Arts | Education
November 4, 2013
The Coastal America Partnership is seeking entries for its biennial 2013-2014 North American Ocean Art Contest. With the goal of encouraging public understanding of the ocean‘s importance, the winning art will become part of a traveling showcase. In past years, the contest has attracted up to 2,000 entries from students across the United States. This year, the categories have been expanded to include adults. The Aquarium will accept entries dropped off on weekdays between 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. First place winners of each of the five categories will receive tickets for the Aquarium’s whale watch experience. Second and third place winners will receive tickets to visit the Aquarium.
The 2013-2014 effort will be conducted through the Coastal America Learning Center (CELC) network, consisting of twenty-five aquariums and marine institutions, including the Aquarium of the Pacific. Each participating Learning Center will host a regional exhibition and will evaluate entries for recommendation to the North American traveling exhibit on the basis of strong visual impact, artistic merit, and on how clearly the work expresses an appreciation of one or more of the Essential Principles of Ocean Sciences. For more information on contest rules, please visit the Coastal America Ocean Art Contest Page.
Coastal America is a partnership between federal, state, and local government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, corporations, and members of Coastal America’s Learning Center Network, which includes aquariums, marine science centers, and laboratories. In hosting the regional art contest, the Aquarium of the Pacific aims to engage local audiences in pressing environmental topics and to promote ocean literacy among people of all ages, especially students. Staff members in the Aquarium’s education department solicit entries from across Southern California through their connections with teachers and art education institutions such as the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.
Entrees will accepted for the 2013-2014 North American Ocean Art Contest until February 16, in either of two categories: art or photography. Participants submit their entries in one of five categories based on grade level: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, and adults. To read contest rules and guidelines or submit artwork, click here. To learn more about the work of the Coastal America Partnership to preserve, restore, and protect our coasts, please visit http://coastalamerica.gov/.
The traveling exhibit will begin its year-long tour on June 2014 in Washington, D.C., and travel to various CELC locations throughout North America until July 2015.