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].

We're hosting two pop-up Arts Criticism 101 workshops this summer! So if you're curious about arts criticism or the Press Corps, here's your chance to try it out for a day! See below for details about each. Questions? Email [email protected].

Arts Criticism 101 Summer Pop-Up Workshops

Arts Criticism 101 @ ArtsWest

Learn the basics of arts criticism and how to watch theater with a critical lens. Plus, see The Last World Octopus Wrestling Champion at ArtsWest!

Sunday, July 14th
1:30 - 5:30 PM
ArtsWest: 4711 California Avenue Southwest


1:30 PM - Pre-show lesson
3 PM - See the play!
4:30 PM - Post-show discussion, writing reflection + snacks!

PLEASE NOTE: This pop-up workshop has only 15 spots available!

Register by signing up on THIS FORM and we’ll send you info on how to reserve your $5 TeenTix ticket in advance.

Arts Criticism 101 @ Tacoma Art Museum

Do you wanna crack the code on how to critique visual art? Try this Arts Criticism 101 Pop-Up Workshop at TAM! Spend an afternoon learning the basics of arts criticism and how to look at visual art with a critical lens.

Wednesday, August 7th
3-6 PM
TAM: 1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma

3 PM - Arts criticism lesson
4 PM - Gallery tour!
5 PM - Post-gallery discussion, writing reflection + snacks!

PLEASE NOTE: This pop-up workshop has only 15 spots available!

Register by signing up on THIS FORM and we’ll send you info on how to reserve your $5 TeenTix ticket in advance.


The Teen Editorial Staff is a group of teens who curate the review portion of the TeenTix blog. Editorial Staff members decide which art events the Newsroom covers each month, then assign teen writers to review them. Editorial Staff members edit all TeenTix Newsroom writing before it is published on the TeenTix blog.

The 5 teens who make up the 2018-2019 Teen Editorial Staff are:

Anya Shukla
Hannah Schoettmer
Huma Ali
Joshua Fernandes
Lily Williamson

Read more about the fab five right HERE.


The TeenTix Newsroom is a group of teen writers led by the Teen Editorial Staff.

Made for teens to connect with other like-minded youth and write about art, the TeenTix Newsroom is a place for teen arts lovers to practice their writing skills! Along with a teen editor, who edits their work, teens attend an arts event for free. Afterwards, they write a review that will be published on the TeenTix blog! For each review, writers work individually with an editor on the Teen Editorial Staff to polish their writing for publication. Teen writers can pop in to the monthly newsroom gatherings to meet with the Teen Editorial Staff, receive side-by-side editing, and learn more about the craft of arts writing. Plus, there are snacks! Also, teen writers are eligible to receive a stipend of up to $20 per review.

Applications for the TeenTix Newsroom will re-open in September 2019.

Interested in having Press Corps writers review your production?

Email [email protected] to discuss Press Corps special assignments for external publications.


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 700 teens through workshops and intensives focused on arts criticism training, resulting in over 500 reviews of arts and culture events that live on the TeenTix Blog. When the Press Corps re-launched in 2018 after a short hiatus, the updated program was designed to include racial equity and social justice priorities. The Press Corps has an explicit goal of disrupting systems of oppression within arts media that have kept marginalized voices out of arts journalism. Since our re-launch in Spring 2018, the Press Corps has:

  • trained 186 teens in the craft of arts criticism
  • published 92 reviews of our Arts Partner’s events
  • established a Newsroom of 27 youth writers, led by a dedicated Teen Editorial Staff of 5
  • worked with 12 professional arts journalists to teach and mentor teens
  • held 4 arts journalism Intensive Workshops
  • taught 3 multi-week workshops at public high schools

The updated Press Corps' program strategies center around accessibility - including tailoring class location and time of day, ensuring all Press Corps workshops are free to participants, and working closely with schools and TeenTix Arts Partners and Community Partners.


Mariko Nagashima has been the TeenTix Press Corps Manager since it's relaunch in Spring of 2018! She has extensive experience in arts journalism as the former Editor of SeattleDances, a website that covers all the dance-happenings in Seattle. She is so excited the Press Corps is up-and-running again and is happy to answer any questions you have about the program! You can reach her at [email protected].


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