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.
Here's how it works: The New Guard, based on the votes of our members, decided who amongst our organizations should be celebrated for outstanding work at the Awards (though, let's be honest, they're ALL winners.) We also had members who attended the Awards this year vote LIVE for their favorite organization, so this category wasn't even known until 10 minutes before it was announced! Now it's time to bring the list in its entirety to YOU. Ready?
Without further ado, the moment you've all been waiting for:
TEENY AWARDS WINNERS, 2014
BEST FRONT-OF-HOUSE EXPERIENCE: 5th Avenue Theatre
BEST FILM ORGANIZATION: NFFTY, The National Film Festival for Talented Youth
THE KINDLING AWARD for the work that most artfully illuminated a social issue or sparked civic dialogue: Ignite Seattle series, Town Hall
BEST MUSEUM OR ART GALLERY: MOHAI
THE EVOLUTION AWARD for the work that best showcased the work of young artists or engaged topics related to youth: Sound Off! 2014, EMP Museum
BEST DANCE ORGANIZATION: Pacific Northwest Ballet
THE EVERYTHING OLD IS COOL AGAIN AWARD for a great work first created 50 or more years ago: Seattle Shakespeare Company (Note: For this award, The New Guard decided to reward not a single event, but an organization that they feel embodies the spirit of the award in everything it does, bringing old works to new life for a new generation of audiences.)
BEST MUSIC ORGANIZATION: Seattle Opera
THE BLEEDING EDGE AWARD for an unexpected contemporary work: Echo, Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park
BEST THEATRE: Young Americans’ Theatre Company
THE KALEIDOSCOPE AWARD for the most transporting work: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Book-It Repertory Theatre
BEST CIVIC, CULTURAL, or LITERARY ORGANIZATION: Town Hall
THE SCHOOL IS HARD AWARD for the funnest way to not think about finals: Monty Python and the Holy Grail Teen Night, SIFF
BEST MULTI-DISCIPLINARY ORGANIZATION: Cornish College of the Arts
BEST DESIGN for great design: Hound of the Baskervilles, Seattle Repertory Theatre
BEST YOUTH ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM: Futurewave at SIFF
FAVORITE ORGANIZATION: Young Americans’ Theatre Company
Congratulations to all the winners! Also, a huge thanks to everybody who donated to TeenTix on Saturday night at the Teeny Awards Dinner and at the ceremony. Thanks to your generosity, we raised $26,000 to make sure that art stays affordable and accessible for all teens for years to come!
Aching for more? Review our entire press release on the dinner + ceremony. And once again, THANK YOU to those who made this night unforgettable. Together, we are changing the face of arts leadership!