SoCoCulture Announcements

South King County Fund Environmental Grants Program

Port of Seattle Deadline: 12/4/2020 The South King County Fund Environmental Grants Program supports projects that improve the local environment in the near-airport communities of Burien, Des Moines, Federal Way, Normandy Park, SeaTac, and Tukwila. Community-led... Read more...

Washington State Teacher Artist Training Lab

Washington State Arts Commission The TAT Lab Core cohort will include up to 30 selected teaching artists, arts specialists, classroom teachers, youth arts providers, and arts educators working in various settings and artistic disciplines and all regions of Washington... Read more...

Seattle Public Art Artist Roster for 2021-2023

City of Seattle Application deadline: 11/30/2020 Open to emerging artists currently residing in Washington State. The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture is creating an artist roster of approximately 200-300 artists who will be pre-qualified for future public art... Read more...

Children’s Voices in Times of COVID-19

Highline Heritage Museum In collaboration with Para Los Niños, the Highline Heritage Museum is presenting this exhibit exploring children and young people’s reflections and perceptions during this crisis. This exhibit is viewable 24/7 in the Museum’s display... Read more...

Hand-Painted Furoshiki Class

Auburn Parks, Arts and Recreation Date: 11/21/2020, 12-3 PM For ages 12-18. Add some eco-friendly pizazz to your holiday gift giving with hand-painted Furoshiki fabric wrapping. In this class, you will learn how to paint and stamp designs with earth oxide pigments on... Read more...

Indigo Tie Shibori Class

Auburn Parks, Arts and Recreation Date: 11/7/2020, 12-3 PM For ages 12-18. If you love tie-dye and all things blue, Japanese indigo Shibori is for you. In this class, instructor Margaret Byrd will teach you the traditional art of folding and dip-dyeing fabric to... Read more...

Creative Dramatics Classes for Children

Offered by Auburn Parks, Arts and Recreation. Creative Dramatics 1 | Ages 5-7 | Saturdays, Nov 7-Dec 19 | 10:30am | 55556 Creative Dramatics 2 | Ages 7-9 | Saturdays, Nov 7-Dec 19 | 12pm | 55557 Creative Dramatics 2 | Ages10-12 | Saturdays, Nov 7-Dec 19 | 1:30pm |... Read more...

Drama Kids International Fall Classes Enrolling Now

Carco Theatre Autumn 2020 There are a few spots available in both online classes (ages 4-18) and at after-school in-person classes (ages 6-12) at Carco Theatre. Carco after-school classes take place on Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 PM. Tuition is $80/month. The classes... Read more...

Gary Oliveira – Every Day

Helen Smith Gallery Dates: 9/21-12/8/2020 Gary Oliveira, Green River faculty member, began this series of photography over sixteen years ago as he photographed his family. Early on in the project, he directed and collaborated with them when he saw the right moment,... Read more...

Artist Relief

Artist Relief Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource; and co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Americans for the... Read more...

4Culture Cultural Relief Fund

4Culture Application deadline: 10/28/2020 4Culture has been entrusted with an additional $500,000 from King County to distribute federal CARES Act funds to cultural workers who are suffering financial losses due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. A note about... Read more...

Explore Dance – Country Western Social Dance

Pacific Ballroom Dance Dates: 10/17-11/7/2020, 10:30-11:30 AM New series begins October 17th! In this 4-week Explore Dance series, try your hand at Country Western Social Dance (Ages 10+). Classes are $60/person. Classes are held on Saturdays –  10:30-11:30 AM.... Read more...

Explore Dance – Kids Hip Hop

Pacific Ballroom Dance Dates: 10/17-11/7/2020, 9:30-10:30 AM New series begins October 17th! In this 4-week Explore Dance series, try your hand at Kids Hip Hop (Ages 9-13) Classes are $60/person. Classes are held on Saturdays. Register today and secure your spot. Only... Read more...

Dancing Classrooms Academy

Pacific Ballroom Dance Dates: Every Tuesday, 10/13-12/1/2020, 4-5 PM This class is designed for PBD’s Dancing Classrooms students who want to keep dancing after their in-school classes have come to an end.  This new, affordable, eight-week academy (only $20)... Read more...

New Round of CARES Act Funding

Washington State Arts Commission Deadline: 10/23/2020, 5 PM In partnership with Washington Department of Commerce, the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) is now accepting CARES Act Relief Grant applications from Washington State-based nonprofit arts and... Read more...

Call to Artists – Set in Motion Exhibition

Henry Art Gallery Application deadline: 11/2/2020, 11:59 PST The Henry Art Gallery invites all artists living and working in the Pacific Northwest to propose inspiring images to be installed as public art on King County Metro bus boards through the exhibition, Set in... Read more...

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Contest

King County Library System Dates: 10/1-21/2020 For adults, teens and children ages 9 and older. Can you scare the socks off your librarian? Put your storytelling skills to the test! Submit your spooky story by October 21 for a chance to have your Terrifying Tale... 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. The first program in the series happens Tuesday, October 20, at noon and will be on the topic of “Managing Consultants” and will feature 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 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 as the... Read more...

Teen Writing Workshops

White River Valley Museum Thursdays, 5:30-7 PM For teens who need help editing, researching, formatting, or organizing school writing projects. We can help! Drop your teen off with their current writing project in print or on their laptop/tablet, and we will help... Read more...

Study Camp

Allegro Performing Arts Academy Fall 2020 Allegro Performing Arts Academy is offering a Study Camp for students grades 7-12 who are enrolled in their school’s virtual program and would benefit from assistance/supervision by highly qualified teachers. Allegro... 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...

Jack Straw Artist Residency Programs

Jack Straw Cultural Center Application deadline: 11/2/2020 Jack Straw Artist Residency Programs offer established and emerging artists in diverse disciplines an opportunity to explore the creative use of sound in a professional atmosphere through residencies in our... Read more...

Call for Artists and Buskers

First Friday in Beautiful Downtown Burien Businesses along SW 152nd, Olde Burien and Seahurst are open with limitations and are looking for ways to showcase art on Burien’s monthly B-Town Beat Art Walk, which happens throughout the day on the first Friday of... 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...

Call for Artists – Artists Sunday

Artists Sunday Date: 11/29/2020 All professional artists and craftsmen are invited to join Artists Sunday, the free nationwide promotional event encouraging consumers to shop with artists. It’s like Small Business Saturday, but for art, the Sunday after Thanksgiving.... Read more...

Call to storytellers – 7 Stories

Burien Arts Association, Burien Culture Hub, Highline Heritage Museum Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the in-person 7 Stories events have been suspended, but the program will continue to bring you wonderful and true stories on our YouTube channel. 7 Stories is a night... Read more...

Auburn Community Art Showcase

Auburn Arts and Events Join in a Community Art Showcase, titled “Creative Expression for a Healthier Tomorrow.” We believe art has the power to inspire, to unite, to express emotions, to envision hope, and to build community. The City of Auburn would like to... 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...

Angle Lake Station

SeaTac City Hall Gallery This exhibit was curated by the Highline Heritage Museum and is about the new Angle Lake Light Rail Station located on S 200th Street, one block west of Highway 99 in SeaTac. It includes a discussion of some of the challenges that 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...

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...

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...

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 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

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...