Free Our Seas Environmental Art Festival

The historic Carpenter House’s beautiful, oceanfront location on Hollywood Beach was perfect for The Free Our Seas Environmental Art festival. Art inspired by nature, as well as upcycled and recycled environmentally themed pieces emphasize  our connection to the ocean, while raising awareness of the impact single-use plastics have on our beaches, waterways and marine life.   " It's beautiful, yet it is so ugly," one festival goer shared as he described the flip flop grouper made from  200 flip flops., 200 straws, 5 fishing gloves, a pool noodle, 5  five gallon buckets all picked up along the sands of Hollywood Beach.

Over 1,500 people joined this inspiring and fun Earth Day celebration with  live music, food trucks, children’s activities, environmentally friendly vendors, non-profit informational tables, a community art installation, photo booth and Captain the Sea Turtle’s lunchtime feeding. The inaugural event was such a success because of the collaboration and partnership with MEEC at the Carpenter House, NSU, Broward County and the City of Hollywood.