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, budget management, 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.


A big part of the New Guard are the teen-initiated projects we work on together. The work for these projects happens outside of regular meetings through committees and is very important to the New Guardians who take part in them.

  • Teeny Awards Committee: Plan our teen choice awards ceremony - The Teeny Awards.
  • Teen Arts and Opportunity Fair Committee: Plan the Teen Arts and Opportunity Fair, a social justice-focused outreach event by teens for teens.
  • School Outreach Committee: Outreach across various high schools and middle schools to spread TeenTix’s reach/get teens excited about art. Expand TeenTix’s reach in the greater Seattle area by hosting events, such as a gathering of Eastside teens or an exchange with Tacoma teen boards.


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 twice monthly on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 5:30-7pm (Fall Cohort: September - December + Spring Cohort: January - June), usually at the Seattle Center, and sometimes off-site at our Partner Organizations. We discuss furthering TeenTix, the importance of the teen audience, how to fundraise, plan teen-centric arts events, learn about equity & social justice, and build a community of arts-stoked teens with organized arts-outings.

ATTENDANCE: Mandatory attendance at 1 out of 2 all-New Guard meetings each month September - June (the 2nd of 4th Wednesdays). You can miss a total of 6 meetings (3 fall/3 spring). If you miss more than 6 meetings it impacts the stipend.

NG members will receive a stipend in January (for September - December) and a stipend in July (for January - June). Stipend amount TBD. Members will have an opportunity to choose between a stipend or service learning hours for their participation in New Guard activities for the year. Please note, you must be 14+ to be eligible to receive the stipend.

Participation in the New Guard includes fundraising, planning teen-centric art events, 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. Agree to our policy of mandatory attendance at at least 1 out of 2 Wednesday meetings each month (the 2nd of 4th Wednesdays). You can miss a total of 6 meetings (3 fall/3 spring) during the year. If you miss more than 6 meetings it impacts your stipend.
  2. Be active on email for all primary group communication.
  3. Be an ambassador for TeenTix in the community.
  4. Serve on a New Guard Committee or Project.
  5. Be a current TeenTix Member (SIGN UP NOW - IT'S FREE!!) 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.

Neha Gupta, New Guard President
Neha Gupta is a Senior at Eastside Preparatory School. She discovered TeenTix at 14 and as a life-long art lover, she instantly fell in love with the organization’s desire to make the arts accessible to teenagers from all backgrounds. In 9th grade, she joined the New Guard and loves being able to interact with other like-minded teenagers and to discuss the intersection of arts and social justice. In her mind, art is the perfect tool to explore issues of race, gender, political affiliations, etc. as it creates an accessible platform that opens towards deeper conversations about relevant issues. In addition to being heavily involved with TeenTix, she is a member of the Seattle Art Museum's Teen Arts Group, does policy work with OneAmerica, and serves as an Intern at the University of Washington School of Public Policy and Governance.

Tova Gaster, New Guard Director of Outreach
Tova is a senior at Garfield High School. TeenTix inspires her to grow as both a consumer of art and as an artist, and she loves the community and opportunity TeenTix creates! In addition to serving on the New Guard, she is also an editor for the TeenTix blog, as well as a staff writer for her school newspaper. Outside of TeenTix, she can be found at all-ages shows, at the library, or embroidering. She’s in book clubs, she’s your grandma, it’s fine.

Daisy Schreiber, New Guard Director of The Teeny Awards
Daisy Schreiber is Running Start Senior, and more than a little terrified of this whole “upperclassman” deal! Acting and various forms of tech theater (mostly stage management) make her inexplicably, completely, gloriously happy. (but admitting that to the world is scary) She splits her time between a variety of wonderful enterprises, including 14/48:HS (which she loves very, very much) She enjoys seeing theater almost as much as she loves making it, so TeenTix is kinda her favorite thing. When not thinking about theater and arts access, she sings, reads, child-wrangles, cares about things a lot and dissects past conversations to see if she seemed weird. (actually, multitaskers unite! She does all these things and simultaneously thinks about art).

Anya Shukla, Director of New Guard Events
Anya is an 11th grader at Lakeside School. She joined the New Guard to find other teens who love the arts just as much as she does, and found just that in TeenTix, which has allowed her to explore new art venues and explore the art's intersectionality. She’s also part of the TeenTix Editorial Staff and is the co-founder of the Colorization Collective, a group that aims to highlight the accomplishments of and provide a community for teens artists of color. In her spare time, she can be found singing, reading, or eating ice cream.

New Guard Members

Mianna Behrens
Mianna Behrens goes to Kennedy Catholic High School and is a Senior. She absolutely loves the arts, especially painting and theatre. She has worked behind the scenes on many school productions and has acted in a few as well. She loves using her TeenTix pass to go the SAM or any other theater production. She is very excited to get involved in the arts. Her favorite activities include volunteering at her local animal shelter, painting with her watercolors, buying too many plants and drinking tea with her cat

Annika Bhananker
Annika is currently a junior at Mercer Island High School, and is very excited to join the New Guard this year! She is an active theatre-goer and actor and loves seeing all types of visual arts. In her free time, she likes to read, hike, and spend time with her dog.

Nancy Busch
Nancy is a sophomore at Bellevue Big Picture High School. Music has been her passion for as long as she can remember, but in recent years she has started getting interested in nearly every art form. This is her first year on the New Guard, and she is excited to get to work with other teens on something she loves. Most days you can find her with her headsets in, dancing to her favorite musicians and daydreaming about the world and the arts.

Vanessa Chen
Vanessa is a senior at Newport High School. TeenTix has given her the opportunity to revive her interest in all things arts related since joining in 2017. In addition to her love of arts, Vanessa is a part of her school's equity team who work to promote inclusion and equity in their school. She also enjoys playing the piano, writing, and traveling. She is excited to be a part of the New Guard that allows for teens to enjoy various forms of art and to further her leadership skills throughout the year.

Sophia Cohen
Sophia Cohen is a junior at West Seattle High school, however she’s doing full time running start and therefore spends her time at South Seattle College. Having grown up in a family filled with creatives, Sophia joined The New Guard in hopes of finding a deeper sense of community and place in the Seattle art community. She hopes to be able to focus on arts equity and inspire others to discover all that the Seattle arts community has to offer. Sophia spends much of her time with her competitive Hip Hop team, playing music, and attending shows around town.

Aliza Eaton
Aliza Eaton is a junior at Roosevelt High School. She enjoys reading, singing, baking/cooking, contributing to and seeing the arts, and trying new things. Aliza has loved using her Teentix pass since she was 13 and is so excited to contribute to this amazing program.

Dylan Hart
Dylan is a senior at University Prep in North Seattle. TeenTix has encouraged and inspired a greater interest and appreciation for fine art, especially photography and painting. He’s looking forward to seeing what more Seattle has to offer in terms of the arts and learning about how art connects with business and marketing. He enjoys taking pictures, architecture, and concerts.

Boaz Malakoff
Boaz is a senior at Mercer Island High School. A third-year member in the New Guard, he is excited to continue to ensure that all teenagers in the Seattle area have access to the arts. Boaz is an avid actor and plays alto saxophone in his school's band program.

Sophia Simpson-Kahn
Sophia is a sophomore at West Seattle High School and is very enthusiastic towards the arts, particularly about the idea of easy access of it by teenagers. She is currently involved in playing french horn in the West Seattle High School band program and the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras, various circus arts at SANCA, draws in her own free time, and tries at every opportunity to be in a school theater production. Just last year, she finished a book she had been writing with three of her friends over the course of three years. She is very excited about the key to almost any opera, musical, museum, or symphony performance that TeenTix has granted her thus far and cannot wait to become a part of such an amazing arts organization.

Ilah Walker
Ilah Walker is currently a junior at Garfield High School. She loves engaging with the arts and theater that Seattle has to offer, and appreciates TeenTix for giving her more opportunities to pursue that. She is excited to work more closely with TeenTix on the New Guard and learning more about its process. She also has been a member of the Henry Teen Art Collective at the Henry Art Gallery for two years, as well as drawing and painting in her own time and performing as a member of her high school's theater program.

Lily Williamson
Lily Williamson is a freshman at the University of Washington. This will be her second year on the New Guard and as a member of TeenTix's Teen Editorial Staff. Lily uses her TeenTix pass to see a wide variety of art, but is especially partial to visual art and art that highlights intersectionality. Outside of her work with TeenTix, Lily is an avid reader and musician.


How do I apply to join The New Guard?
There are two opportunities to join The New Guard throughout the year. Applications for the Spring 2020 Cohort will be available November 1st 2019. Applications for the Fall 2020 Cohort will be available May 1st 2020. 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 elegible 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 elegible 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!!!

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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