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Sea the Change
March 15 @ 11:00 am
April 22 @ 5:00 pm
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Sea the Change

An exhibition of artwork created by local youth to raise awareness about the ubiquitous amount of non-biodegradable materials polluting our oceans. Sea the Change will be on view at MMoA’s 15 Water Street gallery Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 11am – 3pm.

Take a moment to look around. How many items can you see right now that are made with plastic? Cell phones, bottles, pens, toothbrushes, buttons, etc…all contain plastic in some form. Plastic often seems unavoidable in our everyday lives, and it can have consequences reaching far beyond what we see in our immediate area.

Many plastic items being produced all over the world end up in our oceans and waterways, becoming marine debris. Studies show that the issue of marine debris had reached a dire situation. It is reported that 8 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans each year.

By 2050, it is predicted that our world’s oceans will be filled with more plastic mass than fish mass. Once in our waterways, marine debris has numerous impacts on the native aquatic animals and the habitat itself, some of which are still unknown. Current impacts on wildlife include entanglement, ingesting trash, or losing important habitat.

It’s time to change course by promoting a message of creative conservation and sustainability!

Please join the Mystic Museum of Art to raise public awareness of the harmful effects of plastics and other aquatic trash in our oceans! We invite you to celebrate our beautiful seas by creating a masterpiece made of recyclable trash. This is an opportunity to educate and inspire both your school and community to make a positive change through creative expression!

Contest Rules:

  • Open to all Elementary, Middle, and High School (K-12) students in Mystic and surrounding communities
  • Both collaborative group and individual work will be accepted
  • Submission must be created primarily from materials that pollute our waters
    • Examples of materials include: straws, plastic cups and bottles, metal, rubber, electronic trash, bottle caps, plastic shopping bags, deflated balloons, etc.
    • You may use fasteners such as glue, tape, string, or other similar materials required for structure and support
  • The installations will be judged in the areas of Creativity, Craftsmanship, and Use of Materials
  • Displays must be within the parameters of 4 ft x 4 ft x 4 ft
  • Art may be 2D or 3D
  • Submissions must be received by March 11, 2019 at 5pm


Prizes will be awarded in each participating Elementary, Middle, and High School age bracket (Group collaborations spanning age brackets in making one piece is acceptable for submission, however–in keeping with our policy for fairness–these works will not be eligible for awards).

The winning classes will also receive a free field trip to the Mystic Museum of Art (excludes transportation), or an on-site visit to your school with one of our talented faculty artists.

All sculptures will be on display at our MMoA exhibition space at 15 Water Street, Mystic, Connecticut, during our Young at Art exhibition starting March 15, 2019.


Please reach out to our Head of Education, Mary Addison, with any questions!

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