SoCoCulture Announcements

Explore Country Dance

Pacific Ballroom Dance Saturdays in December, 9-10 AM Dust off those cowboy boots, put on a hat, and have a grand ol’ time Saturday mornings in December. Instructors Brent Mecham and Monique Hrouda. For ages 10 and up. Each 3 or 4-week session costs... Read more...

Explore Country Dance

Pacific Ballroom Dance Saturdays in December, 9-10 AM Dust off those cowboy boots, put on a hat, and have a grand ol’ time Saturday mornings in December. Instructors Brent Mecham and Monique Hrouda. For ages 10 and up. Each 3 or 4-week session costs... Read more...

Robert Morris’ Untitled Earthwork Exhibit

SeaTac City Hall Now through 2/2022 Robert Morris’ Untitled Earthwork in SeaTac is a Land Art First for the National Register of Historic Places. This exhibit was produced by the Highline Heritage Museum and funded by the City of SeaTac and with support from... Read more...

Gingerbread Houses on Display

Auburn Community & Events Center Now through 12/18/2021 Entries in Auburn’s Gingerbread House contest will be on at the Auburn Community & Events Center, located at 910 9th Street SE, Auburn. This fun event celebrates the holidays and brings the community... Read more...

Festival of Trees – A Literary Forest

White River Valley Museum Now through 1/9/2022 The holidays are a perfect time to snuggle up with a good book, or go see a literary themed exhibit! The wonderful librarians of our local King County libraries are making the holidays shiny and bright by filling the... Read more...

Heritage Language Program

World Affairs Council Learn more about a new virtual course for the new Heritage Language Grant for the Global Competence Certificate for Heritage Speakers. This is a year-long remote-learning program for Washington State Public high school heritage speakers of... Read more...

Webinar on Washington Nonprofit Act Updates

Washington Nonprofits Date: 12/2/2022 The Washington Nonprofit Act is changing after many years. These modernization updates are good news and have been a long time coming. Nonprofits don’t need to do anything special to be in compliance, but they may want to learn... Read more...

Grant for Rehabilitation of Historic Theaters

WA State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation Deadline: 12/19/2021 In 2021, the Washington State Legislature approved funding in the Capital Budget to establish the Historic Theater Capital Grant program. The program is intended to recognize and... Read more...

SoCoCulture Strategic Plan 2022 – Draft

The following Mission and Vision Statements been approved by SoCoCulture’s 2021 Leadership Team:   Mission Statement South King County Cultural Coalition’s mission is to provide artists, cultural producers, community leaders and organizations the tools and... Read more...

Telling the Full History Preservation Fund

National Trust for Historic Preservation Deadline: 12/15/2021 The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Telling the Full History Preservation Fund is a one-time grant program to interpret and preserve historic places of importance to underrepresented communities... Read more...

Arc Artist Fellowship

4Culture Deadline: 12/15/2021, 5 PM The Arc Artist Fellowship provides unrestricted $12,000 awards for King County artists, as well as promotional support through the 4Culture website. Each year, current Fellows will help shape the next funding cycle. For this year,... Read more...

Stone Images XI Exhibition

Pacific Bonsai Museum Dates: 11/2/2021 – 1/9/2022 Stones are shaped by water, wind, sand, and ice but what we see in them is shaped by our minds. A bit like cloud watching, viewing stones is an art of the imagination, in which we can see mountains, figures,... Read more...

Arnulfo Ramirez Exhibit

Highline Heritage Museum Now through 12/31/2021 Arnulfo is a Mexican-born Architectural Designer with an interest in the built environment and the interactions we all have with it. At the Highline Heritage Museum, 819 SW 152nd Street, Burien. Open Thursday- Sunday,... Read more...

Phillip Levine – Expressing Human Figure

Highline Heritage Museum Now through 1/30/2022 Noted throughout the region for his art in public places, longtime Burien resident and sculptor Phillip Levine passed away this past September. But before he died, he had participated in selecting the 21 sculptures and 35... Read more...

AHA-NEH Grants for Historical Organizations

American Historical Organization Deadline: 12/14/2021 The American Historical Association is offering “Grants to Sustain and Advance the Work of Historical Organizations.” Funded with $2.5 million from the NEH, the program will give support to dozens of small... Read more...

Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions

National Endowment for the Humanities Application deadline: 1/13/2021 Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized institutions — such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records... Read more...

Humanities Grants for Native Cultural Institutions

Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums Deadline: 12/13/2021 The American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Native Cultural Institutions is a grantmaking program to deliver relief to Native cultural institutions recovering from the coronavirus pandemic.... Read more...

2022 World Citizen Essay Contest

World Affairs Council Deadline: 3/20/2022, 11:59 PM The World Affairs Council hosts the WCEC for third through twelfth graders from across Washington State. The goal of the contest is to promote discussion among students, teachers, families, and community members... Read more...

State of the Forest

Art on Main Gallery Now through 1/3/2022 The City of Auburn and the Auburn Arts Commission are pleased to present an art installation by Suze Woolf at the window-front Art on Main Gallery, on view through January 3, 2022. The Gallery is located on East Main Street... Read more...

Movers and Groovers

Allegro Performing Arts Academy Autumn 2021 We truly believe in dance and movement for a young child’s foundation to set them up for success in the future, no matter what they choose to do. Development of motor skills, musicality, hand/eye coordination,... 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...

Auburn 2021-22 Downtown Sculpture Gallery

City of Auburn Now through Summer of 2022 The City of Auburn’s 2020-2022 Downtown Sculpture Gallery showcases ten outdoor sculptures of various sizes, types and mediums. Primarily located along Main Street, the sculpture gallery changes annually providing... Read more...

Works by J. Gordon and Lance McMullen

Kent Centennial Gallery Artist, professor, and curator J. Gordon works primarily with graphite, drawing expressive and ghostly portraits of other species. ” I find it fascinating to think about the consciousness of other fauna. How their environment shapes them,... Read more...

Call for Artists – Helen S. Smith Gallery

Helen S. Smith Gallery Application deadline: 1/1/2022 The Helen S. Smith Gallery on the Green River College Campus is currently requesting exhibition proposals for our 2023 exhibition cycle. Artists will be selected by invitation and from submissions. Emerging and... Read more...

Becky Frehse – Tone Poems

Helen S. Smith Gallery Now through 12/3/2021 Tone Poems is a mixed media painting and assemblage exhibition that borrows ideas from musical concepts that use descriptive elements to evoke the meaning of a story, memory, or place. Large scale paintings are built upon... Read more...

Opportunity Grants

Humanities Washington These grants of up to $1,000 support statewide access to public humanities presentations and events. Organizations with projects led by and serving underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Application must be received at least... Read more...

New Funding Opportunity for Museums

Washington State History Museum  Open until funding is exhausted The Washington State Library is distributing federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds allocated by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to States. This funding is to be used?to... 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 2021 celebrations,... 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...