“If Seattle culture has a future, TeenTix is at its heart.”
– Brendan Kiley, The Stranger, 2009 Genius Awards shortlist profile
This is Who We Are
TeenTix builds a bright future for our city by empowering young people to take an active role in shaping their arts community as audience members, critics, influencers, advocates, patrons, and leaders.
A healthy community whose diverse civic leaders value, support, and participate in a thriving arts sector.
- Genuine diversity requires early access.
- Teens should be influencers of culture, not just receivers.
- Arts attendance is arts education, arts attendance is civic participation.
- Technology and data can be positive, transformative influences.
- Live, shared experiences are inherently valuable, especially when they facilitate interaction that crosses traditional generational, ethnic, and socio-economic divides.
- Fun, leisure, and entertainment are crucial components of a healthy adolescence that need protecting.
- Much of art’s value cannot be quantified.
- Settle for nothing less than for profound inclusiveness and radical hospitality.
- The “underserved” are also the “underinvited”.
- Experimentation, exploration, and boundary-pushing inspire positive transformation.
- Create safe spaces for critical thinking and civilized disagreement.
- Youth empowerment means the elevation and prioritization of the youth voice.
- Embrace change, risk, and failure in order to stay nimble and responsive to the ever-evolving teen demographic.
This is Our History
TeenTix was founded in 2004 by Seattle Center and in partnership with ten of the resident arts organizations on the Seattle Center campus. In 2006, TeenTix began adding partners outside of Seattle Center. Currently, 56 arts organizations throughout the Puget Sound region participate in the TeenTix program, including Seattle Symphony, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle International Film Festival, EMP Museum, 5th Avenue Theatre, and ACT Theatre. To date, TeenTix has facilitated the sale of over 58,000 arts tickets to teens.
This is What We Do
But TeenTix is about much more than cheap tickets. We also provide opportunities for teens from all backgrounds to engage deeply with the arts, such as arts leadership training in The New Guard: Teen Arts Leadership Society, and arts criticism training through the TeenTix Press Corps. Over 80 teen contributors make the TeenTix blog Seattle’s best source of youth-centric arts coverage.