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Introducing Art as Activism: TeenTix Summer Sessions

Join us for a series of FREE online TeenTix workshops exploring how art is a powerful tool for activism and the fight for racial justice. Each Summer Session will focus on a different genre of art including theater, dance, and performance art. You’ll learn about the history of social justice movements and how art has played a role in both the past and present movements.

Use the links below to sign up for individual workshops, or all three!

Theater as Protest with Jasmine Mahmoud

Friday, August 14, 10-2:30 PM


Jasmine Jamillah Mahmoud, PhD is Assistant Professor in the Department of Performing Arts & Arts Leadership, where she teaches courses including “Black Lives Matter: Arts, Theory, and Practice.” Her research and arts criticism have been published in ASAP/J Online, Canadian Art, Hyperallergic, TDR: The Drama Review, and Women & Performance. She is on the Board of Intiman Theatre, an Advisor for The Future Ancient, and Founder of the Seattle Arts Voter Guide.

Dance as Empathy with Dani Tirrell

Friday, August 28, 10-2:30 PM


Dani Tirrell (Seattle, WA) Seattle’s Mayor Arts Award recipient 2019, is A Black, Queer choreographer, dancer, and movement guide. Dani has guided people in Detroit and Seattle as well as sharing movement practices in other cities in the United States. Currently Dani is the curator for Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas (Seattle). Dani is the host and co-creator of several online talk programs Sunday Dinner, The Living Room, and Intimate Conversations.


Performance Art as Resistance with Elisheba Johnson

Friday, September 4, 10-2:30 PM


Elisheba Johnson is a curator, public artist and administrator. Johnson, who has a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts, was the owner of Faire Gallery Café, a multi-use art space that held art exhibitions, music shows, poetry readings and creative gatherings. For six years Johnson worked at the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture on capacity building initiatives and racial equity in public art. Johnson is currently a member of the Americans for the Arts Emerging Leaders Network advisory council and has won four Americans for the Arts Public Art Year in Review Awards for her work. She currently co-manages Wa Na Wari, a Black art center in Seattle’s Central Area that uses the arts to build community and resist displacement.

Each workshop is limited to 15 teens. Must be ages 13-19, and current TeenTix member to participate. (Not a TeenTix member yet? Don’t worry – sign up for free right here!)

While we encourage any teen who is interested to sign-up, we highly encourage teens who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color)* to participate.

Everyone who signs up will receive an email confirming their registration and including the Zoom meeting information, the week of the workshop. Technology assistance is available for teens who need access to a laptop or internet to participate.

If you have questions about these workshops, please contact Mariko, the Teen Programs Manager at

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