The TeenTix Arts Podcast program is all about:

YOUTH EMPOWERMENT: TAP is a place where teens are encouraged and empowered to share their opinions and perspectives. We want to hear what you think about the arts and cultural goings-on in your community. TeenTix values their time and efforts by broadcasting each TAP episode and PAYING TEENS for their work.

HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE: TAP teens get hands-on experience as podcast producers and hosts. They often receive press access to events or organizations they are covering. TAP teens also have the opportunity to be mentored by professionals in the field, and build an extensive network in the arts by interviewing arts leaders in the community.

TEEN LEADERSHIP: TAP is comprised of a group of teen leaders. They work collectively to make editorial and production decisions and choose how to focus each episode of TAP. A Teen Program Coordinator also serves as the regular (adult) program lead, and teens will have additional mentorship and guidance from all TeenTix staff, including our Executive Director and Teen Programs Director, as well as Ground Zero and Vera Project staff.

CENTERING YOUTH VOICES: Teens in all TeenTix programs are considered leaders at our organization. Teens are the heart and soul of TeenTix and keep the organization on-track with what young people actually need and want in the arts world. Our teen leaders are regularly invited to support TeenTix’s growth and development as an organization by participating in interviews for new TeenTix staff, sharing information with our executive leadership and Board of Directors, representing TeenTix at community panels and events, and building community across TeenTix programs. They participate in discussions about TeenTix’s success in engaging teen arts audiences, the development of TeenTix programs, and ways to further TeenTix’s reach.

What Do TAP Teens Actually Do?

  • Talk about art and learn more about arts and cultural institutions in your community!

  • Work with like-minded teens. TAP is a highly collaborative environment where all teens involved are leaders and have an equal stake in editorial decisions

  • Have the opportunity to broadcast your work on the TeenTix YouTube channel

  • Be the first to hear about special TeenTix opportunities and events
  • Learn how social justice and racial equity intersect with being an active participant in the arts

  • Share your experience and be an ambassador for TeenTix and arts access in your own community

  • Navigate transportation in the city when coming to the Seattle Center, and when exploring art and culture at organizations TAP chooses to highlight

  • Explore different neighborhoods and the arts experiences offered there


For additional questions, please email Mariko Smithashima, TeenTix Programs Director:

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