The Press Corps

The TeenTix Press Corps Program is designed to teach teens arts criticism and journalism practice. The Press Corps offers three different styles of workshops. Learn more about this program below and see how you can get involved!



Arts Criticism 101 | Press Corps Intensive | Teen Editorial Staff


The Press Corps promotes critical thinking, communication, and information literacy through criticism and journalism practice for teens. Since 2006, some of the city’s most talented professional arts critics from The Seattle Times, The Stranger, Seattle Globalist, Seattle Dances (and more!) have taught over 550 teens through workshops and intensives focused on arts criticism training, resulting in over 450 reviews of arts and culture events that live on the TeenTix Blog. In 2015, we put the Press Corps on hiatus and worked with a task force of community members to address some of the program’s ongoing challenges, including lack of significant racial and socio-economic diversity amongst program participants and staffing challenges.

The Press Corps is relaunching this year! Our updated Press Corps is designed to include racial equity and social justice priorities, and has an explicit goal of disrupting systems of oppression within arts media that have kept marginalized voices out of arts journalism. New program strategies center around accessibility - including tailoring class location, time of day, and cost to a particular teen population, and working closely with schools and TeenTix Arts Partners and Community Partners.

Mariko Nagashima is the new TeenTix Press Corps Manager! She’s the former Editor of SeattleDances, a website that covers all the dance-happenings in Seattle. She’s so excited to be part of the re-launch of the Press Corps, and is happy to answer any questions you have about the program! You can reach her at [email protected].



Our Arts Criticism 101 workshops take place in school and after school throughout our community. We tailor the curriculum to fit the needs of the students in each different environment. These are flexible workshops that focus on the basics of arts criticism, and often delve into one specific genre of arts writing. We work with our Community Partners to host these workshops at a variety of locations.

If you're interested in bringing the Arts Criticism 101 workshop to your school or community organization, email Mariko, the Press Corps Manager, at [email protected]



The TeenTix Press Corps Intensive is a five-week arts-going and criticism practice workshop. In each intensive 10 teens work with professional writers and critics who will mentor you as you hone your arts criticism skills. The intensive includes seeing and reviewing 5 different art events around the city at different TeenTix Arts Partners. Each art event is followed by a meeting where you’ll get one-on-one feedback on your writing and be able to discuss the art you saw. 

Check back in August for applications and updates about our Fall Press Corps Intensive. 

To read reviews by teens in our Spring 2018 Press Corps Intensive, check out the TeenTix blog!


Announcing the launch of our Teen Editorial Staff program! The Teen Editorial Staff is a group of 5 teens who will run the review portion of the TeenTix blog. Staff members will edit and curate the content of the blog and decide which art events are covered. This is your chance to shape the TeenTix blog and make it relevant for teens like you. Editorial Staff will have the opportunity to receive a stipend of up to $50/month based on their full communication and participation within the program.

SCHEDULE (please read carefully!)
This program is a four-month commitment* (September-December) with meetings held the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month, from 5-7 PM.

Editorial Staff members must also attend an Editorial Intensive.

The Intensive runs:
Thursday, August 30, 10 AM- 2 PM
Friday, August 31, 10 AM- 2 PM
Saturday, September 8, 10 AM- 2 PM

The Intensive will be taught by Press Corps Manager, Mariko Nagashima, and’s Managing Editor, Florangela Davila.

Applications for the Teen Editorial Staff are now closed.

All applicants will be notified by August 15.