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

2022 Ocean Awareness

The 2022 Ocean Awareness Contest—THE FUNNY THING ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE—challenges students to learn about climate change and its impact on the ocean, and to explore new ways to communicate the urgency of the climate crisis. How can you talk about climate change in a fresh way? How can you capture attention without sacrificing your message?

10th Anniversary Timeline

2021 marks our 10th annual Ocean Awareness Contest and 10 years of inspiring young ocean caretakers through creative expression. Check out our new interactive timeline to learn more about our program history and exciting milestones!
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What Do You Do During an Artist Residency in Iceland?

October 20, 2021

By Ely German Ely is a multi-year Ocean Awareness Contest participant and alumna judge. Her NES Artist Residency in June...

Bow Seat Celebrates 2021 Educator Innovation Award Winners

September 26, 2021

During what was perhaps the most unusual and difficult school year in recent memory, teachers became more resourceful than ever...

The Funny Story Behind the 2022 Contest Theme

September 24, 2021

By Bow Seat Founder & President Linda Cabot Featured art: "An Unexpected Guest" by Eunice Choi, 2018 Ocean Awareness Contest...


Deep Dive Series
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Bow Seat at the Huntsman Marine Science Center
St. Andrews, Canada
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Art Exhibit at New Bedford Whaling Museum
New Bedford, MA
Isabella Hollis
Age 17, Texas

“Through my artwork, I hope to reach out to people that I would never have gotten the opportunity to reach otherwise. Hopefully this will inspire support for our cause of reducing – and eventually eliminating – ocean pollution.”