SoCo Meeting Notes – 2/13/2024

SoCoCulture Membership Meeting
13 February 2024
Held at Black River Cultural Arts Center, Renton


African American Writers Alliance
Allied Arts of Renton
Auburn Symphony Orchestra
Burien Arts Association
CenterStage Theatre
Evergreen City Ballet
Federal Way Harmony Kings
Greater Kent Historical Society
Museum of Flight
Rainier Youth Choir
Renton Municipal Arts Commission
Renton History Museum
SeaTac Arts, Culture & Library Advisory Committee

Welcome: Mary Clymer, Renton Municipal Arts Commission, welcomed the group. Tommy Segundo, Black River Cultural Arts Center, welcomed SoCoCulture to his space.

Program: Maleah R. Jackson, Principal, Makari Consulting, Topic: “Leading in Hope & Harmony”

Maleah opened introductions around the room.

  • Planning for Change

Change is inevitable in any organization, but planning ahead is a way to manage change. Example: succession planning makes leadership change less stressful and impactful

Recommends Kaizen Principles, so that small changes can make big positive impact.

  • Engage others.
  • Document the process
  • Address most important and impactful issues first.
  • Recruit interim director / president/ staff
  • Communicate—make sure others are buying in.
  • Take a moment, take a breath, celebrate successes.
  • Set deadlines, but they can’t all be NOW.
  • Review and update plans.
  • Board-ED Relationship

Maleah used a symphony analogy: everyone must be playing together in harmony according to a chart, but to address sour notes, the Board-ED relationship must be strong.

  • Board’s primary responsibility is governance.
  • Staff does the day-to-day work to fulfill mission and vision
  • Board and staff must share the same story about mission, vision, and community.
  • Building Healthy Relationships

Setting boundaries and expectations important, with mutual respect (even a formal code of cooperation)

  • Ask yourself: what do I want this person to learn from me? What am I willing to learn from them? Am I willing to share?

Use an agreed-upon method of accountability

There are 10 types of boards, but most nonprofits fall into: advisory, governing, or working

Maleaha led a discussion around the table about what kinds of boards we’re working with (or on) and what we need

  • Succession planning
  • Help with marketing
  • Recruiting engaged Board members and keeping them
  • Educating Board members about operations


Mary Clymer thanked Maleah, and invited Don Skaggs to report on SoCoCulture Leadership team activities.

Don: Leadership team is six volunteers and we are doing our best to cover the many duties that Barbara McMichael covered seamlessly over the years. We need members’ assistance with:

  • Three newsletters
  • Calendar content
  • Members’ meetings
  • Engaging Trees

Liz Stewart: our intention is to continue in-person members meetings on a quarterly basis in the transition period, and we are looking for host venues for April, September, and November members’ meetings. You may get your own speaker / program or the Leadership Team will help get one for your venue.


Jackie Mixon, 4Culture: Doors Open webinars in April and June; check the 4Culture web site.

  • New programs to offset cost of free admission and programs, and another for individual artists
  • New Facilities grants for cultural and science organizations

Meeting adjourned at 11:45 a.m.