2017 Winners Announced in January • 2018 Contest Launch This Fall

sponsors and teachers

Dear Teachers, Parents, and Mentors,

Thank you so much for sponsoring a student in the Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Student Contest! We are so in awe of the incredible work you do to inspire, empower, and engage young students in ocean advocacy and the arts. You are the real on-the-ground heroes here, and we absolutely could not be doing what we are doing without you. THANK YOU!

Your Responsibilities as a Sponsor

Whether you are a teacher who assigned this Contest as a class project, a parent helping your child explore their creative potential, or an adult who was asked to be a sponsor for a student submitting on their own, your responsibilities are simple.

All we need is to be able to contact you in case we have issues getting in touch with your sponsored student. When your student submits their work, they will be asked to give your name and email address. You will receive a confirmation email once they submit, so that you can have it on record as well.

We encourage you to use your relationship with your student as a way for you both to practice talking about issues facing our oceans, and how the arts are a powerful and meaningful way to be an advocate. One of the most fundamental (and most difficult!) skills of being an ocean advocate is learning how to overcome the fear of speaking out. However you choose to do it, we encourage you to help each other practice talking about how our lives connect to ocean pollution and how art, poetry, prose, or film can make a meaningful difference in our world.

Bringing the Contest into the Classroom

We have compiled some resources to help you and your student(s) get started. The linked pages include images, articles, podcasts, videos, websites, and more to help you and your student(s) learn more about ocean pollution issues that will inform their submission.

Connect With Us

If you had a really great time working on the Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Student Contest with your student in the classroom, in the studio, or in your community, please share your experience with us! Post a picture on social media and tag us @fromthebowseat, or email us a blurb about what you did and we’ll feature you with some public kudos.

Sponsor Recognition Awards

Bow Seat grants Sponsor Recognition Awards of $750 to incredible sponsors who help change the lives of their students and change the world for the better! These awards are nomination-based, and your students can nominate you using online form.

Thank you so much for everything you do.  Please email us at info@fromthebowseat.org if you have any questions or concerns at all. We are here to help.

Good luck, and have fun!