Stellwagen Bank is a marine protected area covering over 800 square miles at the mouth of Massachusetts Bay. For hundreds of years, this area has acted as a productive fishing ground, and more recently as a whale watching destination. It has been a National Marine Sanctuary since 1992.
For over a decade, Massachusetts Marine Educators (MME) have co-sponsored the annual Marine Art Contest with Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. The contest has been, and still continues to be, a great way for students to get involved with the aquatic world around them. Each year, the contest has a different theme which students depict with their artistic talents. Teachers have incorporated the contest into their curriculum, using it as a way to entice students to become conscious of the world around them.
The theme for 2016’s contest is "Marine biodiversity of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary: Celebrating the amazing ocean creatures of New England’s national marine sanctuary.” Although the theme focuses on Stellwagen Bank, students from all over the world enter their art pieces. Not only do winning students have their artwork displayed throughout New England and in an annual calendar, they can also win prizes!
This contest isn’t just for the classroom. Students can individually send their artwork in as well! The deadline to submit artwork for the 2016 Art Contest is April 29, 2016. If you have any questions, visit the Stellwagen Bank’s Kids Corner, the MME webpage, or contact Anne Smrcina at firstname.lastname@example.org. Best of luck to all those who enter!
View the full contest brochure (PDF) here >
And check out the 2016 calendar (PDF) for inspiration here >