The 2019 Healthy Whale, Healthy Ocean Challenge is closed. Thank you to all of our participants, and congratulations to the winning students!View Winners
Healthy Whale, Healthy Ocean Challenge
Take action and voice your support for the protection of North Atlantic right whales! Presented by Bow Seat and Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), the Healthy Whale, Healthy Ocean Challenge is an art scholarship program for K-12 residents of New England and the Gulf of Maine region. Explore the threats facing right whales and create visual art, poetry, and short films that celebrate the iconic species and drive action for its protection. Winning artwork will be an integral part of our campaign to protect the ocean and save the endangered North Atlantic right whale.
North Atlantic Right Whales
North Atlantic right whales are historic inhabitants of the Gulf of Maine. They are urban whales, and they are our neighbors; they travel along the eastern coast of the United States and Canada to look for food and birth their young. Like all marine animals, they are vital to the health of the ocean ecosystem. A healthy whale population signifies a healthy ocean; a healthy ocean sustains all human communities. Our histories—and fates—are intimately connected.
Unfortunately, less than 450 of these majestic creatures survive in the North Atlantic today, and many scientists predict that they are likely to go extinct in the next 20 years if we do not intervene. The plight of North Atlantic right whales reveals the overall threats facing our ocean today, including the impacts of climate change, increasing industrialization, and marine debris. Though inadvertently, it is humans who are harming the whales―and humans who can save them. It’s up to all of us to take action and find solutions to protect this endangered species and its ocean home that we all rely on.
“Extinction is forever – and we will not let the magnificent North Atlantic right whale disappear from New England’s ocean waters on our watch.”
— Conservation Law Foundation
CLF and Right Whales
Conservation Law Foundation is a New England-based environmental organization. CLF has taken action to protect right whales for decades, from successfully fighting oil and gas drilling within whales’ habitats, to ensuring offshore wind projects don’t cause harm, to taking on the federal government to protect whales from threats posed by commercial fishing gear.
Creativity in Conservation
We believe in the power of youth and creativity. Decisions made by adults now affect the world you live in, and you have a right to make your voices heard! Through art, you can expose the plight of the right whale and advocate for compassionate and sustainable solutions to save the species and protect our ocean and the communities that rely on it.
Awards will be given in each of the categories (Art, Poetry, Film) in all age divisions:
This award recognizes students in our hometown of Boston, Massachusetts, who may not have equal access to quality arts programs in their school or community. These merit-based awards will take students’ financial conditions into account. Up to 3 winners in each age division will each receive a $250 cash scholarship.
The benefits of an arts education to students – including increased confidence and problem-solving skills, as well as improved overall academic performance – are well-documented in research studies. Yet, budget cuts are leading to a serious decline in arts education, and these cutbacks are disproportionately affecting low-income youth.
The Hometown Award recognizes students in our hometown of Boston, Massachusetts, who may not have equal access to quality arts programs in their school or community. These merit-based awards will take students’ financial conditions into account. Up to 3 winners in each age division will each receive a $250 cash scholarship.
Students’ families must have a combined annual household income of less than $50,000.
Students must be residents of Boston or its neighborhoods: Allston, Back Bay, Bay Village, Beacon Hill, Brighton, Charlestown, Chinatown-Leather District, Dorchester, Downtown, East Boston, Fenway-Kenmore, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Mid-Dorchester, Mission Hill, North End, Roslindale, Roxbury, South Boston, South End, West End, West Roxbury.
Winners will be required to verify their eligibility by submitting a proof of residence as well as valid document(s) that confirms their household income.
Winners in all age groups will be acknowledged at a public awards ceremony held by Bow Seat and CLF in Boston in the spring of 2019. Winners’ artwork, films, and poetry will be an integral part of our campaign to protect the ocean and save the endangered North Atlantic right whale.
Publishing, Art Exhibits, and Special Opportunities
As a winner, you will have a special opportunity to showcase your talents throughout New England and beyond, while raising awareness of ocean issues to a broader community. Bow Seat organizes art exhibitions, pop up art shows, and film screenings; curates anthologies of art and poetry; and finds opportunities to publish student writing. As part of Bow Seat’s student collection, your creative piece will be used in CLF’s and Bow Seat’s campaign to help educate and inspire audiences to take action for our ocean!