Empowering youth to connect, create, and communicate for our blue planet

2021 Contest
Water Rising

The 10th annual Ocean Awareness Contest is a platform for young people to learn about environmental issues through art-making and creative communication, explore their relationship to a changing world, and become advocates for positive change.

Creativity in Conservation

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


View All
Bow Seat Launches the 2021 Ocean Awareness Contest, a Global...

September 18, 2020

Tenth Annual Competition Encourages Students to Learn About and Explore Humanity’s Interconnection Through Water Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs (Bow...

Bow Seat’s New Future Blue Youth Council Will Empower Alumni...

September 11, 2020

Since Bow Seat was founded in 2011, nearly 18,000 youth from around the world have participated in our programs that...

The Voice of Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs

August 19, 2020

Generation Green: Alyssa Irizarry, Senior Vice President of Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs, shares her story as an environmentalist and...


Our Amazing Oceans Webinar
Virtual Curator Talk: Youth Voices for the Ocean
Get Out The Vote Create-a-thon
Blue Brasher-Rues
Age 14, Arkansas

“This program taught me that I can do anything. There is no better feeling than to feel passionate about something and then go out and do something about it… I am ecstatic to know that I can do anything I set my mind to! And I want everyone in my generation to know that they can, too.”