SoCoCulture Announcements

Barn Again Historic Barn Preservation Program

King County Historic Preservation Application deadline: 4/21/2017 King County’s Historic Preservation Program has announced the second of two rounds of this program which is meant to provide funds for the stabilization and rehabilitation of historic barns and... Read more...

On-site reviewers needed

4Culture Do you like going to arts or heritage events around King County for free? Do you have experience in one or more artforms, or with King County heritage? Are you a thoughtful and articulate writer? Then you could become an On-Site Reviewer for 4Culture!... Read more...

Art commissioners sought – Burien

City of Burien Application date: ASAP The Burien Arts Commission has two open positions. The Burien Arts Commission is a 9-member advisory board appointed by the Burien City Council.  Members meet once a month, on the fourth Tuesday of the month, at 6:30 PM at the... Read more...

Improv Comedy Workshop for Adults

Auburn Library Date: 3/26/2017, 3 PM What do most comedic actors from feature films and TV sketch comedy shows have in common? Training in improv comedy! Whether your aspirations are for Hollywood, the stage, or just to be the funniest person in the room, this... Read more...

Authors: Stories Behind the Books

Federal Way Library Now through 4/3/2017 This is a portrait collection of local authors by photographer Elizabeth Ogle. The collection is currently on display on the west wall of the Federal Way Library, 34200 1st Way S, Federal... Read more...

Student art contest for Federal Way students

Federal Way Arts Commission Deadline: 5/1/2017 The City of Federal Way Arts Commission is sponsoring an art contest as requested by Federal Way Municipal Court Judge David Larson and Judge Rebecca Robertson. The contest is open to all students enrolled in grades 1–12... Read more...

Call for artists – Blue Poppy Day

City of Federal Way Application deadline: 4/3/2017, 4 PM The City of Federal Way Arts Commission in partnership with the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden (RSBG) and the Pacific Bonsai Museum announces a Call for Artists for the annual event Blue Poppy Day – Art... Read more...

Photography by Mike Eggers

Cheryl Sallee Gallery Dates: 2/24 – 4/26/2017 The City of Auburn and the Auburn Arts Commission are pleased to present the work of Mike Eggers at the Cheryl Sallee Gallery, located in the Auburn Senior Center, 808 9th Street SE, Auburn. The Senior Center is open... Read more...

Installation by Katie Miller

Art on Main Gallery Dates: 3/13 – 5/14/2017 The City of Auburn and the Auburn Arts Commission are pleased to present the work of Katie Miller at Auburn’s new Art on Main window-front gallery. Katie Miller creates engaging and experiential installation work that... Read more...

Works by Shelley Carr

Auburn City Hall Gallery Dates: 3/9 – 4/20/2017 The City of Auburn and the Auburn Arts Commission are pleased to present the work of Shelley Carr at the City Hall Gallery, 25 W Main Street, Auburn. Shelley Carr describes how she has been “under the spell... Read more...

Jo Anne Iwasaki student exhibition

Auburn Community Center Gallery Dates: 3/9 – 4/20/2017 The City of Auburn and the Auburn Arts Commission are pleased to present the work of Jo Anne Iwasaki’s talented student artists at the Community Center Gallery. This group student exhibition will showcase... 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 outdoor events and festivals throughout the summer. If you are interested, please view the details and application guidelines here. For questions or to... Read more...

Volunteers for Propagation and Plant Sale Teams

Soos Creek Botanical Garden Ongoing Soos Creek Botanical Garden and Heritage Center is looking for motivated volunteers to lead their Propagation and Plant Sale teams. Propagation Lead – This person should have adequate knowledge and experience in the care and... Read more...

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium call for glass artists

Metro Parks Tacoma Application deadline: 3/6/2017, 11:59 PM Metro Parks Tacoma is seeking an artist or artist team to create a unique, suspended glass artwork that is inspired by jellyfish. The artwork will be permanently displayed in the Social Action Gallery of the... Read more...

Stone Images VIII

Pacific Bonsai Museum Dates: 2/18 – 3/26/2017 Stone Images VIII features the twenty best stones from the past seven Stone Images exhibits. Since the first show in 2010, over 250 different viewing stones have been displayed from all over the Pacific Rim,... Read more...

Kent Creates artist call for creative work on ‘home’

Kent Arts Commission Through 3/31/2017 The Kent Arts Commission has launched Kent Creates – a new web platform for sharing art, culture, and creative endeavors – and is seeking creative work of all kinds around the theme of “home” for an exhibit that runs January 23... Read more...

Works by Dan Schlitzkus

Auburn Community Center Gallery Dates: 1/26 – 3/9/2017 The City of Auburn and the Auburn Arts Commission are pleased to present the work of Dan Schlitzkus at the Community Center Gallery, 910 9th Street SE, Auburn. Dan Schlitzkus is a professional illustrator... Read more...

Kusamono workshop

Pacific Bonsai Museum Date: 3/25/2017, 1 PM Kusamono refers to a Japanese botanical art that developed alongside bonsai.  Kusamono are potted arrangements of wild grasses and flowers in unique pots or trays selected to suggest a season or place. The name is composed... Read more...

Women at Work: Uniforms and Work Wear, 1810-1910

White River Valley Museum Exhibition dates: 1/18 – 6/18/2017 Professional women of the early and mid-1900s followed dreams and necessity to pursue careers and work that was often outside the norm—and that came with a price. Held to different standards, which are... Read more...

Volunteers needed before, and at, dance performances

Evergreen City Ballet Evergreen City Ballet is located in Renton. Performance Preparation Volunteers: Set Construction Costume Seamstresses On-Going Volunteer Opportunities: Costume Sewing Volunteers at Performances: Stage Manager – experience preferred Gift Shop Food... Read more...

Federal Way Harmony Kings rehearsals

Men of all ages who love to sing are invited to be a part of the Barbershop Harmony Society’s mission of preserving and encouraging barbershop quartet singing in America – attend a Harmony Kings rehearsal to learn more! Rehearsals are every Tuesday, 7:30... 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...

Adult ballroom dance classes

Pacific Ballroom Dance Adult Classes are 5-week series. No partner is necessary. Prerequisites are required for Intermediate and Advanced Level Classes. • Pre-register Online: $45 person/$80 Couple (Save $5/couple) • At Door Registration: $50 person/$85 Couple • Drop... 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 mmulder@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...