SoCoCulture Announcements

Call to artists – South Renton Mural Project

City of Renton Deadline for RFQ submission: 7/15/2019, 5 PM The South Renton Mural Project, sponsored by the City of Renton Neighborhoods program and the South Renton Neighborhood Association, is challenging the arts community to design and execute a mural that... Read more...

Arts commissioner opening

City of Burien Application deadline: 7/26/2019 Applications are being accepted for openings on the Burien City Council’s Arts Commission. Burien residency is required. Applications are available on the city’s website at burienwa.gov/boardapply and will be accepted... Read more...

Watercolor Your World

Des Moines Library Date: 7/20/2019, 2-3:30 PM Participants will learn basic watercolor techniques by exploring color and color mixing, creating a collaborative painting, and creating a summer-themed original painting of their own. Presented by Silver Kite Community... Read more...

Cursive penmanship

Highline Heritage Museum Dates: 7/20 and 8/17/2019 Learn and practice your cursive skills. Class fee is $15 for members and $20 for the general public. Space is limited, contact curator@highlinehistory.org to reserve a space. The Museum is located at 819 SW 152nd... Read more...

Restoration work parties – Fiestas de restauración

SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve Dates: 6/15, 6/22, 6/29, from 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... Read more...

Participate in the Auburn Days Parade

City of Auburn The Auburn Days Parade happens this year on Saturday, August 10, at 11 AM. This parade has been an Auburn tradition for decades and is the kick-off to Auburn Fest. The Parade will feature marching bands, drill teams, dancers, one-of-a-kind cars, and... Read more...

Call for an arts commissioner

Burien Arts Commission Application deadline: 6/28/2019 Applications are being accepted for an opening on the Burien City Council’s Arts Commission (residency required). Applications available on the city’s website at burienwa.gov/boardapply. Applications are being... 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...

Aladdin Jr. – musical theatre summer camp

Carco Theatre Dates: 7/15-26/2019, Monday-Friday, 9 AM-1 PM Beloved musical theatre instructor Teddy Meyer is back with Aladdin Jr. for all the kids to play with! Our camp runs for two weeks, from 9 AM – 1 PM, Monday-Friday, July 15-26, with a public performance... Read more...

Newsies – musical theatre day camp

Carco Theatre Dates: 7/8-12/2019, 9 AM-3 PM This week long day camp, presented by CYT-Seattle (Christian Youth Theatre), will explore the world of Newsies, the Broadway Musical. Ever since it’s stage premiere this musical has caught the attention of the nation,... Read more...

Bonsai Basics

Pacific Bonsai Museum Date: 7/20/2019, 1-3 PM or 4:30-6:30 PM Have you ever wanted to try bonsai? Here’s your chance! Get your hands dirty in this interactive class as you learn about the art of bonsai. You will have the opportunity to create your own juniper bonsai... Read more...

Taichi and Bonsai class

Pacific Bonsai Museum Date: 7/18/2019, 5:30-7 PM Upon arrival, you’ll walk a ? mile wooded trail that will transport you from the everyday and deliver you to the threshold of the magical. You’ll breathe woodsy air, and look up to find towering conifers all... Read more...

Jack and the Giant – Summer Musical Camp

Rosebud Children’s Theatre Conservatory Dates: 6/24-7/21/2019 For ages 8-12. The giant is making life pretty miserable for Jack, his mother, and the entire kingdom.  Jack is even forced to sell his beloved dancing cow for magic beans.  And where does Jack go? ... Read more...

Little Women – Broadway Musical Summer Camp

Rosebud Children’s Theatre Conservatory Dates: 6/24-8/2/2019, Monday-Friday, 11 AM – 3 PM For ages 13-20. Based on Louisa May Alcott’s life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories... Read more...

Washington State Poet Laureate applications open

Washington State Arts Commission and Humanities Washington Deadline: 7/26/2019 ArtsWA and Humanities Washington are accepting applications for the next Washington State Poet Laureate. The state poet laureate serves to build awareness and appreciation of poetry,... Read more...

Roster of Teaching Artists

Washington State Arts Commission Application deadline: 7/1/2019 The Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) is now accepting applications for our Roster of Teaching Artists. The Roster is a resource directory of high-quality teaching artists who are especially well... Read more...

Teaching Artist Training Lab

Washington State Arts Commission Application deadline: 7/11/2019 (apply before 6/12 for a $50 tuition discount) Applications are now being accepted for the 2019-20 Washington Teaching Artist Training Lab (TAT Lab). TAT Lab is seven month professional training program... 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...

Kent Summer Art Exhibit

Centennial Center Gallery Dates: 6/5 – 8/21/2019 Featuring artists: Gabrielle Abbott, Juan Alonso-Rodriguez, Monica Bretherton, Sara Brogdon, Robert Chism, Roxanne Everett, Shannon Folino, Heinz Grossrieder, Aaliyah Gupta, Chris Heard, Fran Holt, Clare Johnson,... Read more...

Sketching and Painting Birds workshop

Kent Library Date: 6/30/2019, 2 PM Learn how to sketch and paint birds in this hands-on watercolor workshop. Use pencil, watercolor and pens and get inspired by many of our favorite western species. Molly is the author of the just-released book, Birds of the West: An... Read more...

Creating character workshop

Renton Library Date: 6/29/2019, 1 PM Join local author Chris Chen for this introductory to writing workshop. Learn the basics of character development through story arcs and other elements needed to create an engaging story for potential readers. First come, first... Read more...

MVYSO Jam Club Special Needs Camp

Maple Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra Dates: 8/12-16/2019, 10 AM – noon This is a Music Therapy Based Music Education Camp for students with special needs in grades 2* and up.  The camp is run by our Music Therapistand our Executive Director (also a Recreation... Read more...

MVYSO Full Orchestra Camp

Maple Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra Dates: 8/5-9/2019 Our studentts will be divided into 3 playing groups.  They will be sorted according to playing experience on registration along with  other factors including, but not limited to, private lessons, music reading... Read more...

SiXR’s Cinematic VR – 360 Video Camp

Maple Valley Creative Arts Center 6/24-28/2019, 1-5 PM Learn to make your own 360 video immersive experiences for Virtual Reality. Professional mentors teach writing for immerside media, 360 video pre-production, location production, 360 video editing with Adobe... Read more...

Works by Angelina Tolentino

Burien Arts Association’s Pop-Up Gallery at Burien Community Center Dates: 6/1-30/2019 Angelina Tolentino is the featured artist in Burien Arts Association’s June 2019 Pop-up Exhibit at the Burien Community Center. Tolentino is Inspired by the flora and... 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...

SeaTac Great Summer Camp 2019

City of SeaTac Dates: 7/1-8/30/2019 Camps are packed with great activities, favorite games, daily crafts, cooking, weekly field trips and weekly swimming. For grades K-5, the camps run Monday-Friday from 6 AM-6 PM. Full payment is due one week prior to attending.... Read more...

Works by Vanessa Baird

Auburn City Hall Gallery Now through 7/9/2019 Experiences with the natural world are at the forefront of artist Vanessa Baird’s practice. Everything from color palette to form is in one way or another a reflection on nature. An interdisciplinary artist, she... Read more...

Culinary apprenticeship program

Project Feast Dates: 7/1 – 11/8/2019, Monday-Friday, 9 AM – 2:30 PM Train for a culinary career in Project Feast’s four-month-long, hands-on program! The Culinary Apprenticeship Program is open to immigrants and refugees (regardless of time spent in... 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 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 no geographical... 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...

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...

Docents needed for historical cabins

Historical Society of Federal Way Dates: 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, Federal... 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:8/5-8/2019, 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.... 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...

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...

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...

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...

Ivy League Pull work party

Friends of Saltwater State Park. Dates: 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 shoes and... 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...

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...

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...