SoCoCulture Announcements

Watercolor Your World

Boulevard Park Library Date: 9/18/2017, 6-7:30 PM Valley View Library Date: 9/25/2017, 11 AM – 12:30 PM Join Silver Kite Community Arts for an interactive workshop, exploring ways to use watercolor paints to express landscapes and weather patterns. Presented by... Read more...

Volunteer at historical Bereiter House

Greater Kent Historical Society The Greater Kent Historical Society board has expanded open hours at the Kent Historical Museum (Bereiter House, 855 E Smith Street, Kent) on Saturdays through October from 10 AM – 4 PM. Volunteers are needed to host visitors, and... Read more...

Call for artists – City of Enumclaw Gallery 2018

City of Enumclaw Deadline: 10/20/2017 The City of Enumclaw is seeking visual artists to exhibit two and three-dimensional, original, works of art at City Hall Gallery 2018. Please include the month you prefer for exhibition. All work submitted will be reviewed by the... Read more...

Call to artists – submissions for photo exhibit

City of SeaTac Submission date: 9/25/2017, 10 AM – 7 PM The City of SeaTac is presenting this photography exhibit to show quality photography of regional photographers and to purchase work for the City’s permanent collection. To be eligible for the Photo... Read more...

Arts-a-Glow Lantern Making

Burien Library Date: 9/8/2017, 10:30 AM – Noon Create your own lantern to light the night! We will provide materials, or you can bring clear plastic bottles to recycle into glowing works of art. Arts-a-Glow is Burien’s spectacular lantern festival and... Read more...

Yarnsmiths

Fairwood Library Dates: 10/3, 11/7 and 12/5, 6-8 PM Learn how to create something with yarn at the library. Already a yarn expert? Join us and help teach others! Yarn will be provided, or bring your own project to work on. Registration is requested but not required... Read more...

Federal Way 2018 Gallery Program

Federal Way Arts Commission Application deadline: 11/30/2017 The City of Federal Way Arts Commission is accepting applications for the 2018 Gallery Program. A Committee of the Arts Commission will select artists and determine gallery location for 2018 shows. There are... Read more...

Paintings by Anna Macrae

Auburn Community Center Gallery Dates: 8/28 – 10/5/2017 The paintings of Anna Macrae explore texture and surface and play with non-precious, unconventional materials. The Auburn Community Center Gallery is located at 910 9th Street SE, Auburn. It is open Monday... Read more...

Works by Lisa Myers Bulmash and Kathleen McIver

Centennial Center Gallery Dates: 9/8-10/27/2017 Local artists Lisa Myers Bulmash and Kathleen McIver are displaying their work at Centennial Center Gallery, 400 West Gowe Street, Kent. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM, and is closed... 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...

Des Moines Arts Commission – position available

Des Moines Arts Commission Open until filled The City of Des Moines Arts Commission has one opening available. Commission members are appointed bythe Mayor and serve for a three-year term or an unexpired portion of a three-year term. Arts Commission applications are... Read more...

ASO seeks volunteers

Auburn Symphony Orchestra The Auburn Symphony Orchestra is looking for volunteers for a variety of tasks throughout the 2017-2018 season, and we’d love for anyone interested to give us a call at 253-887-7777, or to e-mail... Read more...

Call for film submissions

Seattle International Film Festival Early bird deadline: 10/6/2017 SIFF is now accepting film submissions for the 2018 Seattle International Film Festival. The 44th annual Seattle International Film Festival will be held May 17 – June 10, 2018. For more... Read more...

Generating Genealogy- Introduction to Genealogy Workshop

Renton History Museum Date: 9/30/2017, 11 AM – Noon Learn more about conducting genealogical research with the Museum’s own Curator, Sarah Samson. Learn the basics about starting a research project and the type of materials available to you at the Renton History... Read more...

The Morgan Fund’s 2017 Puget Sound Initiative

The Morgan Fund Deadline: 9/30/2017, 11 PM The Morgan Fund, a Family Foundation at Seattle Foundation, is proud to announce the 2017 round of the Puget Sound Initiative: a funding opportunity for small to medium dance and theatre organizations located in Western... Read more...

e4c seeks media artists

4Culture Deadline: 9/27/2017 e4c brings dynamic media art to an urban audience on the go. Apply to show your work on 4Culture’s screens, visible to the thousands of pedestrians, bicyclists, drivers, and bus riders that pass by 4C’s offices every day. For... Read more...

Smith Brothers Farms – A Kent Legacy

Kent Historical Museum Smith Brothers Farms is a Kent-based, family-owned and operated dairy that has been serving the greater Puget Sound area for more than 90 years. One of the largest independent dairies in the region, the company processes and delivers milk and... Read more...

Works by Julie Blakemore

Burien City Hall Pop-Up Gallery 8/4 – 9/29/2017 Julie Blakemore taught art in public and private schools in the Northwest for 43 years, retiring from Kennedy Catholic High School, Burien, in 2013. She was born and raised in Adna, WA, a quiet dairy farm... Read more...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...