In the Community
Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans
We partnered with PangeaSeed Foundation to support their 2017 Sea Walls public art festival in Napier, New Zealand. Through an educational, arts-themed scavenger hunt in the city center and engagement with students at Napier’s primary school, we equipped the community’s younger generations with knowledge and inspiration to be active participants in the stewardship of our blue planet.
Bow Seat’s Program Director Alyssa Irizarry painted a mural at the primary school that was inspired by the artwork of Cooper Bodeo-Lomicky, a middle school winner in our 2016 Ocean Awareness Student Contest. The students witnessed the mural-making process from start to finish, participated in conversations about marine debris and the ocean environment, and made their own art modeled after the mural design. The mural will remind generations of Napier’s students about the impact of plastic pollution on marine habitats and wildlife, and the role we all play in finding solutions. Read More
Youth Ocean Conservation Summit
We are an annual supporter of the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida, and have led workshops including “Art in Action: Using the Creative Arts as a Tool for Environmental Conservation,” a panel discussion with practicing ocean artists, as well as “I Am Ocean Change: Creating a Community Mural,” a hands-on and collaborative artmaking session.
The Youth Ocean Conservation Summit brings together and mobilizes youth participants of all ages interested in environmental conservation, and equips them with the skills needed to successfully take on conservation issues in their local communities.
We were thrilled to partner with Salem Public Space Project and Salem Sound Coastwatch for the Tidal Shift campaign – a public sculpture installation to raise awareness of plastic pollution and inform community members about Salem, Massachusett’s new plastic bag ban. We designed the project’s informational flyers and street banners, and worked with project partners to lead several community workshops about ocean pollution. During these workshops, more than 300 plastic bag jellyfish sculptures were created. The sculptures were revealed to hundreds of visitors at the Salem Arts Festival in June, demonstrating the importance of using art as a means to start dialogue about important issues, and ultimately, bring about action.
Exhibits & Pop Up Art Shows
Whether for an ocean conservation conference, fundraiser, lecture, or other event, organizations have found that displaying our students’ artwork brings their mission to life and provides their guests with a special experience. Just as it does for the students who participate in our programming, the arts help event attendees not only to understand new concepts, but also to connect with ideas emotionally. They are a catalyst to spur curiosity, dialogue, awareness, and action. View Upcoming Events & Exhibits
We believe in the power of film to inspire dialogue and action around critical issues impacting the health of human and natural communities. With the support of community partners, we host screenings of documentaries such as A Plastic Ocean and Chasing Coral that raise awareness of these important issues in local communities.
We love to get our hands dirty! One of the most tangible ways that we can help protect our marine environments is to participate in beach cleanups. Reducing the amount of debris that enters our waterways has immediate and direct impacts on marine wildlife, and working alongside other ocean-lovers creates meaningful and positive experiences. One of our favorite cleanups was the Paddle & Clean at Biscayne National Park, where we joined Biscayne National Park rangers, South Florida National Parks Trust, and dedicated volunteers to pick up trash from a mangrove-lined area of Mowry Canal – via canoes!
Blue Vision Summit
We were a proud supporter of the 2017 Blue Vision Summit in Washington, DC, a conference where students, activists, policy makers, and ocean conservation leaders came together to build strong connections and create tangible change for our blue planet. The Summit focused on the key themes of putting an end to offshore drilling by 2030, eliminating plastic pollution in our oceans, and building coastal resiliency through smart ecosystem-based planning. During the conference, the Bow Seat team also met with Massachusetts Congresspeople and Senators on Healthy Ocean Hill Day to discuss critical threats facing our blue planet.
To raise awareness of plastic pollution in waterways and oceans around the world, we partnered with U.K.-based Whale Company to host an event as part of Totally Thames, a monthlong celebration of arts, culture, and the river. Supported by the Thames Estuary Partnership and the #OneLess campaign, the event included a river cleanup, Bow Seat art exhibition, and hands-on artmaking focused on river and ocean pollution.