The New Guard
The New Guard is a place for teens 13 - 19 with a passion for the arts, advocacy, and arts leadership!
WHAT DO WE ACTUALLY DO?
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.
- In-Schools Committee: Outreach across various high schools and middle schools to spread TeenTix’s reach/get teens excited about art.
- Geographic Diversity Committee: Expand TeenTix’s reach in areas outside the Seattle Metro Area by hosting events, such as a gathering of Eastside teens or an exchange with Tacoma teen boards.
- Social Media Committee: Help run TeenTix’s social media (snapchat, instagram, etc.) with regular teen takeovers and teen stories.
- 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
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 advise 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 (September - 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 your stipend.
STIPENDS: 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 elegible 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:
- 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.
- Be active on email for all primary group communication.
- Be an ambassador for TeenTix in the community.
- Serve on a New Guard Committee or Project.
- Be a current TeenTix Member (SIGN UP NOW - IT'S FREE!!) between 13-19 years old.
New Guard Leadership Board 17/18
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.
Isabel Schmidt, New Guard President
Isabel is currently a senior at Garfield High School. This will be her fourth year on the New Guard, and she is thrilled to have found such a passionate group of teens dedicated to connecting more and more people with the arts. Isabel uses her TeenTix pass to see all manner of visual art, theater, improv, and opera, and she loves discovering new partners. In addition to being an avid arts appreciator, Isabel is also a competitive runner, cello player, and is part of several environmental activist groups.
Lark Keteyian, New Guard Vice President
Lark is a homeschooled sophomore who has a lot of feelings about old books and sweaters. The New Guard has helped them find a community of hella cool teens who are into art, and their love of tabling. They like to use their TeenTix pass to go to weird plays and art museums, and they're frickin hyped to be on the New Guard for the second year!
Tova Gaster, New Guard Director of Outreach
Tova is a freshman at Garfield High School. TeenTix has inspired her to grow as both a consumer of art and an artist, and she is excited to be a part of the New Guard! She likes using her TeenTix pass to see theater and visit museums, and loves the community and opportunity TeenTix creates. She enjoys reading, cats, rainy days, and doodling.
Neha Gupta, New Guard Director of Partners
Neha is a sophomore at Eastside Preparatory School in Kirkland. She has always been enamored by the arts and what they have to offer. She joined The New Guard in 2016 to interact with other teens who share her interests in the art and to gain a foothold in the art world of Seattle. In addition, she is a member of Bellevue Art Museum’s Teen Art Council, a writer for her school’s newspaper, and an avid volunteer at TeenFeed. She spends much of her free time in the kitchen, whipping up anything and everything for her online baking business – Get and Give NW.
Anya Shukla, New Guard Director of Teeny Awards
Anya is a 10th grader at Lakeside School. She joined the New Guard to find other teens who love the arts just as much as she does. TeenTix has allowed her to explore new art venues and explore the art's intersectionality, and she likes using her TeenTix pass to see shows at PNB, Artswest, or the Bellevue Arts Museum. In her spare time, she can be found singing, reading, or eating ice cream.
Alex Kerr, New Guard Director of Events
Alex Kerr is an ageless senior finishing up his education at North Seattle College. He’s been a TeenTix member since 2016, and especially enjoys using it on 2 for $10 days to drag his parents to plays and exhibitions that look interesting. No one can say no to a deal that good. Outside of being a New Guard and Leadership Board member, he also works for the Henry Art Gallery’s Teen Art Collective and is a member of Rogue Rainbow along with working as a freelance artist. As you can tell, he likes to keep busy; but not as much as he loves engaging with and finding opportunities within Seattle’s vibrant art community, along with helping others do the same.
New Guard Members
Makennah Chinavare, Kate Companion, Zoe Foster, Olivia Johnson, Miranda Jorgens, Audrey Messinger, Kaylyn Ready, Daisy Schreiber, Lily Williamson, Tessa Zink
Mianna Behrens goes to Kennedy Catholic High School and is a Junior. 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.
Dylan is a junior 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.
Ella is a junior at Eastside Preparatory School and is the co-founder of graphic lit-mag "Rosemary Magazine". Last year, she was a lyricist for a 10 minute musical titled "Home". Ella enjoys thunderstorms, hibiscus mint tea, collecting pins, and listening to cassette tapes.
Imara is a senior at Juanita high school, and has been a proud TeenTix member for 4 years. Her TeenTix pass has given her opportunities to see everything from laser shows to art museums, and loves to share these memories with her friends. Imara sees herself pursuing a career as either a film director or firefighter, stemming from her love to create movies and videos as well as her desire to help others in her community. She also loves cookie dough, foggy weather, daily horoscopes, and golf.
Monique Allen, Harper Meyerson, Jake Webley, Rachel Wheeler
Grey is a junior at Garfield High School. She is excited to get more involved in Seattle's art scene and enjoys doing tech for shows, kickboxing, traveling, and writing (when she finds the time).
Boaz is a junior at Mercer Island High School. A second-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 and oboe in his school's band program.
*Bios listed as available
How do I apply to join The New Guard?
Applications are now open for the 19/20 cohort! Please see application link at the top of this 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!!!
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
Amy Bogaard, Corinne Manley, Maya Mcqueen, Victoria McSmith, Bella DeVaan, Crystal Ma, Lydia Wen, Daisy (Meg) Shepard, Henry Hossner
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
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
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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