Harnessing the power of art to connect with the environment, shine a light on solutions and inspire and educate to create change is the mission of the Free Our Seas and Beyond Environmental Art Festival. In partnership with the Marine Environmental Education Center (MEEC) at Carpenter House, Nova Southeastern University Broward and the City of Hollywood, the event takes place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 21.

The Carpenter House oceanfront location at 4414 North Surf Road, Hollywood Beach, is perfect for the festival. Art inspired by nature as well as upcycled and recycled environmentally themed pieces will highlight our connection to the ocean while raising awareness of the impact single-use plastics have on our beaches, waterways and marine life.

The event kicks off at 10 a.m. with a community beach clean-up sponsored by Surfrider Foundation of Broward County. From noon to 5 p.m., original and inspiring artwork created by professional and student artists will be showcased along with musical performances, food trucks, art centers and games for children, environmentally friendly vendors, nonprofits, a community art installation, feedings of Captain, the rescued sea turtle, and more.

For more information, call Manon Wiese, 786-295-4294, email [email protected], [email protected], and go to https://www.Facebook.com/freeourseasandbeyond/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel and https://cnso.Nova.edu/carpenter-house-meec/plan-your-visit/index.html.