SoCoCulture Announcements

Burien Actors Theatre scholarships

Burien Actors Theatre Application deadline: 6/15/2019 Burien Actors Theatre is continuing its tradition of awarding scholarships to high school students who have a passion for theater and arts within the Highline School District. This year – with the assistance of... Read more...

Call to artists – Art on Main

City of Auburn Application deadline: 8/21/2019 Art on Main – Artists are selected through an annual application process to install 3-dimensional or multi-media art installations in a public window-front exhibition space in downtown Auburn. Eligibility: This is a... Read more...

Call to artists – Auburn Art Galleries

City of Auburn Application deadline: 8/21/2019 Art Galleries – Artists are selected through an annual application process for exhibitions in three city gallery spaces, showcasing diverse artworks by regional artists. Eligibility: This is a call to artists with... Read more...

Auburn Project Support Grants

City of Auburn Application deadline: 9/17/2019 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...

Pride Flag-Making Workshop

Renton History Museum Date: 6/8/2019, 11 AM – 2 PM Join the Renton History Museum as we celebrate LGBTQIA+ Pride Month! We will be learning how to make the flags most commonly used to celebrate Pride, as well as other artistic ways to celebrate this month. This... Read more...

Dance Day Camp

Allegro Performing Arts Academy Dates: 7/29-8/2/2019 This fun day camp features a different theme every day! Monday: The Greatest Showman Tuesday: Moana Wednesday: Trolls Thursday: Sing! Friday: Mary Poppins For ages 4-6, the cost is $50/day (or all 5 days for $199)... Read more...

There Will Be Drama – musical theater and drama camp

Allegro Performing Arts Academy Dates 7/22-26-2019, 9:30 AM – 3 PM With guest instructor Nikki Long (Broadway Aladdin and The Lion King). Dance, musical numbers and jazz hands! For ages 8+ Allegro Performing Arts Academy is located at 222 Central Avenue S in... Read more...

Hometown Teams – How Sports Shape America

White River Valley Museum Open 5/4 – 6/16/2019 It’s time to root, root, root for the home team! This family friendly and interactive exhibit has made it all the way from the Smithsonian to Auburn’s White River Valley Museum. Hometown Teams has... Read more...

Introduction to Pastels

Maple Valley Library Date: 5/26/2019, 2 PM Designed and facilitated by Silver Kite Community Arts, LLC. During this hands-on workshop, learn how to use pastels to draw a simple still life inspired by the colors of spring flowers. All supplies provided. Registration... Read more...

Auburn 2020 Project Support Grants

City of Auburn Application deadline: 9/17/2019, midnight 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 this particular grant comes from 4Culture.... Read more...

Call for artists – Art on Main

City of Auburn Application deadline: 8/21/2019, 10:59 PM Artists are selected through an annual application process to install 3-dimensional or multi-media art installations in a public window-front exhibition space in downtown Auburn. Eligibility: This is a call to... Read more...

Call to artists – Auburn Art Galleries

City of Auburn  Application deadline: 8/21/2019, 10:59 PM Artists are selected through an annual application process for exhibitions in three city gallery spaces, showcasing diverse artworks by regional artists. This cal to artists has no geographical restriction, but... Read more...

Mindful in the garden – walking meditation class

Soos Creek Botanical Garden Date: 6/8/2019 Utilizing elements of Mindfulness Meditation and Shinrin-Yoku (Japanese Forest Bathing), psychologist Deborah Wilk and naturopathic physician Jessica Hancock from Mindful in the Wild will help you experience nature in a whole... Read more...

Docents needed for historical cabins

Historical Society of Federal Way Dates: 6/8, 7/13, 8/10, 9/14, 10/12/2019 From May through October, the Historical Society of Federal Way is in need of docents for tours of the historic Denny and Barker Cabins at West Hylebos Wetlands Park, 411 S 348th Street,... Read more...

West African dance classes

Tukwila Arts Dates: 4/6 – 6/8/2019, 11 AM – noon Drop in at the Sullivan Center, 14350 Tukwila International Boulevard, for this free dance class. Instructor Sumayya Diop is trained by the “Jali” (traditional storytellers) in West African... Read more...

Mini grants for Tukwila artists

Tukwila Arts  Offering up to $250 for your project – young people and people speaking languages other than English strongly encouraged to apply. Must be a Tukwila resident to apply for this grant. E-mail your idea to Olisa Enrico at tukwilaair.river@gmail.com or... Read more...

Mini grants for Duwamish River projects

Tukwila Arts  Offering up to $250 for your project – must be related to the Duwamish River and must have a creative component. Young people and people speaking languages other than English strongly encouraged to apply. E-mail your idea to Sarah Kavage, Duwamish... Read more...

All Over the Map – Rainier Youth Choirs summer camp

Rainier Youth Choirs Dates:8/5/2019, 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM “All Over the Map” will feature music from many different locations, many will be included in Disney songs. For singers entering grades 3-8 in the fall. Community concert on Thursday, August 8 at 7 PM. This... Read more...

Works by Kate Dougherty and Julia Szten

Auburn City Hall Gallery Dates: 4/9-5/22/2019 Artist Kate Dougherty creates beautiful encaustic artworks that reflect her interests in “architecture and the environment, developing a relationship between structure, nature and culture as a universal landscape.” Julia... Read more...

Nature portraits workshop

Renton Highlands Library Date: 5/21/2019, 7 PM Woodmont Library Date: 5/25/2019, 2 PM Designed and facilitated by Silver Kite Community Arts, LLC. Celebrate spring by creating a nature portrait. During this FREE hands-on workshop, create a unique piece of artwork... Read more...

STG’s Broadway at Kent dance workshop – Wicked

Kent Library Date: 5/19/2019, 2-3:30 PM Join dancer and choreographer Nikki Long for a dance class inspired by the Broadway sensation Wicked, playing June 12-July 7 at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre! All ages 14 and older welcome. Dance experience not required. Due... Read more...

River rock art workshop

Kent Panther Lake Library Date: 5/22/2019, 6:30-8 PM During this FREE hands-on workshop we’ll explore different ways to design and create miniature artworks on river rocks. Designed and facilitated by Silver Kite Community Arts, LLC, www.silverkite.us. All supplies... Read more...

Living Art of Bonsai – Principles of Design

Pacific Bonsai Museum Dates: 5/11-9/29/2019 This exhibit picks up where PBM’s 2018 exhibit, Elements of Design, left off. One-by-one, the exhibit breaks-down design elements and principles used by bonsai artists to make extraordinary works of art. A curated... Read more...

Great Annual Fish Count – basic REEF class

Friends of Saltwater State Park Dates: 7/13-14/2019 This year will be our fourth offering of REEF (Reef Education Environmental Foundation) classes on Fish and Invertebrates that coincides with the Great Annual Fish Count (GAFC) which takes place worldwide the month... Read more...

Multicultural festival call for performers

City of Renton Application deadline: 5/24/2019 The City of Renton is looking for performers for its third Annual Multicultural Festival, to be held the evening of Friday, September 13, at Carco Theatre and throughout the day on Saturday, September 14 at the Renton... Read more...

Seeking organizations to serve as cultural navigators

Public Health – Seattle & King County Applications due: 5/22/2109, 2 PM With funding from the King County Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services Levy, Public Health – Seattle & King County is requesting applications from community-based organizations to... Read more...

Auditions for Learning American

Renton History Museum Audition/interview dates: 5/20/2019, by appointment only Performances: 7/27/2019 What does it mean to be American? Four Renton residents try to figure that out as they go through the Renton Americanization School in preparation for their... Read more...

Governor’s Arts and Heritage Awards

Washington State Arts Commission Nomination deadline: 6/3/2019, 5 PM The Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) invites nominations of outstanding arts leaders, artists, culture bearers, and arts organizations for the 2019 Governor’s Arts & Heritage... Read more...

Collections Care grants

4Culture Application deadline: 6/12/2019, 5 PM Collections Care grant program supports the work of King County non-profit heritage organizations by providing the funds necessary to assess, organize, catalog, clean, repair, photograph, scan, and, ultimately, save, the... Read more...

Celebration of the Crow

Auburn Community & Event Center Now through 7/9/2019 Greg Bartol, artist and crow-lover, guest curated “Celebration of the Crow” on display at the Auburn Community & Event Center from April 9-July 9. The show will feature the following artists: Liz... Read more...

Hometown Teams

White River Valley Museum 5/4-6/16/2019 The White River Valley Museum is excited to display “Hometown Teams” as part of the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program. From little leagues to neighborhood pick-up games to afternoons spent listening... Read more...

Renton Special Projects grants

Renton Municipal Arts Commission Deadlines: 7/10/2019 and 11/10/2019 The RMAC’s Special Projects grant program has two more funding cycles this year. The Special Projects grants are offered to individuals, organizations and community groups for arts and culture... Read more...

Art in the Open Air

SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve Date: 6/1/2019 SHADOW will once again host its annual event aimed at showcasing the talents of local artists and inspiring creativity through the wild spaces of SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve. This artist-in-action event invites artists and... Read more...

Tukwila seeks art proposals

Tukwila Parks and Recreation Summer 2019 Tukwila Parks and Recreation (TPR) is accepting proposals for onsite art installations, community art projects and teaching artists for our 2019 Summer Events. Proposals can be 2D, 3D, performance, installation or community... Read more...

Summer dance camps

Evergreen City Ballet Boys and girls ages 3-9 can choose from a variety of camps inspired by famous stories, allowing dancers to develop their imagination, social skills, physical awareness and confidence. Using the storybook theme of the week, students will dance to... Read more...

Cultural equipment grants

4Culture Application deadline: 5/15/2019 Cultural Equipment grants fund the purchase and installation of equipment that can be considered as fixed assets, including computer hardware. We award these grants in amounts ranging from a minimum of $1,000 to $10,000, and... Read more...

Call for Pacific Northwest film and media submissions

Northwest Film Forum Deadline: 6/15/2019 In its 22nd year, Northwest Film Forum’s annual Local Sightings Film Festival evolves to showcase the growing complexity of creative communities in the Pacific Northwest. Featuring a competitive selection of curated shorts and... 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...

Washington Stories Fund Grant

Humanities Washington Letters of Intent due 6/10/2019, full applications due 7/22/2019 Humanities Washington is now accepting applications from organizations throughout the state for our Washington Stories Fund award. Four grants of up to $5,000 each are available for... Read more...

Ivy League Pull work party

Friends of Saltwater State Park. Dates: 5/4, 6/1, 7/6, 8/3 – 10 AM to noon Mark your calendar! On the first Saturday of the month, come join us in tenaciously pulling ivy, and preventing it from taking over our Saltwater State Park! Bring gloves, wear sturdy... Read more...

Dance Formation Team Auditions

Pacific Ballroom Dance Dates: 6/14-22/2019 Formation Team auditions for the 2019-20 season will be held in June and are open to students in grades 4-12. All auditions will take place at the PBD studio in Auburn (1604 15th St SW #109, Auburn, WA). Auditions will be... 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...

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...

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...

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...

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 showcases ten outdoor sculptures in various sizes, types and mediums. Primarily located along Main Street, the sculpture gallery changes annually, providing different artwork for Auburn... 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...