2019 Teeny Awards Recap

What happened at the #2019TeenyAwards? Relive every moment of the Drag Extravaganza!


On Saturday, September 28th, teens, parents, artists, and arts leaders gathered at SIFF Cinema's Egyptian Theatre to celebrate the 12th annual Teeny Awards Ceremony, hosted by Betty Wetter and members of The New Guard: Teen Arts Leadership Society.

The Teeny Awards are planned with support from The New Guard, TeenTix’s teen governing body, and celebrates the best in local arts and culture according to teenage art enthusiasts. Awardees are chosen by the New Guard based on votes by the TeenTix membership.

Teen attendees at the 2019 Teeny Awards. Photo by Roman Robinson

This year's theme was Drag Extravaganza, elevating and celebrating the ways in which young people are free to express themselves, and how that freedom helps foster a strong, healthy arts community.

The pre-show reception included swag bags at the door (chock-full of buttons, tickets, t-shirts, mugs, and MORE!), cupcakes from Cupcake Royale, Rachel’s Ginger Beer, snacks, a glam station staffed by professional makeup artists, a selfie booth where guests could snap a picture with drag queen Troia Prince, a red carpet photo opportunity, and of course, button-making & a teen voting booth for FAVORITE ORGANIZATION! Films from TeenTix Arts Partners were also screened in the theatre for guests to enjoy.

The Awards Ceremony featured a performance from local drag artist and ceremony host Betty Wetter, an improvisational set from Jet City Improv, a reading from 2019 Youth Poet Laureate Wei-Wei Lee, tunes spun by DJ Morgue Anne, and a screening of the film Welcome to the Ball by Adam Vincent Wright, provided by Three Dollar Bill Cinema.

One of the most anticipated moments during this year’s ceremony was the presentation of the Youth Arts Advocate Award. Teens are nominated by their peers for this award, which aims to honor young people who advocate for arts in their schools, instigate arts outings, and inspire their peers to participate in the community. The nominees for Youth Arts Advocate of the Year were Bella Schilling, Diego Ortiz Villacorta San Juan, Ericka Mickelson, and Veronica Dodds.

Ericka Mickelson won the award, presented by Saunatina Sanchez, Youth Programs Coordinator at SIFF. Though she could not attend in-person, Ericka recorded a video message thanking her nominator and all the people in her life who have supported her art.

Ericka's nominator said, “Ericka Mickelson is a brilliant and talented teen artist who is well on her way to developing her community with art and passion. Ericka’s career dream and goal is to bring art into social work and spaces that work with youth who may be at risk. Ericka has served as a teen leader for Teens in Public Service (TIPS), a not-for-profit dedicated to developing future leaders committed to their communities. Within this internship, Ericka was paired with Pratt Fine Arts Center based in Seattle, WA. Pratt Fine Arts Center has a mission to make art accessible to everyone, offering a place for spirited exchange, self-expression and personal transformation through creativity. Ericka worked with this organization and served in the art classroom working with teachers to assist kids ages 7-9. The experience was fantastic for Ericka as she helped students explore their creative lens with confidence and inspiration. Even after the internship was over, Ericka and Pratt decided to continue partnering together as they put on free and pay-what-you-can art classes for the community. Ericka has developed her art and experienced inspiration in a variety of ways that has helped her to assist others on their journey. For example, she was given the opportunity to draw an album cover for Mike McCready’s Try So Hard song project in which youth experiencing foster care wrote a song about their life experiences (see picture below). Also, Ericka was invited to attend a job shadow event with renowned artist, Barbara Earl Thomas (see link) and worked with a couple of youth on a paper cutting project that would be displayed in Chicago. Ericka continues to sell her art in local restaurants in her community of North Bend and inspires with her drive and motivation to connect with others on a deeper level. While Ericka attends an alternative school, she certainly leads with a passion and brilliance that motivates others to care about deeper issues. Last year, Ericka lead her peers in Leadership class as president to pursue a bake sale and hoodie sale to keep her alternative school alive and open due to funding cuts. Ericka is as busy as it gets but she still manages to make time for the people around her by leading and sharing her own passion for art.”

The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian American Experience took home the ARTS PARTNER OF THE YEAR award, voted on live during the ceremony. Lambert House won COMMUNITY PARTNER OF THE YEAR, with a young drag queen accepting the award alongside their Executive Director. Other winners were Seattle Chamber Music Society for BEST MUSIC ORGANIZATION, Museum of Pop Culture for BEST FRONT-OF-HOUSE EXPERIENCE, Teen Night Out at Seattle Art Museum won the THE TREAT YOURSELF AWARD for the most fun way to NOT think about finals, and Pass Over at ACT Theatre won the THE KINDLING AWARD for the work that most artfully illuminated a social issue or sparked civic dialogue. A full list of nominees and winners are listed below.

Lambert House representatives Rita LaRue and Executive Director Ken Shulman upon winning the Community Partner of the Year Award. Photo by Roman Robinson

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Teens in each of the following groups has the ability to nominate their favorite event from the year

    **WINNER: Moisture Festival**
    **WINNER: Feathers & Teeth @ Washington Ensemble Theatre**

Works must have been produced at a TeenTix Arts Partner between July 2018 and June 2019

3. TEENS RUN THE WORLD AWARD for the work that best showcased the work of young artists or engaged topics related to youth

14/48:HS Fall & Spring Festivals, 14/48 Projects
Romeo and Juliet, ACT Theatre
Dry Land, Seattle Public Theater
Young Artists Program, Seattle Symphony
NFFTY 2018, National Film Festival for Talented Youth
Youth Speaks Seattle Poetry Slam Series, Arts Corps
What Every Girl Should Know, Young Americans' Theatre Company
20 Under 20, Bellevue Art Museum
Naramore Art Exhibition, Seattle Art Museum
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: In the Footsteps of my Ancestors, Tacoma Art Museum
West Side Story, 5th Avenue Theatre
8th Grade, SIFF
#20gayteen Shorts, Three Dollar Bill Cinema
Jane Eyre The Musical, ArtsWest
New Works Festival, UW Undergraduate Theatre Society
Winter Flies, SIFF
Sadie, Northwest Film Forum

**WINNER: West Side Story @ 5th Avenue Theatre**

4. KINDLING AWARD: for the work that most artfully illuminated a social issue or sparked civic dialogue

And in this Corner: Cassius Clay, Seattle Children's Theatre
A Thousand Splendid Suns, Seattle Repertory Theatre
Pass Over, ACT Theatre
Urinetown, ACT Theatre
Poor People's TV Room, On the Boards
Strange Fruit, Spectrum Dance Theater
Caught, Intiman Theatre
Lines, Meany Center for the Performing Arts
Showing Out, Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas
Represent! 2019, SIS Productions & LANGSTON
American Junkie, Book-It Repertory Theatre
Fire Season, Seattle Public Theater
White Rabbit, Three Dollar Bill Cinema
A People's History, Seattle Repertory Theatre
Kim's Convenience, Taproot Theatre Company
Hugo Literary Series 2018/19, Hugo House
Expand Upon: Immigration, Mirror Stage
The Parting, Music of Remembrance
The Agitators, West of Lenin

**WINNER: Pass Over @ ACT Theatre**

5. OUT OF THIS WORLD AWARD: for the most transporting work

B, Washington Ensemble Theatre
The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, Seattle Opera
In the Heights, Seattle Repertory Theatre
The Woman in Black, Seattle Repertory Theatre
[lavender]: a self portrait, On the Boards
Marie, Dancing Still, 5th Avenue
Danez Smith, Seattle Arts and Lectures
Stabat Mater, Early Music Seattle & Whim W'him
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Pacific Northwest Ballet
Moisture Festival 2019, Moisture Festival
Everybody, Strawberry Theatre Workshop
Cecilia Vicuna: About to Happen, Henry Art Gallery
Kitchen Sessions: Music That Inspires, Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas
2019 Winter Festival, Seattle Chamber Music Society
Legends of Rock, Seattle Women's Chorus
Afterlife: Life and Death . . . Improvised, Unexpected Productions

**WINNER: In the Heights @ Seattle Rep**

6. TREAT YOURSELF AWARD: for the funnest way to not think about finals

Cirque Goes Broadway, Seattle Symphony
Dina Martina, ACT Theatre
Beware the Terror of Gaylord Manor, ACT Theatre
Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes, MOPOP
Improv Happy Hour, Unexpected Productions
Twisted Flicks, Jet City Improv
Youth Pride Dance Party, MOPOP
The Addams Family, Edmonds Driftwood Players
Banana Split, SIFF
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text, Tacoma Arts Live
She Stoops to Conquer, Seattle Shakespeare Company
Teen Night Out, Seattle Art Museum
Jingle All the Way, Seattle Men's Chorus
FRESH (a drag show for new talent), 18th and Union
Something Great: A Sketch Comedy Show, ComedySportz Seattle
Naked Mole Rats, Pacific Science Center
Mamma Mia, Seattle Musical Theatre
Drawn That Way (An all ages drag show), Copious Love Productions

**WINNER: Teen Night Out @ Seattle Art Museum**

7. BEST AESTHETICS AWARD: for great design

Seattle Art Fair 2018, Seattle Art fair
Clyde Petersen: Merch & Destroy, Bellevue Art Museum
Director's Choice, Pacific Northwest Ballet
Bold as Love, Northwest African American Museum
A Dragon Lives Here, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian American Experience
It's Raining Cats and Dogs, MOHAI
T-rex Live, Burke Museum
Night Parade, Pork Filled Players
The Learned Ladies, UW School of Drama
Feathers and Teeth, Washington Ensemble Theatre

**WINNER: A Dragon Lives Here @ Wing Luke Museum of the Asian American Experience**

8. IN YOUR BACKYARD AWARD: for the partner organization teens love to visit in neighborhoods outside of the City of Seattle

BAM Biennial, Bellevue Arts Museum
Make Believe: Magic of Your Mind, Tacoma Arts Live
Jane Lynch, a Swingin' Little Christmas, Edmonds Center for the Arts
Silent Sky, Edmonds Driftwood Players
CatVideoFest2019, The Grand Cinema
The Music Man (Kirkland Community Musical), Kirkland Performance Center
Raven and the Box of Daylight, Museum of Glass
You're a Good Man Charlie Brown!, Renton Civic Theatre
Promise at Dawn, Stroum Jewish Community Center
Sounds of the Season, Symphony Tacoma
Native Portraiture: Power and Perception,Tacoma Art Museum
A Thousand Words Worth: Washington Authors Tell Their Stories with Objects, The Washington State History Museum

**WINNER: Catvideofest2018 @ The Grand Cinema**

neither for events nor organizations, this category recognizes young leaders in our community

Drama School, Seattle Children’s Theatre
Teen Docent Program, Bellevue Arts Museum
Youth Programs, Seattle Public Theater
National Film Festival for Talented Youth
Reel Queer Youth, Three Dollar Bill Cinema
Youth Writers Cohort, Hugo House
Henry Teen Collective, Henry Art Gallery
Youth Curator Program, Northwest African American Museum
Teen Advisory Group, Seattle Art Museum
Youth Advisory Board, MoPOP
MOHAI Youth Advisors, Museum of History and Industry

**WINNER: Drama School @ Seattle Children's Theatre**


Youth Arts Advocate of the Year Award celebrates a teen who makes big contributions to our region's arts and cultural community through passion, advocacy, and leadership. Learn more here.

Bella Schilling
Diego Ortiz Villacorta San Juan
Ericka Mickelson
Veronica Dodds

**WINNER: Ericka Mickelson**

Celebrating the region’s most teen-friendly arts organizations

11. BEST FRONT-OF-HOUSE EXPERIENCE: For the partner organization with the most welcoming and helpful box office staff, greeters, ushers, etc.

All TeenTix partner organizations nominated

**WINNER: Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)**


(Please note, the Seattle Children's Theatre won this award in 2018 and is not eligible this year.)

18th and Union
5th Avenue Theatre
ACT Theatre
Book-It Repertory Theatre
Copious Love Productions
Edmonds Driftwood Players
INTIMAN Theatre Festival
Mirror Stage
Pork Filled Players
Renton Civic Theatre
Seattle Musical Theatre
Seattle Public Theater
Seattle Repertory Theatre
Seattle Shakespeare Company
SiS Productions
Strawberry Theatre Workshop
Taproot Theatre
The 14/48 Projects
UW Undergraduate Theatre Society
UW School of Drama
Washington Ensemble Theatre
West of Lenin
Young Americans' Theatre Company

**WINNER: Seattle Shakespeare Company**


(Please note, The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience won this award in 2018 and is not eligible this year.)

Bellevue Arts Museum
Burke Museum
Henry Art Gallery
Museum of Glass
Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)
Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)
Northwest African American Museum
Pacific Science Center
Seattle Art Fair
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Asian Art Museum & Olympic Sculpture Park
Tacoma Art Museum
Washington State History Museum

**WINNER: Washington State History Museum**


(Please note, PNB won this award in 2018 and is not eligible this year.)

Spectrum Dance Theater
Whim W'Him

**WINNER: Spectrum Dance Theatre**


(Please note, Jet City Improv won this award in 2018 and is not eligible this year.)

ComedySportz Seattle
Unexpected Productions

**WINNER: Unexpected Productions**


(Please note, Northwest Film Forum won this award in 2018 and is not eligible this year.)

Grand Illusion Cinema
National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY)
Pacific Science Center's IMAX & Laser Dome
Seattle International Film Festival | SIFF Cinema
The Grand Cinema
Three Dollar Bill Cinema

**WINNER: Pacific Science Center**


(Please note, the Seattle Symphony won this award in 2018 and is not eligible this year.)

Abbey Arts
Early Music Seattle
Music of Remembrance
Pacific MusicWorks
Seattle Chamber Music Society
Seattle Men's & Seattle Women's Choruses
Seattle Opera
Symphony Tacoma

**WINNER: Seattle Chamber Music Society**


(Please note, LANGSTON won this award in 2018 and is not eligible this year.)

Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas
Hugo House
Seattle Arts & Lectures
Seattle Center
Town Hall

**WINNER: Hugo House**


(Please note, On the Boards won this award in 2018 and is not eligible this year.)

Tacoma Arts Live
Cornish College of the Arts
Edmonds Center for the Arts
Kirkland Performance Center
Meany Center for the Arts
Moisture Festival
Stroum Jewish Community Center

**WINNER: Kirkland Performance Center**


(Please note, Arts Corps won this award in 2018 and is not eligible this year.)

**WINNER: Lambert House**

21. FAVORITE ORGANIZATION, voted on LIVE at the Teeny Award Show

(Please note, The 14/48 Projects won this award in 2018 and is not eligible this year.)

**WINNER: Wing Luke Museum of the Asian American Experience**

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