Arts Leadership Training

  • Peer to Peer Outreach - tabling, emails, events, conversations with other teens about TeenTix.
  • Skill Building Workshops with Adult Experts - arts criticism, fundraising, resume-building, outreach strategies, networking, working artists, working arts-administrators, info session with adults who support the arts outside of their job.
  • Consultations - with arts administrators at our TeenTix Partners to support their goals in reaching teens.
  • Fundraising - a yearly peer-to-peer fundraising campaign that supports New Guard activities, plus attending TeenTix's annual gala as advocates for the program.
  • Arts Outings - we see art as a group! Sometimes as an 'official' outing where TeenTix pays for tickets, and sometimes on our own.


The New Guard is involved in many key TeenTix projects each year. Teens will form committees for each project to help with specific project aspects such as marketing, fundraising, artistic curation etc.

  • During the fall, New Guardians work alongside TeenTix staff to plan and produce the Teeny Awards, including determining theme, presenting awards, and selecting performers.

  • New Guardians will support the Winter Cohort for the Mentorship for Teen Artists of Color program (M-TAC) by developing and promoting applications and curating artists and mentors.

  • New Guardians will support TeenTix Partners by serving as a teen advisor for their staff & board leadership. The board service project involves attending Partner Organization board meetings from November-April

  • New Guardians contribute to the TeenTix Arts Podcast throughout the year

  • In the spring, the New Guard produces the Teen Arts & Opportunity Fair. New Guardians plan the theme; develop marketing materials; and curate workshops, guest speakers, and teen performances.


1/4 Business:

  • Updates on what's going on at TeenTix and providing input on the organization's direction to the Executive Director
  • Giving "secret shopper" reports of our experiences using our TeenTix passes "in the field"
  • Vetting and approving new prospective partner organizations

1/4 Outreach and Events:

  • Planning special events at and with TeenTix Partner Organizations
  • Planning the Teeny Awards, TeenTix's annual “teen choice” awards show
  • Planning the Arts & Opportunities Fair, highlighting teen-produced art and partners who support them

1/2 Art & Arts Leadership:

  • Talking about the art we have seen and want to see around town
  • Meeting staff at TeenTix Partners, learning about their jobs, and advising them on best practices when programming for teen audiences
  • Focusing on the topic of the month: fundraising, outreach strategies, post-high school opportunities, and more
  • Snacks, snacks, and more snacks!!


SCHEDULE: The New Guard meets the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month, Sep-Jun from 5:30-7 pm. The first meeting of the year will be September 8th. Meetings are generally held at the Seattle Center Armory, and sometimes off-site at TeenTix Partner Organizations. We end the year with a Senior Send-Off Party thrown by TeenTix staff for all of the teens who have participated during the year. During the COVID-19 pandemic, meetings will be held virtually via Zoom.

ATTENDANCE: Mandatory attendance at 1 out of 2 all-New Guard meetings each month September - June (the 2nd of 4th Wednesdays).

STIPENDS: NG members will receive a stipend in January (for work September - December) and a stipend in July (for work January - June). Stipend amount is $15/meeting. Stipends will not be given for missed meetings. Members will have an opportunity to choose between a stipend or service learning hours for their participation in New Guard activities for the year.


Participation in the New Guard includes fundraising, planning teen-centric art events such as the Teeny Awards (fall) and the Teen Arts & Opportunity Fair (spring), supporting TeenTix Partners by serving as a teen advisor for their staff & board leadership, discussing arts equity and social justice, and building a community of arts-stoked teens through regular group arts outings.

To participate, you'll need to:

  1. Show up & engage/talk/discuss/react & be YOURSELF!

  2. Serve as a teen ambassador to a TeenTix Partner Organization

  3. Be active on email for all primary group communication.

  4. Be an ambassador for TeenTix in the community.

  5. Participate in all New Guard events and projects

  6. Be a current TeenTix Member (SIGN UP NOW - IT'S FREE!!). You must be between 13-19 years old.

New Guard Leadership Board

The New Guard Leadership Board (NGLB) participates in high-level decision-making alongside the TeenTix Staff, Board of Directors, and Advisory Council. The NGLB acts as the primary program administrators and leaders for The New Guard, with direct mentorship from our Executive Director.

Our 2020/2021 NGLB!

Anya S.

Anya (she/her) is a 12th grader at Lakeside School, where she sings acapella and writes for the newspaper. She joined the New Guard as a freshman to find a community of teens interested in the arts and has been part of the program ever since. Beyond the New Guard, Anya also serves on the TeenTix Editorial Staff and is the co-founder of The Colorization Collective, an organization that supports teens artists of color.

Ellie F.

Ellie (she/her) is the Director of Arts and Opportunities Fair for the Leadership Board for 2020-2021! Ellie is a senior at the International Community School, and her favorite thing to do in the sun is eat ice cream!

Sofia V.

Sofia (she/her) is a senior at Garfield High School. She is the Director of Teeny Awards on the New Guard Leadership Board this year! Sofia plays soccer, wrestles, and is a theatre officer at her high school. She enjoys puzzles, watching tv shows, and spending time with her friends!

Ilah W.

Ilah (she/they) is a senior at Garfield High School. She is the Director of Outreach on the New Guard Leadership Board this year, and she is very excited to return to the NG this year! Ilah enjoys drawing, reading, and watching movies in her free time, and hopes to learn more about arts leadership with TeenTix this year.

New Guard Members

Our New Guard 2020/2021 members!

Taylor Y.
(she/her) is an artist and a senior at Issaquah High. She's thrilled to be on the New Guard this year for the first time, and has worked with the Vera Project, BAM, and SAM in the past. She enjoys painting murals when she has time. Find her art on instagram.com/yingshiart.

Avery W. (she/her) is a senior at The Bush School. She is a part of the Outreach program and a general member of the TeenTix New Guard and is looking forward to another year with the NG group! In her free time, Avery enjoys drawing, painting, photography, reading, and watching (probably too much) tv. She hopes to learn more about how to be involved in the Seattle art scene as a teenager with TeenTix this year!

Sumeya B. (she/her) is a Junior at The Downtown School. Sumeya is a teentix enthusiast, a returning New Guard member, who loves to write arts journalism about Teentix partners! She is a story teller who loves to write short stories, reviews, features, and the occasional poem. She also cohosts a podcast with her friend Anabel where they critique and dissect Netflix teen rom coms; Sumeya can’t wait to see what another year in the New Guard will bring!

Annika B. (she/her) is a returning New Guard member and a senior at Mercer Island High School. She enjoys reading, baking and hiking in her free time, and is very excited for the new season of the Great British Baking Show (oh, and this year at TeenTix!) :) She hopes that you will come to enjoy virtual art as much as she has!

Monet M. (she/her) is a senior at Edmonds Woodway. She uses her Teen Tix pass to see PNB and Fifth Avenue. In her free time, Monet enjoys painting, shopping, yoga, and scrolling through TikTok. She looks forward to spreading recognition of Teen Tix and progressing interest in the arts among new generations.

Momo W. (she/her) is a sophomore at Kamiak High School. She is a new member of TeenTix’s New Guard and is excited to meet new people who share her passion for art! Momo enjoys working out, painting, and cooking in her free time. She enjoys long drives with her sister and listening to different genres of music. She is very excited to be part of an arts leadership program.

Evie B.
(she/her) is a junior at Lakeside School. This is her first year on the New Guard and she’s super excited to be a part of the TeenTix community! Evie loves painting, writing, playing volleyball and eating chocolate.

Natalie G. (she/her) is a junior at Kamiak High School and she is very excited to be a New Guard member this year! She is a member of her school’s Showband program and has spent many years in different arts programs. In her free time, Natalie enjoys playing soccer, baking, and participating in Kamiak’s Human Rights Club. She hopes to meet new people and make a positive impact in the arts community through TeenTix!

Tanvi G. (she/her) is a junior at Lakeside School. She is new to the New Guard this year, and she is very excited to be starting her journey with TeenTix. Tanvi enjoys reading, coding, ceramics, and watching Disney in her free time. She hopes that her experience with the New Guard will help her support her community as an arts leader.

Paige O. (She/Her) is a sophomore at Ingraham High School. This is her first year with NG, and she is very excited to jump in! Paige enjoys painting, running cross country, and playing flute and alto saxophone. She is looking forward to making connections through the NG and Teentix this year.

Stella H. (she/her) is a sophomore at Ingraham high school. She is a new member and is excited to learn more about teen tix and get involved in activities! She enjoys skiing and being outdoors, as well as photography. Super stoked for this year!

Chloe S. (she/her) is a freshman at The Downtown School. She is delighted to be a new member of the New Guard, and she loves to sketch, watch c- and k-dramas, and make music.

Evan S. (he/him) is a senior at Lakeside High School in Seattle. He is a new member of the New Guard and is looking forward to the arts leadership experience as well as learning more about the arts overall. Some of his favorite activities are producing music and fishing in his free time.

And Andrew F., Nancy B., Sonya H., and Lucy S.!


How do I apply to join The New Guard?
Applications for the Fall 2021 Cohort will be available May 1st 2021. Participants may choose to stay on for both cohorts. Applications will be available on this web page.

How old do I have to be to join The New Guard?
You must be between 13 - 19 years old to apply for The New Guard.

Do I have to be a TeenTix member to apply for The New Guard?
Yes! And TeenTix membership is completely free - JOIN NOW!

How much does it cost to participate in The New Guard?
Participation in The New Guard is FREE—all costs are covered through fundraising by New Guard members and TeenTix staff.

Do I have to have arts experience to do this?
No! All you need is interest in learning more about arts leadership. Some New Guard participants come from arts backgrounds, and some don’t.

What's the deal with the stipend vs. service learning hours?
New Guardians are eligible for a stipend or can decide to receive service learning (volunteer) hours. To earn service learning hours talk to TeenTix's Executive Director. Please note, you must be 14+ to be eligible to receive the stipend.

What if I can't make all the meetings?
We all have super busy schedules - so we get it! However, we do have a participation policy - please see the Participation Expectations section above for details.

Can I leave the New Guard for a year and come back?
Of course! We do ask that you reapply, but make a note that you are a previous member and let us know why you are ready to re-join so we can take that into consideration.

For more information, please email the New Guard Leadership Board or call 206-233-3959.

Thanks to our New Guard Alumni! We miss you!!!

2020 Grads
Daisy Schreiber, Boaz Malakoff, Dylan Hart, Mianna Behrens, Neha Gupta, Tova Gaster, Nicole McMillan

2019 Grads
Monique Allen, Makennah Chinavare, Kate Companion, Zoe Foster, Grey Goodermote, Olivia Johnson, Miranda Jorgens, Lark Keteyian, Alex Kerr, Audrey Messinger, Harper Meyerson, Ella Park, Imara Razo, Kaylyn Ready, Isabel Schmidt, Jake Webley, Rachel Wheeler, Tessa Zink

2018 Grads
Isabella Barnett, Tamarin Camp, Annabella Cooley, Esmé DeCoster, Katherine Draves, Emma Forman, Emiko Gantt, Clara Grim, Amy Hall, Emily Hardwick, Louise Heller, Maya Holt, Hyewon Hwang, Serena Kim, Sitara Lewis, Anne Lim, Elan Ma, Corinne Manley, Lina Park, Sarah Pickles, Sophie Poole, Marlene Probst, Mahika Rao, Abbey Scobee, Conor Smith, Aidyn Stevens, Audrey Strevey, Kaitlyn Tran, Kira Walters, Jennifer Ward, Abbi Werner, Gaebriel Wilson, Wendy Zhen, Max Zorn

2017 Grads
Amy Bogaard, Corinne Manley, Maya Mcqueen, Victoria McSmith, Bella DeVaan, Crystal Ma, Lydia Wen, Daisy (Meg) Shepard, Henry Hossner

2016 Grads
Coco Allred, Walker Caplan, Tigerlily Cooley, India Glover, Caroline Healey, Kimberly Hollander, Henry Hossner, April Kim, Daniel Oliver, Carolyne Sandoval, "Mari" Imaryiah Saquee, Tess Sevetson, Dylan Sherman, Elizabeth Van Flandern

2015 Grads
Rachel Andres, Tamala Aown, Robbie Bernstein, Lily Brown, Natalie Crum, Juliana DeVaan, Katie Dreessen, India Glover, Morgan Gwilym Tso, Katie Hallstead, Siena Jeakle, Grace Jeffress, MacKenzie Kermoade, April Kim, Emily Koya, Nhi Ngo, Daniel Oliver, Hannah Probst, Beatriz Rojas, Dankya Tagg, Kaitlyn Tran, Jane Weiand

2014 Grads
Audryhanna Alaalatoa, Tanner Batchelor, Wilder Brannon, Riley Bulter, Indy Bungiranto, Georgette Espina, Anya Gepfrich, Sarah Hardisty, Cheyenne Jobe, Hope Kalegi, Hana Kirchoff, Mackenzie Kupyn, Karissa Lam, Miranda Levine, Gabe Linzzer-Pew, Sinead McBrian-Mulkey, Lily Munro, Musa Nakamura, Sandra Ojeaburu, Samatha (TJ) Pelliciotta, Great Rainbow, Yi (Renee) Ren, Christine Robles, Sydney Schuchat, Meg Shephred, Meera Srinivasn, Natalie Thamert, Rosemary Timmons

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