking a qualified candidate for the part-time position of Public Engagement Coordinator for the Renton History Museum, Renton’s only museum. Under the... Read more...

Creative consultancies

4Culture Application deadline: 8/30/2018 4Culture is bringing creative thinking to the challenges facing the region by forging partnerships between King County cities, artists and cultural planners. Over the next several months, 4Culture will work to match cities nd... Read more...

Works by Becca Heavrin

Burien Arts Association Pop-Up Gallery Now through 8/31/2018 The mixed media works of Becca Heavrin are featured this month at Burien Arts Association’s Pop-Up Gallery at the Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Avenue SW, Burien. Meet Becca at the opening... Read more...

Valerie Sivinski Fund historic preservation grants

Washington Trust for Historic Preservation Application deadline: 10/1/2018 The Valerie Sivinski Fund is an annual program of the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation that provides grants of up to $2,000 to organizations engaged in historic preservation around... Read more...

Summer dance classes – Evergreen City Ballet

Evergreen City Ballet Throughout August This month, Evergreen City Ballet offers a Mermaids and Unicorns Dance Camp for girls and boys ages 3-9 from August 6-10. ECB also offers a Clara Workshop August 20-24 for ages 10+ and a Ballet Boot Camp on August 27-31. More... Read more...

Volunteers to help move Centerstage offices

Centerstage Theatre Date: 8/25/2018 Centerstage will be moving its offices out of Dumas Bay Center on Saturday, August 25.  Whether you can help with the heavy lifting or would prefer to offer other help (driving vehicles to haul stuff, packing up beforehand, serving... Read more...

Make and take a hydrangea wreath

Soos Creek Botanical Garden Date: 9/19/2018 – two classes, 10 AM or noon Bring a wreath form (straw, styrofoam or grape vine). The Garden will supply dried hydrangeas, pins and hot glue. Cost is $5 per wreath (cash or check). No pre-registration required. Soos... Read more...

2019 Auburn Arts Commission project support grants

Auburn Arts Commission Application deadline: 10/23/2018 Established in 2002, the primary purpose of this program is to provide support to arts-related projects and programs within the City of Auburn. The goal of the program is to encourage the growth, innovation,... Read more...

Call to artists – 2018 City of Auburn Art Galleries

Auburn Arts Commission Application deadline: 9/18/2018, 10:59 PM The City of Auburn is seeking artists and/or artist groups working in two-dimensional or small three-dimensional media to exhibit their work at three City of Auburn gallery spaces during 2019. Galleries... Read more...

Creative Advantage Arts Partner Summer Institute

Seattle Art Museum Date: 8/16/2018, 9 AM – 5 PM Please join us for the fifth annual Creative Advantage Arts Partner Summer Institute at the Seattle Art Museum. This free workshop invites educators, artists, teaching artists, students, and cultural workers to... Read more...

Charm Your Yarn beginner’s workshop

Black Diamond Library Date: 8/14/2018, 4 PM Drop in to this free beginner’s workshop to learn the basics of yarn work! Then knit or crochet a protective coffee cup cozy to take with you. All supplies provided. For ages10-adult. The Black Diamond Library is... Read more...

Airport Community Ecology Fund

Port of Seattle Application deadline: 9/24/2018, noon The Airport Community Ecology (ACE) Fund’s Small Matching Grants Program offers community members of SeaTac, Burien, and Des Moines the chance to apply for Port funding to improve the local environment. Eligible... Read more...

Volunteers needed for Auburn Art Walk

Auburn Art Walk Date: 9/14/2018 Volunteers are needed to help at the popular Auburn Art Walk, which will be held in downtown Auburn on September 14 from 5:30-8:30 PM. There are available positions at the information booth and also to help direct participants to the... Read more...

Symposium coordinator needed – deadline extended

Beyond the Frame – To Be Native Application deadline EXTENDED: 8/15/2018 Beyond The Frame – To Be Native will be hosting a free symposium to explore the history, intent, and legacy of Edward S. Curtis and the scholarly and artistic commentaries and perspectives... Read more...

Call for proposals – Beyond the Frame Symposium

Seattle Public Library Submit proposals by: 10/1/2018 The Seattle Public Library is hosting a Beyond The Frame – To Be Native Symposium during National American Indian Heritage Month (November 2018) where themes and concepts are explored by a variety of scholars,... Read more...

NALAC Fund for the Arts

National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Deadline: 9/6/2018 As the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) approaches its 30th anniversary in May 2019, it announces the latest round of grant opportunities for Latino artists and arts... Read more...

Creative Equity Fund

Seattle Foundation Deadline: 8/17/2018, 5 PM Creative Equity Fund administered by Seattle Foundation supports arts and culture-based strategies that build racial justice and address the structural racism impacting our communities. Arts and culture are powerful tools... Read more...

Works by Teri Capp

Cheryl Sallee Gallery Now through 9/18/2018 Teri Capp creates expressive paintings inspired by the landscape around her. By using acrylic, graphite and soft pastel on panel, canvas and paper, Capp attempts to “paint the atmosphere, form, and story of a place.” Cheryl... Read more...

Works by Fiona Lau

Auburn City Hall Gallery Now through 8/27/2018 Fiona Lau creates colorful abstractions of landscape and place, drawing inspiration from the colonial city where she was born, the constant “morphing between cultures” she witnessed, and how she watched “people come and... Read more...

Skymonkey Encounter

Art on Main Gallery Now through 9/23/2018 The City of Auburn and the Auburn Arts Commission are pleased to present an exciting new installation by Pete Goldlust at Auburn’s Art on Main window-front gallery at One Main Street in Auburn. The installation is viewable... Read more...

Me and My Best Friend – photography by Frank Greif

Auburn Community Center Gallery Now through 8/27/2018 “Me and My Best Friend” is a photographic portrait series by seattle artist Frank Greif which focuses on the love humans show for their dogs and the way the dogs respond with their own special love. As the artist... Read more...

Children’s art classes

Burien Arts Association Dates: 7/11, 7/18, 7/25/2018, 10 AM – 12:30 PM Join us for a three art workshops for kids hosted by The Makery. The kids will use recycled materials and simple crafts to create a project to take home each session. Ideal for ages 5 and up,... Read more...

Burien Arts & Culture Grants

City of Burien Application deadline: 8/17/2018 Arts & Culture funding is on an annual application cycle and is available to individuals, groups, and organizations that provide arts and cultural enrichment to the residents of Burien. Applicants may be individuals... Read more...

Restoration work parties

SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve Every Saturday, 10 AM-2 PM, through 9/29/2018 Work hard, have fun, and practice skills like building trail, removing invasive species, planting native plants, and caring for the Nature Preserve by joining our weekly Volunteer Work... 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...

Vocal performance camp for young people

Maple Valley Creative Arts Center 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...

Bigfood Script Challenge

Bigfoot Northwest Script Challenge Deadline:10/15/2018 The Bigfoot Northwest Script Challenge is ready to award up to $6,500 and unparalleled Hollywood access to the next great voices in screenwriting. Entrants submit screenplays, TV pilots, and digital-only written... Read more...

Come and Sing – six free voice lessons for men

Federal Way Harmony Kings Dates: Tuesday evenings (7:30 – 8:30 PM), 9/11 – 10/16/2018 Join our free “Come and Sing” program to learn about the mechanics of singing and how to use your voice to produce the quality sound it’s capable of.  There’s... Read more...

S & R Foundation Washington Award

S&R Foundation Application deadline: 8/3/2018 The S&R Foundation Washington Award recognizes talented emerging artists working in visual arts, music, and dance. This year we are excited to announce the amount of the Washington Award will be increased to a... Read more...

Call for poems about ending the death penalty

Call for Poems: Death Penalty Deadlines: 7/1 and 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... Read more...

Living History summer day camp

Mary Olson Farm Dates: 8/6-10/2018, 9 AM – noon            8/13-17/2018, 9 AM – noon Kids will explore daily activities of farm life in the early 20th century, including caring for farm animals, working in the garden, finger weaving, archery, baking in a... 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...

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...

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...

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, Kent. For complete information,... 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...