Youth Advisory Board

YAB connects teenagers to the Northwest's all ages arts and music scene by giving them an opportunity to be a driving force in EMP's teen programming.

  1. The 2015-2016 Youth Advisory Board at their final celebration, where the group unveiled Open During Construction in Soundboard Alley, an exhibit independently planned, photographed, and curated by YAB members.

    Photo by Brady Harvey.

  2. The members of YAB meet twice a month throughout the 2015–2016 school year. By making their pop culture passions known these high school teens contribute to the continued development of EMP Museum’s youth programs.

    Photo by Brady Harvey.

  3. YAB members welcomed Hello Kitty to EMP by curating the official J-pop playlist for the Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty gallery with youth from the Wing Luke Museum.

    Photo by Brady Harvey.

  4. Youth Advisory Board (YAB) members play a vital role in programming and help to enhance EMP's all-ages focused programs including, Sound Off! the Northwest's premier 21 and under battle of the bands.

    Photo by Brady Harvey.

  5. Macklemore stops by to chat with YAB about the work that goes into making it as an up-and-coming artist. His advice? Lots and lots of practice plus determination over many years. This takes a lot of work, but the good news is anyone can do it with the right support: “Community,” he shares, “is such a huge part of what ties us together as artists.”

    Photo by Brady Harvey.

Youth Advisory Board (YAB) members directly influence teen programming at EMP Museum, collaborating with local musicians, artists, and community groups and promoting teen programs such as Sound Off! EMP’s 21 and under battle of the bands. In addition, youth create original content for The Soundboard, an online social network devoted to the all-ages music scene and actively contribute to EMP events and exhibit openings.

Opportunities for YAB Members

  • Screen and discuss Sound Off! submissions
  • Assist at events like Bumbershoot, Sound Off! and more
  • Develop EMP's youth voice and reach out to other teenagers in the community
  • Help showcase EMP programs to the greater Seattle community
  • Get an inside peek at museum exhibits and special events
  • Participate and network on The Soundboard—EMP's online community devoted to the NW's all-ages music and arts scene

New Exhibit in Soundboard Alley

Riot Grrrl: Seattle Style

Through powerful imagery, artist Anna White highlights the region’s rising female or gender-nonconforming artists including DoNormaal, Tacocat, and others. Anna was a 2014-215 Youth Advisory Board member, and competed as part of EMP’s Sound Off! 2015 as the bass player for Emma Lee Toyoda.