Ocean Week
About TBA21–Academy
TBA21–Academy expedition to Papua New Guinea, 2015. Photo: Francesca von Habsburg


TBA21–Academy leads artists, scientists, and thought-leaders on expeditions of collaborative discovery. Our mission is to foster a deeper understanding of our ocean through the lens of art and engender creative solutions to its most pressing issues. Our ocean-going Academy commissions interdisciplinary research that catalyzes engagement, stimulates new knowledge and inspires artistic production. Founded in 2011, our nonprofit’s program is informed by a belief in the power of exchange between disciplines and in the ability of the arts as a vessel for communication, change, and action.


Read more about TBA21–Academy here.




Our fellowship program, The Current, seeks to create culture and a platform for research outside of the traditional institution, enabling emerging leaders from a diversity of disciplines to become agents of change for the ocean.


Countries visited in Cycle #1 The Current 2015-17:

Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, French Polynesia, including the Tuamotos and the Marquesas and Fiji.


Countries to be visited in Cycle #2 The Current 2017-20:

Tonga, New Zealand, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, including Palau, Papua New Guinea.



Dardanella – TBA21–Academy exploration vessel, Papua New Guinea, 2015. Photo: Francesca von Habsburg



Joan Jonas, Oceans – Sketches and Notes, Kochi Convening, 2016. Photo: Francesca von Habsburg



TBA21–Academy expedition, B-17 “Black Jack” wreck at Boga Boga, 2015 Photo: Francesca von Habsburg



Laura Anderson Barbata, What Lives Beneath, TBA21_Academy “The Kula Ring“ Convening, 2016. Photo: Wade Rhoden