Ocean lovers of all ages will play, create and sing as they learn about the marine world at the Artist Boat World Oceans Day Festival, 4-7 p.m. Thursday, June 8, at Stewart Beach Park on Galveston Island. The festival is free, but Stewart Beach parking fees will apply.
Visitors can touch marine animals in a touch tank, learn how to respond to a dolphin stranding, meet zoo animals, create artwork – and much more. Everyone will be clapping, laughing and singing along to music and comedy by Tom’s Fun Band, which makes learning about preserving our natural resources fun.
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Visitors to the 2017 Artist Boat World Oceans Day Festival will learn how their actions at home will impact the Gulf of Mexico. Pictured is an Artist Boat Eco-Art educator talking with visitors at the 2016 event.
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Kimberly Warren of Houston took first place in the 2016 Artist Boat Marine Debris Art Contest for her entry titled “Cecilia - Detritus of Disposable Generation”. Call Artist Boat, (409) 770-0722, to get information about entering this year’s contest.
And who knew seaweed could be beautiful? Artist Boat invites artists and ocean-lovers to submit art pieces composed mainly of marine debris or sargassum to showcase the negative effects of aquatic trash and the benefits of sargassum for the marine ecosystem. Entries will be displayed at the festival. Entry details can be found on the Artist Boat website, www.artistboat.org.
“Our Gulf Coast and the world’s oceans are unique, beautiful and alive,” said Artist Boat Executive Director Karla Klay. “We hope the festival inspires and teaches festival-goers to appreciate and protect our precious coast.”
Partner organizations include Galveston Island Park Board of Trustees, Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, Houston-Galveston Area Council, Turtle Island Restoration Network, the Houston Zoo, Galveston Island Beach Patrol, Friends of Galveston Island State Park, Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network, Galveston Bay Foundation, FotoFest International, Galveston Bay Estuary Program, Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Center, Houston Wilderness, American Bird Conservancy, and more
The Galveston event is just one of many World Oceans Day activities held globally on June 8 to celebrate the ocean, its importance and its protection. The United Nations passed a resolution in 2008 to recognize the annual observation. The concession stand at Stewart Beach will be open during the festival so guests can purchase food, drinks, or snacks.
For more information on the Artist Boat World Oceans Day Festival or the Artist Boat Marine Debris Art Contest, call (409) 770-0722 or email email@example.com.
About Artist Boat
Artist Boat is a Galveston-based non-profit organization formed in 2003 to promote awareness and preservation of coastal habitats and the marine environment through the sciences and arts. Its programs include guided kayak tours, a 600-plus-acre Coastal Heritage Preserve, and volunteer and public education programs. More at www.artistboat.org.