SoCoCulture Announcements

Arts Innovator Award

Artist Trust Deadline: 3/18/2024 The Artist Trust (AT) Arts Innovator Award (AIA) recognizes artists who demonstrate innovation in their art practice. This unrestricted award of $25,000 is given annually to two Washington State artists of any discipline who are... Read more...

Grants for Arts and Culture as Tourism Assets

Washington Department of Tourism Deadline: 4/14/2024 Arts and Culture Grants will support the promotion and management of artistic and cultural forms of expression as tourism assets. These include art shows, concerts, festivals and events, as well as museums, historic... Read more...

Call for Art – Western State Hospital

Washington State Arts Commission for Western State Hospital Deadline: 2/29/2024, 4 PM Western State Hospital seeks artists or artist teams who have lived experience with mental illness to design and create artwork for the patient courtyards at Western State Hospital’s... Read more...

Illustrate Your Favorite Song or Poem

King County Library System Date: 3/16/2024, 10:30 AM This online class is for adults. Bring a copy of your favorite song or poem and illustrate the lines that most inspire you. SilverKite Community Arts offers online inter-generational workshops, talks, social hours... Read more...

Craft & Chat – Mixed Media Art Workshop

Des Moines Library Date: 3/12/2024, 2 PM  For adults. Make a piece of art using everything we have available here at the library! The Des Moines Library is located at 21620 11th Avenue S in Des Moines. While you’re there, make sure you go get an up-close look at... Read more...

Interior Design & Your Dream Space

King County Library System Date: 3/11/2024, 1:30 PM We all need a place where we can feel good! Creating an inspiring space, such as a bedroom or office, can make a huge difference in empowering ourselves. Explore various interior design styles and techniques from... Read more...

The Tortured Poets’ Club Creative Writing Series

The Tortured Poet’s Club: A Creative Writing Series (online) King County Library System Dates: Sundays, 3/10-31/2024, 4:30 PM For adults. This four-class series will cover the incendiary lives and tragic deaths of well-known poets in American literature. Buckle up for... Read more...

Online Sip and Paint Watercolor Class

King County Library System Date: 3/9/2024, 10:30 AM For adults. Create a watercolor painting inspired by spring! Explore a variety of techniques to understand the basics of watercolor, including color mixing and washes. Grab a beverage of your choice and spend an hour... Read more...

Writing Poetry About Art

King County Library System Date: 3/4/2024, 1:30 PM Many wonderful poems have been inspired by paintings and sculpture, and there are plenty of those to come around and inspire your writing. Look at some different approaches poets have taken, then look at inspirations... Read more...

Painting, Drawing and Writing Affirmations

King County Library System Date: 3/2/2024, 10:30 AM This online class is for adults. Create a positive-affirmation painting by blending affirmative statements with art. SilverKite Community Arts offers online inter-generational workshops, talks, social hours and... Read more...

Seeking Senior Exhibit Developer/Oral History Manager

Wing Luke Museum Apply by: 3/11/2024 The Wing Luke Museum is hiring for a Senior Exhibit Developer/Oral History Manager, who will report to the Museum’s Exhibit Director. Position duties will include organizing, researching, and creating community-based and... Read more...

SoCo Meeting Notes – 2/13/2024

SoCoCulture Membership Meeting 13 February 2024 Held at Black River Cultural Arts Center, Renton Attendees: 4Culture African American Writers Alliance Allied Arts of Renton Auburn Symphony Orchestra Burien Arts Association CenterStage Theatre Evergreen City Ballet... Read more...

Summer Youth Heritage Project

Washington Trust for Historic Preservation Dates: 7/16-19/2024 This summer overnight adventure for teens combines history, science, and the great outdoors. The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation’s Youth Heritage Project (YHP), will take place July 16-19 at... Read more...

Intro to Coast Salish Wool Spinning

Auburn Postmark Center for the Arts Date: 3/7/2024, 4-7 PM and again on 3/9/2024, 12-4 PM Join the Postmark in welcoming Muckleshoot weaver Gail White Eagle for an introduction to Coast Salish wool spinning. In this pop-up White Eagle will demonstrate the process from... Read more...

Manga Portrait: Proportions and Features

Auburn Postmark Center for the Arts Date: 3/14/2024, 5:30-7:30 PM Want to learn how to draw manga? This lesson will teach how to construct a manga face and features! Focus will be given to proper proportion as well as how to mix-and-match facial features like eyes,... Read more...

Public Free Access Grants

4Culture Deadline: 3/27/2024, 5 PM Public Free Access program will minimize the burden of applying by automatically pre-qualifying current 4Culture Arts, Heritage, or Preservation Sustained Support grant recipients if you meet the other eligibility requirements. In... Read more...

Call to Artists – Exhibition Proposals

Helen S. Smith Gallery Deadline: unspecified Helen S. Smith Gallery on the Green River College Campus is looking for exhibition proposals for shows between Summer of 2024 and Summer of 2026.  Artists will be selected by invitation and from submissions. Emerging and... Read more...

Create a Story in a Box

Federal Way Library Date: 2/26/2024, 3 PM Create a unique memory in the Makerspace. Bring your favorite picture book to the library. We will help you record an audio file of you reading your picture book, and then create a keepsake box to house your story, using the... Read more...

Seeking Early Career Artist for Artist Residency

Uptown Arts & Culture Coalition Deadline: 4/30/2024 This call is open to Western Washington residents who are within the first 4 years of their career as an artist and not currently a full time student. The artist must be able to attend meetings in the Uptown... Read more...

Request for Qualifications – SoDo Murals

Overall Creative and SODO BIA Deadline: 2/29/2024 In collaboration with the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture Hope Corps Program, Office of Economic Development, and One Seattle Downtown Activation Plan, we (SODO BIA + overall creative) are calling for... Read more...

Call to Artists – Kent Summer Art Exhibit

City of Kent Deadline: 3/13/2023, 10:59 PM The City of Kent seeks prints, photographs, paintings, works on paper and other types of artwork for the juried Kent Summer Art Exhibit. All artworks selected for the juried exhibit are then eligible for City Art Purchase... Read more...

Family Day – Let’s Make Art!

White River Valley Museum Date: 2/25/2024, 1-3 PM Sculptures, paintings, photography – can you name more art? Pop by the White River Valley Museum, explore the exhibit by Marita Dingus called “Where Castoffs Go to Heal and Grow,” and get some... Read more...

Call for Artists – Des Moines 2024 Utility Box Wraps

Des Moines Arts Commission Deadline: 2/29/2024 The City of Des Moines and the Des Moines Arts Commission are seeking artists to create imagery for utility boxes located in various locations around the City of Des Moines. This opportunity is open to visual artists,... Read more...

Paint and Sip

Federal Way 320th Library Date: 2/16/2024, 3 PM Paint your own cozy winter scene with local artist Collin Veenstra! Follow along with Collin while enjoying a warm cup of hot chocolate. All materials provided. the Federal Way 320th Library is located at 848 S 320th... Read more...

Journey with Acrylics Online Workshop

King County Library System Date: 2/17/2024, 10:30 AM Join a journey of the imagination with acrylic paints! Class facilitated by Tammy Leaver. SilverKite Community Arts offers online inter-generational workshops, talks, social hours and performances FREE for KCLS... Read more...

Cozy Winter Crafting

Renton Library Date: 2/21/2024, 6 PM Outside it’s dark and rainy. But inside the library is warm and cozy! Come for a winter craft workshop. Materials provided, but feel free to bring in your own as well. This month’s theme is swipe right on a book! Make... Read more...

Mountainscape in Colored Pencils – Online Workshop

King County Library System Date: 2/24/2024, 10:30 AM Draw Washington State’s beloved Mt. Rainier using colored pencils. SilverKite Community Arts offers online inter-generational workshops, talks, social hours and performances FREE for KCLS patrons. We hope that... Read more...

Botanical Printmaking Workshop

Covington Library Date: 2/24/2024, 1 PM Learn about printmaking techniques and how they can document, create and appreciate the natural world. Practice several gel plate printing techniques as well as design and carve a printing block to take home. The Covington... Read more...

Washington Stories Fund Grant

Humanities Washington Deadline EXTENDED: 3/1/2024 The purpose of the fund is to record and share the little-known stories of people or groups whose contributions add to the cultural richness of Washington State. You can now apply by March 1. Grant summary: Up to... Read more...

Working with Prismacolor Pencils

Postmark Center for the Arts Date: 2/29/2024, 5-7 PM This fun intro class will focus on how to layer oil based color-pencil on toned or black paper. Students will learn how to make a base sketch with apple green pencil and then layer colors from dark to light to make... Read more...

Block Print Valentines

Postmark Center for the Arts Date: 2/8/2024, 5-7 PM Are you looking for an evening of creativity with one of our expert crafters? Perfect for mother-child bonding, a girls night out, troop outing, or family/friend time. You’ll work on a fun creative valentine... Read more...

Twining Humber Award and SOLA Awards

Artist Trust Open 2/26/2024 through 3/25/2024, 11:59 AM The Twining Humber Award is an unrestricted award of $10,000 given annually to a Washington State female-identified visual artist, age 60 or over, who has dedicated 25 years or more to creating art. The award is... Read more...

Nature Writing – Online 2-Part Series

Dates: 1/28 and 2/4/2024, 5:30 PM For adults. Nature is mysterious and powerful. Many different authors have captured the beauty of the natural world by using literary devices such as imagery and metaphor. In this series, join Professor Samantha Weisberg as she takes... Read more...

Make an Etched Night Light

Federal Way Library Date: 1/30/2024, 5 PM Create your own etched LED nightlights using the Makerspace’s Glowforge laser engraver! Limit one light per person. For adults and teens. Please pre-register at kcls.org. The Federal Way Library is located at 34200 1st... Read more...

Make a Victorian Valentine Puzzle Purse

Federal Way 320th Library Date: 2/2/2024, 3:30 PM Make a folded case for a special message of love or friendship. The Victorian Puzzle Purse is folded from a single sheet of paper. For teens and adults. Please pre-register at kcls.org. The Federal Way 320th Library is... Read more...

Hand Sew a Fabric Heart Garland

Federal Way Library Date: 2/3/2024, 2 PM Hand sew a three-dimensional fabric heart to take home. If there’s time, you can make more than one and create a heart garland to hang. All supplies provided while they last. For teens and adults. Registration is NOT... Read more...

Basics of Bullet Journaling

Maple Valley Library Date: 2/6/2024, 6:30 PM This how-to workshop presented by librarian Mary Dempsey will supply the materials and instruction to get started bullet journaling. Bullet journaling uses bullet points, symbols and other creative solutions to organize... Read more...

Open 4Culture

4Culture Ongoing This grant awards up to $2,500 for Arts projects in Seattle’s Communities of Opportunity or King County, and Heritage or Preservation projects anywhere in the County. Must file at least eight weeks prior to event you’re planning. Learn more at ... Read more...

Federal Way Arts Explosion 2024

Federal Way Arts Commission Deadline: 3/20/2024 This is the  second annual juried art contest in Federal Way, Washington. Diverse and multi-generational artworks will be shown from local, regional and out-of-state artists.  All will be available for viewing and sale.... Read more...

Mt. Si Artist Guild 2024 Small Works Show

Mt. Si Artist Guild Deadline: 3/3/2024 The Mt. Si Artist Guild (MSAG) is excited to announce their 2024 Small Works Show. Open to 2D original art, non-thematic; any subject matter is eligible. No photography or computer generated art. Maximum size of framed art is 154... Read more...

City of Burien Call to Artists

City of Burien Deadline: 9/28/2024, 5 PM This call is open to artists residing in Washington State. There are three locations: Burien Community Center Lobby Wall—2D Only 14700 6th Ave SW Lobby wall is 14’ wide x 8’ tall Hanging materials provided 2-month exhibit $50... Read more...

Community Accelerator Grant Program

ArtsFund Date: 1/24/2024, 9:30 AM Please join us on Wednesday, January 24 for an overview of Year 2 of the Community Accelerator Grant Program! Funded by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, this $10 million investment in Washington State’s arts and culture sector... Read more...

We Are History Keepers

Greater Kent Historical Society Date: 2/17/2024  9:30 AM – 1 PM A free workshop on preserving the cultural and records of your ethnic community, organizations, and families. This event will be held at Kent Commons, 525 Fourth Avenue N in Kent. While the event is... Read more...

Seeking Curator of Exhibits

Museum of History & Industry Open until filled Under the supervision of the Chief of Exhibits and Interpretive Services, and working cooperatively with staff across the museum, the Curator of Exhibits is responsible for exhibition content creative direction and... Read more...

Free Percussion Workshop and Free Samba Dance Tips

Show Brazil! Dates: 1/22/2023 Free, all-ages percussion workshop by Eduardo Mendonça and free dance workshop to the rhythms of samba reggae, learn some moves from our talented dancers, Rachel Sandy and Kit Fellner on Monday night, January 22nd in Seattle. Let’s... Read more...

Let Our Hearts Sing – Poetry and Song Workshop

Highline Heritage Museum Dates: 2/3 and 2/10/2024, 1-3 PM “Let Our Hearts Sing: Sharing Our Voices in Poetry and Song Workshop” on Saturdays, February 3rd and 10th, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. In celebration of the many languages of our homelands, hearts, and... Read more...

Drama Kids International Franchise for Sale

Drama Kids International franchise for sale! Turn-key, functioning program with admin staff and awesome teachers serving 7 school districts in King County. Priced for fast sale. Own a business that fills your heart and makes a difference in the world!... Read more...

Works by Jessie Brugger and Tara Champion

Helen S. Smith Gallery Now through 2/22/2024 Works by Jessie Brugger and Tara Champion are now on exhibit at the Helen S. Smith Gallery on the Green River College main campus. Fogbow is the title of a body of work by Jessie Brugger exploring the magical moments in the... Read more...

Seeking Marketing Manager

Key to Change Deadline: 2/12/2024 Key to Change is looking for a Marketing Manager to oversee all marketing campaigns and initiatives across digital and physical channels. This critical role will work with a highly motivated and collaborative small team developing... Read more...

Give Me Culture Grants

City of Kent Rolling Deadline The City of Kent Arts Commission’s “Give Me Culture” program offers small, flexible grants to individuals, organizations and community groups for arts and culture projects and events that serve the public in Kent. Awards are intended to... Read more...

Works by Cathy Fields and Kelly Loney

Kent Centennial Center Gallery Now through 2/28/2024 Cathy Fields’ work in this exhibit covers a range of themes that the artist comes back to from time to time. Typically, something sparks a thought, and her imagination takes over in the themes of imagined... Read more...

Diversity in Local History Workshops

Washington State Historical Society Date: 3/13/2024, 9-10:30 AM The Heritage Capital Projects (HCP) grant application for 2025-2027 will open this year on February 1. HCP funds construction, rehabilitation (historic and non-historic), and/or acquisition of places in... Read more...

Heritage Capital Projects Grants Workshops

Washington State Historical Society Dates: 2/13, 3/7, and 4/25/2024 The Heritage Capital Projects (HCP) grant application for 2025-2027 will open this year on February 1st! HCP funds construction, rehabilitation (historic and non-historic), and/or acquisition of... Read more...

Heritage Professional Development Stipends

4Culture Deadline: Ongoing until 10/31/2024 The Heritage Professional Development Stipend program provides stipends ranging from $100 to $1,500 for heritage practitioners in King County to participate in a professional development or career maintenance opportunity.... Read more...

Works by Roark Congdon

Auburn Community and Event Center Gallery Dates: 1/4 – 3/4/2024 Roark Congdon’s work is a fusion of digital fabrication and analog painting. He calls it “a marriage of Western art history and the expressive spontaneity of brushwork, all underpinned... Read more...

Call for Live Music for Summer Concert Series

Des Moines Arts Commission Open until filled The Des Moines Arts Commission is accepting applications for the 2024 Summer Concert Series at Des Moines Beach Park. Concerts take place on Wednesday evenings, from 7-9 PM, July 17 through August 21, 2024. Find the... Read more...

Muckleshoot: Alive and Strong

Postmark Center for the Arts Dates: 1/17-3/22/2024 The Postmark Center for the Arts is proud to present ”Muckleshoot: Alive & Strong,” a group exhibition displaying the work of artists from the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe. Featured artists include: Isiah Corwin, Sam... Read more...

Drop-in Painting with Amy Sie

Postmark Center for the Arts Dates: Every Friday, beginning 1/19/2024, 10 AM – Noon Amy Sie is offering Drop-In Gongbi Painting sessions at the Postmark! A free, no-pressure environment for you to start a new painting, or work on an old one. Please bring your... Read more...

Works by Irina Kladova

Cheryl Sallee Gallery Dates: Now through 3/6/2024 In her watercolor paintings, Irina Kladova enjoys stitching together small details, shades of colors, and a variety of different patterns, creating stories from these moments. “My work is a reflection of my own... Read more...

RMAC Arts and Culture Grants

Renton Municipal Arts Commission The Renton Municipal Arts Commission extends grants to individuals, organizations, and community groups aiming to enrich our city’s cultural landscape. Our grants support diverse arts and culture projects and events accessible to... Read more...

Artist Hosts Wanted

Black River Cultural Arts Center Calling all passionate local artists! Whether you wield a paintbrush, sculpt with finesse, or indulge in craft, your skills could steal the spotlight at Renton Art Lounge, happening at the Black River Cultural Arts Center, 204 Logan... Read more...

Latino Poetry Initiative

Libraries of America Deadline: 2/15/2024 Open to all public, academic, and community college libraries, museums, and nonprofit community organizations. Latino Poetry is a national public humanities initiative directed by Library of America, a nonprofit publisher and... Read more...

Challenge America Grants

National Endowment for the Arts Deadline: 4/25/2024 These grants offer support to small organizations for projects to reach historically underserved communities with rich and dynamic cultural identities. This [rogram may be a good entry point for organizations that... Read more...

SeaTac Local Arts Showcase

SeaTac Community Center Dates: 1/8-30/2024 The Local Art Showcase is returning to the SeaTac Community Center, located at 13735 24th Avenue S in SeaTac. Artists of all ages have  submitted their art for the public to enjoy. Mediums include a variety of elements, from... Read more...

Grants for Arts Projects

National Endowment for the Arts Deadline: 2/15/2024 Grants for Arts Projects (GAP) provides expansive funding opportunities to strengthen the nation’s arts and cultural ecosystem. Grants are available for arts projects in a wide variety of artistic disciplines. Each... Read more...

Environmental Services Artist in Residence

Tacoma Office of Arts & Culture Deadline: 4/1/2024, 11 PM  This call is open to artists residing or working in King, Pierce, Thurston or Kitsap counties for the duration of the residency. Applicants must be willing to acquire a Tacoma Business License and... Read more...

From Fiber to Fabric

Highline Heritage Museum Now through 2/2024 Raw sheep wool spun into yarn and woven into fabric from the private collection of Adrienne Myer. This exhibit was curated by Amber Raven and Adrienne Myer. It is viewable 24/7 through the Museum’s community exterior... Read more...

Beginning Drawing 2 – The Body’s Form

Postmark Center for the Arts Date: 2/1/2024, 5:30-7:30 PM In this drawing class, we will form the body around an armature and learn to construct the shape of skin and muscle. This crash-course lesson will strengthen your skills in posing and the shape of the body.... Read more...

Creative Writing for Teens

Postmark Center for the Arts Dates: 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1 from 3:30-4:30 PM Develop your storytelling skills as we learn about creating exciting plots, interesting characters and rich dialogue. We will learn how to use literary devices and emotive language to help... Read more...

Little Free Art Gallery

Rose Gift House and Coffee Permanent revolving exhibit With funding from the Renton Municipal Arts Commission, local artist Marianna Spiritakis created this Little Free Art Gallery to showcase the essence of art as a shared experience. The gallery is located on an... Read more...

Stone Images XIII

Pacific Bonsai Museum Now through 3/31/2024 Presented by the Northwest Viewing Stone Group of the Puget Sound Bonsai Association. See more than 30 collected natural stones, chosen for their ability to conjure up images of mountains, figures, and abstract patterns that... Read more...

SoCo Meeting Notes – 11/9/2023

SoCoCulture Membership Meeting Notes 11/9/2023 – 9:30 AM-Noon This meeting was hosted at Auburn’s newly-opened Postmark Center for the Arts at 20 Auburn Avenue in Auburn. Allison Hyde, Arts Program Supervisor for the City of Auburn, welcomed SoCo members and we dove... Read more...

Art Contest for Students

Washington Invasive Species Council and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Deadline: 5/31/2024 The Washington Invasive Species Council (WISC) and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) invite school-age students to participate in an art contest... Read more...

Burien Arts Gallery Wall Entries Invited

Burien Arts Association Starting in 2024, exhibits at the Highline Heritage Museum will run quarterly and will include an opening reception. Artists chosen by the review panel will be curated into the exhibition schedule. To encourage sales, we strongly suggest that... Read more...

American Muslim

Auburn City Hall Gallery Now through 1/31/2024 This exhibition of portraits by Anna Mia Davidson  features American Muslim women of the millennial/gen-z generation. This photographic project intends to raise awareness, change the narrative, build cross cultural... Read more...

2024 World Citizen Essay Contest

World Affairs Council Deadline: 3/24/2024 Global Classroom is excited to launch our 25th annual World Citizen Essay Contest (WCEC)! We encourage teachers and parents to share this opportunity with their students, and students to share their perspectives on the global... Read more...

Humanities WA Speakers Bureau – 2024-2025 Slate

Humanities Washington In communities throughout Washington State, Humanities Washington’s Speakers Bureau presenters give free public presentations on history, politics, music, philosophy, spiritual traditions, and everything in between. Click here for their new... Read more...

Museums Advancing Racial Justice

Science Museum of Minnesota Dates: 4/15-17/2024 Museums are an important part of America’s cultural fabric because they are gathering places for conversation and exploration within our communities. As part of its Our Shared Future: Reckoning with our Racial Past... Read more...

SoCo Meeting Notes – 9/14/2023

SoCoCulture Membership Meeting Notes 9/14/2023, 10 AM – Noon         Many thanks to our meeting hosts at the Historical Society of Federal Way – we convened at the Historical Society’s offices at the Steel Lake Annex, across the... Read more...

Sound Transit Busker/Street Performer Guidelines

Sound Transit Sound Transit allows busking at certain Link light rail stations, including Tukwila International Boulevard Station and Angle Lake Light Rail Station – approved sites are marked with a star. To perform at these sites, buskers must follow the... Read more...

People of the Inside

Renton History Museum             People of the Inside tells the story of the Duwamish before and after White settlers came to Renton. Become acquainted with the Moses family, the last Duwamish to live on their ancestral land of the banks of... Read more...

Art + Flight

Museum of Flight Now through 1/24/2024 Flight has been a subject for artistic exploration dating back to DaVinci’s time. More recently, artists have used air and space travel as inspiration for creating works in a variety of media. (Pictured here, Artist in Residence... Read more...

SoCo Meeting Notes – 5-16-2023

SoCoCulture Membership Meeting Notes 5/16/2023 – 1-3 PM   Our meeting was hosted by the Kent Historical Museum (thanks to executive director Dylan High). Mary Clymer, SoCo leadership team member and Renton Municipal Arts Commissioner, served as the emcee. Dylan... Read more...

SeaTac Airport Open Call for Performing Artists

Port of Seattle Seattle-Tacoma International Airport this year marks a decade of its live music program. Since March of 2013, more than 200 Pacific Northwest performers played over 28,700 hours of live music in concourses around the airport. Also, March 2023 marks the... Read more...

Democracy Forward

Humanities Washington As an addition to Humanities WA’s Speakers Bureau program, which provides vetted humanities experts to schools free of charge, the organization has selected seven speakers that help high school students engage with and understand democracy,... Read more...

Collections Concerns – Online Drop-In Office Hours

Washington State Historical Society Second Monday of every month at 10 AM Collections staff of the Washington State Historical Society is offering drop-in sessions on the second Monday of every month to field your questions and share resources on all aspects of... Read more...

Family Tree Makers Users Group

South King County Genealogical Society Date: First Saturday of every month, 10 AM – Noon Each month, SKCGS’s online Family Tree Maker Users Group focuses on different features of FTM. Register in advance for this Zoom meeting at... Read more...

Call for Storytellers – 7 Stories

Burien Arts Association Fourth Friday of each month Who hasn’t been held captive by a powerful, funny or frightening story? 7 STORIES is a  night of such storytelling –to build community, empathy, and celebrate our diversity. Each 7 STORIES night has a theme and... Read more...

Saltwater Park Forest Restoration Project

Friends of Saltwater State Park First Saturdays of every month, 10 AM – Noon Join forces with a Friends of Saltwater group that gathers once a month to tackle the ivy in Saltwater State Park. The ivy is a major problem in the Park, smothering the trees, taking... Read more...

SoCo Meeting Notes – 1-10-2023

SoCoCulture Meeting Notes – Tuesday, January 10, 1-3 PM  SoCo Announcements: SoCo membership renewal request will be coming to your e-mail inbox soon – we would love to have your continued participation in SoCoCulture! Please plan to renew your SoCo membership.... Read more...

SoCo Meeting Notes – 11-17-2022

Notes from SoCo’s 11/17/2022 meeting – Regrouping with Gratitude As we slowly emerge from the pandemic, many of our organizations have experienced “The Great Resignation” effect, while those of us who are still hanging in there are being run... Read more...

Genealogy Volunteers Needed

South King County Genealogical Society SKCGS partners with the King County Library System in Auburn by offering a Genealogy Help Desk (GenDesk) to assist library patrons with ancestor research. GenDesk is available monthly on the fourth Thursday from 11 am to 1 pm. We... Read more...

New Writing Critique Groups

Plateau Area Writers Association The Plateau Area Writers Association has two new critique groups. One is a general writers’ group – with participants engaged in fiction, nonfiction, screenwriting, playwriting, poetry and journalism. No X-rated material is... Read more...

Private Piano Lessons for Youth and Adults

Tukwila Parks and Recreation Eight Weeks of 30-Minute Sessions on Thursdays Piano lessons for Youth and Adults on Thursdays with Local Musician Dylan Hughes. Dylan focuses his curriculum on musicality, creativity, and helping both kids and adults choose to learn and... Read more...

Song and Spoken Word Open Mic

Maple Valley Creative Arts Council Last Thursday of every month, 7-8:30 PM Any and all are welcome to join us! Want to practice your new song or stand-up routine? Have a new poem you’d like to recite and get feedback from fellow writers? Join us! Participation... Read more...

Pasifika Cultural Roots

Pacific Islander Community Association of Washington 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month, 3:30-6 PM Pasifika Wayfinder (PWF) Cultural Roots is a space nurtured at PICA-WA to foster an environment of youth learning Pasifika cultural through song, dance, chant,... Read more...

SoCo Opps Bulletins

SoCoCulture Hey South King County artists! SoCoCulture has a mailing list called SoCo Opps that is expressly for artists, actors, musicians and others who are interested in receiving a listing of South King County-based (and other nearby) creative opportunities on a... Read more...

SoCoCulture Strategic Plan 2022-2024

SOCOCULTURE STRATEGIC PLAN – 2022-2024 In the 21st Century, South King County has become one of the most diverse centers of humanity anywhere in the world – we are home to people whose ancestors have lived in this region since time immemorial, to brand-new arrivals... Read more...

Garden Work Parties

Lake Wilderness Arboretum Volunteer days are held at Lake Wilderness Arboretum every Wednesday and Thursday, 9am to noon. Show up on the day that works for you. A volunteer waiver form will need to be completed. Youth under 18 will need their waiver form signed by a... Read more...

Soos Creek Botanical Garden Pavilion

Soos Creek Botanical Garden Schedule your event or ceremony at the Soos Creek Botanical Garden. This is a perfect covered venue for weddings, meetings, classes, fundraisers, memorials and family reunions. Reservations are being taken now for your celebrations, with a... Read more...

Soos Creek Botanical Garden Needs Volunteers

Soos Creek Botanical Garden If you have 1/2 day per week or more to share your skills and learn some new ones, please consider applying to be a Garden volunteer. E-mail info@sooscreekbotanicalgarden.org with your questions. A 90 minute Orientation is held a few times... Read more...

What Difference Do Renton Women Make

Renton History Museum In honor of the centennial of national women’s suffrage in 2020, “What Difference Do Renton Women Make?” is an online exhibit that explores the contributions that Renton women have made to the city’s history. Made possible by a grant... Read more...

Black in the Valley

White River Valley Museum This virtual exhibit covers the early history of black people in the White River Valley, from 1830 to 1970. Visit www.wrvmuseum.org/exhibits-entry/2021/2/9/black-in-the-valley  to learn more. Read more...

Outdoor Volunteer Opportunities

SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve has numerous volunteer opportunities. You can help remove noxious weeds and plant native species with SHADOW’s Land Management Specialist as a Volunteer Restoration Assistant or you can help take care of... Read more...

RACIAL EQUITY MATTERS Resource List

This list is provided in conjunction with SoCoCulture’s September 16, 2020 membership meeting on Racial Equity Matters. Browse through and follow up on the programs, activities and readings that are of most interest to you. SoCo members can use these materials... Read more...

Internships at Evergreen City Ballet

Evergreen City Ballet Ongoing Evergreen City Ballet (ECB) is currently recruiting talented and hard-working individuals to join its team! If you are someone who is looking for experience in the non-profit world and would like to gain valuable insight, please reach out... Read more...

Give Me Culture Grants

Kent Arts Commission Rolling deadline The City of Kent Arts Commission’s “Give Me Culture” program offers small, flexible grants to individuals, organizations and community groups for arts and culture projects and events that serve the public in Kent. Awards are... Read more...

Docents and maintenance volunteers needed

Greater Kent Historical Society Anyone interested in offering a few hours a month would be welcomed! There are a number of opportunities depending on your interest. Docents will be trained to help at the Museum during open hours Building maintenance Cleaning Garden... Read more...

Volunteer with Renton History Museum

Renton History Museum Looking for a great volunteer opportunity in 2020? The Renton History Museum has positions for Saturday greeters, tour leaders, and Board of Trustees members, all in a fun learning environment with people passionate about history and community!... Read more...

Docents needed – Pacific Bonsai Museum

Pacific Bonsai Museum Application deadline: 2/10/2024 Based on the experience and wisdom of our current and past volunteer Docents, we’ve made positive changes to our Docent program so that our volunteers are set up for success and our visitors’ have an... 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Art on Poverty Bay

Des Moines Outdoor sculpture gallery. Locations at Redondo Beach and Marina District. Map at www.desmoinesartscommission.com. 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...

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 a former 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

Wayfind Wayfind is a nonprofit with a mission to improve the quality of life in Washington by providing free business legal services for nonprofits and microenterprises.Here are some examples of the legal work they can help you with: · Contracts – Review, draft, and... 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...

Plateau Area Writers Association

Plateau Area Writers Association Speakers’ series, workshops, critique groups, and Enumclaw Plateau History Project. Find more information at https://www.plateauareawriterassociation.org/ Read more...

Burien Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services

Moshier Community Art Center The Moshier Community Art Center, 430 S 156th Street, 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... Read more...