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Events & Activities



  • Miami-Dade Mayor launches “The Underwater: County Parks
    Miami-Dade Mayor Levine Cava launches Miami-Dade artist-in-residence Xavier Cortada’s “The Underwater: County Parks,” an initiative placing sustainable concrete elevation sculptures in each of the county’s 287 parks.
    Feb. 2, 2024 | Matheson Hammock Park
  • Cortada inducted into the Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) Hall of Fame
    Feb. 7, 2024
  • Cortada’s Endangered World Adopt-a-Species intervention addresses biodiversity loss at Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA
    Feb. 17 – 19, 2024 | Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square,161 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970
    • Participatory Project | Letters to the Future

      10 am–5 pm | Main Atrium
      Write a message to someone living in the future! Based on an ongoing project by artist Xavier Cortada, this activity invites you to imagine the future generations of people and animals who will inherit the planet.

    • Drop-In Art Making | Adopt-a-species Upcycling Clothing
      1–3 pm Saturday, 11 am–3 pm Sunday | Create Space Studios
      Bring in a well-worn piece of clothing and give it a new look with a print of artist Xavier Cortada’s animal drawings from the Endangered World Project.

    • Drop-In Art Making | Adopt-a-Species Rock Painting
      1–3 pm Saturday, 11 am–3 pm Sunday | Create Space Studios
      Paint a rock with the coordinates of a threatened or endangered species and take it home as a reminder of our commitment to protect life on Earth.

  • Cortada leads science-art panel presenting “The Underwater” at the Gulf of Mexico Conference in Tampa, FL

    The conference brings together coastal scientists and stakeholders in state and federal government, academia, non-profit, and private sectors to discuss current Gulf research and collaborate on new opportunities.
    Feb. 20, 2024 | Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, FL

  • FHC Workshop: Underwater Florida (Tampa)
    The Florida Humanities Council launches Underwater Florida, a series of engaged workshops across the state where Cortada helps community members understand and address their vulnerability to rising seas. 
    Feb. 21, 2024 | Tampa Preparatory School, 727 W Cass St, Tampa, FL
  • Orlando artist lecture
    Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs presents: “Using socially engaged art to work across disciplines and engage community in creative problem-solving,” a lecture by Xavier Cortada on Friday, February 23rd, followed by an onsite workshop he will facilitate for Orlando artists the following morning on Saturday, February 24th, 2024.
    Feb. 23 – 24, 2024 | Orlando Science Center, 777 E. Princeton St. Orlando, Florida 32803






Engaged Projects

Public Art Commissions

  • 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 – 2024: Pinecrest Gardens Artist-in-Residence (Artist’s Studio), Pinecrest, FL
  • 2022 – present: Inaugural Artist-in-Residence, Office of the Mayor, Miami-Dade County, 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


  • Practitioner perspectives on climate mobilities in South Florida
    Katharine J Mach, Jennifer Niemann, Rosalind Donald, Jessica Owley, Nadia A Seeteram, A R Siders, Xavier I Cortada, Alex Nyburg, Adam Roberti, Ian A Wright
    Oxford Open Climate Change, Volume 3, Issue 1, 2023, kgad015, https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfclm/kgad015
    Published: 04 December 2023


  • January – Cortada wins Creative Capital award
  • February – Oolite Arts invites Cortada to Aspen residency