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
Bow Seat Founder Linda Cabot Honored as a “Global Changemaker”...

December 5, 2018

Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs (Bow Seat) Founder Linda Cabot has been recognized as a "Global Changemaker Honoree" by New...

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...


Ocean Literacy Summit Art Show
Boston, MA
Art Exhibit at Joppa Flats Education Center
Newburyport, MA
Youth Ocean Conservation Summit
Sarasota, FL
Elizabeth Goodrich
Age 12, Maine

“After learning about litter, global warming, and invasive species last year, I realized that our ignorance has become a huge problem, and I knew I had to do something. I just didn’t know what. When my teacher told me about Bow Seat, I had my answer. It was a way for me to express my concern and send a message to people about ocean pollution in a creative way. We only have one Earth, and it is our job to take good care of it.”