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Xavier Cortada launches HELLO project at PortMiami alongside Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava during the press conference announcing her Climate Action Strategy before the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference (COP26).

Engaged Projects

  • The Octopus Project” – Collaborating to identify and address an issue important to the broader school community and implement 8 participatory art projects (in collaboration with SEED School students, faculty and University of Miami students, Miami, FL).
  • Office of the Citizen of the United States” – Encouraging citizens to assume the mantle of citizen leadership and animate their democracy through the use of social media (virtual performance).
  • I Rebuke You” – Calling on senators and members of Congress to apologize to the American people for weakening our democracy (virtual performance).
  • Flower Force” – Mobilizing individuals to return space to nature by planting native wildflowers in their yard to create islands of natural habitats for local fauna while beautifying their homes and neighborhoods.
  • HELLO” – Inviting locals to participate in the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) by sharing their hopes, fears, purpose, futures as it relates to climate change, as well as their elevations with decision-makers and conference attendees.

Public Art Commissions

  • Flower Force,” Palmetto Bay Art in Public Places, Village of Palmetto Bay, FL
  • Deerfield Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (Main Beach), Deerfield Beach, FL
  • Mangroves,” Liberty Square, Miami Dade Art in Public Places, Miami, FL
  • Wildflowers,” Liberty Square, Miami Dade Art in Public Places, Miami, FL
  • Native Trees,” Liberty Square, Miami Dade Art in Public Places, Miami, FL


  • 2017-2022 Pinecrest Gardens Artist-in-Residence (Artist’s Studio), Pinecrest, FL

Funded Research

  • 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


  • Painting Constitutional Law: Xavier Cortada’s Images of Constitutional Rights, Keiden, The Netherlands: Brill | Nijhoff, 2021.

    Editors: M.C. Mirow and Howard M. Wasserman

    Contributors are: Renée Ater, Mary Sue Backus, Kathleen A. Brady, Jenny E. Carroll, Erwin Chemerinsky, Xavier Cortada, Andrew Guthrie Ferguson, Leslie Kendrick, Corinna Barrett Lain, Paul Marcus, Linda C. McClain, M.C. Mirow, James E. Pfander, Laura S. Underkuffler, and Howard M. Wasserman.



  • January – New Book! “Painting Constitutional Law”
  • February – Florida is… Commemorating 200 years as part of the U.S. today!
  • March – Reclaim your yard for nature this Earth Day!
  • April – County Mayor Levine Cava unveils Cortada’s digital mural
  • May – Cortada wins National Wetlands Award, celebrates 15 years of Reclamation Project
  • June – Eco-art Colonnade inspires action at Pinecrest Gardens
  • July – Celebrating Miami’s 125th Birthday
  • August – Museum acquires socially engaged art
  • September – Revisiting “No Tengan Miedo” after historic Cuban protests
  • October – Artist to elevate Miami voices at 2021 UN Climate Change Conference
  • November – HELLO to Greet Art Miami, Support Eco-Art on Giving Tuesday
  • December – Holiday Greetings ✨

Events, Lectures, Installations and Presentations