The New Guard
The New Guard is a place for teens 13 - 19 with a passion for the arts, advocacy, and arts leadership!
WHAT WILL I ACTUALLY DO?
- Connect with local arts leaders & arts workers to talk about their career path in the arts
Find out more about what goes on behind the scenes at an arts organization
Share your experience and be an ambassador for TeenTix and arts access in your own community
Develop arts advocacy skills
Learn how social justice and racial equity intersect with being an active participant in the arts
Navigate transportation in the city when coming to TeenTix HQ, and when seeing art at TeenTix Partners
Explore different neighborhoods and the arts experiences offered there
Learn what it takes to put on an event and how to raise money for something you are passionate about!
The New Guard attends one meeting and one arts outing a month as a group.
Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesdays of the month from 5:00-7:00 pm, at the Seattle Center in the Armory Building (305 Harrison St, Seattle WA 98109). The first meeting of the year will be Wednesday, September 13th.
Arts outings are held on the 4th Friday or Saturday of each month, at various TeenTix Arts Partners in the greater Seattle area.
In-person participation will be expected for the 2023/24 school year. Occasional Zoom participation can be accommodated upon request.
TeenTix follows COVID safety regulations as suggested by the CDC, as the safety of the young people in our community is our top priority. In-person requirements are subject to change.
Show up! Attend meetings & engage/talk/discuss/react & be YOURSELF!
Actively participate in discussions on social justice & arts equity
Serve as a teen ambassador to a TeenTix Partner Organization
Be active on email for all primary group communication
Be an ambassador for TeenTix in the community
Participate in all New Guard events and projects
Be a current TeenTix Member (SIGN UP NOW - IT'S FREE!!). You must be between 13-19 years old.
Attendance at monthly meetings and group art outings is essential to participation in the New Guard. After 3 missed events or a lack of communication around absences, Program Staff will reach out to discuss your continuing participation.
New Guardians have the opportunity to earn up to $380 for their participation throughout the program each year.
In addition to attending 9 events throughout the year for free (TeenTix will pay for your ticket!), New Guardians earn a $30 stipend each month for:
Attending meetings and Arts Outings - $10
Participating and staying engaged at all events - $10
Communicating with Program Staff as needed - $5
New Guardians also receive a fall and spring stipend to support wellness and transportation costs. The fall stipend (Sept-Dec) is $40, and the spring stipend (Jan-June) is $60.
Teens in all TeenTix programs are required to attend an Anti-Bias, Anti-Racist workshop in the fall and spring. Teens receive a $5 stipend for attendance and participation in these workshops.
New Guard stipends are dispensed each semester. Fall stipends will be paid in December, and spring stipends will be paid in June. Members will have an opportunity to choose between a stipend or service learning hours for their participation in the New Guard.
Your stipend will be reduced for:
Missing a meeting or arts event
Not communicating with Program Staff
Not participating during the meetings (see above for participation expectations)
Members will have an opportunity to choose between a stipend or service learning hours for their participation in the New Guard.
What does the New Guard do?
- See art together! New Guardians attend one arts event a month at different TeenTix Partners.
- Share direct teen feedback about their experiences with TeenTix Partners.
Host TeenTix Instagram Takeovers
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 their experience and be an ambassador for TeenTix and arts access in your own community
- Navigate transportation in the city when coming to TeenTix HQ, and when seeing art at TeenTix Partners
- Explore different neighborhoods and the arts experiences offered there
How do I apply to join The New Guard?
Applications for the 22/23 New Guard are now closed. Stay tuned in Spring 2023 for applications for the 23/24 New Guard!
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 eligible 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 eligible 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.