The New Guard: Teen Arts Leadership Society
TeenTix invites high school students with a passion for the arts and an interest in arts leadership to apply to join The New Guard: Teen Arts Leadership Society.
WHAT IS THE NEW GUARD?
The New Guard: Teen Arts Leadership Society is formally an arts leadership training program, but really this group is the heart and soul of TeenTix. New Guardians play a central role in guiding the development of TeenTix programs and events, identify organizational values and serve as the primary teen ambassadors for TeenTix.
WHAT DO WE ACTUALLY DO?
Arts Leadership Training:
- Peer to Peer Outreach - tabling, emails, events, conversations with other teens about TeenTix.
- Skill Building Workshops with adult experts - arts criticism, fundraising, resume-building, outreach strategies, budget management, networking, working artists, working arts-administrators, info session with adults who support the arts outside of their job.
- Mini-Mentorships with working arts administrators (see more info below).
- Fundraising for the New Guard activities.
- Arts Outings - we see art as a group! Sometimes as an 'official' outing, and sometimes we go out in smaller groups to something because we just can't miss it.
- Updates on what's going on at TeenTix and providing input on the organization's direction to the Executive Director.
- Giving "secret shopper" reports of our experiences using our TeenTix passes "in the field"
- Vetting and approving new prospective partner organizations
1/4 Outreach and Events:
- Planning special events at TeenTix partner organizations
1/2 Art & Arts Leadership:
- Talking about the we have seen and want to see art around town.
- Meeting staff at partner organizations, learning about their jobs, and advise them on best practices when programming for teen audiences.
- Focusing on the topic of the month: fundraising, outreach strategies, post-high school opportunities, and more.
- Snacks, snacks, and more snacks.
Our meetings take place August - June. We take July off for SUMMER BREAK! We have meetings on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month, from 5:30 - 7pm. Most meetings take place in the Armory at Seattle Center. Some meetings throughout the year are held at our partner organization's venues around town. Members must commit to attending the majority of meetings as part of your service on the New Guard. Additional time commitments for sub-committees and mentorships will be based on your interests and availability.
Committed members who have served at least 20 hours on the TeenTix Steering Committee will be matched with mentors at TeenTix partner organizations. Mentorships may focus on arts management, arts marketing, fundraising, or artistic planning.
You can read more about past mini-mentorship experiences here:
New Guard Leadership Board 17/18
Katherine Draves, President
Katherine is a senior at The Center School and is thrilled to be a part of the New Guard. She is the producer of 14/48:HS, winner of the 2015 Teeny Award for Best Youth Engagement Program. She also works with many other theaters including MAP Theater, Seattle Public Theater and Ghost Light Theatricals. Katherine is a member of her school’s award-winning Model United Nations team and enjoys using her Teen Tix pass at local theaters, Jet City Improv, and the Seattle Art Museum.
Isabel Schmidt, Vice President
Isabel is currently a junior at Garfield High School. She joined The New Guard to find people who shared her passion for the arts, to spread the magic of TeenTix, and to inspire the world with creative art. Isabel loves to be surrounded by deep thinkers/philosophers, and considers herself to be somewhat of an 18th century English romantic. She is a budding artist who is artistically interested in writing, crafts, pressed leaves, and colors, but mostly delights in being blown away by the wonders of visual art, spending hours at museums and galleries.
Esmé DeCoster, Youth Chair of Partners and Events
Esmé DeCoster attends Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a senior. The arts have been part of her life for a long time, since her first play at age 5. The arts organizations of Seattle have all been so nice and helpful to all ages. TeenTix has helped her go to so many many performances of all kinds, and I she so happy to be able to work more with the organization that has helped me branch out so much and has made the arts so easily accessible to so many teens.
Gaebriel Wilson, Youth Chair of Equity and Outreach
Gaebriel is a student at Highline College and featured artist for RAW: natural born artists. Along with being the public relations officer for Thespian Troupe 5560, she is the stage manager for the Auburn Riverside Theatre. Gaebriel spends her days floating between jewelry projects, art projects, and theatre tech when she's not in school or at work. She uses her TeenTx pass mostly for the SAM, Seattle Symphony, and Jet City Improv. Gaebriel loves to play any instrument she can get her hands on, but plays mainly Bari Sax and Contra-Alto Clarinet. One day, Gaebriel hopes to be a graphic design guru who lives in a tiny house somewhere in Amsterdam filled with succulents and plenty of kombucha.
Wendy Zhen, Youth Chair of Fundraising and Staff Liason
Wendy is a senior at the Overlake School in Redmond. She joined The New Guard in 2014 when she moved to Seattle from Beijing, China. Wendy loves being apart of the New Guard because TeenTix values the voices of Teens in the art world, and shows that the arts is a powerful force in the somewhat confusing world today. She does oil painting and specializes in the art form of getting paint all over her clothes and in her hair; she is also a flute player who struggles daily with intonation on high notes; as well as a t-shirt designing enthusiast.
Emma Forman, Leadership Board Member
Emma is a senior at Garfield High School. She is passionate about empowering youth to take an active role in their community, whether through the arts, citizen science, or civic engagement. She has been in multiple full-length plays, including The Anatomy of Grey, and continues to participate in acting opportunities. Emma is also proud to play the saxophone in GHS's Jazz Band A. She has a dog, a hedgehog, and a unicorn and she is inspired by TeenTix's mission.
Neha Gupta, Leadership Board Member
Serena Kim, Leadership Board Member
Anne Lim, Leadership Board Member
Rachel Wheeler, Leadership Board Member
New Guard Members*
Lark Abbot, Monique Allen, Isabella Barnett, Tamarin Camp, Annabella Cooley, Emiko Gantt, Grey Goodermote, Clara Grim, Amy Hall, Louise Heller, Maya Holt, Lukas Illas, Natalie Kerr, Sitara Lewis, Boaz Malakoff, Corinne Manley, Victoria McSmith, Harper Meyerson, Lina Park, Sophie Poole, Marlene Probst, Mahika Rao, Anya Shukla, Conor Smith, Michael W Stevens Jr., Kaitlyn Tran, Kira Walters, Jennifer Ward, Jake Webley, Abbi Werner, Isabel Wilson, Eleanor Wilson, Max Zorn
Tova is a freshman at Garfield High School. TeenTix has inspired her to grow as both a consumer of art and an artist, and she is excited to be a part of the New Guard! She likes using her TeenTix pass to see theater and visit museums, and loves the community and opportunity TeenTix creates. She enjoys reading, cats, rainy days, and doodling.
Emily Hardwick is new to the New Guard this year. She is going through her junior year at Garfield High, and is involved in theatre, vocal jazz, and choir at school. Her favorite activities involve acting, singing, paddle boarding, scrapbooking, and anything to do with dogs.
Emily is currently a senior, and joined the New Guard in the fall of 2014. She was born in New York, and she also spent eight years in Tokyo. Emily loves playing classical and jazz piano and the clarinet in the pit orchestra.
Elan is a junior at Mercer Island High School. She joined the New Guard in 2016 in hopes to help make the wonderful art scene in the Seattle area accessible for all teens to enjoy. After school, you'll probably find her at H.E.L.P club, an endeavor she started with her friend to help the homeless in Seattle. Also in her free time, she loves to draw, paint, and explore different forms art - especially through using her TeenTix pass!
Sarah is a junior at Mercer Island High School. She joined the New Guard in 2015 because she loves to experience the arts, and believes that they play a very important role in people’s lives. Outside of school, Sarah loves to do ballet, draw, and read.
Abbey is an 11th grader at Nathan Hale high school. Abbey loves the theater and wants to some day be an actress. She also wants to travel the world. Abbey joined TeenTix this year to get more involved in our local arts and to meet teens like her.
*Images and bios listed where available.
How do I apply to join The New Guard? Applications are closed for the 17/18 cohort! Want to request an extention, or advocate for a position? Contact the New Guard President. Applications for the 18/19 cohort will be available Spring 2018.
How old do I have to be to join The New Guard? You must be 13- to 19-years-old to apply for The New Guard.
Do I have to be a TeenTix member to apply for The New Guard? Yes. TeenTix membership is completely free. Join now!
I just found out about this and I only have one year of high school left. Is there a way for me to move to the mentorship phase more quickly? Yes! You can complete your hours more quickly by volunteering for TeenTix. Please let us know that you are interested in doing this on your application.
How much does it cost to participate in The New Guard? Participation in The New Guard is FREE—all costs are covered by TeenTix.
Do I have to have arts experience to do this? No! All you need is a vague interest in learning more about arts leadership. Some New Guard participants come from arts backgrounds, and some don’t.
Can I get school credit for doing this? In the past, members of this group have received service learning credit through their schools. Since requirements for credit vary from school to school, please consult your service learning advisor. If you are eligible for credit, we are happy to complete the necessary paperwork from your school.
What if I can't make all the meetings? We all have super busy schedules - so we get it! However, we do ask that you let us know when you can't make it to meetings and events - we count these as 'excused absences.' After 3 consecutive no-shows without communication you will be asked to leave the New Guard for the year. We've got a HUGE wait-list and we want all our members to participate in what we do!
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.
The New Guard is supported by Seattle University Arts Leadership programs.
For more information, please email the New Guard President or call 206-233-3959.