Monday, October 21, 2013
TeenTix Receives $40,000 grant from Boeing Company
Grant will fund program’s transition to independent organization
(Seattle, WA) – TeenTix, an arts access and engagement program for teenagers, is the recipient of the two-year grant from the Boeing Company totaling $40,000. The grant will help fund the nine-year-old program’s transition from Seattle Center public program to independent organization.
“TeenTix is the home office of a community-wide effort to empower young people to take an active role in their arts community. This investment from Boeing—a company that has long played such a significant role in supporting our arts sector—is tremendous validation of the crucial role that TeenTix is playing in creating a bright, stable future for the arts in our region,” said TeenTix Executive Director Holly Arsenault.
TeenTix was founded in 2004 by Seattle Center and in partnership with ten of the resident arts organizations on the Seattle Center campus. Its goal was – and is – to nurture the next generation of Seattle-area art audiences. TeenTix is best known for making it possible for teens to buy $5 day-of-event tickets to the arts.
Currently, 45 arts organizations throughout the Puget Sound region participate in the TeenTix program, including Seattle Symphony, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle International Film Festival, and ACT Theatre. To date, TeenTix has facilitated the sale of over 40,000 $5 arts tickets to teens
In 2014, its 10th anniversary year, TeenTix will transition from a Seattle Center public program to an independent organization in-residence at Seattle Center.
The Boeing grant is the second piece of good fundraising news for TeenTix this season. On September 14, ACT Theatre hosted The First Annual Teeny Awards Dinner: A Benefit for TeenTix and the Future of Civilization. The event drew a multi-generational crowd of arts supporters and executives, artists, and arts-loving teens, raising over $16,000 for youth arts access.
Dinner attendees heard from Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) Artistic Director Peter Boal, who praised TeenTix’s innovate audience engagement strategies and credited TeenTix as a key reason that PNB’s fastest-growing patron group is 20 – 35 year-olds. Boal spoke passionately of the need for arts organizations to commit to young audiences, describing TeenTix as a cornerstone of PNB’s young audience outreach. TeenTix alumni joined Boal in speaking of the importance of the arts to the community and in their own lives, and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture Director Randy Engstrom underscored the important role that TeenTix plays in developing our city’s young leaders in all fields.
The dinner was followed by The Teeny Awards: A Party for the Future. Hosted by writer and performer Lindy West, the awards honored the best in Seattle arts and culture according to teens. For more information on the Teeny Awards, visit: http://www.teentix.org/blog/teeny-awards-2013-the-results
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