Call for Artists to Beautify a Bucket & World Ocean Day Festival


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The Beautify the Bucket Competition allows participants to take an active role in beautifying Galveston Beaches and improving stewardship behaviors. During the Artist Boat World Ocean Day Festival, all barrels will be on display for the public to see, and our judges will view all submissions and select winners from each category.

Participants in the competition paint a blue trash barrel destined for Galveston Beaches based on a theme: ocean organisms, marine debris, coastal and marine ecosystems, or Galveston recreational activities. After the competition, the barrels will be added to Galveston’s Beaches where they will be enjoyed by visitors and encourage proper disposal of trash to reduce aquatic trash.

Individuals and groups of all ages can register for a barrel to beautify. Help us keep our beaches clean and pristine! Registration is open until May 1, 2023.  To register,  click here.

Entries are due by May 29, 2023.

Viewing and judging will be held on June 10 at East Beach during the World Ocean Day Festival. Winners will be announced at 3:00 pm.

World Ocean Day Festival – June 10, 2023

World Ocean Day is the UN-recognized day of ocean celebration and action.

All around the globe individuals and groups use the day to celebrate, learn about, and do their part to help the ocean. Local, regional, and state organizations will come together to provide engaging activities to help visitors understand the human connection to the ocean.

Join us at the Artist Boat World Ocean Day Festival on June 10, 2023 at East Beach.

Enjoy a fun and educational good time! Partner organizations will host interactive activities to help ocean-lovers of all ages learn about the marine world and how we connect to it.

Live Entertainment: Tom’s Fun Band will perform music and comedy to make learning about preserving our natural resources fun. You will chant, clap, and sing along as you learn more about everyone’s role in conservation.

Explore the Tent: There will be opportunities to sign up for a Bucket Brigade Beach Tour, check out the Beautify the Bucket competition on display for judging, register for an assortment of on-site workshops, and MUCH MORE FUN!

Eco-Art Workshops: For the first time this year, there will be workshops you can take at the beach during the festival! Join us to build a clay coral reef, be part of a drum circle, turn trash into treasure with marine debris art, create your own screen print, and more!

New This Year!

  • JUNE 8 – Film Screening
  • JUNE 8, 9 & 11 – Beach Clean Up Series
  • JUNE 8, 9 & 11 – Vessel & Field Event Series
  • JUNE 11 – Ocean Action Hero Award Luncheon

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