SoCoCulture Announcements

Call to artists – Auburn Pianos on Parade

Auburn Arts Commission Application deadline: 3/1/2019 Seeking individual artists to participate in Auburn’s Annual Pianos on Parade program.  Artists will artistically alter benches that will be placed throughout Auburn in August 2019. Additional program... Read more...

Exhibit development workshops

Washington Museum Association Date: 2/5/2019 These arts and heritage workshops will be presented a day in advance of Arts & Heritage Day in Olympia, and will be held at Lord Mansion, 211 W 21st Avenue, Olympia. Presenters will be staff members of the Washington... Read more...

Youth in Focus digital photography workshop

White River Valley Museum Date: 3/31/2018, Noon-4 PM Teens age 12 – 16 will use professional cameras and photo editing software to explore the world of digital photography. Fee includes all supplies and photo prints! $40 per student. Space is limited and... Read more...

Community tree planting work party

Port of Seattle Date: 1/26/2019, 9:30 AM-noon Join Sea-Tac Airport and community members to get muddy as we plant native trees at the Miller Creek Community Planting site on the morning of Saturday, January 26. Participants will plant 180 trees at a site previously... Read more...

KING FM Young Artist Awards

KING FM and Seattle Chamber Music Society Application deadline: 3/24/2019, 11:59 PM The KING FM Young Artist Awards, presented in partnership with Seattle Chamber Music Society and now in its eighth season, strives to give talented young musicians a bigger stage. This... Read more...

2019 World Citizen Essay Contest

World Affairs Council Essays due: 3/22/2019, midnight This competition is open to all Washington State students in the 3rd-12th grades. The goal of the World Citizen Essay Contest is to promote discussion among students, teachers, families, and community members about... Read more...

Euro Challenge for 9th and 10th graders

Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington Deadline for Northwest preliminary round: 3/16/2019 This is a nationwide competition for 9th and 10th grade students passionate about world history, European studies, economics, trade,... Read more...

Microcosms – The Photography of George L. Kinkade

White River Valley Museum Dates: Now through 4/28/2019 Local photographer George L. Kinkade created a truly astounding collection of photographs over five decades that asks viewers to stop and consider the beauty of the natural world around us, whether that is the... Read more...

Volunteer with Renton History Museum

Renton History Museum Looking for a great volunteer opportunity in 2019? The Renton History Museum has positions for Saturday greeters, tour leaders, and Board of Trustees members, all in a fun learning environment with people passionate about history and community!... Read more...

Creative Capital Award info session

Creative Capital Info session: 1/12/2019, 11 AM – 12:30 PM Application round opens: 2/1/2019 Learn how artists can apply for funding of up to $50,000 for innovative project ideas, plus receive career development and advisory services valued at an additional... Read more...

Renton Library seeks social worker

King County Library System Application deadline: 1/24/2019 King County Library System (KCLS), located in Washington State, is seeking a compassionate and engaging Social Worker with a certified social worker license, experience serving at-risk and marginalized... Read more...

Enumclaw Community Creators Idea Contest

Enumclaw Library Submission deadline: 1/31/2019 Our community is created by YOU! Let’s celebrate your amazing ideas for programs and events that bring us together. The Enumclaw Library invites every individual, group or business in Enumclaw to share your ideas... Read more...

Auburn seeks arts commissioners

City of Auburn There are openings available on the Auburn Arts Commission and residents of Auburn are eligible to apply for this important service to your city. If you or someone you know would like to be considered for the Arts Commission, please apply today. Below... Read more...

Auditions – MVYSO

Maple Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra Dates: 1/7 and 1/14/2019 Now is a great time to join MVYSO! Auditions are being held at Taylor Creek Church, 21110 244th Ave SE, Maple Valley. Audition materials are available at www.mvyso.org. Auditions are required for Symphony,... Read more...

Danceventure classes

Allegro Performing Arts Academy Dates: 1/12-2/9/2019 or 3/2-30/2019 Fun for ages 5-7! Five weeks, five dance styles, one low price. Space is limited – register right away! The Allegro Performing Arts Academy is located at 222 Central Avenue S in... Read more...

Historical society needs volunteers

Historical Society of Federal Way The Historical Society of Federal Way seeks volunteers to help in the Collections/Archives. If anyone is familiar with PastPerfect they would be a great help – other volunteers welcome, too! The Historical Society is located in... Read more...

Restoration work party – Fiesta de Restauración

SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve Date: 1/19/2018, 10 AM – 2 PM Work hard, have fun, and practice skills like building trail, removing invasive species, planting native plants, and caring for the Nature Preserve by joining our weekly Volunteer Work Parties!  Work... Read more...

Works by Jake Prendez

Burien Arts Pop-Up Gallery Date: 1/8-31/2018 Jake Prendez is also a renowned visual artist, displaying his work in numerous exhibitions around the country. He was selected in summer 2016 to participate in the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Leadership... Read more...

Seattle skyline painting

Auburn Maker Space Date: 1/30/2019, 6:30-8:30 PM With the rainy season in full swing, you can brighten your wall with a reminder of the beautiful Seattle sunsets soon to come again. The silhouetted cityscape will be created using a combination of stencils, spray... Read more...

Acrylic landscape painting

Auburn Maker Space Date: 1/23/2019, 6:30-8:30 PM Learn how to paint a beautiful landscape from a photograph. You can bring your own photo or use pictures provided in the class. We will spend time seeing color for what it is and apply it with brushes as well as pallet... Read more...

Watercolor journaling

Auburn Maker Space Date: 1/16/2019, 6:30-8:30 PM Learn how to capture a moment with ink and watercolor wash for the purpose of having an easy way to create on the go! This fun class will begin with simple still-life and landscape drawings, then explore adding color... Read more...

Photographs by Marcus De Sieno

Auburn Community Center Gallery Dates: 1/8-2/21/2018 The City of Auburn and the Auburn Arts Commission are pleased to present the work of Marcus DeSieno at the Community Center Gallery, located at 910 Ninth Street SE, Auburn. DeSieno will be showcasing a photographic... Read more...

Works by Seth Sexton

Auburn City Hall Gallery Dates: 1/8-2/21/2019 The City of Auburn and the Auburn Arts Commission are pleased to present the work of Seth Sexton at the City Hall Gallery, 25 W Main Street, Auburn. Seattle based artist Seth Sexton creates meticulous pen and ink drawings.... Read more...

Entwine Entangle Entrance

Art on Main Gallery Dates: 1/11-4/7/2019 The City of Auburn and the Auburn Arts Commission are pleased to present “Entwine Entangle Entrance,” an art installation by Abigail Kinney Maxey at Auburn’s Art on Main window-front gallery, One Main Street, Auburn. The... Read more...

Works by Roxanne Everett

Cheryl Sallee Gallery Dates: 1/9-3/7/2019 The City of Auburn and the Auburn Arts Commission are pleased to present the work ofRoxanne Everett at the Cheryl Sallee Gallery, located at 808 9th Street SE, Auburn. The  Gallery is open Monday- Thursday, 8 AM – 9 PM... Read more...

Docents and grounds maintenance help

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...

WSDOT seeks inaugural Artist in Residence

Washington State Department of Transportation Application deadline: 1/7/2019 Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), in partnership with Transportation for America (T4America) and the State Smart Transportation Initiative (SSTI), seek an artist or a... Read more...

Exhibition opportunity for Artists Up participants

4Culture Application deadline: 2/1/2019, 5 PM Artists Up is pleased to once again partner with Cornish College of the Arts to present an exhibition of visual artwork around the theme of THEATER, in celebration of Nellie Cornish’s 100 years of theater making in... Read more...

West Coast performance opportunities for musicians

Artist Home and LOGE  Artist Home will program live music at LOGE locations across the US in a new partnership with LOGE. Artist Home, NW based producers of music festival events such as Timber! Outdoor Music Festival will present weekend concerts at LOGE locations in... 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...

Development manager

SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve Applications accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled This is a 30 hour/week, salaried position. The Development Manager will be responsible for raising funds to support SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve’s land acquisition... Read more...

Restoration and education manager

SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve Applications accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled This is a part-time, hourly position. The Education & Restoration Manager will be responsible for oversight of the Education and Restoration Programs at SHADOW Lake... Read more...

Kent seeks applicants for Arts Commission

City of Kent Kent is seeking applicants to fill two vacancies on the Kent Arts Commission. The Arts Commission advises the City Council and staff in areas such as: Establishing cultural opportunities and arts education, improving the quality of life and enhancing the... Read more...

Production crewmembers needed

Auburn Avenue Theater Open until filled The Auburn Community Players offers seven production opportunities a year. Including four main stage productions, a teen musical and two junior theater camps. We are looking to develop a roster of talented theater professionals.... Read more...

Gallery 4Culture

Gallery 4Culture Application deadline: 1/14/2019, 5 PM Gallery 4Culture showcases contemporary art, presenting the work of outstanding independent artists living in King County. Our 1,000-square-foot exhibition space is located on the street level of the 4Culture... Read more...

Votes for Women centennial grants program

Washington State Historical Society Deadline: 4/30/2019 Votes for Women Centennial Grants fund non-profits and public entities to support programming that celebrates the national suffrage centennial across the State of Washington. Grant applications that support the... 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...

Adult ballroom dance classes

Pacific Ballroom Dance No partner is necessary. Every series is $65/person. If space is available, drop-ins for a single class are OK – $15/person. Beginning Classes – 5-week series, once a week Mondays @ 7:30 PM 9/24 – 10/22 – West Coast Swing... 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...

Opportunity grants

Humanities Washington No deadline Humanities Washington is currently accepting applications for $1,000 Opportunity grants, which are awarded year-round with no deadlines to apply. Applications must be received at least eight weeks before the date of the event. Find... 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...

Snap Grants

ArtsWA Rolling application period: 7/1 – 12/31/2018 Snap Grants is a rolling grants program aimed at supporting small community groups and organizations producing projects or events with arts and culture as a primary or significant component. Designed as an... 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...

Volunteer at the new Federal Way PAEC

Federal Way Performing Arts & Event Center Volunteering at the PAEC is fun, rewarding, and educational. You’ll have the opportunity to see shows, experience behind-the-scenes, and make sure our guests experience the best time they have ever had! We have... 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 Now through 9/2018 Auburn’s 2017/18 Downtown Sculpture Gallery showcases ten outdoor sculptures in various sizes, types and mediums. Featured artists include Sharon Agnor, Ben Dye, Miguel Edwards, Jenny Ellsworth, Pat McVay,... 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...

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...