February 2024- MDCPS Hall of Fame Inducts Cortada; Mayor Launches Elevation Sculptures in All County Parks ūüõĚ

Peabody Essex Museum Debuts Eco-Art; #UnderwaterBroward Takes Off

CORTADA INDUCTED INTO MDCPS HALL OF FAME

On February 8th, 2024, Xavier Cortada was one of seven people inducted into the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Alumni Hall of Fame. 

“Xavier is an innovative artist who has been named the County‚Äôs first-ever artist-in-residence and has now won the prestigious National Academies‚Äô Award. Through his work, he inspires us to take action on climate change and preserve our planet‚Äôs endangered ecosystems.”

SCULPTURES TO ELEVATE CLIMATE CHANGE DIALOGUE IN EVERY COUNTY PARK

On February 2nd, 2024, Miami-Dade County¬†Mayor Daniella Levine Cava¬†officially launched “The Underwater: Miami-Dade Parks.” This collaborative effort aims to spark local conversations and actions around the climate crisis by installing a sustainable concrete elevation sculpture in over 250 Miami-Dade County Parks. (Click here to read press release)

“Our parks and public spaces offer the perfect scenario to inspire and educate our community through interactive art campaigns like this one,‚ÄĚ stated Mayor Levine Cava. “This critical and important work by our very own artist-in-residence, Xavier Cortada, brings attention to the impacts of climate change in our community. By engaging the public, his artwork provides new perspectives, challenging us all to come together for creative solutions.”

UNDERWATER BROWARD INITIATIVE TAKES OFF

Cortada is partnering with¬†Broward County‚Äôs Resilient Environment Department¬†and¬†Cultural Division, with the support of the¬†Community Foundation of Broward¬†and the¬†Cortada Foundation, to launch¬†‚ÄúThe Underwater: Broward,‚Ä̬†a countywide climate action campaign.¬†

So far, four Broward County Public Schools have received Underwater elevation murals and hundreds of their students have participated in interactive workshops focused on sea level rise and climate solutions.

CORTADA PUBLISHES UM LAW REVIEW ARTICLE ON "THE UNDERWATER"

“This Article delves into the intersection of art and environmental activism, with a focus on the impact of climate change. Cortada, both an artist and trained attorney, re-counts his three-decade journey leveraging art to inspire community engagement and address social and environmental challenges.

He explains how Antarctic researchers made him aware of South Florida’s vulnerability to sea level rise, leading to the development of interactive art projects that foster civic engagement and climate advocacy. The Article also addresses the challenges posed by climate denial and misinformation, emphasizing the need for creative strategies to combat these issues.”

ECO-ART INNOVATIONS AT PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM: UPCYCLING TO PRESERVE BIODIVERSITY

During opening weekend of the¬†Peabody Essex Museum‘s “Our Time On Earth” exhibit, Cortada debuted the latest iteration of the project he first launched at the North and South Poles,¬†“Endangered World.”

In this initiative,¬†“Adopt-a-Species: Upcycling Clothing,”¬†participants screen printed endangered animals on old clothes to inspire critical dialogue, while also committing to an eco-action on behalf of their adopted species.

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

Cortada inspires artists at Orlando Science Center
 

At the invitation of the¬†Orange County Arts Council, Xavier Cortada conducted a lecture on ‚ÄúArts & the Environment‚ÄĚ at the¬†Orlando Science Center, and also led a dedicated workshop for local artists the following day.

Joined by Adam Roberti, executive director of the Cortada Foundation, the workshop focused on best practices for developing socially engaged art projects and aimed to help the artists conceptualize and implement their own community-driven environmental art initiatives.

Keynote: Cementing a Sustainable Future in LATAM

At the¬†University of Miami, Xavier Cortada’s keynote highlighted “The Underwater” project, blending art with Latin America’s¬†cement decarbonization efforts to inspire actionable sustainability.

Science Art panel at 2024 Gulf of Mexico Conference


Xavier Cortada led a panel exploring art and science’s intersecting realms, part of a unique collaboration between¬†NASEM’s Gulf Research Program¬†and¬†NAS’s Cultural Programs.