March 2024- Cortada unveils Underwater Bus; wins “Arts & Environment” Award 🚌

Yale Law School host's artist's lecture on climate action

CORTADA UNVEILS UNDERWATER BUS IN BROWARD COUNTY

On March 9th, Xavier Cortada unveiled the world’s first bus aimed at raising awareness about sea level rise and climate change.

“The Underwater: Broward Bus” is a mobile art piece that drives across Broward County and invites people to discover their home’s elevation above sea level and get involved in local environmental efforts.

This bus is part of a larger campaign across South Florida, “The Underwater,” that is engaging thousands of people in learning about their climate vulnerabilities and motivating them to take action. 

YALE LAW SCHOOL LECTURE & PERFORMANCE

On March 5th, Yale Law School invited Cortada to deliver a lecture on his socially engaged environmental art practice, “Art in Action: Fostering Climate Advocacy and Community Mobilization through Creativity.” 

After the presentation, the artist engaged the Yale community in the performance of his “Longitudinal Installation” ritual at Dwight Chapel, asking participants to share their own stories about how their lives had been impacted by our changing climate.

CORTADA CREATES COLLABORATIVE MESSAGE MURAL AT CIES 2024

During the second week of March, Cortada served as artist-in-residence for the 2024 Comparative and International Education Society Conference held at the Hyatt Regency in Miami. He engaged attendees in the creation of a collaborative message mural that highlighted the power of protest, provided a platform for reflection, and ultimately conveyed the importance of fighting for the future of education. 

The artist also delivered a keynote address discussing the power of art to engage communities and led multiple walking tours to local historic sites. These conversations at the Miami Circle, Torch of Friendship, and place of Miami’s incorporation centered around indigenous histories, race, immigration, and free speech.

CORTADA SELECTED AS INAUGURAL WINNER OF THE 'ARTS & ENVIRONMENT' AWARD

Xavier Cortada is the first-ever winner of the “Arts and Environment” Award. He is being recognized for his “work done at the intersection of the arts and environmental issues, especially as it relates to how climate change will change the landscape of Miami.”

Join Cortada in celebrating this achievement at the 2024 Serving the Arts Awards on Wednesday, April 3rd by purchasing your ticket below.

UNDERWATER EXHIBITIONS

Hibiscus Gallery
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Moonlighter FabLab
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There are currently two exhibitions about “The Underwater” that are open to the public on a daily basis in Miami-Dade County: Hibiscus Gallery in Pinecrest Gardens and Moonlighter FabLab in Miami Beach.

At either location, learn about South Florida’s vulnerability to rising seas, engage in climate discussions, and explore how to join local initiatives aimed at protecting your community.