Look What You’ve Done!

​Read our 2014 Annual Report and find out!

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Here at TeenTix, we love our supporters more than life itself. Without you, there are no $5.00 teen tickets to the arts, no TeenTix Press Corps, no New Guard, no empowered young arts citizens, no bright future. Nothing. Seriously, you are ensuring the future of civilization. So, hey, thanks for that! We put together this little report as a thank you, a celebration, and a manifesto. Please check it out and learn more about the movement we call TeenTix.

Read our 2014 Annual Report by clicking here.

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This Summer: Intern for TeenTix!

​Snag a spot with TeenTix this summer, and you'll be helping us keep art accessible for young people!

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Do you care about keeping art accessible for young people? How are you with menial duties? Do you like working alongside a group of awesome, fun people who care about art? Come and work with us! We are currently hiring for a Summer 2015 Intern.

Start Date: Flexible, as early as May 2015 End Date: Flexible, late August or early September 2015 Supervisor: Ashraf Hasham, TeenTix Deputy Director Deadline: Rolling

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Apply for the New Guard and BE THE FUTURE

​Attention high school students with a passion for the arts: The New Guard is better than puppies and unicorns.

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Are you always trying to get people to go to shows? Do you value diversity + access? Are you vaguely interested in a career in the arts? Or, perhaps, you're simply the only person you know who likes opera.

Then, it seems, you're a perfect candidate for The New Guard: Teen Arts Leadership Society! What is The New Guard, you ask? (We assume you asked. We can't hear you but we're pretty sure you're telepathically communicating to ask us this question.)

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Announcing Culture Writing with Ijeoma Oluo!

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We are thrilled to announce our new writing class, Culture Writing, with writer Ijeoma Oluo!

Ijeoma's work has been featured in The Guardian, City Arts Magazine, the Stranger, Huffington Post, Jezebel, NY Magazine, Medium, Ravishly, SheKnows, XOJane, Time Magazine, The Awl, and The Monarch Review. Most recently, she blew up the internet by compassionately engaging a racist Twitter troll on Martin Luther King Day. (You can follow Ijeoma @ijeomaoluo and you should.) Culture Writing will be a two-month class responding to the explosive growth of serious writing about popular culture. Topics explored will include personal narrative in pop culture writing, race, class, and gender, media literacy, and internet culture. Students will learn to craft better writing, engage more critically with the culture they consume, and give and receive constructive feedback. Culture Writing will be held in July and August at the Seattle Center. It is open to all incoming 11th & 12th graders and college freshmen. If you would like to be notified when applications for Culture Writing become available, click here.

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Cornish students with work/study awards: We’re hiring!

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Are you a Cornish student with a work/study award? Want to help keep art accessible for young people? Come and work with us!

Our wonderful Member Services Coordinator, Nazlah, is headed off on an academic adventure in Scotland, so we have an immediate opening. Only current Cornish College of Arts students with work/study awards may apply.

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Welcome, Ashraf Hasham, TeenTix Deputy Director!

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Today, I am super thrilled to share that TeenTix has hired Ashraf Hasham to fill the newly created position of Deputy Director. Ashraf's association with TeenTix began when he joined The New Guard (then called the TeenTix Steering Committee) as a 16-year-old junior at Ballard High School. After graduating from Ballard, Ashraf earned his degree in Arts Administration from Wagner College in New York, and then returned to Seattle, where he has held positions at TeenTix partner organizations Henry Art Gallery and On the Boards. I knew Ashraf was special right off the bat--anyone who has met him knows what I'm talking about. He's got an incredible spirit, and he's super smart, dedicated, and driven. It's really exciting to have someone on staff who came up through our programs. Who could be in a better position to make sure that we are doing a great job serving young people? Put that together with the expertise that Ashraf has gained through earning his degree in working in arts nonprofits, and you have someone who is going to do really good things for this organization. I could not be happier.

Please join me in welcoming Ashraf!

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Thank you!!!

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You did it! Thanks to the your generous donations and the support of ArtsFund, the Raynier Foundation, and Power2Give, TeenTix raised $7190 to fund our move to our brand new headquarters! This is a huge moment in our transition from Seattle Center public program to independent organization, and it is so great to know that we have a community surrounding us that believes in our work. Thank you.

Yesterday, we heard from many of you who had planned to give but couldn't because we had already hit our goal. First of all, WHAT A GREAT PROBLEM TO HAVE. We love you guys. Second of all, don't worry--you can still help support TeenTix and arts accessibility for youth.

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Apply to be a MOHAI Youth Advisor!

Are you destined to be a curator? A docent? A leader in the arts community? It's that time of year again--applications are now open for MOHAI's Youth Advisors!

"MOHAI's Youth Advisors (MYA) is a place for high school students to investigate, explore, and be empowered to create a more teen-friendly museum. This team of 15 high school students, ages 14-18, will meet twice monthly, set goals, and review deliverables. Tasks will include spending time with visitors in the galleries, interviewing peers, attending and reviewing other cultural programs in the area, and program development at MOHAI."

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Teeny Awards 2014 Recap!

​Thanks to our dedicated members, organizations, and contributors, the #TeenyAwards2014 were a smashing success!

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Each year, we gather together our friends, members, and partner organizations to recognize them for the hard work they do. It's a little party we like to call The Teeny Awards. And this year, IT RULED.

Not only did we throw a bangin' party fully equipped with cupcakes, a photo booth, carnival-style swag toss, and button making--we spent the night laughing our butts off with host Lindy West, got to give away an enormous raffle prize of an entire year's worth of arts tickets, generously donated by our partner orgs, and then we had a dance party to finish it all off. We are telling you, this party was almost as good as meeting Lil Bub. Or Taylor Swift. Forreal.

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Ready, Set, Write!

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Two BIG things are coming this Fall for teens interested in pursuing writing. Does that sound like you? Read on!

"What is criticism and why does it matter?" Explore this question and more in the Young Critics Workshop! In short, it's an arts criticism seminar open to 11th and 12th graders who are interested in exploring arts journalism. In YCW, you'll take classes, field trips to see art that you'll then review, and have discussions with a panel of real-life arts journalists. This class has been going strong since 2007--join and you'll be a part of the next generation of young arts critics.

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BIG NEWS for TeenTix

We're happy to announce that TeenTix is the recipient of the Pathfinder Award!

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LAST TUESDAY, HISTORY WAS MADE.

Our very own Executive Director of the TeenTix program, Holly Arsenault, met with the Puget Sound Association of Phi Beta Kappa on May 20th to accept the Pathfinder Award. This award honors and recognizes extraordinary leaders in promoting high quality learning and, specifically, they made it super official that we have made a huge impact in the lives of teenagers since our program began. Did you know that TeenTix has facilitated the sale of over 40,000 tickets to the arts?! HOW COOL IS THAT?

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Our very first national press!

​NPR shows TeenTix the love

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This is BIG. We got our very first national press today when a story about TeenTix from local NPR station KPLU was posted to national NPR's facebook wall! WOO HOO!!!!

TeenTixers, just take a second and remember how amazing you are. Seattle is the only place in the country that has TeenTix. Seattle is showing the rest of the world that teens actually do care about art. You are making a difference for young people everywhere. Go YOU.

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This Just In: Teens Like Art

​TeenTix members purchased over 10,000 five-dollar tickets to the arts in 2013

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Hey! Did you guys know that teens like art? Of course you did, and so did we! That's why there's a thing called TeenTix, tra la la.

But did you know HOW MUCH teens like art? Guess what? It's SO MUCH. For example, in 2013, teens liked art 10,689 times (And that's only counting the times you liked art with TeenTix. We know that you sometimes go see art without us AND WE'RE TOTALLY FINE WITH IT.)

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2014 Parent Survey: Results and Answers

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Thank you to all of the TeenTix parents who took the time to complete our first-ever parent survey! Your answers have already helped us make the program better for you and your kids.

Today I wanted to share some of the results of the survey, share some of your comments, and answer some questions that came up a lot. Of course, if you have any questions or thoughts about to improve TeenTix, I would love to hear from you. My email address is [email protected] and my phone number is 206.233.3938. Thank you for being a part of the TeenTix community and for all that you do to support your children's art explorations!

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So long, Pete! Hello, Pete!

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Hello TeenTix community!

As many of you are already aware, TeenTix is in the midst of a huge transition. We are leaving the comfortable nest of Seattle Center (our home since 2004) and striking out to conquer the world as an independent organization. (We're not *literally* leaving Seattle Center--our offices will still be here--but we are no longer a Seattle Center program.) While this change is mostly a really happy and exciting one, there's one part that's not so happy, and that's saying goodbye to someone who has been an integral part of our team for five years: Pete Rush.

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Happy Holiday Happenings

​A round-up of holiday events

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There’s a definite chill in the air, fireplaces are crackling, and more strings of twinkle lights appear every day. But if that’s not enough to get you in the holiday spirit, don’t give up just yet. With the help of your TeenTix pass, it’s easy to find something out there to warm even the Scroogiest of hearts.

For the easily swayed, there are the Christmas classics — as sweet and simple as sugar cookies, and just as loved.

It’s a Wonderful Life has been reaffirming its holiday-classic standing since its release way back in 1946. It’s likely you’ll be watching it this season, so why not make an event of it? It’s playing in it’s usual film form at Grand Illusion Cinema. Or you can catch a live production when either Seattle Radio Theatre or The 14/48 Projects Theatre Anonymous act it out (in Theatre Anonymous' version, nobody--not even the cast--knows who is in the cast. Seriously.) And finally, Jet City Improv offers its own improvised version with It’s Your Wonderful Life.

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We’re in the news!

​The Seattle Times and KUOW feature TeenTix director Holly Arsenault as one of 13 local arts leaders to watch

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Hey! We're famous!

Today you can read an article in the Seattle Times AND listen to a radio story on KUOW about TeenTix and our director, Holly Arsenault. Here's a nice quote from the Times story:

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