The Press Corps offers several styles of workshop to teach teens arts criticism and arts journalism.

See here for more information on Press Corps Pop-Up Workshops and Press Corps Intensives.

Press Corps Pop-Up Workshops

Press Corps Pop-Up workshops cover the basics of arts criticism and offer teens a chance to try their hand at arts writing. These short workshops include seeing an art event and having a lesson with a professional critic on how to approach looking at art with a critical lens. In these workshops, teens will try several different writing prompts to practice articulating their unique perspective on art. We work with our Arts and Community Partners to host these workshops at a variety of locations.

Check back soon for more info about Pop-Up workshops in Spring 2020.

Teens at Tacoma Art Museum during an Arts Criticism 101 Pop-Up workshop.

Arts Journalism Intensive with CHOP SHOP Dance Festival!

Join us for a FREE Arts Journalism Intensive, hosted by TeenTix in collaboration with CHOP SHOP. In this four-week series, you’ll be mentored by a professional arts journalist, interview contemporary dance artists, and write an article about one of the artists featured in the 2021 CHOP SHOP Contemporary Dance Festival. You'll learn arts journalism skills that are applicable for all genres of art. All participants will have their writing published on both the TeenTix Blog and CHOP SHOP’s website and receive a stipend for their article!


The workshop takes place on the following Sundays in January from 12-1:30 PM

Sunday, January 10, 12-1:30 PM: Introduction to Interviewing & Researching Artists

Sunday, January 17, 12-1:30 PM: Interviewing Artists

Sunday, January 24, 12-1:30 PM: Writing & Peer Editing

Sunday, January 31, 12-1:30 PM: Finalizing Your Article

*All sessions will be held on Zoom.

Teens must commit to attending all 4 workshop lessons in order to participate. This workshop also requires participants to dedicate some time out of the meeting hours to work on their articles.

This workshop is limited to 12 teens. Must be ages 13-19, and current TeenTix member to participate. While any teen who is interested to sign-up, we highly encourage teens who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color) to participate. Register using the Google form below:

Teaching Artist

This Arts Journalism Intensive will be taught by Press Corps Teaching Artist Gabrielle Kazuko Nomura Gainor.

Gabrielle Kazuko Nomura Gainor (she/her) is a dancer, writer, and community activist who’s received grants from Seattle's Office of Arts & Culture and Washington State Arts Commission. The lobby displays she helped create for Seattle Opera’s Madame Butterfly were praised in The New York Times ("Classical Opera Has a Racism Problem" by Katherine Hu). Additionally, Gabrielle has spoken on KUOW public radio regarding Asian stereotypes in ballet. During the pandemic, Gabrielle has co-produced online workshops for youth of color, including “Mixed Race Seattle” and “Uprooting Anti-Blackness in the Japanese American Community." The journalism/dance graduate of Western Washington University has previously written for newspapers, blogs, and magazines

Questions? Email Mariko, the Teen Programs Manager at [email protected].

Press Corps Intensives

Press Corps Intensives are deep-dive workshops into arts writing and arts criticism. In each course, teens work with professional critics and arts journalists to receive mentorship on their writing. Some Press Corps Intensives are multi-week workshops where teens attend a different art event each week and practice writing reviews of each event. Others are week-long immersions into arts journalism, where teens learn how to interview artists and write features and previews of arts events. In each Intensive, teaching artists provide individual editing feedback and mentorship so participants can hone and strengthen their writing skills and build their confidence and individual voice.

Press Corps Intensive participants all publish at least one piece of writing on the TeenTix blog from their work in the Intensive.


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