SoCoCulture Announcements

Arts Alive exhibit – call for entries

Federal Way Arts Commission Submission date: 9/11/2019, 3-5 PM The Arts Alive Juried Art Exhibition is a program designed to give regional artists an opportunity to display their works at Federal Way City Hall Gallery, 33325 8th Avenue S, Federal Way. Artists working... Read more...

Call to photographers

Northwest Symphony Orchestra Submission deadline: 9/2/2019 Photographers are invited to submit their photos of Mount Rainier, North Cascades and Olympic National Parks as part of the Northwest Symphony Orchestra’s National Parks concert at Benaroya. NWSO will be... Read more...

Historic Cemetery grants

Washington Trust for Historic Preservation and Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation Deadline: 10/23/2019 In partnership with the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP), the Washington Trust is pleased to announce the... Read more...

Heritage Barn grants

Washington Trust for Historic Preservation and Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation Deadline: 10/23/2019 In partnership with the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP), the Washington Trust is pleased to announce the... Read more...

Airport Community Ecology fund

Port of Seattle Application deadline: 9/9/2019 The Airport Community Ecology (ACE) Fund, authorized by the Port of Seattle Commission in November 2016, recognizes that neighboring communities that experience more impacts from airport operations should also experience... Read more...

Communities of Opportunity funding

Communities of Opportunity Application deadline: 9/16/2019 Communities of Opportunity (COO), a partnership between King County and the Seattle Foundation, invites multi-year proposals from organizations working to advance racial equity through systems and policy... Read more...

Immigrant and Refugee Commission recruiting

King County Immigrant and Refugee Commission Application deadline: 8/16/2019 The King County IRC is currently recruiting to fill 3 vacant positions.  The IRC was created in 2018 by Executive Dow Constantine and the King County Council and is committed to integrating,... Read more...

Valerie Sivinski Fund historic preservation grants

Washington Trust for Historic Preservation Deadline: 10/15/2019 The Valerie Sivinski Fund is an annual program of the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation that provides grants of up to $2,000 to organizations engaged in historic preservation around Washington... Read more...

Volunteers needed for face painting

Burien Arts Association Date: 9/7/2019, 5-10 PM The forest comes alive with magic! Join us for Burien’s Arts-A-Glow Festival of Light when Dottie Harper Park (near the Burien Community Center at SW 146th Street and 4th Avenue SW, Burien) is transformed by art... Read more...

Shapeshifters – The Alchemy of Bonsai and Design

Totokaelo (in collaboration with Pacific Bonsai Museum) Dates: 8/16-25/2019, 11 AM – 7 PM For “Shapeshifters,” four artists working in the Pacific Northwest have each been paired with a work from Pacific Bonsai Museum’s collection and asked to respond in their... Read more...

Paint Along at the Library

Tukwila Library Date: 8/15/2019, 2-3 PM Exercise your creativity and relieve stress while following along with an online painting tutorial, then take home your art! All supplies provided, but space is limited to 12 participants. Ages 12 and up. The Tukwila Library is... Read more...

Works by Danny Pierce

Kent History Museum Dates: 8/17-24/2019 the Greater Kent Historical Society is proud to present a collection of local artist Danny Pierce’s artwork. These special pieces are on loan from his daughter, Julia Pierce. The Kent History Museum is located in historic... Read more...

Landmarks Capital grant

4Culture Application deadline: 9/25/2019, 5 PM If you own a historic landmark in King County don’t miss this opportunity to apply for funds to repair or restore it. This program funds bricks-and-mortar projects that contribute to the region’s identity and can... Read more...

Photographs by Tracy LeMoine

Burien Arts Association Pop-Up Gallery at Burien Community Center Dates: 8/1-31/2019 Photographs of Tracy LeMoine are featured in the August exhibit at the Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Ave. S.W. Meet the artist at the opening reception on Tuesday, August 6 from... Read more...

Tukwila seeks new arts commissioner

Tukwila Arts Commission Open until filled Volunteers are a vital part of government’s existence and are deeply appreciated. There is currently an open position on the Tukwila Arts Commission. Applicants must be residents in Tukwila. This is for a four-year term.... Read more...

2020 Burien Arts and Culture Fund

Burien Arts Commission Application deadline: 8/16/2019 The City of Burien allocates approximately $20,000 each year for Arts and Culture Grants. The purpose of the City’s Arts and Culture Grants is to support arts and heritage organizations as well as artists who will... Read more...

Adult social dancing

Pacific Ballroom Dance Beginning 8/5/2019 Beginning and intermediate classes for adults! For beginners: this is the perfect place to begin your ballroom dance experience! Basic steps of Ballroom and Latin dances will be taught during the season. At the end of each... Read more...

Call for art and artists – Burien Art Market

Burien Arts Association Application deadline for panel participant artists: 8/15/2019 Application deadline for Art for the Store: 10/17/2019 New this fall, the Burien Arts Association is presenting the Burien Art Market, formerly called Vision 20/20. The event offers... Read more...

Earth Day Northwest 2020

Earth Day Northwest 2020 Earth Day Northwest 2020 has the goal of leveraging the upcoming 50th anniversary of Earth Day as a pivot point for our region. We aim to create a broad-based, welcoming movement for this place founded on three key ideals: protecting our... Read more...

Transformer utility box artwork project

City of Maple Valley Deadline: 8/30/2019, 5 PM The City of Maple Valley invites local professional artists/artist teams to submit qualifications for consideration to design site-specific artwork to enhance a large transformer utility box located at Summit Park. The... Read more...

Executive director search

Project Feast Position start date: 9/2019 The Project Feast board is recruiting a new Executive Director. Project Feast founder and current Executive Director Veena Prasad is stepping down to prioritize family matters. The planned timing for a new Executive Director... Read more...

Audition for Maple Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra

Maple Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra Audition dates: 8/5-26/2019 We have a fantastic season planned for 2019-2020! Our season includes great concerts with themes, fun community based performances, our Roaring 20’s themed Gala, performance at Benaroya Hall, trip... Read more...

Benchmarks

City of Auburn Through early October For the fifth year, artistically altered benches have been placed throughout Auburn to be enjoyed by the public. This popular community art program was initiated in 2015, and works with local community groups to paint, carve and... Read more...

Siege in Italy

Cheryl Sallee Gallery Dates: 7/11 – 9/12/2019 The City of Auburn and the Auburn Arts Commission are pleased to present “Siege in Italy” by the artist Siege at the Cheryl Sallee Gallery, located at the Auburn Senior Center, 808 9th Street SE, Auburn. Siege... Read more...

Cut paper works by Andrea Bergen

Auburn Community Center Gallery Dates: Now through 8/27/2019 The City of Auburn and the Auburn Arts Commission are pleased to present the work of theAndrea Bergen at the Auburn Community Center Gallery, located at 910 Ninth Street SE, Auburn. Bergen creates graphic... Read more...

Abstract paintings by Jeff Olson

Auburn City Hall Gallery Now through 8/27/2019 Artist Jeff Olson’s series of colorful, abstract paintings offer a unique vision of the landscape and the inspirational forces of nature which shape it. The canvases are boldly colored and the brushwork energetic,... Read more...

Living History Camp – Mary Olson Farm

White River Valley Museum Two sessions: 8/5-9/2019, 8/12-16/2019 from 9 AM-Noon Kids ages 6-11 will explore the daily activities of farm life in the early 20th century. Activities will include carring for farm animals, working in the garden,crafts, archery, baking in... Read more...

Watershed – works by Michelle Lassaline

White River Valley Museum Now through 9/29/2019 See breathtaking watercolors and intimate drawings by Mary Olson Farm’s 2018 Artist in Residence Michelle Lassaline. In 2018 the Mary Olson Farm hosted our first artist in residence – Michelle Lassaline. Lassaline... Read more...

Native education literacy and culture specialist

Highline School District Application deadline: Open until filled (position was posted on 6/27/2019) The Native Education Literacy and Culture Specialist supports equitable access to high quality, culturally-responsive, language and literacy learning opportunities for... Read more...

Restoration Work Parties in the Bog

SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve Every Saturday, 10 AM – 2 PM Help protect the Nature Preserve! Tasks change weekly and work parties are held rain or shine so bring your weatherproof clothing. SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve is located at 21656 184th Avenue SE, Renton.... Read more...

Cursive penmanship

Highline Heritage Museum Dates: 7/20 and 8/17/2019 Learn and practice your cursive skills. Class fee is $15 for members and $20 for the general public. Space is limited, contact curator@highlinehistory.org to reserve a space. The Museum is located at 819 SW 152nd... Read more...

Gnarly – The Dan Robinson Retrospective

Pacific Bonsai Museum Through 9/29/2019 Gnarly honors a lifetime of work by local, international legend Dan Robinson. As Robinson turns 80-years-old, Pacific Bonsai Museum looks back on his still-flourishing career as an American bonsai renegade who pioneered... Read more...

Bonsai Basics

Pacific Bonsai Museum Date: 8/24/2019, 1-3 PM  Have you ever wanted to try bonsai? Here’s your chance! Get your hands dirty in this interactive class as you learn about the art of bonsai. You will have the opportunity to create your own juniper bonsai to take home,... Read more...

Snap Grants

Washington State Arts Commission Deadline: ongoing ArtsWA (the Washington State Arts Commission) invites applications for our Snap Grants Program!  Are you a small group or organization with an annual operating budget of $25,000 or less? Do you need financial... Read more...

Kent Summer Art Exhibit

Centennial Center Gallery Dates: 6/5 – 8/21/2019 Featuring artists: Gabrielle Abbott, Juan Alonso-Rodriguez, Monica Bretherton, Sara Brogdon, Robert Chism, Roxanne Everett, Shannon Folino, Heinz Grossrieder, Aaliyah Gupta, Chris Heard, Fran Holt, Clare Johnson,... Read more...

MVYSO Jam Club Special Needs Camp

Maple Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra Dates: 8/12-16/2019, 10 AM – noon This is a Music Therapy Based Music Education Camp for students with special needs in grades 2* and up.  The camp is run by our Music Therapistand our Executive Director (also a Recreation... Read more...

Call to artists – Burien Pop-Up Gallery

Burien Arts Association Application deadline: until all show dates are filled The Burien Arts Pop-up Art Exhibit program is devoted to showcasing the works of established artists, emerging artists, and student art. The Pop-Up Art Gallery is currently located at the... Read more...

SeaTac Great Summer Camp 2019

City of SeaTac Dates: 7/1-8/30/2019 Camps are packed with great activities, favorite games, daily crafts, cooking, weekly field trips and weekly swimming. For grades K-5, the camps run Monday-Friday from 6 AM-6 PM. Full payment is due one week prior to attending.... Read more...

Call to artists – Art on Main

City of Auburn Application deadline: 8/21/2019 Art on Main – Artists are selected through an annual application process to install 3-dimensional or multi-media art installations in a public window-front exhibition space in downtown Auburn. Eligibility: This is a... Read more...

Call to artists – Auburn Art Galleries

City of Auburn Application deadline: 8/21/2019 Artists are selected through an annual application process for exhibitions in three city gallery spaces, showcasing diverse artworks by regional artists. Eligibility: This is a call to artists with no geographical... Read more...

Auburn 2020 Project Support Grants

City of Auburn Application deadline: 9/17/2019, midnight The purpose of the Project Support Grant program is to provide support to arts-related projects and programs within the City of Auburn. A portion of the funding for this particular grant comes from 4Culture.... Read more...

Docents needed for historical cabins

Historical Society of Federal Way Dates: 8/10, 9/14, 10/12/2019 From May through October, the Historical Society of Federal Way is in need of docents for tours of the historic Denny and Barker Cabins at West Hylebos Wetlands Park, 411 S 348th Street, Federal Way.... Read more...

Mini grants for Tukwila artists

Tukwila Arts  Offering up to $250 for your project – young people and people speaking languages other than English strongly encouraged to apply. Must be a Tukwila resident to apply for this grant. E-mail your idea to Olisa Enrico at tukwilaair.river@gmail.com or... Read more...

Mini grants for Duwamish River projects

Tukwila Arts  Offering up to $250 for your project – must be related to the Duwamish River and must have a creative component. Young people and people speaking languages other than English strongly encouraged to apply. E-mail your idea to Sarah Kavage, Duwamish... Read more...

Living Art of Bonsai – Principles of Design

Pacific Bonsai Museum Dates: 5/11-9/29/2019 This exhibit picks up where PBM’s 2018 exhibit, Elements of Design, left off. One-by-one, the exhibit breaks-down design elements and principles used by bonsai artists to make extraordinary works of art. A curated... Read more...

Renton Special Projects grants

Renton Municipal Arts Commission Deadline: 11/10/2019 The RMAC’s Special Projects grant program has two more funding cycles this year. The Special Projects grants are offered to individuals, organizations and community groups for arts and culture projects and... Read more...

Summer dance camps

Evergreen City Ballet Boys and girls ages 3-9 can choose from a variety of camps inspired by famous stories, allowing dancers to develop their imagination, social skills, physical awareness and confidence. Using the storybook theme of the week, students will dance to... 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 2019? 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...

DanceAble special needs dance classes for youth

Allegro Performing Arts Academy Dates: 10-week session on Wednesdays at 4:30 Allegro Performing Arts Academy’s new DanceAble integrative dance class is for any child ages 8+ with individual learning differences and other special needs. DanceAble uses specially... 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...

Wetlands heritage internship

SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve Application deadline: rolling This grant-funded position will be tasked with studying the history people and wetlands in King County. Wetlands are a vital resource and key feature of King County’s landscape, yet their degradation... 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...

Talk Time

Practice speaking English, learn about American culture and make friends. Free, join any time. Saturdays from 10-11:30 AM at the Auburn Library, 1102 Auburn Way S, Auburn. This program is available at other King County libraries as well – visit... Read more...

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 showcases ten outdoor sculptures in various sizes, types and mediums. Primarily located along Main Street, the sculpture gallery changes annually, providing different artwork for Auburn... 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

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...

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...

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

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...