For 15 years, Artist Boat has brought value to our ocean community and restored coastal and marine habitats, educated the public, regional and local students as well as creating hundreds of pieces of public art!
In celebration of those years, Artist Boat is holding their annual fundraiser, Float the Boat, held on Saturday, Nov. 10th at the Trolley Station. This years’ theme is a “whale of a time” with a gourmet plated dinner, beer and wine, silent and art auction, live music and dancing, ocean themed costume contest, complimentary event photo (with a whale!) and more!
Artist Boat is a local non-profit supported solely through donations and grant funding to make their Eco-Art Residency public art projects accessible to the community at large.
All over the Houston Galveston area, the landscape is dotted with a touch of beauty, thanks to Artist Boat, with 70 Beautified Seawall Benches, Project SIT (Seawall Interpretive Trail) with art educating the public about our natural history on the Gulf, Island, and Bay.
Everyone loves the painted trash barrels on the beach. Over 72 individuals, school groups, scouts, home schoolers and businesses participate yearly in a “Beautify the Bucket” initiative to encourage reducing litter left on our beaches. 250 blue trash barrels have been painted with ocean and coastal images, anti-trash images, and messages about scooping your poop, in order to keep our oceans healthy and thriving.
11,332 Youth in over 65 Eco-Art Residencies across Houston, Pasadena, and Clear Creek have created over 70 Public Large Scale Art Pieces for their campuses in the forms of murals, mosaics, and tiled benches. These art works are of everything from the ocean going whales of the Gulf to coastal prairies and bayous of our region.
Over 33,386 guests have paddled and painted with the organization, toured the beaches with buckets in hand and explored sargassum, with the free summer program, “Bucket Brigade”. Not only are people having fun, they also leave with knowledge, spreading awareness on how important it is to help conserve natural resources, contribute to sustainability, reduce waste, and make informed decisions.
The land acquisition initiative on the west end, noted by some to be the last great natural wild place on the island, The Coastal Heritage Preserve is taking shape with beautifully designed features for educational access. The University of Texas School of Architecture designed and built a kayak pavilion to host a fleet for a full class and offer shade, an outdoor classroom and instructional storage space. The same group is now working on a bird blind with public access that for all to enjoy.
Over the years, Artist Boat’s students and volunteers have learned about the importance of conservation areas, the primary functions of wetlands and coastal upland prairies, the major threatens facing our area and how they help protect these eco-systems and the wildlife they support.
All around the globe people are doing incredible things to protect the ocean, including Artist Boat. Can you imagine a world without the bright fun trash barrels lining our walks or the cool seawall benches where we sit, rest and watch the ocean waves roll in?
Support this great organization by attending their 15th birthday celebration, make a donation, or consider volunteering in the last great natural wild place in Galveston.
Tickets can be purchased online https://www.artistboat.org/float-the-boat/.
Seats are limited, so hurry and get yours now!