New Awards to Uplift Emerging Creators of Color
February 8, 2021

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The 2021 Ocean Awareness Contest has new awards!

We are so excited to be partnering with Boston-based artist and educator Jason Talbot to uplift emerging creators of color through the new We All Rise Prize, and with New York City-based poet, activist, and educator Tayllor Johnson to launch the new Voice of the Sea Award, celebrating spoken word poetry submissions.

Learn more about the new awards below, and spread the word!

We All Rise Prize

The 2021 Ocean Awareness Contest will recognize 20 Black, Indigenous, and Latina/o/e youth artists from the U.S. with the new We All Rise Prize, totaling $15,000 in new awards. Submissions are accepted in Visual Art, Creative Writing, Film, Multimedia, Music, Dance, and Poetry & Spoken Word.

Voice of the Sea Award

The Voice of the Sea Award will recognize two spoken word poetry submissions to the 2021 Ocean Awareness Contest: one $1,000 award for a Junior submission (age 11-14), and one $1,500 award for a Senior submission (age 15-18).

Water Wednesdays Webinar Series

Join us each month for Water Wednesdays, our webinar series that introduces you to artists, scientists, community leaders, and activists working to protect our blue planet. Watch past recordings or register for our upcoming webinar on February 17th.

Student Stories to Celebrate 10 Years

We are showcasing some of the young artists who have helped turn the Ocean Awareness Contest into a global community of creators and changemakers working on behalf of our blue planet. Meet Ainsley Cunningham, a high school senior from New York using film, design, and poetry to inspire ocean activism.

10th Anniversary Interactive Timeline

Check out our new interactive timeline to learn more about Bow Seat’s program history and milestones, meet some of our award-winning student artists from around the globe, and explore special projects we’ve been involved with over the years.

WATER RISING Inspiration

Artist LaToya Ruby Frazier spent five months living in Flint, Michigan, photographing the lives of those affected by the city’s water crisis. As the crisis dragged on, she realized it was going to take more than a series of photos to bring relief. In this TED Talk, she shares the creative lengths she went to in order to bring free, clean water to the people of Flint.

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