SoCoCulture Announcements

ESL Classes

King County Library System Learn English grammar, reading, writing, and conversation skills with an experienced instructor. These classes are free. Auburn Library, 1102 Auburn Way S, Auburn Mondays and Wednesdays, now through 12/11/2019, 6-8:30 PM Covington Library,... Read more...

Block print holiday cards

Auburn Parks, Arts and Recreation Date: 12/4/2019, 6:30-8:30 PM In this family-friendly class you will learn how to transfer an image to a linoleum block, carve the block, and print your own handmade holiday cards! Get into the festive spirit and maybe start a new... Read more...

Auburn Arts Commission seeks new commissioners

Auburn Arts Commission Open until filled The Auburn Arts Commission has some vacancies and is looking for applications from those who are interested in serving. The purpose of the Arts Commission is to foster the growth of the arts in Auburn through the presentation... Read more...

Works by Elise Koncsek

Cheryl Sallee Gallery Dates: 11/13/2019 – 1/9/2020 The City of Auburn and the Auburn Arts Commission are pleased to present the work of Elise Koncsek at the Cheryl Sallee Gallery, located in the Auburn Senior Center, 808 9th Street SE, Auburn. The Gallery is... Read more...

PreserveWA fellowships

Washington Trust for Historic Preservation Application deadline: 11/22/2019 Washington Trust is proud to offer the PreserveWA Fellowship. The Fellowship supports first-time attendance at the RevitalizeWA Conference by students and young professionals with interest in... Read more...

2020 Arts Innovator Award applications open

Artist Trust Preliminary application review deadline 11/18/2019, Application deadline 12/9/2019 The application for the 2020 Arts Innovator Award opens on November 4th! Celebrating its 10th year, the Arts Innovator Award recognizes artists who demonstrate innovation... Read more...

Creative Justice mentor artists needed

Creative Justice Creative Justice builds community with those youth most impacted by the justice system. We offer an arts-based alternative to secure detention for youth involved or at risk of involvement with King County’s juvenile court. Creative Justice works to... Read more...

Seeking LGBTQ Task Force Coordinator

South King County LGBTQ Task Force Applications due: 11/22/2019 Job Description The Task Force Coordinator will organize the logistics and outreach of the Task Force’s monthly meetings. They will work with committee members to set the monthly meeting agenda and... Read more...

Space 101 – Introduction to Space Workshop

Valley View Library Date: 11/16/2019, 11 AM – Noon Learn about our nearby planets, their atmospheres and how they impact each other. Fun, hands-on activities relate the basic principles that govern our solar system. Presented by Young Space Scholars, this family... Read more...

Alebrijes-inspired Art Workshop

Burien Library Date: 11/15/2019, 4-5 PM Alebrijes are brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures. Learn the basic concepts of character design, and draw and paint your own beast. All supplies provided. Presented by Adriana Morales. for ages... Read more...

Intro to Custom Letters – art workshop

Highline Heritage Museum Date: 11/16/2019, 1-3 PM Learn how to customize and bring your hand drawn messages to life with Seattle calligrapher, artist, and designer Vincent Alindogan of Paper Ball Creative. All supplies will be provided. All ages are welcome, 6 and... Read more...

Ballroom dance workshop for youth

Pacific Ballroom Dance Date: 12/12/2019, 6:30-7:30 PM A free, fun hour-long workshop for youth in grades 4-12 who are interested in ballroom dance. Pacific Ballroom Dance is located at 1604 15th Street SW, #109, Auburn. For more information call... Read more...

Vets Engaged Mini Grants

King County Application deadline: 12/31/2019 or until funds run out VETS ENGAGED is a social engagement funding program of the 2018-2023 King County Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy – the VSHSL. It awards mini grants of $9,999 for entities to convene... Read more...

Calaveritas de Azúcar workshop

Auburn Library Date: 11/16/2019, 2-3:30 PM Sugar skulls are traditionally placed on altars as part of Día de los Muertos. Decorate a pre-made sugar skull using glitter paint, sequins and paper. All supplies provided. This workshop is presented by Artmaranth Mobile Art... Read more...

Busking at Light Rail Stations in South King County

Sound Transit Sound Transit allows busking at both Tukwila International Boulevard Station and Angle Lake Station. To perform at these sites, buskers must follow the guidelines below. • Busking operates on a first-come, first-served basis. • Buskers can only perform... Read more...

Paint Session at the Black Diamond Library

Black Diamond Library Date: 11/16/2019, 1 PM Come for a guided painting session with a local artist. Have fun in a relaxed atmosphere where you will learn artistic techniques and familiarize yourself with painting. For ages 13 and older. Space is limited. Please... Read more...

Make a Hand-Stitched Sampler

King County Library System Basic hand-stitching can be used to create fun embellishments on clothing, accessories and home decor. Create a sampler using embroidery and applique techniques. These classes are free, but please register in advance by calling the number... Read more...

Salmon coastal motif printmaking

Woodmont Library Date: 11/23/2019, 2 PM Learn about coastal Native American motifs related to the salmon run, why salmon are important to the Puget Sound region and use printmaking techniques to create a postcard. For ages 9 and older. Two different locations, pick... Read more...

Memory ornaments class

Tukwila Community Center Date: 11/21/2019, 6-7:30 PM Offered by Tukwila Parks & Recreation in conjunction with Silver Kite Arts and the Tukwila Arts Commission. During this FREE hands-on visual arts workshop, we will explore our personal connections to the theme... Read more...

Fiddle Woods

Art on Main Gallery Now through 1/5/2020 Fiddle Woods is a mixed-media installation by Tacoma artist Becky Frehse that includes assemblages of natural wood branches, musical instruments, found objects, ceramic parts, and lighting to suggest a forest engaged in a... 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...

Covington seeks arts commissioners

City of Covington Open until filled The City of Covington is seeking art enthusiasts to apply for open Arts Commission positions.  Now is your chance to join this group of concerned and dedicated citizens who play a significant role in city government. There are... Read more...

Stone Images X

Pacific Bonsai Museum Now through 1/5/2020 Stone Images X is a free, visual art exhibit open to the public featuring 33 Viewing Stones. Most were collected in Washington, although several found in Japan and Canada by members of the Puget Sound Bonsai Association’s... Read more...

Mixed media works by Erin Dengerink

Auburn Community Center Gallery Now through 11/21/2019 The City of Auburn and the Auburn Arts Commission are pleased to present the work of the Erin Dengerink at the Auburn Community Center Gallery, 910 Ninth Street SE, Auburn. Dengerink creates delicate and... Read more...

Photographic works by Deborah Singer

Auburn City Hall Gallery Now through 11/21/2019 The City of Auburn and the Auburn Arts Commission are pleased to present the work of the Deborah Singer at City Hall Gallery, located at 25 W Main Street, Auburn. Singer “turned to her camera in search of a new way to... Read more...

Sketch the changing seasons in a nature journal

Kent Panther Lake Library Date: 11/20/2019, 6:30 PM Presented by Anya Toomre, sketchbook artist. Try your hand at nature journaling during this three-hour workshop. Sketching something as simple as a left, an acorn or a bird can deepen your experience of nature! Basic... Read more...

Kitchen table clay sculpting

Kent Panther Lake Library Date: 11/20/2019, 6-8 PM Learn beginning pottery techniques with air-dry clay. Try different construction methods and a variety of decorative techniques with this easy-to-use material. Learn about the history of pottery in the process. Take... Read more...

Arc Artist Fellowship

4Culture Application deadline: 11/20/2019, 5 PM The Arc Artist Fellowship provides unrestricted $12,000 awards for King County artists, as well as promotional support through the 4Culture website. We know that artists value unrestricted funding above all other types... Read more...

Second Saturday Art for Adults

Federal Way Library Dates: Second Saturday of every month, 2-3:30 PM Adults — discover your creativity and explore a different type of art or craft each month! See details in the calendar at www.kcls.org. No skills necessary; all classes are introductory level... Read more...

KCLS Reel Fest call for films

King County Library System Date: 1/15/2020 What does the library mean to you? Share your library story in a two-minute film, and win up to $1,000 and the chance to premiere your film at KCLS Reel Fest in March 2020! Do you have a story about an experience or resource... Read more...

Call for exhibition proposals

Helen S. Smith Gallery/Green River College Application deadline: 1/1/2020 The Helen S. Smith Gallery on the Green River College Campus is currently requesting exhibition proposals for our 2020-2021 exhibition cycle.  Artists will be selected by invitation and from... Read more...

Call to artists for pop-up art exhibit opportunity

Burien Arts Association Open until filled Burien Arts Association, a local non-profit arts and cultural organization in Burien, calls for art for the 2020 Burien Arts Association Lobby Wall monthly shows at the Burien Community Center. Location, Burien Arts Community... Read more...

1894

Art on Main Gallery Visible to the public 24/7 Artist Angie Hinojos Yusef created an installation piece titled “1894,” centered around the subject of the historic Auburn Neely Mansion, which has ties to pioneer families, the farming community, and to immigration. The... Read more...

Open submissions period for poetry

Poetry Northwest Now through 1/15/2020 Poetry Northwest is published semi-annually in June and December. We also publish new work (poetry, reviews, interviews, features and essays on poetics or the intersections of poetry and civic life, arts, and sciences) on our... Read more...

RFP – all creatives

Rhododendon Species Botanical Garden We’re looking for creatives, artists, gardeners, performers, and plant enthusiasts to collaborate with! E-mail Info@RhodyGarden.org with your ideas on how we might work together to activate the Garden with exciting new... Read more...

Restoration Work Parties in the Bog

SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve Dates: 11/23, 12/7 – 10 AM – 1 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... 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...

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...

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 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

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...