New Contest! Sea Change – for College Students
April 2, 2015

Dear College Students, and all the friends, family, and passing acquaintances of college-aged artists,

WE ARE SUPER EXCITED BUT WE HAVE A PROBLEM AND WE NEED YOUR HELP.  We’ll start with the good news first.  Have you heard about the Ocean Awareness Student Contest and though, “Dang it, I’m too old for that”?  FTBS is here to say – ALOHA, FOLKS!  You asked, and we listened. We’ve launched a contest for you.


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FTBS, along with our partners at PangeaSeed, Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii, and World Oceans Day Hawaii, are thrilled to launch the Sea Change Art Contest…for college students!  We are so excited to be able to create more and more opportunities for young Ocean Caretakers to showcase their creativity, scientific understanding of our oceans, and the spirit of conservation and advocacy.

  • The winners will be exhibited in the Honolulu Museum of Art for the 2015 World Oceans Day celebrations in June, and can win between $250 – $1000.
  • Awards and Prizes in four categories: Drawing/Painting, Photography, Sculpture, and Mixed Media.
  • Submission Deadline: May 1, 2015
  • Submit online with our super-easy form at


But we have a problem.

For 5 years now, we have been an organization that works with middle and high school students, and we know the right connections to make to spread the word to those teachers and students who can participate in the Ocean Awareness Student Contest.  By entering the college art world, we are strangers in a strange land, and we have to rely heavily on you.  We need your social word-spreading power to make sure that your college-enrolled friends, family, and even those awkward passing acquaintances know about this opportunity to win up to $1000 and have their work displayed in the Honolulu Museum of Art.

We need you to share this on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram so that your college friends can see it.  With the deadline only 7 weeks away, time is of the essence, so do it right now!  Share this blog post!  Share the image and tag all the college artists you know!  Share the link ( and the image! Do it even before you finish reading this blog post!

Okay, have you done it?  Cool, keep scrolling and check out some pictures of Hawaii.

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 Honolulu Museum of Art, where the winners will be exhibited

Hawaii turtle

Hawaii is a hotspot of marine biodiversity, and the World Oceans Day Hawai’i festival will draw hundreds, maybe thousands of marine enthusiasts who will see the winning work. 

hawaii fish

And the fish will have no idea what’s going on because they’re fish, but they appreciate your work to keep our oceans healthy. 

Modeled closely after the Ocean Awareness Student Contest for middle and high school students, Sea Change is the next phase of a growing series of “artivist outlets” for young stewards and caretakers to give our oceans a voice.  FTBS Founder Linda Cabot and her daughter Gigi have worked closely with the Hawaii folks this winter to make the contest a reality.

Check out these photos of where your art could be this June if you submit to Sea Change!  Or if you are the one to spread the word to a winner, we think you can claim brownie points from them forever since this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

See you in Hawaii, folks!  Mahalo!




The Big Players at Sea Change Art Contest

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Left to right – Tre Packard of PangeaSeed, Linda Cabot of Bow Seat, and Kahi Pacaro of Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii.

Gigi Hawaii

Gigi Anderson, who spent the winter volunteering with PangeaSeed and Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii helping to make this a reality.

Pangeaseed logo

PangeaSeed ( is an organization is an international organization who collaborates with members of the art, science, and environmental acitivist communities.  They are dedicated to raising public awareness and education surrounding the conservation and preservation of sharks and other marine species in peril.   They are responsible for movements like “Sea Walls – Murals for Oceans” and “Hawaii POW! WOW!”


Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii logo

Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii ( inspires local communities to care for their coastlines through hands-on beach cleanups.  SCH recruits and trains volunteers, educates schools and community groups on solutions for reducing plastic pollution, and collaborates with like-minded partners to create inventive ways to combine community service, education, and most importantly…fun.



World Oceans Day Hawai’i engages the general public in the pressing discourse of ocean conservation.  WODH is a multi-media event that aims to connect filmmakers, artists, scientists, marine conservationists and ocean enthusiasts.  The goal: To share knowledge and passion to inspire a new generation of ocean stewards. Under the maxim Celebrate · Learn · Sustain, World Oceans Day Hawai‘i invites you to see the marine world with fresh eyes.


FTBS 2015 Logo Final

From the Bow Seat ( works to inspire the next generation of ocean caretakers by creating opportunities for them to combine art, science, and advocacy.  Each year FTBS hosts the Ocean Awareness Student Contest which gives away over $47,500 in prizes to the winners, their teachers, and their schools, and which helps launch the careers for young artists and activists who are passionate about ocean conservation.

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