January 2020 – Plan(T)ing for the Future

Plan(T)ing for the Future

In 2019, Xavier Cortada launched Cortada Projects as the platform from which he implements his social practice. Plan(T), our inaugural project, aims to help our community deal with the rising seas that will salinate our freshwater aquifer. By asking homeowners to plant mangroves in their yards, we plant the future salt-tolerant tree canopy of our community and motivate participants to plan for a future impacted by global climate change.
Since the inception of the project, we have created over 60 installations of mangrove propagules in water-filled cups, delivered 50 climate change presentations, brought dozens of volunteers into mangrove forests to collect propagules, and facilitated the distribution of mangroves at 70 events and farmers markets. Working together and learning together, our community can face its most difficult challenge to date.
Support our work:
We plan on intensifying our work in 2020 and ask you to please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to support us as we plan and plan(T) for the future. Plan(T) is an NYFA Fiscally Sponsored Artist Project.
Get your free seedlings:
Stop by your local Miami-Dade Public Library branch at ANY TIME on January 11th to take a mangrove seedling off of their window and into your front yard. Help us plan(T) for the future of our community!

2019 Year in Review

Scroll down to see Xavier Cortada‘s featured achievements during 2019. The artist works at the intersection of science, art, policy, and community to engage citizens in understanding and addressing important environmental concerns. During the past year, his work has been featured in local, national, and international media, as well as shared locally through exhibitions in every Miami-Dade County Public Library branch and weekly environmental programming at the Pinecrest Gardens Farmers Market.

Performance of "North Pole Dinner Party" at UNTITLED, ART Fair during Art Basel
Appointed as Professor of Practice at UM
Launch of Underwater HOA Monthly Meetings
Reappointed as a Miami Herald Influencer
Speaker at International Curators Symposium
Exhibitions at State Capitol & Orlando Science Center
Artist-in-Residence: Theater Communications Group
Performance at the Homestead Migrant Center
Keynote Speaker at the Louisiana Arts Summit
Art + Activism Speaker at Bakehouse Art Complex
National Arts Policy Roundtable at Sundance, UT
Launch of Cortada Projects at Pinecrest Gardens
Implementation of Plan(T) in Miami-Dade County
Speaker at University of Miami Migration Symposium
Georgia College Keynote Speech & Performance
"Science Art" Presentation in Miami University
ICA Panel Discussion on Climate & Resiliency
Appointed to Committee of Scientists at Hubbard Brook
Creation of Miami's First Urban Mangrove Forest

Visit Cortada’s Studio

Starting in 2020, join us at Xavier Cortada’s Open Studio every Sunday from 9am – 2pm during the Pinecrest Gardens Farmer’s Market. Once inside, visitors can view Cortada’s workplace and artwork, learn about his practice, and purchase one of Cortada’s signed, numbered, limited-edition prints . All proceeds from the sale of Cortada’s pieces during the Open Studio go directly to supporting the work of Cortada Projects. Come visit us:

Cortada Studio
Pinecrest Gardens
Whilden-Carrier Cottage
11000 Red Road
Pinecrest, Fl 33156
(305) 858-1323

Xavier Cortada is Professor of Practice at the University of Miami. His participatory art practice is implemented through  Cortada Projects at Pinecrest GardensCortada Projects uses the power of art to engage the community in learning about and addressing important ecological concerns including global climate change, sea-level rise, and biodiversity loss.