Xavier Cortada and collaborators, The MADD National Youth Summit Mural, mixed media on canvas (six panels), 48″ x 216″, (1997).
The mural was a collaborative process with contributions made by many, including:
Read article by Laura Berry published on-line at MADD Summit Daily Sentinel: “Mural Artist Works with Youth”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 1997, alcohol-related crashes killed more than 16,189 people and injured one million more. Alcohol-related traffic deaths among teens aged 15-20 totaled 2,209 in 1997, according to figures from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System. It is estimated now that three of five Americans will be affected by an alcohol-related crash at some point in their lives.
Miami Artist Xavier Cortada has worked with Mothers Against Drunk Driving in the creation of several murals to raise awareness about the nation’s most frequently committed violent crime and the No. 1 highway safety concern among Americans: Drunk driving.
In May 1997, during MADD National Youth Summit in Washington, D.C., young people from every congressional district in America participated in the creation of a mural to voice opinions about underage drinking. Throughout the Summit, the delegates–joined by dignitaries and political leaders–worked on a six-panel mural that captured collective and individual resolve on the six themes of the Summit:
- The influence of Media on Underage Drinking
- The Role of Parents in Underage Drinking
- Accessibility to Alcohol
- Peer Pressure and Binge Drinking
- Drunk Driving and Underage Drinking
- Law Enforcement and the consequences of Underage drinking
The mural was unveiled at the steps of the US Capitol on Mothers Day 1997. National and international media covered the historic event.
Xavier Cortada with youth from each of the 435 U.S. Congressional Districts dedicate their MADD National Youth Summit Mural on the steps of the Capitol Building on May 13th, 1997.