The National Wildlife Federation and Florida Immigrant Coalition are joining forces to co-host an art exhibition and community dialogue on climate impacts in Miami and what we can do to shape our future for people and wildlife. We’ll hear from renowned local artist Xavier Cortada as well as representatives of diverse array of groups, including immigrants’ rights NGOs, climate activists, government, and academics. Admission is free.
Cortada, who serves as Artist-in-Residence at FIU College of Arts, Sciences & Education (CASE), School of Environment, Art and Society (SEAS) and FIU College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts (CARTA), will be presenting his DO NOT OPEN ritualistic installation.
CONTACT: Casey J. Skeens, Communications Manager, SkeensC@NWF.org, 202-797-6808
January 27th: #ArtOnClimate / #ActOnClimate
Miami’s Future in a Changing Climate: An Art Exhibit and Panel Discussion
Miami, FL (January 27, 2017) – The National Wildlife Federation and Florida Immigrant Coalition are co-hosting a free art exhibition and community dialogue on climate impacts in Miami and what we can do to shape our future for people and wildlife. We’ll hear from renowned local artist Xavier Cortada, as well as a diverse panel of stakeholders, including nonprofits who work on immigrants’ rights, climate activists, government officials, and academics. Reporters are invited to attend.
WHEN: Friday, January 27th from 7pm – 10pm
WHERE: Barrio Workshop 520 W Flagler St, Miami, FL 33130
Maria Rodriguez, Florida Immigrant Coalition
Xavier Cortada, Miami-based climate artist
Valencia Gunder, Climate Organizer for Florida New Majority
Lis-Marie Alvarado, Organizer for La Madre Tierra
Camilo Mejía, Networks Director for Catalyst Miami
FLORIDA IMMIGRANT COALITION EXPERT AVAILABLE: Maria Rodriguez, Executive Director
Maria has worked to defend basic human rights of low-income and migrant peoples for 25 years. She is a graduate of Georgetown University, where Maria was active in the anti-apartheid and Central America solidarity movements. She has worked to defend public health care coverage and promoted the growth of award-winning free clinics: La Clinica del Pueblo in Washington, D.C. and Good News Care Center in Florida. She also served as Deputy Director of the Human Services Coalition in South Florida. She founded FLIC in 2005.
NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION EXPERT AVAILABLE: Amy Hedges, Regional Outreach Campaign Manager
Amy is a native Ohioan now based in Washington, DC focused on coalition building and outreach around climate, clean water, and conservation. Amy began her nonprofit career as an Americorps member, spending a service year building and maintaining trails across the Ozarks, removing invasive species, and even moonlighting as a wild land firefighter in Montana. In her subsequent roles with Ohio Citizen Action and Clean Water Action, she personally motivated thousands of individuals to voice concerns to decision-makers and trained dozens of new organizers across the Midwest and in Miami, FL. Hedges and her teams’ direct person-to-person engagement resulted in multiple environmental victories on industry pollution, mountaintop removal coal mining, and state level support for clean energy.
For more information, contact Casey J. Skeens, Communications Manager, SkeensC@NWF.org, 202-797-6808
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La Federación Nacional de Vida Silvestre y la Coalición de Inmigrantes de Florida presentarán una exhibición de arte y un diálogo comunitario sobre los impactos climáticos en Miami y lo que podemos hacer para dar forma a nuestro futuro para la gente y la vida silvestre. Escucharemos al renombrado artista local Xavier Cortada, así como representantes de diversos grupos, incluyendo organizaciones sin fines de lucro de derechos de inmigrantes, activistas del clima, gobierno y académicos. La admisión es gratis.