Work from students in grades K-6 to be part of upcoming whale exhibit

Staff Report

To kick off its next major exhibit “Whales Are Superheroes!”, the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM) is holding an immersive ocean adventure featuring artwork submitted by children in grades K-6. 

Children are invited to submit their interpretation of a whale, a whale’s activities and/or anything ocean-related, such as kelp, starfish, dolphins and other sea creatures. Artwork, which must be done on 8½” x 11” white paper, using only crayons, colored pencils and/or markers, must be submitted by Jan. 31 to be included in the show. This interactive and immersive event, “A Whale of a Tale,” will feature audio and video components that bring children’s artwork to life and will be on display from April 15 to May 15.

The “A Whale of a Tale” experience and the children’s art exhibit are part of the multi-faceted exhibit “Whales Are Superheroes!”, which will explore the effect whales have on the ocean, climate and climate change, and air quality. As part of this effort, SBMM will have a children’s art exhibit; a three-dimensional art and sound experience (April 15 to May 15); “The Wonder of Whales: Two Artists’ Perspectives,” an ocean-themed exhibit of artwork by Kelly Clause and John Baran; a lecture by Holly Lohuis about how whales affect the climate and Santa Barbara’s application to be designated an international Whale Heritage Site; and a new permanent exhibit on whales and climate change.

But first and foremost, the museum needs children’s drawings. Those interested can watch the museum’s “Whale of a Tale” video at for inspiration. Then go to for further information about how to format and submit children’s artwork. Once the art has been submitted, each family will receive a complimentary family pass to the museum.

SBMM is located at the historic Santa Barbara Harbor at 113 Harbor Way, Suite 190, Santa Barbara, CA 93109. Visit or call 805-962-8404 for details.