SoCoCulture Announcements

Fall Birding Basics Class

Normandy Park Parks Department Dates: 9/14, 9/24, 10/5, 10/12 – 10 AM-Noon Join naturalist Kevin O’Malley, of South Sound Nature School, on a walk to discover migrating and local birds at Marine View Park. RSVP required – call Normandy Park City Hall... Read more...

Works by Angela Marvel

Cheryl Sallee Gallery Dates: 9/12-11/12/2019 The City of Auburn and the Auburn Arts Commission are pleased to present the work of Angela Marvel, a self-portrait artist who creates “conceptual photographic art.” She creates very dream-like imagery in her photography,... Read more...

PNW Film Festival 2019 accepting submissions

PNW Film Festival 2019 Submission deadline: 10/5/2019 The inaugural PNW Film Festival 2019 is now accepting submissions in the genres of sci-fi, action and horror. Send your film/video (up to 30 minutes long) to 2fingerssocial@gmail.com – subject line should be... 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...

Herbalism 101

Des Moines Library The Des Moines Friends of the Library are sponsoring two free classes – you can attend one or both. Basics of Good Digestion – Monday, September 30, 7 PM Digestion affects all elements of the body and our general health. Learn about... Read more...

Glass painting workshop

Des Moines Library  Date: 10/28/2019, 6 PM Bring out your inner artist as you learn to paint on glass vases, wine glasses, bowls, bottles and other types of glassware. No experience required. All supplies provided. Presented by artist Rosy Coe. This workshop is free,... Read more...

Marketing for Artists 101

Burien Arts Commission and Artist Trust Date: 11/7/2019, 7-8:30 PM Led by Artist Trust’s Program Manager Lydia Boss, this workshop provides an overview of marketing for artists of all disciplines. You’ll learn tips and best practices for websites, social... Read more...

Monitor returning salmon

Friends of Saltwater State Park Dates: Weekly commitment October through December, with mandatory training on 10/5/2019, 11 AM-12:30 PM Volunteer to help count and monitor salmon returning to McSorley Creek in Saltwater State Park. It’s an awesome fishy... 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...

Call to photographers

City of SeaTac Submission date: 9/30/2019 The City of SeaTac is presenting this exhibit to show quality photography of regional photographers and to purchase work for the City’s permanent collection. To be eligible for the Photo Purchase Award, a photo must be... Read more...

Call for artists – City of Enumclaw Gallery

City of Enumclaw Application deadline: 10/18/2019 The City of Enumclaw is seeking visual artists to exhibit two and three-dimensional, original, works of art at City Hall Gallery 2020. Please include the month you prefer for exhibition. All work submitted will be... Read more...

Intro to Bullet Journaling

Black Diamond Library Date: 9/21/2019, 1 PM Discover a way to get organized for the new school year. Learn to plan and manage your time efficiently by creating a bullet journal. Presented by Marian Huynh. For ages 12 and older. Bring a journal and several pens you... Read more...

Pressed Flower Card workshop

Renton Library Date: 9/21/2019, 2 PM In this fun and creative card making class, learn an old method for making beautiful cards using dried flowers, wax paper and tissues. Come and experience something old made new! Ages 15 and older. This workshop is free, but please... Read more...

Kitchen Table Printmaking

Covington Library Date: 9/21/2019, 1 PM or Enumclaw Library Date: 9/29/2019, 1:30 PM Explore three ways of making duplicate images using pencils, skewers, rolling pins, plasticine clay, leaf prints, etc. Learn how to handle inks and ideas for using the prints you... Read more...

Glass painting workshop

Renton Highlands Library Date: 9/10/2019, 7 PM Learn how to paint on glass objects such as vases, bowls, wine glasses and bottles. All paints and one glass item will be provided for each participant. You may bring other glass items from home to paint as well. For ages... Read more...

Farm field trip guides

Mary Olson Farm/White River Valley Museum Training date: 9/24/2019, 10 AM – Noon Are you interested in becoming a tour guide at the Mary Olson Farm? Contact volunteer coordinator Janet Wells at jwells@auburnwa.gov or call 253-288-7433 for more... Read more...

Portraits by Kamryn Tulare

Auburn City Hall Gallery Now through 10/10/2019 The City of Auburn and the Auburn Arts Commission are pleased to present the work of artist Kamryn Tulare, who will be showcasing a series of portrait drawings “inspired by social media culture, particularly Instagram.” ... Read more...

Paintings by Jacque Carroll

Burien Community Center Dates: 9/1-30/2019 “My goal, always, is to paint the dance of color,” Jacque Carroll says. Jacque’s subject matter is diverse: landscape, portrait, still life.  She prefers to paint familiar scenes of the local landscape. Raised in Spokane,... Read more...

Mr. Zig Zag exhibit

Tukwila Community Center Art Wall Dates: 9/1-10/31/2019 John Taylor, a resident of Renton and part-time employee with the City of Tukwila working with the Senior Program, will be exhibiting “Mr. Zig Zag” on the Art Wall at the Tukwila Community Center in... Read more...

ArtsWA 2019 Curator Roster

Washington State Arts Commission Application Deadline: 9/27/2019 The Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) is now accepting applications for its 2019 Curator Roster, which will be active for a three-year period. Arts in Public Places project managers and local art... Read more...

Drawing and Painting from Life

Maple Valley Creative Arts Council Dates: Fall Session #1 – Fridays from September 20 – October 25            Fall Session #2 – Fridays from November 8 – December 13 Join MVCAC Executive Director, artist, and three-time Arts Fest award winner... Read more...

Musical Movement for All

Maple Valley Creative Arts Center Dates: 9/12, 9/19, 9/26 – 1:30-2:30 PM An adaptive dance class taught by Shirley Rowe for developmentally delayed adults. This FREE class is held at the Maple Valley Creative Arts Center, 23220 Maple Valley-Black Diamond Road... Read more...

Come and Sing! – six free group singing lessons

Federal Way Harmony Kings Dates: Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 PM, 9/24 through 10/29 Discover how wonderful your voice really is. Have fun singing. Learn about the qualities of singing that allow us to make beautiful sounds and ring chords. After each lesson, you are welcome... Read more...

Rainier Youth Choirs auditions

Rainier Youth Choirs Auditions being scheduled now RYC is a non-profit community music education and choral performance organization in South King County. Each week, 100 youth from different backgrounds and communities gather to make music. With six ensembles that... Read more...

Auditions for ChoralSounds Northwest

ChoralSounds Northwest Date: Through the month of September, by appointment Interested in auditioning to sing with ChoralSounds Northwest for the 2018-2019 season? Contact Northwest Associated Arts at info@nwassociatedarts.org or 206-246-6040 for more information and... Read more...

Historic Cemetery grants

Washington Trust for Historic Preservation and Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation Deadline: 10/23/2019 In partnership with the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP), the Washington Trust is pleased to announce the... Read more...

Heritage Barn grants

Washington Trust for Historic Preservation and Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation Deadline: 10/23/2019 In partnership with the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP), the Washington Trust is pleased to announce the... Read more...

Valerie Sivinski Fund historic preservation grants

Washington Trust for Historic Preservation Deadline: 10/15/2019 The Valerie Sivinski Fund is an annual program of the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation that provides grants of up to $2,000 to organizations engaged in historic preservation around Washington... Read more...

Works by Danny Pierce

Kent History Museum Dates: 8/17-9/30/2019 The Greater Kent Historical Society is proud to present a collection of local artist Danny Pierce’s artwork. These special pieces are on loan from his daughter, Julia Pierce. The Kent History Museum is located in... Read more...

Landmarks Capital grant

4Culture Application deadline: 9/25/2019, 5 PM If you own a historic landmark in King County don’t miss this opportunity to apply for funds to repair or restore it. This program funds bricks-and-mortar projects that contribute to the region’s identity and can... Read more...

Earth Day Northwest 2020

Earth Day Northwest 2020 Earth Day Northwest 2020 has the goal of leveraging the upcoming 50th anniversary of Earth Day as a pivot point for our region. We aim to create a broad-based, welcoming movement for this place founded on three key ideals: protecting our... Read more...

Benchmarks

City of Auburn Through early October For the fifth year, artistically altered benches have been placed throughout Auburn to be enjoyed by the public. This popular community art program was initiated in 2015, and works with local community groups to paint, carve and... Read more...

Watershed – works by Michelle Lassaline

White River Valley Museum Now through 9/29/2019 See breathtaking watercolors and intimate drawings by Mary Olson Farm’s 2018 Artist in Residence Michelle Lassaline. In 2018 the Mary Olson Farm hosted our first artist in residence – Michelle Lassaline. Lassaline... Read more...

Native education literacy and culture specialist

Highline School District Application deadline: Open until filled (position was posted on 6/27/2019) The Native Education Literacy and Culture Specialist supports equitable access to high quality, culturally-responsive, language and literacy learning opportunities for... Read more...

Restoration Work Parties in the Bog

SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve Every Saturday, 10 AM – 2 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 SE, Renton.... Read more...

Gnarly – The Dan Robinson Retrospective

Pacific Bonsai Museum Through 9/29/2019 Gnarly honors a lifetime of work by local, international legend Dan Robinson. As Robinson turns 80-years-old, Pacific Bonsai Museum looks back on his still-flourishing career as an American bonsai renegade who pioneered... 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...

Call to artists – Burien Pop-Up Gallery

Burien Arts Association Application deadline: until all show dates are filled The Burien Arts Pop-up Art Exhibit program is devoted to showcasing the works of established artists, emerging artists, and student art. The Pop-Up Art Gallery is currently located at the... Read more...

Docents needed for historical cabins

Historical Society of Federal Way Dates: 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, Federal Way.... 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...

Renton Special Projects grants

Renton Municipal Arts Commission Deadline: 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 projects 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...

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...

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 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...

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...