Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs Receives a $20,000 Grant from the Horne Family Foundation
May 28, 2020

This spring, Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs (Bow Seat) received a $20,000 grant from the Horne Family Foundation in support of its mission to engage youth in ocean conservation and advocacy through the arts.

The grant will provide valuable operating support for Bow Seat to expand its work educating students about the climate crisis, uplifting youth voices for ocean conservation, and inspiring them to participate in positive, creative actions—priorities that Bow Seat shares with the Horne Family Foundation.

Bow Seat’s flagship educational program, the Ocean Awareness Contest, invites middle and high schoolers to explore the connections between human activities and the health of our ocean through visual art, writing, music, film, and multimedia. With themes such as endangered species, plastic pollution, and climate change, the Contest has been at the forefront of introducing critical ocean issues to youth. More than 13,000 students from all 50 U.S. states and 106 countries have participated, and Bow Seat has awarded Contest winners over $350,000 in scholarships.

In addition, Bow Seat showcases student work in its online gallery, and through exhibitions, film screenings, publications, social media, and partner initiatives. This provides a special opportunity for teens to display their individual creative skills while demonstrating the strength of their collective voices, bringing awareness of ocean issues to wider audiences. Bow Seat also collaborates with schools and community organizations to combine ocean literacy and the arts in classrooms and afterschool programs, and to ensure that youth voice is included in environmental campaigns and conversations.

“We are so appreciative of the Horne Family Foundation’s generous contribution at an exciting time of growth and opportunity,” said Linda Cabot, founder and president of Bow Seat. “Never before has galvanizing and championing youth been more important—teens are growing up in an alarming climate reality and will be enduring its increasing threats for their entire lives. With the Horne Family Foundation’s support, we can continue to foster students’ care and curiosity for the natural world, offer them a platform to express themselves, and amplify their concerns, ideas, and hopes for a safer, healthier world.”


About Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs: Bow Seat is a Massachusetts-based nonprofit that empowers youth to connect, create, and communicate for our blue planet. Visit for more information about the Ocean Awareness Contest, upcoming initiatives and events, and collection of student artwork and creative media.

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Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs Receives a $20,000 Grant from the Horne Family Foundation

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