The New Guard: Teen Arts Leadership Society

New Guardians at the 2017 Teeny Awards

New Guardians at the 2017 Teeny Awards. Photos by Bronwen Houck and John Ulman.

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The New Guard is a place for teens 13 - 19 with a passion for the arts, advocacy, and arts leadership!


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. Basically, The New Guard keeps TeenTix in-check with what teens actually need and want in the arts world.

The 2018/19 New Guard consists of 34 teens representing 24 schools and 22 zip codes in the greater Seattle area. Since it’s launch The New Guard has nurtured young leaders who have gone on to contribute to their communities as artists, journalists, activists, arts administrators, politicians, scientists, lawyers, and entrepreneurs.

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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 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.


1/4 Business:

  • 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 and with TeenTix partner organizations
  • Planning the Teeny Awards, TeenTix's annual gala

1/2 Art & Arts Leadership:

  • Talking about the art we have seen and want to see around town
  • Meeting staff at TeenTix Partners, 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


Committed members who have served at least 20 hours on the The New Guard will be matched with mentors at any of our 75 TeenTix partner organizations. Mentorships may focus on arts management, arts marketing, fundraising, or artistic planning - it really depends on what you want to learn!

You can read more about past mini-mentorship experiences here: 

Seattle Symphony | ACT Theater | Starbucks


The first meeting of the 2018 - 2019 New Guard will be on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.

PARTICIPATION EXPECTATIONS: The New Guard meets twice monthly on the 2nd + 4th Wednesdays from 5:30-7:00pm, usually at the Seattle Center, and sometimes off-site at our Partner Orgs. We discuss furthering TeenTix, the importance of the teen audience, to fundraise, plan teen-centric arts events, learn about equity & social justice, and to build a community of arts-stoked teens with organized arts-outings.

To participate, you'll need to:
1) Commit to attending a majority of the meetings (13+ of the 20 meetings each year)
2) Be active on email for all primary group communication
3) Be an ambassador for TeenTix in the world
4) Be a TeenTix member, (it's free to sign up at!) between 13 - 19 years old

For additional questions, please email Monique Courcy, TeenTix Executive Director @ [email protected], or call 206.233.3959.

New Guard Leadership Board 17/18

The New Guard Leadership Board (NGLB) participates in high-level decision-making alongside the TeenTix Staff, Board of Directors, and Advisory Council. The NGLB acts as the primary program administrators and leaders for The New Guard, with direct mentorship from our Executive Director.

Isabel Schmidt, New Guard President
Isabel is currently a senior at Garfield High School. This will be her fourth year on the New Guard, and she is thrilled to have found such a passionate group of teens dedicated to connecting more and more people with the arts. Isabel uses her TeenTix pass to see all manner of visual art, theater, improv, and opera, and she loves discovering new partners. In addition to being an avid arts appreciator, Isabel is also a competitive runner, cello player, and is part of several environmental activist groups.

Lark Keteyian, New Guard Vice President
Lark is a homeschooled sophomore who has a lot of feelings about old books and sweaters. The New Guard has helped them find a community of hella cool teens who are into art, and their love of tabling. They like to use their TeenTix pass to go to weird plays and art museums, and they're frickin hyped to be on the New Guard for the second year!

Tova Gaster, New Guard Director of Outreach
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.

Neha Gupta, New Guard Director of Partners
Neha is a sophomore at Eastside Preparatory School in Kirkland. She has always been enamored by the arts and what they have to offer. She joined The New Guard in 2016 to interact with other teens who share her interests in the art and to gain a foothold in the art world of Seattle. In addition, she is a member of Bellevue Art Museum’s Teen Art Council, a writer for her school’s newspaper, and an avid volunteer at TeenFeed.  She spends much of her free time in the kitchen, whipping up anything and everything for her online baking business – Get and Give NW.

Anya Shukla, New Guard Director of Teeny Awards
Anya is a 10th grader at Lakeside School.  She joined the New Guard to find other teens who love the arts just as much as she does. TeenTix has allowed her to explore new art venues and explore the art's intersectionality, and she likes using her TeenTix pass to see shows at PNB, Artswest, or the Bellevue Arts Museum. In her spare time, she can be found singing, reading, or eating ice cream.

Alex Kerr, New Guard Director of Events
Alex Kerr is an ageless senior finishing up his education at North Seattle College. He’s been a TeenTix member since 2016, and especially enjoys using it on 2 for $10 days to drag his parents to plays and exhibitions that look interesting. No one can say no to a deal that good. Outside of being a New Guard and Leadership Board member, he also works for the Henry Art Gallery’s Teen Art Collective and is a member of Rogue Rainbow along with working as a freelance artist. As you can tell, he likes to keep busy; but not as much as he loves engaging with and finding opportunities within Seattle’s vibrant art community, along with helping others do the same.

New Guard Members

Makennah Chinavare, Kate Companion, Zoe Foster, Josie Fraizer, Olivia Johnson, Miranda Jorgens, Audrey Messinger, Kaylyn Ready, Daisy Schreiber, Lily Walker, Lily Williamson, Tessa Zink

Mianna Behrens:
Mianna Behrens goes to Kennedy Catholic High School and is a Junior. She absolutely loves the arts, especially painting and theatre. She has worked behind the scenes on many school productions and has acted in a few as well. She loves using her TeenTix pass to go the SAM or any other theater production. She is very excited to get involved in the arts. Her favorite activities include volunteering at her local animal shelter, painting with her watercolors, buying too many plants and drinking tea with her cat.

Alissa Berman
Alissa is a junior at Edmonds Woodway High School, and she's incredibly excited for her first year on New Guard. She has a deep passion for the arts and wants to ensure everyone in the Seattle area has the same access to it as she does. In school she plays viola in her orchestra, and outside of school she enjoys movies, reading and writing, and hiking.

Josie Frazier
Josie is an eighth grader at the Northwest School. She is new to the New Guard this year and is very excited! She loves reading, writing, and listening to music. Josie is currently a part of Vocalpoint! Seattle, which is a singing group within the Northwest Boy Choir. She hopes to encourage teens to be as passionate about the arts as she is.

Dylan Hart
Dylan is a junior at University Prep in North Seattle. TeenTix has encouraged and inspired a greater interest and appreciation for fine art, especially photography and painting. He’s looking forward to seeing what more Seattle has to offer in terms of the arts and learning about how art connects with business and marketing. He enjoys taking pictures, architecture, and concerts.

Ella Park
Ella is a junior at Eastside Preparatory School and is the co-founder of graphic lit-mag "Rosemary Magazine". Last year, she was a lyricist for a 10 minute musical titled "Home". Ella enjoys thunderstorms, hibiscus mint tea, collecting pins, and listening to cassette tapes.

Jadon Park
Jadon is a senior at Bellevue High School. TeenTix has enabled him to explore and appreciate the thriving arts scene in Seattle, and is excited to be a part of the New Guard! He likes using his TeenTix pass to see movies, and loves the community that TeenTix fosters. He enjoys volunteering, checking out the latest eatery, and cold weather.

Imara Razo
Imara is a senior at Juanita high school, and has been a proud TeenTix member for 4 years. Her TeenTix pass has given her opportunities to see everything from laser shows to art museums, and loves to share these memories with her friends. Imara sees herself pursuing a career as either a film director or firefighter, stemming from her love to create movies and videos as well as her desire to help others in her community. She also loves cookie dough, foggy weather, daily horoscopes, and golf.

Bonnie Yang
Bonnie is a sophomore at Lakeside Upper School. She loves TeenTix because it makes art affordable and accessible to youth across communities and fostered her growing passion for the arts. She plays flute in ensembles both in and out of school and enjoys painting, reading, and messing around with her dog in her spare time.


Monique Allen, Harper Meyerson, Jake Webley, Isabel Wilson, Eleanor Wilson, Rachel Wheeler

Grey Goodermote
Grey is a junior at Garfield High School. She is excited to get more involved in Seattle's art scene and enjoys doing tech for shows, kickboxing, traveling, and writing (when she finds the time).

Boaz Malakoff
Boaz is a junior at Mercer Island High School. A second-year member in the New Guard, he is excited to continue to ensure that all teenagers in the Seattle area have access to the arts. Boaz is an avid actor, and plays alto saxophone and oboe in his school's band program.

*Bios and images listed where available


How do I apply to join The New Guard?  Applications are closed for the 2018/2019 cohort. Applications for the 19/20 cohort will open Spring 2019.

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!

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 through fundraising by New Guard members and TeenTix staff.

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 commit to attending 13 of the 22 meetings each year, and communication about absences is KEY! 

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.