Artist Boat's mission is to promote awareness and preservation of coastal margins and the marine environment through the disciplines of the sciences and the arts.
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.
Recently Artist Boat has begun the process of acquiring 360 acres of land on the barrier island of Galveston. This land exemplifies the natural heritage of the Gulf coast and is considered naturally significant by federal and state agents, the Galveston Island Greenprint for the City of Galveston, and the Hurricane Ike Long-term Recovery Committee Planning Document for the City of Galveston.