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NEW! Oregon Sea Grant Coastal Arts Support Pilot Program (2023-24)

The Oregon Sea Grant Coastal Arts Support Pilot Program (PDF) aims to advance a broader understanding and engagement with Oregon’s coastal and marine ecosystems by supporting innovative art projects that align with the Oregon Sea Grant Strategic Plan and our vision, mission, and values.

Creative projects that could be supported by this program include all mediums, such as: painting, graphic art, sculpture, indoor or outdoor installations, musical compositions, performances, photography, poetry, fiction, film, dance, digital media, etc. Oregon Sea Grant anticipates funding 3-5 one-year projects/year that range from $1,000 to $10,000.


We strongly encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with Oregon Sea Grant’s current projects and strategic investments, as well as our strategic plan, to inform the development of your project. These are available on our website.

  • Contact the Oregon Sea Grant Director, to discuss your proposed project ideas before submitting a proposal.
  • Email [email protected] at least a week prior to proposal submission to register for eSeaGrant (additional details below).

We use eSeaGrant, a web-based tool for submitting, reviewing, updating, and tracking program all OSG proposals and projects. To register for the eSeaGrant system, the applicant must email a request to [email protected] at least a week prior to proposal submission with the email subject “Coastal Arts Support Pilot Program” and a very brief (1-2 sentences) description of your proposal. If you cannot submit using the eSeaGrant system, please contact the Oregon Sea Grant Research & Scholars Coordinator for accommodation.

  • Submit your proposal through eSeaGrant by the quarterly review deadline (additional details on proposal components in the request for proposals (RFP) linked below).
  • Decisions will be communicated within six to eight weeks of the relevant quarterly deadline (additional details on how proposals are evaluated in the RFP linked below).


Coastal Arts Pilot Program proposals will be considered on a quarterly basis through June 2024. Deadlines for the quarterly reviews are scheduled for September 30, December 31, March 31, and June 30, 2024. Decisions will be communicated in 6-8 weeks of each deadline. Individual requests for rapid response or event support outside of planned review periods may also be considered.

Additional details on eligibility and how to apply can be found in the OSG Coast Arts Pilot Program Request for Applications (PDF).

Examples of recent projects funded by Oregon Sea Grant that align with this Pilot Program

This is a one year pilot effort to assess approach and response. Based upon the preliminary year input, we anticipate refining this and establishing an ongoing arts-supporting effort.

Recipients of Coastal Arts Support Grants

Artist: Brooke Nuckles

Title: Music and Art Audiences Focus on Healthy Coastal Ecosystems Through Art Inspired by Phish

This project aims to engage the public and the international Phish music fanbase while advancing a broader understanding of Oregon’s coastal and marine issues through artwork by Oregon artist Brooke Nuckles. Oregon Sea Grant will fund her time, supplies and travel expenses to create and exhibit two works of art inspired by the music of Phish and Oregon’s coastal ecosystems: “Waves,” an interactive, collaborative fiber art installation, and “Sacred Whale,” a silkscreen print. The works will be exhibited during the 2024 Phish Studies conference at Oregon State University from May 17-19.

Artist: Dong Lin

Title: Coastal Microstructures Unveiled: Transforming Oregon's Nature into 3D Art 

This project will use 3D printing to create accurate and visually compelling renditions of the microstructures in calcium carbonate from Oregon coast shells and crustaceans, facilitating broader access to and comprehension of nature's intricacies. The scarcity of widely accessible, high-resolution images suitable for artistic and educational purposes underscores the importance of this initiative

Artist: Tim Bulster

Title: Restoration and Regeneration: A Concept Album

The goal of this project is to create music that draws inspiration from the Wasson Creek Watershed restoration project and help community members develop familiarity and empathy towards the watershed and the natural resources on Oregon’s south coast. The artist’s objectives are to:

  1. Create a concept album that simulates the emotional experience of habitat restoration through music.
  2. Compose pieces of music that take a listener from deterioration to restoration, rejuvenation, and regeneration, interwoven with brief interviews and natural sounds from nature.
  3. Build curiosity and interest in the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve’s restoration project.
  4. Interpret the South Slough Reserve’s scientific data into emotive art.
  5. Learn about restoration and research at the South Slough Reserve by visiting the restoration site, assisting staff with field work, analyzing data, and conducting interviews.

Artist: Sirintip Phasuk

Title: Mycelium 

Mycelium will delve deeper into understanding microorganisms and draw parallels to the unseen people in our society, building upon the Artist at Sea residency in July 2022 when the artist embarked on a research vessel alongside 20 scientists, creating music based on their plankton research along the Newport Line for two weeks. Sirintip plans to create a 60-minute interdisciplinary suite for 7 exceptional musicians (voice, woodwind, brass, strings, keys, bass, drums), complemented by captivating visual projections and dance.

Artists: Lisa Cox & Prashant Kakad

Title: Dance Your Science Afterschool Workshops

The goal of Dance Your Science (DYS) is to provide underserved teenagers the opportunity to explore green chemistry in a fun and interactive way that will encourage them to continue learning and studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) while fostering the concept that integrating art and science is a critical pathway to finding solutions to society’s biggest environmental problems. Students will gain 1) a fun and interactive way of learning science, 2) a deeper understanding of the science and 3) a motor or visual memory of the science.

Artist: Emy Daniels

Title: Innovations in Fishing Gear: Telling Science Stories to the Public Through Visual Arts 

The goal of this project is to create two pieces of artwork highlighting the importance of collaboration between scientists and stakeholders in addressing environmental issues incorporating trade skills to create the visual elements. The specific story is the collaboration of Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) scientists and Foulweather Trawl to design nets that reduce bycatch using scientific research of fish behavior and life history and re-designing nets that can be used by existing commercial fishery equipment. A sculpture and mural are planned for permanent display in the Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building and a companion sculpture will be displayed at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center. 


2021-2026 SEED-LEAF Competition

The deadlines for the 2021-2026 SEED-LEAF opportunity have passed. This grant competition invites researchers affiliated with any Oregon institution of higher education to submit SEED proposals for interdisciplinary research projects that address cutting-edge, socioeconomic, and biophysical science related to important marine and coastal issues. The SEED project provides an initial 12 months of support for the team, ideally leading to a longer-term, larger-scale effort: the LEAF project.

The SEED projects are selected in an open, competitive, peer-review process, and successful SEED teams are eligible to apply for LEAF support. Please see the full 2021-2026 SEED-LEAF Request for Applications (PDF) for more details.

The SEED letters of intent are due July 24, 2020 and SEED proposals are due August 10, 2020. 
Successful SEED projects begin on January 1, 2021; successful LEAF projects would begin July 1, 2022.

Each SEED research project must include:

  • Research approaches from at least two distinct disciplines;
  • Engagement component designed to integrate potential information-users and stakeholders into the research process;
  • An outreach plan to ensure the research process and results are useful and usable to these constituencies.