Youth Voices for the Ocean exhibition raises ocean conservation awareness

Youth Voices for the Ocean exhibition raises ocean conservation awareness

February 18, 2020

 Whaling Museum hosts student artwork from around the world

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — An exhibition at the New Bedford Whaling Museum features artwork by the student winners of the international Ocean Awareness Contest run by Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit. Bow Seat works to engage young people in ocean conservation and advocacy through the arts. Youth Voices for the Ocean is on display in the Whaling Museum’s Upper Level Rotating Galleries now through September 7, 2020. For more information, visit The New Bedford Whaling Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Since 2012, Bow Seat’s annual contest has invited young people around the world to creatively explore critical conservation issues in ocean health—including plastic pollution, fossil fuel extraction, biodiversity loss, and climate change—with a focus on humans’ roles as both problem-makers and solvers. More than 13,000 students from 106 countries and all 50 U.S. states have responded through visual art, writing, film, and music. Youth Voices for the Ocean features a selection of those works, which expose what is happening to our oceans; reflect on what it means to be a human in the 21st century; discover and advocate for solutions on personal and planetary scales; and inspire a culture of respect and action for all life on this blue planet.

The exhibition is supported in part by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, through its Cultural Investment Portfolio Projects Program, as well as the Island Foundation.

Bow Seat’s 2020 Ocean Awareness Contest is accepting submissions from students worldwide aged 11-18 until June 15, 2020. Special scholarship awards are available for Massachusetts students and residents of the South Coast, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket. Awards are also available for classroom teachers, informal educators, and youth program coordinators who use the Ocean Awareness Contest as a teaching tool. More information about the contest is available at

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About Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs
Bow Seat is a Massachusetts-based nonprofit that activates the next wave of ocean leaders through the arts, science, and advocacy. Bow Seat provides a space for students to connect, create, and communicate for our blue planet through innovative programming that works at the intersection of ocean science and arts education. Visit for more information about Bow Seat’s programs, educational resources, and collection of student artwork and creative media.


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About the New Bedford Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum ignites learning through explorations of art, history, science and culture rooted in the stories of people, the region and an international seaport. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city’s historic downtown. The Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free for Whaling Museum members and children ages three and under; adults $19, seniors (65+) $17, students (19+) $12, child and youth $9. For more information visit