TeenTix empower teenagers to engage with the arts on their own terms, while also helping arts organizations connect with young audiences. Any teenager (13-19 years old) can sign up for a free TeenTix pass. The pass entitles them to purchase $5.00 day-of-show tickets at any of our partner organizations.
Currently, 59 arts organizations throughout the Puget Sound region participate in TeenTix, including Seattle Symphony, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle International Film Festival, EMP Museum, 5th Avenue Theatre, and ACT Theatre. To date, TeenTix has facilitated the sale of over 65,000 arts tickets to teens.
TeenTix also provides various arts engagement opportunities to teens, most notably arts leadership training and ‘pre-fessional’ development in The New Guard: Teen Arts Leadership Society.
Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences
We were initially drawn to SAAS because of their commitment to the arts and innovative approaches to learning, all within the context of a strong college-prep program. The flexibility of the teachers and curriculum, their responsiveness to students, and their willingness to expand the boundaries of the classroom really appealed to us. Through our research projects and collaborative efforts with SAAS faculty, we have worked to enhance curriculum through the use of video games and board games, which helps us to better understand decision making and collaboration among students.
University of Toronto
We are a partner on the University of Toronto’s Kids DIY Media study. This project focuses on how kids create and share media online. We will be working collaboratively with partners across the globe to map trends in kids media creation, discuss policy implications, and find the best ways to protect kids without stifling creativity.
Our work with Hilltop includes a case study on the impact of teacher professional development on student learning. Five teachers attended a problem-based learning training put on by Educurious and we are investigating its applications in the elementary classroom. We also worked with Hilltop to provide a range of afterschool programs in the arts and sciences as well as two student-driven book clubs. Our goal was to learn more about the impact of after-school programs on staff and students at the elementary level.
Young Women Empowered
Empowering young women from diverse backgrounds to step up as leaders in their schools, communities, and the world. Y-We does this through intergenerational mentorships and creative programs that equip teen women with the confidence, resiliency, and leadership skills needed to achieve their goals.
Our partnership with Y-WE has begun with a summer 2015 Fashion Camp, and we look forward to continuing to work together in the coming months and years.
The Vera Project
When we began to first explore the arts and music, one of the first places we looked at as an example was The Vera Project. We are excited to now be working with the team there on some exciting parts of our music production course.
VERA is an all-ages volunteer-fueled music and arts venue. By engaging participants at all levels of music production and community organizing, Vera fulfills its mission to foster a participatory creative culture through popular music concerts, arts programs, experiential learning, and volunteer opportunities for all ages, especially young people.Vera’s programs are focused on young people ages 14 to 24.
We have worked on numerous projects with Valve Software. Alongside the experts there we have developed research studies to explore the impact of video games on learning. We are currently running a study around learning within their game Dota 2, and are working with Valve staff on other game-related projects. In addition, our roots as gamers keep us thinking of new opportunities for collaboration.
Proformance Racing School
We think there is a great deal of learning potential in automobiles. Automotive technology, automotive design, and performance driving offer unique opportunities for teens to learn in a hands-on environment. We are excited to partner with Proformance Racing in developing our automotive internship program for the 2014-2015 school year.
The innovative use of technology that TAF Academy brings to the classroom initially attracted us to this partnership. Since the initial talks, we have been able to work together on implementing a number of programs into the academy. From our Digital Music Production program to summer drama courses, we have worked together on exciting new arts-centric courses for the students there. We look forward to the work we will continue to do with TAF as we move forward.
Bellevue Schools Foundation
Foundry10 had the opportunity to talk with the Bellevue Schools Foundation early in 2014. The result of the meeting was foundry10’s support of a number of the programs that BSF is looking to continue and/or implement. We are bringing our Hip Hop program to Sammamish High School as well as offering Digital Music Production to the Sammamish Leads Program.
Shoreline Public Schools Foundation
The Shoreline Public Schools Foundation raises funds to support academic excellence and expanded learning opportunities for all students in the Shoreline Public Schools.
Shoreline partnered with foundry10 to examine literacy in young students and bring the dramatic arts to elementary students enrolled in Spring Break Programs. Check out the video of our Spring Break Camp work with Shoreline below!