SoCoCulture Announcements

Paint and Sip Watercolor Class

King County Library System Date: 1/23/2021, 1:30 PM Grab a beverage of your choice and spend an hour talking and making art in this step-by-step watercolor painting workshop! For adults and teens. Presented by Nani Trias. Supplies Watercolor paints Paint brush... Read more...

Intro to Acting

King County Library System Date: 1/22/2021, 10:30 AM During the COVID-19 pandemic, Silver Kite Community Arts is offering daily online inter-generational workshops, talks, social hours and performances FREE for KCLS patrons. We hope that by offering these... Read more...

Call to Artists – Looking Forward

Kent Arts Commission Submission deadline: 3/31/2021 Having bid farewell to 2020, the Kent Arts Commission is kicking off 2021 with a new KentCreates.com exhibit. The changing of the year is a time to look forward with wishes, goals, and plans for ourselves, our... Read more...

We are History Keepers Workshops

Ethnic Heritage Council Spring 2021 The University of Washington Libraries and the Ethnic Heritage Council have partnered to create We Are History Keepers! – an ongoing series of workshops on archiving the cultural and historical records of ethnic communities and... Read more...

Arts Innovator Award

Artist Trust Deadline: 2/1/2021 The Arts Innovator Award recognizes artists who demonstrate innovation in their art practice. These unrestricted awards of $25,000 are given annually to two Washington State artists of any discipline who are originating new work,... Read more...

Hiring Racial Equity Consultant

Artist Trust Deadline: 1/22/2021 Artist Trust is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support and encourage artists working in all disciplines in order to enrich community life throughout Washington State. Through grants and professional development... Read more...

Seeking Guest Curator

Vashon Heritage Museum Application deadline: 2/1/2021 The Vashon Heritage Museum seeks to hire a Guest Curator to guide the planning for the new Permanent Exhibition from its current pre-design phase through production document phase over the next 12 months.  This... Read more...

MVYSO Executive Director

Maple Valley Youth  Symphony Orchestra Application deadline: 1/25/2021, 5 PM The Maple Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra has an immediate opening for a creative, resourceful, optimistic, and action-oriented person to be our next Executive Director. Come work for a... Read more...

Call to Artists – Beyond the Construct

The Dalles Art Center and Columbia Center for the Arts Deadline: 2/14/2021, 8 PM Columbia Center for the Arts and The Dalles Art Center are excited to announce the first in an ongoing collaborative Biennial, each focused on a different medium, and open to artists... Read more...

Call to Artists – Art of the Quarantine

Helen S. Smith Gallery at Green River College Deadline: 2/1/2021, 5 PM All works submitted by artists working in the Northwest will be featured virtually on the Helen S. Smith Gallery website until April, 2021. Additionally, from the works submitted, a curated... Read more...

Call to Artists – FLOW 2021

Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and Seattle Public Utilities Application deadline: 2/2/2021, 5 PM The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities, is seeking up to 11 emerging artists to develop new temporary public... Read more...

Sky Writing Workshop

4Culture Date: 1/16/2021, Noon Join artists Elisheba Johnson and Kristen Ramirez in a free, 45-minute, experimental writing workshop in conjunction with a permanent artwork they are developing for King County Metro’s RapidRide H-Line in Burien, WA. You’ll... Read more...

Intro to Knitting

King County Library System Date: 1/15/2021, 10:30 PM Knitting is a wonderful way to express your creativity. Beginners are invited to this inter-generational class where you will learn how to cast on, do the knit stitch and cast off. For adults and teens. Supplies 1.... Read more...

Paper Sculptures

King County Library System Date: 1/16/2021, 1:30 PM All ages welcome. Learn how to turn flat pieces of paper into 3-dimensional shapes. Cut, bend, fold and attach paper to create art from your recycling bin! Supplies: Assortment of paper Scissors Glue Scotch tape or... Read more...

Introduction to Pastels

King County Library System Date: 1/9/2021, 1:30 PM All ages welcome. During this hands-on, online workshop, learn how to use pastels to draw a simple still life. Supplies: Chalk pastels Paper Pencil Eraser Paper towels Register... Read more...

Bollywood Dance

King County Library System Dates: 1/13/2021, 10:30 AM             1/27/2021, 10:30 AM Traditionally, Bollywood dancing has been heavily influenced by Asian cultures, Hindu art, music and culture. Today, Bollywood music and dancing is also influenced by other cultures... Read more...

Call for virtual session proposals – Cultural Congress

Inspire Washington Submission deadline: 2/22/2021 Since 1992, the annual Cultural Congress has served as a much anticipated, annual convening of over 200 artists, administrators and leaders, educators, students, volunteers, and civic leaders from across the state to... Read more...

Spirit of Flight – Juried Photo Exhibit

Museum of Flight Entry deadline: 4/2/2021 The Museum of Flight invites entries for a special juried photography exhibition at the Museum opening to the public June 19, 2021 (closing date to be determined). The exhibition, comprised of 35 ranking photographs, will be... Read more...

Seeking Burien Arts Commissioners

City of Burien Application deadline: 2/26/2021, 5 PM The mission of the City of Burien Arts Commission is to promote and nurture the arts as an essential component of our community by providing cultural opportunities for all.  The Arts Commissioners meets monthly and... Read more...

City of Opportunity Scholarship

City of Tukwila Deadline 3/31/2021 Created in 2014 for high school students living in Tukwila, this scholarship program provides financial assistance and opportunity to deserving students who wish to continue their education beyond high school. Applications are being... Read more...

2021 Speak Truth Video Contest

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights  Deadline: 3/14/2021 With support from the American Federation of Teachers, and based on Kerry Kennedy’s book Speak Truth To Power: Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing Our World, this middle and high school filmmaking... Read more...

Speak Up, Sing Out Music Contest

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights  Deadline: 4/11/2021 In partnership with the GRAMMY Museum, the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Foundation invites students to produce original songs that take a stand against human rights abuses. Using their own voices and perspectives,... Read more...

Unpublished Writing Contest

Pacific Northwest Writers Association Early Bird Deadline: 1/31/2021 Absolute Deadline: 3/31/2021 Is your unpublished writing project polished and ready for feedback? Send it in to the Pacific Northwest Writers’ Association’s annual Writing Contest between January 1... Read more...

Call to Creatives

Pacific Crest Creatives Pacific Crest Creatives is open for business at 209 E First Street, Cle Elum. Their carefully curated local art gallery in the front is open for sales, and their resident artist (Charity of Ghost Town Metal Works) works in the studio space in... Read more...

Building for Equity – Cultural Facilities Grants

4Culture Application deadline: 2/5/2021, 5 PM Building for Equity: Cultural Facilities grants provide funding for building, remodeling, and buying specialized space that houses and facilitates cultural work in King County. A total of $1,100,000 is available in the... Read more...

Passages – Poetic Journeys – Poetry Contest

Unknown Poets Society Submission deadline: 4/1/2021, 12 PM Enter the Unknown Poets Society’s first-ever poetry contest! You may submit up to 3 poems; $5 per poem. All residents of King County and beyond are eligible after joining the free Unknown Poets... Read more...

Call for Artists – Downtown Kent Mural Project

Kent Arts Commission Entry deadline: 1/8/2021, 5 PM The Kent Arts Commission, in partnership with the Kent Downtown Partnership, seeks to place murals on two walls: 1) Exterior of the east wall of the building located at 403 W. Meeker Street (approximately 14 feet x... Read more...

Visual Art Submissions

Poetry Northwest Deadline: 3/1/2021 Poetry Northwest welcomes queries concerning visual art from October 1 – March 1. Simultaneous submissions are accepted in all categories with advance indication and prompt notification upon acceptance elsewhere. Please make a note... Read more...

DanceAble – Special Needs Dance Class

Allegro Performing Arts Academy Dates: Every Thursday at 6:50 PM, 1/7 – 3/11/2021 DanceAble is a specialized program at Allegro Performing Arts Academy for any student with special learning differences. Including, but not limited to, students with down syndrome,... Read more...

Call to Artists – 2021-2022 Downtown Sculpture Gallery

City of Auburn Application deadline: 2/18/2021, 10:59 PM The City of Auburn invites sculptors to submit applications for Auburn’s Downtown Sculpture Gallery. The works selected for this public art exhibition will be on loan to the City for a period of twelve months... Read more...

Call to Artists – Mary Olson Farm Artist in Residence

Mary Olson Farm/Auburn Parks, Arts and Recreation Application deadline: 2/25/2021, 10:59 PM The Mary Olson Farm Artist in Residence is an opportunity for an artist to pursue their work in, and to be inspired by, the unique and beautiful setting of the Mary Olson Farm... Read more...

World Citizen Essay Contest

World Affairs Council Submission deadline: 3/20/2021 The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were agreed upon by the United Nations in 2015 to address global issues by 2030. Their primary purpose is to improve the living standards of everyone and every country... Read more...

Cups with Conscience – Call to Artists

Gallery One Submission deadline: 2/1/2021 Gallery One announces its seventh national juried exhibition.  Entries in the category of drinking vessels will be accepted from across the nation and juried by Richard Notkin and Beth Lo for inclusion in a month-long... Read more...

Heritage Internship Proposals

4Culture Deadline: 1/15/2021 The King County Heritage Internship Program has been part of our heritage capacity-building programs since 2018. In the past, we paired graduate students with host sites around the county to complete help complete projects—you can read... Read more...

Call for Gift Shop Merchandise

Foss Waterway Seaport  Deadline: 7/1/2021 The Foss Waterway Seaport is a maritime museum in Tacoma. It seeks products created by local artists and craftspeople to add to the museum’s store. These proposals should be for pieces that you make that can be modified... Read more...

Artist Call – Puyallup Outdoor Sculpture Gallery

City of Puyallup and Arts Downtown Deadline: 1/24/2021 Arts Downtown, in partnership with the City of Puyallup, is pleased to announce the opening of its twentieth rotating gallery exhibit in 2021. This public art program invites artists to exhibit works in the... Read more...

Building for Equity Learning Circles

4Culture This new webinar series from 4Culture is open to anyone working in the King County cultural sector. Acquiring or developing a cultural facility often includes working with consultants to achieve your goals. A consultant provides a needed expertise and a... Read more...

Cultural Performers for Expo 2020 Dubai

Global U.S. Ties Application deadline: 3/15/2021 at latest (see below) Global Ties U.S. is seeking Cultural Performers to perform at the U.S. Pavilion. Cultural Performers – including representatives from dance, music, theater, literature, art, food, sports, spoken... Read more...

Youth Ambassadors for Expo 2020 Dubai

World Affairs Council Open until filled (2/26/2021 is the absolute latest the application period will be open) Global Ties U.S. is accepting applications for Youth Ambassadors (U.S. citizens ages 18-29) to serve as guides and cultural ambassadors at the U.S.... 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...

Support for art projects in Renton

Renton Municipal Arts Commission Rolling deadline Funding for arts, cultural and heritage projects that serve residents and visitors in Renton, Washington. We encourage innovative projects by artists and communities that fill in cultural gaps and inspire new forms of... Read more...

Brand new resource for artists

SoCoCulture  SoCoCulture is developing a new mailing list expressly for artists, actors, musicians and others who are interested in receiving a listing of South King County-based creative opportunities on a regular basis. We hope to expand our reach to artists... Read more...

Monthly Work Parties at Saltwater

Friends of Saltwater State Park First Saturday of each month (exception for July – when the work party will be July 11) Friends of Saltwater State Park sponsors a monthly work party to remove invasive plants – 10 to noon on the first Saturday of each... Read more...

Women’s Suffrage Centennial – Free Materials

Washington State Historical Society Celebrate the 2020 national suffrage centennial by displaying our FREE panel exhibitions in your space. Great for classrooms, libraries, historical societies, museums, workplaces, and more! While looking at the fight for the vote in... 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...

Opportunity Grants

Humanities Washington Rolling deadline Opportunity Grants are available to small or rural organizations for public humanities presentations, and do not require a funding match. Organizations may request up to $1,000. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis... 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 Year-round Want to help share the art of bonsai with tens of thousands of visitors from around the world? Become a docent at Pacific Bonsai Museum! We’re looking for docents who love working with the public and enjoy learning about the art of... 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...

Residency for cultural capital producers

Washington State University Deadline: Ongoing In collaboration with Washington State University, artist and educator Peter Christenson has initiated a cultural capital scholar residency in Richland, WA and is currently seeking proposals from creatives with diverse... Read more...

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...

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 Auburn’s Downtown Sculpture Gallery Program, now in its eighth year, exhibits sculptures on loan from talented regional artists and displays them for all to experience. The sculptures become an integral part of the downtown... 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...

The value of trees

by Amanda Leon Amanda Leon is the City of Normandy Park’s Community Development and Parks Director, and a certified arborist. This is an excerpt from an article that originally appeared in the May 2015 edition of Normandy Park City Scene. In 2006, the U.S.... Read more...

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden

Home to one of the largest collections of species rhododendrons in the world, the Garden displays over 700 of the more than 1,000 known species. The RSBG is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the conservation, public display, and distribution of... Read more...

Ribbon-cutting for a unique Kent neighborhood

by Zachary E. Van Tassel, Greater Kent Historical Society On Saturday, August 8, at 1 PM, the Mill Creek Neighborhood will host a unique ribbon-cutting event on the corner of Temperance Street and Jason Avenue North in Kent. Late last year, the neighborhood was... Read more...

Fomenting a pro-tree movement in South King County

by Barbara McMichael, SoCoCulture As an umbrella organization for South King County cultural groups, SoCoCulture is pleased to have as members a number of institutions that are rooted in botany (pardon the pun). Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden, Soos Creek Botanical... Read more...

Pacific Bonsai Museum

Pacific Bonsai Museum The Pacific Bonsai Museum offers an outdoor heated tent space that can accommodate 49 seated guests and the museum courtyard can accommodate up to 100 guests for meetings, small weddings and special events. Email rental@pacificbonsaimuseum.org or... Read more...

Artist display space – Carco Theatre

Carco Theatre Ongoing review The Carco Theatre in Renton invites professional or amateur artists working in a variety of media to apply for consideration for the Carco Theatre Lobby art display. Local artists’ exhibits are scheduled for six week periods. The Lobby has... Read more...

Good neighbors build great gates

by James Daly and Greg Bartol If you are one who recognizes great organizations when you see them, then you know that two of them are near each other on Lea Hill in Auburn. Naturally, when Soos Creek Botanical Garden (SCBG) needed a gate to span their large entry,... Read more...

Volunteer in Soos Creek Botanical Garden

Soos Creek Botanical Garden Soos Creek Botanical Garden welcomes volunteers and considers them an essential resource that we could not do without. Volunteering is a great way to get involved with the gardens and to meet new and interesting people. Whether you are... Read more...

The Military Road Telegraph Sesquicentennial Project

In October of 1864, a group of workers was working its way steadily north along Military Road, installing the poles and telegraph wires that would connect Seattle at last to the rest of the world.  Back then, they called it “tied by lightning!” — and... Read more...

Dance classes at Allegro

Allegro Performing Arts Academy Allegro Performing Arts Academy offers classes in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, drama, tumbling, creative movement (Tiny tots), hip hop and occasional master classes from out-of-town choreographers.  Classes are for all... Read more...

Duwamish pioneer served in Civil War militia

by Pat Brodin, Tukwila Historical Society Although the Civil War was under way on the eastern side of the nation which seemed far away from the Pacific Northwest, the conflict had coursed its way through the Washington Territory. Vast numbers of military personnel... Read more...

Neely Mansion welcomes volunteer help

Neely Mansion Association Flexible hours The Neely Mansion Association welcomes and relies on volunteer help in restoring and maintaining this valuable landmarked property as a heritage to our community. Specifically needed are volunteers to lead, coordinate, and... Read more...

Open 4Culture

4Culture Deadline: six weeks before public event 4Culture recognizes a need for an entry point into 4Culture’s funding opportunities. Open 4Culture provides awards of up to $1,500 for projects that are created by or for underserved communities of King County, and are... Read more...

Maple Valley Historical Museums

Maple Valley Historical Society First Saturday of every month The Maple Valley Historical Society operates three museums: the top floor of the Old Grade School at 23015 SE 216th Way; and the Fire Engine Museum and Gibbon/Mezzavilla Store Museum at 22012 SE 248th... Read more...

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...

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 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...

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...