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The Coastal America Ocean Art Contest

The Coastal America Ocean Art Contest


April 9, 2008

Students of all ages, from kindergarten through the university level, are encouraged to submit work to express the importance of the ocean, and have the opportunity for their work to be displayed at the new Smithsonian Ocean Hall in Washington DC.

Each submission will receive a complimentary ticket to the Aquarium (with submissions limited to one per student.)

Art work must reflect one of the seven essential principles of Ocean Literacy: (For more information on ocean literacy please visit The Ocean Literacy Network.)

  1. The Earth has one big ocean with many features.
  2. The ocean and life in the ocean shape the features of the Earth.
  3. The ocean is a major influence on weather and climate.
  4. The ocean makes Earth habitable.
  5. The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems.
  6. The ocean and humans are inextricably interconnected.
  7. The ocean is largely unexplored.

Students will compete in a regional contest hosted by the Aquarium of the Pacific. Other regional contests will be hosted at various Coastal Ecosystems Learning Centers (CELC) such as Monterey Bay Aquarium, Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, The National Aquarium in Washington DC, and others. Each CELC’s first, second, and third place winners’ artwork will advance to the national competition in Washington, DC. All our regional winners will be invited to a reception at the Aquarium of the Pacific in their honor.

The national competition winners from each age group will be invited to Washington DC for the opening of the Smithsonian Ocean Hall in September 2008, where the winning artwork will be displayed.

Artwork is due to the Aquarium of the Pacific by 6:00pm on May 30, 2008 along with the completed submission form.

Submissions can be brought to the information desk at the Aquarium or mailed to the following address:

Coastal America Art Contest
c/o Education Department
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802

To be accepted, entries must be:

  • An original painting, drawing, photograph or other visual art work art created by the student.
  • Two dimensional and not exceed 24”x36”
  • Accompanied by a narrative, not to exceed 150 words, explaining the ocean literacy principle represented
  • Labeled with the contestant’s full name, grade, school, teacher/facilitator’s name, phone number, and email address (if available).

Please pass this invitation to other teachers and students you think may be interested in participating. We’re hoping to have national winner from right here in Southern California!

Download the submission form by clicking here.

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