What is it? How does it work?
For $5 see a musical or a play, attend concerts, go to film festivals, hang out at a museum etc.
Take the pass to one of our Arts Partner organizations.
With ID, buy a $5 day-of-show ticket.
For more detailed information on this process, go here!
What does TeenTix do?
TeenTix exists to break down the barriers that prevent teens from accessing art in our community, such as ticket or admission cost, not knowing where to look for events, navigating transportation around the city, and feeling insecure around arts-going if there's no one in their lives already championing the arts.
"If Seattle culture has a future, TeenTix is at its heart."
- Brendan Kiley, The Stranger, TeenTix 2009 Genius Awards shortlist profile
TeenTix' CORE PROGRAMS have been developed in direct response to the barriers preventing teens from participating in the arts:
ANY teenager (13-19 years old) can sign up for a free TeenTix pass! The pass entitles teens to purchase $5 day-of-show tickets at any of our 75 partner organizations in Seattle (69) and Tacoma (6). Plus, we make sure teens know WHERE they can use their TeenTix pass once they get it - explore the TeenTix.org Calendar for all the events available to you on a specific day, or in a specific genre - and our weekly E-Newsletter gives you a list of our top picks for the upcoming week. Since 2004, over 60,000 teens from all over the world have signed up for a TeenTix pass, purchasing more than 105,000 affordable tickets to arts and cultural events in our community! But TeenTix is about much more than cheap tickets. We also provide opportunities for teens from all backgrounds to engage deeply with the arts, through The New Guard and The Press Corps.
The New Guard is formally an arts leadership and administrative training program for teens, 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, identifying organizational values and serving as the primary teen ambassadors for TeenTix, AND they participate in high-level decision-making alongside our Board of Directors and Advisory Council. The 2018/19 New Guard consists of 48 teens, 8 of whom serve on the New Guard Leadership Board acting as the program’s primary administrators with mentorship from TeenTix's Executive Director.
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 over 150 young leaders who have gone on to contribute to their communities as artists, journalists, activists, arts administrators, politicians, scientists, lawyers, and entrepreneurs.
The Press Corps promotes critical thinking, communication, and information literacy through arts criticism and journalism practice for teens. Since 2006, some of the city’s most talented professional arts critics from The Seattle Times, The Stranger, Seattle Globalist and more have taught over 550 teens through workshops and intensives focused on arts criticism training, resulting in over 450 reviews of arts and culture events that live on the TeenTix Blog. In 2015, we put the Press Corps on hiatus and worked with task force of community members to address some of the program’s ongoing challenges, including lack of significant racial and socio-economic diversity amongst program participants and staffing challenges.
The Press Corps relaunched in Spring of 2018. Our updated Press Corps is designed to include racial equity and social justice priorities, and has an explicit goal of disrupting systems of oppression within arts media that have kept marginalized voices out of arts journalism. Read more about the new program strategy here!