2019 Theme: Presence of Future
A CREATIVE CHALLENGE FOR TEENS WORLDWIDE
Climate change is the biggest issue of your lifetime. Your whole life will be lived as the impacts of global climate change are taking place. Our Contest is a call for young artists, thinkers, and activists who are concerned about the future of our human and natural communities to use their creative voices to explore, express, and advocate for issues related to climate change and our oceans.
Create a piece about a coastal/marine species, place, or system that will be threatened, altered, or lost due to climate change.
From organism to ecosystem, what are the impacts of climate change on our ocean?
Climate change requires that we think about the past, present, and future simultaneously. Because of earlier human actions, our ocean is facing real and imminent threats today; our every action—or inaction—now impacts the future of our communities and our blue planet. The effects of climate change are not something that will happen to faraway generations—it is happening now; it is happening to us. What do we stand to lose? What can we gain from learning from our past and taking steps now to create a sustainable and just future?
Submissions are accepted in:
- Visual Art
Who May Enter
Students from around the world are invited to participate in the Ocean Awareness Contest.
Enter the division based on your age at the time of entry:
- Junior Division: Age 11-14
- Senior Division: Age 15-18
All students must also provide the contact information for an adult sponsor (teacher, parent, mentor, etc.). Students may participate as individuals or a group of any size.
- Gain knowledge about a critical issue facing your generation
- Build your portfolio and make art in your preferred medium, or practice a new one!
- Develop skills in communication, critical thinking, creativity, and global awareness
- Join a global community of young people that care about our ocean
- Earn scholarships of up to $1,500
Awards will be given in each of the categories at both the Junior and Senior divisions:
Additional Awards Available in 2019
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.
Making Waves Award
The Making Waves Award will be awarded to one submission in each age division that demonstrates a powerful, engaging, and original voice of ocean activism. Winners receive a $250 cash prize.
Publishing, Art Exhibitions, and Special Opportunities
As a winner, you may have a special opportunity to showcase your talents worldwide 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 help to educate and inspire audiences to take action!