Ocean Awareness Student Art Contest

The Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Student Contest invites middle and high school students from around the world to participate in this year's contest, whose theme is Ocean Pollution: Challenges & Solutions.
It’s easy to become discouraged when you think about the challenges facing our ocean ecosystems. Ocean pollution is an ever-increasing global concern that threatens marine life, our environment, the economy, and human health. Yet there have been many inspiring conservation stories and ocean “wins” in the last year: cities implementing plastic bag bans; governments establishing new Marine Protected Areas; and the rise of citizens and businesses embracing zero-waste mentalities. Optimism is contagious, and sharing messages of hope around the world has never been easier than in this digitally connected age. Let’s ride the wave of #OceanOptimism, and think creatively about how our ocean-loving community can turn the tide of global ocean pollution. Entries due June 19, 2017, 11:59 PM Eastern Time. Learn more >

Apply to YoungArts CompetitionApply to YoungArts Competition

If you're a 15-18 year old visual artist, you're eligible to apply to YoungArts' national arts competition. Winners will:
. Receive cash awards of up to $10,000
. Take master classes with accomplished artists
. Become eligible for a U.S. Presidential Scholarship
. Receive a lifetime of mentoring & professional support
. Connect to educational and artistic development opportunities
Applications are open until October 13, 2017.
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Support Your Art Student
SAMO4ART is a nonprofit group looking for a few parents of current Samohi art students to continue its legacy of supporting Visual Arts at SAMO.
  • Help manage SAMO4ART
  • Help support exhibits and Opening Receptions in the Historic Roberts Art Gallery
  • Help manage donations
For more information or to volunteer, please contact Laurie Ann Gutierrez at

Donate to SMAPA Visual Arts

Please consider making a tax deductible donation which will allow us to provide much needed supplies so our students may continue to create amazing works of art! If you want your donation to go to a specific Art Teacher or program, please state this in the check memo line or in the message box via PayPal.

Please makes checks payable to: "SMAPA Visual Arts"
c/o Santa Monica High School
601 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica CA 90405
Attn: Art Dept, Martin Ledford

SMAPA Visual Arts and SAMO4ART operate through the Santa Monica Arts Parents Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Federal ID 95-2563339.

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