Activating the next wave of ocean leaders through the arts, science, and advocacy

Creativity in Conservation

Each year the Ocean Awareness Contest challenges teens from around the world to explore human impacts on our ocean’s health through Art, Poetry, Prose, Film, and Music.

Making Waves Through the Arts

Our programs inspire ocean conservation through creative investigating and making. We believe art is a powerful way to explore issues impacting our oceans, connect more deeply with nature, and bring communities together to care for our blue planet.
Our Story
Mass Audubon Opens “Look Skywards” Exhibit

November 12, 2018

Newburyport Daily News: Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center presents a new exhibit — a collection of teen artwork and poetry...

Meet a Judge: Ely German

November 2, 2018

Bow Seat Judges are artists, writers, teachers, filmmakers, scientists, and of course, ocean-lovers! Meet Ely German, a studio art major...

Teens Ride Wave of Success Over Litter Art Exhibit

October 23, 2018

SanTan Sun News: Four local teens are riding a wave of recognition after their creative work linking art to the marine...


Ocean Literacy Summit Art Show
Boston, MA
Art Exhibit at Joppa Flats Education Center
Newburyport, MA
Youth Ocean Conservation Summit
Sarasota, FL
Hayden Stokley
Age 16, Mississippi

“As a child, I was too shy to speak in public, but societal issues haunted me. I wanted to help. Only through writing was I able to debate, advocate for change, and defend my views. It is this concept – that everyone has a specific talent to contribute to a cause – that serves as my inspiration.”