SoCoCulture Announcements

Fiber Installation by Margaret Byrd

Art on Main Gallery Dates: 7/18 – 10/4/2020 Installation artist Margaret Byrd has created a colorful and kinetic abaca fiber installation for the City of Auburn. This particular adaptation of Swizzle Sticks is comprised of approximately 450 abaca ‘swirls’... Read more...

Outdoor Art Camps at Lake Wilderness Arboretum

Steamboat Studios will hold the following classes at Lake Wilderness Arboretum this summer: Art Adventures Fairy Tale Camp (for ages 3+) 8/10-12/2020, 10-11:30 AM $90-$129 Landscape on Canvas (for ages 11+) 8/3-5/2020, 9-11 AM $71-$79 All supplies are included in the... Read more...

Call for Artists and Buskers

First Friday in Beautiful Downtown Burien Prior to 8/7/2020 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... Read more...

Call for Portable Art

City of Bellevue Submission deadline: 8/17/2020 The City of Bellevue seeks to purchase portable artwork. Specifically, the city is looking for two-dimensional visual art (drawings, mixed media, paintings, photographs, prints and textiles), electronic art (digital,... Read more...

Artist in Residence – Land Acknowledgement Art

Town Hall Seattle Town Hall is seeking an Artist in Residence to create a two dimensional piece of art that will serve as a visual installation of Town Hall’s land acknowledgment written by the elders and youth of UNEA Clear Sky Native Youth Council. We are ideally... Read more...

2020 Betty Bowen Award

Seattle Art Museum Application deadline: 8/1/2020, 11 PM The Betty Bowen award was established to celebrate the life of a Washington native who enthusiastically supported Northwest artists, with that support being more crucial than ever this year. The Seattle Art... 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 to Artists – Kent Creates – Quarantine Art

Kent Arts Commission Exhibit Dates: 7/15 – 9/30/2020 Deadline for submissions: 9/30/2020 The global corona virus pandemic has profoundly impacted our lives and the world we’re living in. None of us expected to be spending so much time socially-distanced, apart... Read more...

2020 Landmarks Capital

4Culture Deadline: 9/16/2020, 5 PM Landmarks Capital funding is offered every year, but this year’s allocation has been reduced, with some of the funds now going to support our COVID-19 Reopen program.  4Culture is running the program to support urgent repairs,... Read more...

2020 Consulate General of Japan Art Campaign

Consulate General of Japan in Seattle Deadline extended: 8/14/2020 The Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle will carry out the following public art project to support art and expression during these turbulent times. Even if you are not a professional artist, please... Read more...

MAC Artist Fellowship

Robert B. McMillen Foundation Application deadline: 8/12/2020, Midnight The Robert B. McMillen Foundation believes in the power of the arts to change lives, to make the world a better place, to build vibrant communities, and to build bridges of understanding. We... 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...

Reopen Fund for Cultural Organizations and Landmarks

4Culture Application deadline: 8/17/2020 4Culture’s Reopen fund provides support for the training, protective equipment, infrastructure improvements, systems upgrades, additional personnel and other measures needed for cultural organizations and the... Read more...

Auburn Project Support Grant

City of Auburn Application deadline: 9/23/2020 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 these grants come from 4Culture/King County Cultural... Read more...

SHADOW’s Frolic Week Photo Contest

SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve Submit now through 8/15/2020, 11:59 PM SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve’s Photo Contest is open to all residents of Washington State. Employees of SHADOW, its Board of Directors, and their immediate families are not eligible to participate in... Read more...

Burien Arts and Culture Grants

City of Burien Application deadline: 8/14/2020 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 provide... Read more...

Drama Kids International Summer Camps

This organization is led by former Carco Theatre executive director Cassie Welliver. Check out the newsletter for online theatre camps this summer! https://conta.cc/2Ysahuj For more information, contact dramakidsinternational.wa3@gmail.com 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...

SeaTac Art Attack yard art contest

City of SeaTac Now through 8/31/2020, judging will take place on 9/7/2020 With many of us working and playing at home, we are taking the opportunity to add some art and life to SeaTac. Vibe Hunters, a SeaTac based non-profit, is partnering with the City of SeaTac for... Read more...

Time Travel Orchestra Camp

Maple Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra Registration open now Full Orchestra Camp: 8/2-7/2020, 10 AM – 2 PM, Concert 8/7, 7 PM Jam Club Camp (for special needs kids): 8/10-14/2020 Both Camps are Time Travel Themed and will take place at Kentlake High School. ... 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...

Call to poets – 2021-2023 Auburn Poet Laureate

City of Auburn Application deadline: 8/14/2020 The City of Auburn is now accepting nominations for the Poet Laureate position for 2021-2023. The Poet Laureate recognizes and honors a citizen poet of exceptional talent and accomplishment. The Poet Laureate also... 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...

COVID-19 Artist Trust Relief Fund

Artist Trust Rolling basis The COVID-19 Artist Trust Relief Fund provides rapid response grants supporting critical needs of artists whose livelihoods have been impacted by COVID-19. With events, performances, and conferences across the country canceled, the... Read more...

Works of Identity

Kent Creates Ongoing The Kent Arts Commission is always seeking entries for its online exhibit called Kent Creates, a web platform for sharing photographs, paintings, poems, recipes, short films, songs, or stories – anything creative minds can dream up. Its current... 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...