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General McCaffrey, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (Drug Czar) shares some thoughts with artist Xavier Cortada after contributing his message to the participant-driven mural. The General was among more than 500 individuals who helped create the mural during the MADD National Youth Summit in Washington, D.C.

Engaged Projects

  • World AIDS Day Mural” – Working with Little Havana youth, family members, Health Department employees, and local non-profit groups to generate awareness about AIDS, to share information about its prevention and to educate those at risk of HIV-infection (sponsored by the Dade County Health Department, Regis House, Vecinos en Acción (VEA), Miami, FL).
  • Centro Campesino Art Shack” – Establishing an “art shack” where at-risk youth and other residents in South Dade’s farmworker community can create and sell their art (in collaboration with Art Center South Florida, Centro Campesino Farmworker Center CDC, LISC – South Dade, the Metro-Dade Cultural Affairs Council and youth from the Centro Campesino Farmworker Center, Miami Beach, FL).
  • New Visions Project” – Supporting a community-based organization for the blind in communicating its role in the neighborhood and in teaching its clients to become self-sufficient in their daily lives (in collaboration with the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind New Visions Project, Miami, FL).
  • Art as Power” – Using art as a coalescing agent and as a reminder for school children about power in teamwork (in collaboration with the University of Miami’s Lowe Art Museum, the Cuban American National Council’s Little Havana Institute, Metropolitan Dade County Cultural Affairs Council Community Grants Program, Miami, FL).
  • Compartiendo con Bolivia” – Addressing issues in drug prevention and treatment with recovering drug addicts and former street children at the United States Embassy (La Paz and Banco Santa Cruz, Bolivia).
  • Community U” – Representing the hopes, thoughts and goals of drug-free youth and safety advocates in Indiana (created at the 1997 Community U conference with DePauw University participants, IN).
  • MADD National Youth Summit” – Raising awareness with Mothers Against Drunk Driving about the nation’s most frequently committed violent crime and the number one highway safety concern among Americans (in collaboration with youth from 435 Congressional Districts, the Honorable Rodney Slater, U.S. Transportation Secretary, General McCaffrey, Drug Czar, and Antonia Novello, former US Surgeon General, created at the Mothers Against Drunk Driving National Youth Summit, Washington, D.C.).
  • Red Ribbon Week” – Working with Delaware County’s seven high schools to design and create a participant-driven drug prevention mural (sponsored by the Delaware County Coordinating Council, Delaware County, IN).
  • MADD National Drunk Driving Victims’ Mural” – Creating a platform for victims of drunk driving from across the nation to document their tragedies, educate others, and memorialize their loved ones (for the MADD National Leadership Conference, Dallas, TX).
  • HBO Faces of Addiction” – Facilitating an understanding of the impact of alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug use with Atlanta youth and families during Family Dialogue Day (in collaboration with the HBO On-site Mural Project, sponsored in tandem with the airing of Faces of Addiction, Atlanta, GA).

Public Art Commissions

  • “Baseball” and “Soccer,” Niketown Miami, South Miami, FL

Group Exhibitions

  • The Condition of Pandemics: Towards the Millennium, Longwood Arts Gallery (Bronx Council of the Arts), Bronx, NY

Solo Exhibitions


  • Presented with the “Key to the Miami-Dade Housing Agency” for facilitating the Naranja Public Housing Mural Project, Miami-Dade County, September 8.