TeenTix, an arts access and engagement program for teenagers, has received a two-year, $40,000 grant from The Boeing Co. The grant will help fund the nine-year-old program’s transition from a Seattle Center public program to an independent organization in 2014.

TeenTix was founded in 2004 by Seattle Center and in partnership with 10 of the resident arts organizations on the Seattle Center campus. TeenTix is best known for making it possible for teens to buy $5 day-of-event tickets to the arts.

Currently, 45 arts organizations throughout the Puget Sound region participate in the TeenTix program, including Seattle Symphony, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle International Film Festival and ACT Theatre. To date, TeenTix has facilitated the sale of more than 40,000 $5 arts tickets to teens.

On Sept. 14, ACT Theatre hosted the first Teeny Awards Dinner: A Benefit for TeenTix and the Future of Civilization. The event raised more than $16,000 for youth arts access.