HARC's EFD Awards Grants to Artist Boat Training Programs
Artist Boat received two $150,000 grants from the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC)’s Environmentally Friendly Drilling (EFD) program and the Texas General Land Office through the U.S. Department of the Interior, Coastal Impact Assistance Program to serve oil and gas corporations and service companies.
Through these grants, Artist Boat is offering two free programs, Watershed Education Training (WET) and Stewardship Training, both consisting of a workshop and an adventure within the Galveston Bay area. The workshops include hands-on team building experiences and participants will discuss issues facing the quality of the bay and how they can change their behaviors to improve the environment. Adventures can include either a four-hour kayak adventure or a two-part habitat restoration of a salt marsh.
Artist Boat was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 2003 by a board of directors representing artists and scientists from universities, government, and the private sector in Galveston, Harris, and Dallas Counties. Together the nine-member board brings over 150 years of educational experience. Since inception, as of 2011, over 40,000 participants have engaged in Artist Boat's unique Eco-Art Programs each receiving a minimum of 4 hours of hands-on, place-based, and experiential learning formed in the context of marine ecosystems and coastal margins of the Texas coast. The budget of has grown from one of approximately $65,000 in 2003 to $500,000 in 2010.