Film Screening: Battleground Everglades | Dangerous Seas



Please join us for the special screening of “Dangerous Seas” on Wednesday, January 24th at 7PM at the Deering Estate in Miami.  The episode of DANGEROUS SEAS showcases Florida artist Xavier Cortada using his own creativity to inspire environmental restoration.

This event is open to the public and is RSVP only.  Click here:  (EVENT CLOSED/Sold out)



As part of the Speaking Sustainably Film Series, South Florida PBS (WPBT2 – WXEL) and the Deering Estate invite you to a complimentary reception and screening of the Battleground Everglades, Dangerous Seas, on January 24th at 7pm at the Deering Estate Visitor Center Theatre. Reception begins at 7pm with light snacks and beverages. The screening will begin at 7:30pm. Following the screening guests can participate in a Q&A with featured experts and the production crew. Event is free and open to the public.

BATTLEGROUND EVERGLADES explores the struggle to save one of the world’s most revered wetlands: Florida’s Everglades. Devastated by a century of drainage and development, the entire Everglades watershed is suffering from man-made pollution, habitat destruction and species decline.

Hosted by Charles Kropke, author and well-known Everglades expert, the 6-part series showcases dramatic challenges and innovative solutions to restore this World Heritage Site. As more and more countries battle sea level rise, invasive species, algae outbreaks and other environmental issues, the Everglades is poised to become a beacon of learning and hope.


South Florida is at the epicenter of a world-wide threat from sea level rise. DANGEROUS SEAS examines how Florida’s porous Biscayne aquifer, the source of South Florida’s drinking water, is endangered by rising oceans and other contaminates.

The program also journeys to a remote Florida Bay mud flat, to discover how sea level rise contributes to dwindling bird nesting populations. In Everglades National Park, audiences can watch scientists studying how sea level rise is affecting critical peat soil, a building block for Florida’s storm-vulnerable coasts. DANGEROUS SEAS also showcases a well-known Florida artist using his own creativity to inspire environmental restoration.

The series will begin airing on both South Florida PBS stations in February 2018, See below airdate schedule! 


101 – Algea  Explosion – Wednesday, February 7th,  7:30 PM

102 – War on Invasive Species – Wednesday, February 14, 7:30 PM

103 – The Battle Over Big Water – Wednesday, February 21, 7:30 PM

104 – Dangerous Seas – Wednesday, February 28, 7:30 PM

105 – Survival at Stake – Wednesday, March 7, 7:30 PM

106 – Glades Warriors – Wednesday, March 14, 7:30 PM



101 – Algea  Explosion – Thursday, February 8th, 8 PM

102 – War on Invasive Species – Thursday, February 25,  8 PM

103 – The Battle Over Big Water – Thursday, February 22, 8 PM

104 – Dangerous Seas – Thursday, March 1, 8 PM

105 – Survival at Stake – Thursday, March 8, 8 PM

106 – Glades Warriors – Thursday, March 15, 8 PM

Platform 450: Curator and Artist Tour



The Deering Spring Contemporary exhibition PLATFORM 450 showcases site-specific works produced through a range of multidisciplinary art practices in virtual reality, 3-D modeling, and new media. Through data collection and investigation, this year’s presenting artists responded to the 450 acres of the Deering Estate.


Historic homes and grounds

3:30 pm – 10:00 pm


A walking tour of the indoor and outdoor exhibits with presenting artists and Curator Kim Yantis

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Presenting Artists: Priscilla Aleman, Archival Feedback: Thom Wheeler Castillo and Emile Milgrim, Dan Alvarez, Willie Avendano, John William Bailly, Frida Baranek, O’Neal Bardin III, Xavier Cortada, Mark Diamond, Eddie Dominguez, Maxwell Hartley, Home Eleven: Nelly Bonilla and Oscar Luna, Ian Honoré, Peter Hosfeld, Carol Jazzar, Charles Lindsay, Richard Medlock, Luciano Rabuske, Gretchen Scharnagl, Skip Snow, Kyle Towbridge, Freda Tschumy, Keith Waddington.

For full listing of Symposium and Playwright participants see

With the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and The Deering Estate Foundation, Inc.

To request materials in accessible format, sign language interpreters, and/or any accommodation to participate in any Miami-Dade Parks sponsored program or meeting, contact Mary Palacios, 305-755-7848 or at least 7 days in advance to initiate your request. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).

Native Flags: 8th Annual Earth Day Celebration in every Miami-Dade public school


On April 20th, 2017, MDCPS School Board Chair Larry Feldman helps Miami Sunset Senior High School students plant a live oak on their campus.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Celebrates Earth Day 2017

At its meeting of February 15, 2017 the School Board approved Board Item H-4 proffered by School Board Member Perla Tabares Hantman, endorsing April 22, 2017 as Earth Day in Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

For the eighth year in a row, we are proud to again partner with local artist Xavier Cortada and local organizations on an Earth Day project through which all schools will be able to plant a native tree on campus, together with the symbolic posting of a land reclamation flag. Other partners in this native tree canopy enhancement project include FIU College of Arts, Sciences & Education│School of Environment, Arts and Society, FIU College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts, FIU Libraries│Digital Library of the Caribbean, Pinecrest Gardens, Frost Science, and the Deering Estate. In addition, students will be afforded the opportunity to interpret Earth Day by designing their own flag.

Starting on April 22nd photos of the tree planting and flag posting activities can be uploaded by the schools at:

For more information on this year’s Earth Day celebration or the land reclamation project go to or call 305-995-4646.


Celebrations are scheduled for Thursday April 20th, 2017 as follows:


8:30 am Ceremony –      Joella C. Good Elementary School

                                                6350 ZNW 188th Terrace

                                                Miami, Florida 33015

                                                Phone: 305-625-2008

10:30 am Ceremony –     Miami Sunset Senior High School

                                                13125 SW 72 Street

                                                Miami, Florida 33183

                                                Phone: 305-385-4255



Xavier Cortada, “Native Flags: North Pole,” 2008.






FIU SEAS and CARTA artist-in-residence Xavier Cortada
will be exhibiting his Native Flags project (
and his 2015 work, 5 Actions to Stop Rising Seas.


An international symposium and curated exhibit focused on the intersection of science and art.
Exhibit & Special Event on Saturday, April 22, 2017
3:30 pm -10:00 pm; Free and open to the public
Exhibit on display from April 9 – June 26, 2017


HIT IT: Xavier Cortada, “Five Actions to Stop Rising Seas: Hit it!,” video screen shot, 2015.
In acknowledgement of the support from the Rauschenberg Residency/Robert Rauschenberg Foundation


5 Actions to Stop Rising Seas: Hit it! | Burn it! | Eat it! | Freeze itBury it! video documentation of performance, 2015
Xavier Cortada

5 Actions to Stop Rising Seas was created by Xavier Cortada during April-May 2015 during an artist residency at the Rising Seas Confab 2015, Rauschenberg Studio, Captiva, Florida. In this performance, Cortada comments with irony on the weak to non-existent actions being taken to address both the causes and the imminent realities of climate disruption in a State clearly at the epicenter of potential disaster—one which has been caused by inadequate action globally on soaring levels of greenhouse gases related to human activity.

Cortada has long been involved in art that intervenes in, and/or comments upon environmental problems. He has created environmental installations (North Pole and South Poleand direct-impact ecological art projects, in Florida, around the US, and internationally, (Taiwan, Hawaii and Holland).

Xavier Cortada is Florida-educated and has lived in Miami since he was three. He is currently Artist-in-Residence at FIU School of Environment, Arts and Society | College of Arts, Science & Education and the College of Communication, Architecture + the Arts. (



The Deering Estate offers complimentary exhibit evenings, highlighting a variety of contemporary, historic, and visiting exhibitions inside the historic homes. Exhibit Evenings are free of charge and offer the public a chance to interact with artists and curators and to experience a variety of exhibit tours and talks. Exhibit Evenings are held from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, unless otherwise noted. Exhibit on view daily, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; Free with Estate Admission.

Leaf Summit: Native Flags Call to Action

Growing Our Tree Canopy Through Research Driven Solutions

The premier exchange on trees in Miami-Dade County featuring best practices from green cities, highlights from the Miami-Dade Urban Tree Canopy Assessment, insights on achieving Tree City/Tree Campus USA, tips on how to get trees to thrive, cutting edge research on the value of trees in Miami, Crown Canopy Award winner and the unveiling of the County’s online tree canopy tool. Elected officials, planners, landscape architects, public works employees, city administrators, educators, arborists, advocates, community leaders and members of public are welcome!

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration and Coffee 

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Welcome

Neat Streets Miami’s Street Tree Matching Grant Award Announcement 
Grant awards to partner communities planting native or Florida-friendly trees on Miami-Dade’s corridors and gateways.

9:15 a.m. – 12 noon  Morning Sessions

Why Not Planting Trees Could Be Killing Your Community
The impact of trees on your community’s health and economy

Making Your Community Clamor for Trees
How to market trees in your community

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Networking Break

Putting Your Tree Research To Work

Miami-Dade County Urban Tree Canopy Assessment and Action Plan

Arming your Community with Green Infrastructure
Planting trees as a sea level rise solution
Crown Canopy Leadership Award

To an individual who has dedicated their career to growing Miami-Dade’s tree canopy

Native Flags Call to Action
Xavier Cortada (

12 noon  – Lunch in Panther Square

1:00 p.m. – Afternoon Sessions

Getting the Most Green Out of Your New and Existing Tree Inventory 
From tree selection and planting to maintenance, biodiversity and pollinators 
Learn From Leaders Putting Trees In the Ground: You Can Do it!
Municipal/Non-Profit Best Practices Lightning Round

Interactive Activity
Developing a multi-pronged approach to tackling our lowest tree canopy 

3:00 p.m. – Summit Conclusion

30 minute Optional Biscayne Bay Campus Tours (must sign up in advance)
Discovering FIU’s tree assets and tackling invasive species

$20 Pre-Sale Tickets – Pre-registration closes March 20, 2017
$30 at the Door
$5 Student Tickets with discount code

Exploring the Environment & Art: STEAM Workshop at Frost Art Museum

Division of Academics Visual and Performing Arts, Office of Academics and Transformation,
Miami-Dade County Public Schools presents

Exploring the Environment & Art: STEAM Workshop


Xavier Cortada,
Artist-in-Residence, Florida International University,
School of Environment, Arts and Society, College of Arts & Sciences/
College of Architecture + The Arts

Location and Sponsor: Frost Art Museum , FIU, 10975 SW 17th Street, Miami, Fl. 33199
Parking: metered parking across the museum, Blue Garage ($8.00 flat fee)

Contact: Miriam Machado, Curator of Education,

(No more attendees, please)




8:30 am – 9:15 am       Sign in/Registration/Introductions/Light breakfast

9:15 am – 10:15 am     Xavier Cortada- An Art-Science Practice

10:30 am – 11:30 am   STEAM Panel Discussion| FIU Arts and Science Faculty
Steam Panel Discussion/ FIU Arts and Science Faculty (moderated by Xavier Cortada)

  • David Rifkind, FIU School of Architecture & Associate Dean of College of Arch + The Arts
  • Tiffany Troxler, Ph.D., FIU Department of Biology & Director, Sea Level Solutions Center
  • Kalai Mathee, M.D. , FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
  • Pete Markowitz, Ph.D., FIU Department of Physics

Special Message from Nicholas J. Oehm, Jr., Education and Outreach Coordinator, Florida Coastal Everglades LTER.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm     Lunch (lunch is on your own)

12:30 pm – 3:30 pm Native Flags: Make a flag, make a statement, make a difference (co-led by Kim Yantis-Strycharski who will explain the Native Flags curriculum/program at Deering Estate. (Documented by FIU Library’s Miguel Asencio). See



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Art in the Anthropocene, by Alan C. Braddock and Renée Ater. Source: American Art, Vol. 28, No. 3 (Fall 2014), p. cover2. Published by: The University of Chicago Press on behalf of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Native Flags/Deering Curriculum

FIU SEAS/ Coastal Everglades/ FIU CARTA

Division of Academics Visual and Performing Arts, Office of Academics and Transformation, Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Miami-Dade County Public Schools-STEAM- Office of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics

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