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Xavier Cortada records his “The Future is Here, Now” keynote plenary speech for vCIES 2020 at Florida’s Pinecrest Gardens, site of his art studio and social practice.

Engaged Projects

  • CIES Digital Mural” – Celebrating 50 years of Earth Day by writing to someone in the future to bring the future closer to us (created for his residency with the Comparative & International Education Society, virtual event).
  • Underwater Vote” – Mobilizing voters in a climate-centered engaged art project (installation at University of Miami Coral Gables Campus, exhibited at the University of Miami Wynwood Gallery’s faculty show, Miami, FL).
  • Miami Corona Project” – Tackling the COVID-19 pandemic through engaged art (presented as part of the University of Miami COVID-19 Rapid Response effort, virtual project).
  • Letters to the Future: Celebrating Earth Day 2020 as we plan for the next 50 years” – Writing to someone in the future and connecting with our progeny to lengthen the care horizon beyond our lifetime (hosted by University of Miami, virtual event).

Public Art Commissions

  • Heron” and “Ibises,” Village Hall, Pinecrest, FL
  • “Flower Force,” 168TH Street Traffic Circle, Village of Palmetto Bay Art in Public Places, Palmetto Bay, FL
  • El Manglar” and “Miami Mangrove Forest,” Soleste Bay Residential Tower, Village of Palmetto Bay Art in Public Places, Palmetto Bay, FL
  • The Pineapple Project,” South Miami Baptist Hospital, South Miami, FL


  • 2017-2022 Pinecrest Gardens Artist-in-Residence (Artist’s Studio), Pinecrest, FL
  • 2020 CIES 2020 Miami Conference Education Beyond the Human Artist-in-Residence

Group Exhibitions

Funded Research

  • Principal Investigator, “Miami Corona Project,” University of Miami COVID-19 Rapid-Response Grant.
  • Co-Principal Investigator (along with UM Law Professor Jessica Owley, RSMAS Associate Professor Katharine Mach, Economics Assistant Professor Ian Wright, and Law Librarian Nicholas Mignanelli), On the Move: Climate Migration and Retreat in South Florida, the Caribbean, and Beyond,University of Miami U-LINK Phase 1 Grant.



  • Doris Leeper Leadership Award, Florida Alliance for Arts Education
  • 2020-2021 Engaged Faculty Fellow, University of Miami Office of Civic and Community Engagement


  • January – Plan(T)ing for the Future
  • February – Valentine’s Day 2020
  • April – Earth Day 2020: Committing to the Next 50 Years
  • June – Cortada’s Engaged Projects go virtual
  • July – Art for Democracy, the Solstice, and the Pandemic
  • August – “Share your voice” through Cortada’s Miami Corona Project
  • September – Pinecrest Gardens launches Cortada Science Art Academy On-Site and Online
  • October – Cortada launches “Underwater Vote”
  • November – As the holidays approach, professor uses art to portray the pandemic
  • December – Cortada brings public art to Village Hall

Events, Lectures, Installations and Presentations