SoCoCulture Announcements

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...

Mary Olson Farm Artist in Residence

City of Auburn Application deadline: 3/21/2018, 11 PM The Mary Olson Farm Artist in Residence is a new program offering an annual opportunity for an artist to pursue their work in, and to be inspired by, the unique and beautiful setting of the Mary Olson Farm in... Read more...

Covington City Hall Art Gallery – call for artists

Covington Arts Commission Submission deadline: 2/28/2018, 3 PM The City of Covington, in conjunction with the Covington Arts Commission, is currently accepting submissions from local and regional visual artists to exhibit their original artwork during the 2018 gallery... 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...

First Step Grants

ArtsWA Application deadline: 3/20/2018 The Washington State Arts Commission’s First Step grants support arts organizations, schools, nonprofits, and government agencies committed to building community partnerships that improve the quality and quantity of arts... Read more...

A Gift of Music – collage art by Linda McClamrock

Burien Arts Association Pop-Up Gallery Now through 2/28/2018 Through the month of February, the Burien Arts Association features popular Northwest collage artist Linda McClamrock at the Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Avenue SW, Burien. There will be a... Read more...

Contest for unpublished work

Pacific Northwest Writers Association Deadline: 3/23/2018 Are you ready for feedback? The PNWA Literary Contest offers that opportunity. Every entry receives two valuable critiques – feedback that will help you grow as a writer. 12 Categories (Limit one entry per... Read more...

Docents, field trip guides, event hosts needed

White River Valley Museum Volunteer training: 2/20/2018 Love history? Want to get involved with your community? Enjoy learning? Join our team of superstar volunteers at the White River Valley Museum and Mary Olson Farm! Volunteers can serve in a number of roles. Which... Read more...

Call for art – Kent Creates

Kent Arts Commission Deadline: 3/31/2018 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 January 24 through March 31... Read more...

SubPop 2018 Loser Scholarship

Sub Pop Records Deadline: 3/21/2018 Sub Pop Records in Seattle, WA is offering a grand total of $15,000 worth of college scholarship money to three eligible high school seniors. There are three scholarships—one for $7,000, one for $5,000 and one for $3,000. As... Read more...

Night Out to Paint with Acrylics

Auburn Parks, Arts and Recreation Dates: 2/21 and 2/28/2018, 6:30-8:30 PM Have fun and learn to paint with acrylics! It’ll be like a “Paint-&-Sip” party except without the sip part. We’ll paint a scene from our own local landscape with step by step instruction in... Read more...

Airport Community Ecology Fund

Port of Seattle Application deadline: by Noon on 3/26/2018 The Airport Community Ecology (ACE) Fund, authorized by the Port of Seattle Commission in November 2016, recognizes that neighboring communities that experience more impacts from airport operations should also... Read more...

Works by Juan Alonso-Rodríguez and Terrell Lozada

Centennial Center Gallery Now through 2/26/2018 The City of Kent Arts Commission’s Centennial Center Gallery hosts the work of artists Juan Alonso-Rodríguez and Terrell Lozada through February 26. The show is free and open to the public. Juan Alonso-Rodríguez is an... Read more...

Global Classroom’s World Citizen Essay Contest

World Affairs Council Deadline: 3/16/2018 The goal of the World Citizen Essay Contest is to promote discussion among students, teachers, families, and community members about the ways that individuals can effect positive change in the global community. The... Read more...

Works by David McRae

Cheryl Sallee Gallery Now through 3/14/2018 The City of Auburn and the Auburn Arts Commission are pleased to present the work of David McCrae at the Cheryl Sallee Gallery. Through elegant black and white compositions, artist David McCrae uses various approaches to... 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...

Acrylics by Jennifer Kapnek

Auburn City Hall Gallery Now through 2/28/2018 The City of Auburn and the Auburn Arts Commission are pleased to present the work of the Jennifer Kapnek. Inspired by color, Kapnek creates fields of color with acrylic paint on wood, introducing three-dimensional... Read more...

Mixed media works by Andrea Ciaston

Auburn Community Center Gallery Dates: Now through 2/28/2018 The City of Auburn and the Auburn Arts Commission are pleased to present the work of Andrea Ciaston, who creates innovative mixed-media works which explore “sacred texts and rituals, memory, and the act of... Read more...

Radioactive’s 2018 Summer Workshop

Jack Straw Cultural Center and KUOW Early application deadline: 3/6/2018 Jack Straw is partnering with KUOW to present this summer’s RadioActive summer journalism workshop. In this fun, challenging, and hands-on workshop, youth ages 15-18 learn about journalism,... Read more...

Installation by Bruce Taylor

Art on Main Gallery Now through 3/25/2018 Bruce Taylor’s work often explores reflected light and color in both public art as well as temporary installations. By creating temporary installations, like the one for Auburn’s Art on Main, the artists has the freedom to... Read more...

Kent Creates

Kent Arts Commission The Kent Arts Commission is pleased to announce winners of the most recent exhibit on Kent Creates, the web platform for sharing art, culture, and creative endeavors. The “Holiday Traditions” exhibit asked the community to share fall and winter... Read more...

ESL Class

Algona-Pacific Library Dates: Beginning 2/5, meeting Mondays and Wednesdays, noon-2:30 PM This class is conducted in partnership with Green River College and is being taught by Green River professors. The Algona-Pacific Library is locagted at 255 Ellingson Road in... 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...

2018 Bach in the Subways seeks musicians

Bach in the Subways Performance dates: 3/21-3/25/2018 Artists are encouraged to register for Bach in the Subway 2018, which features artists performing Bach pieces in various locations throughout King County. Artists can pre-reserve spaces for 2018, set for March 21... Read more...

Docents, Field Trip Tour Guides, Special Event Hosts

White River Valley Museum Love history? Want to get involved with your community? Enjoy learning? Join the White River Valley Museum‘s team of superstar volunteers! Docents meet and greet visitors, help them get the most out of their experience while learning... Read more...

4Culture Preservation Special Projects

4Culture Application deadline: 2/28/2018, 5 PM Preservation Special Projects funds the activities that are the building blocks of preserving our historic buildings and spaces in King County: neighborhood surveys, landmark nominations, building assessments, planning... Read more...

4Culture Art Projects Funding

4Culture  Application deadline: 3/7/2018, 5 PM Art Projects grants fuel the experiences, sights, and sounds that make up the cultural fabric of King County. From powwows to poetry—if you are sharing your work with the public, we can help you bring your ideas to life.... Read more...

4Culture Heritage Projects Funding

4Culture Deadline: 3/7/2018, 5 PM As historians and researchers in King County work to uncover our region’s history, we learn more about where we come from and where we can go. Through Heritage Projects, 4Culture supports the people and organizations in King County... Read more...

AASLH Awards

American Association for State and Local History Deadline: 3/1/2018 Are you a heritage organization who has accomplished a noteworthy exhibit, program, project, or publication in the last 18 months? Nominations are now open for the American Association for State and... 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...