Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs Council elects Xavier Cortada new Chairman

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Miami Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs 
October 11, 2018

The Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs Council has elected Xavier Cortada Chairman of the 15-member volunteer advisory board. Mr. Cortada, a professional artist, will lead efforts by the board, appointed by the Miami-Dade County Commission, to develop cultural excellence, diversity and participation in the arts by strategically creating and promoting opportunities for artists and cultural organizations throughout Miami-Dade County.

A member of the Council since 2005, Mr. Cortada is the first artist to assume the post of Council Chairman. He succeeds Adolfo Henriques, Vice Chairman of The Related Group, who served as Council Chairman from 2008 to 2018. “Xavier Cortada is the ideal leader to take the Council and our arts community into next era of great accomplishments,” said Mr. Henriques. “He is passionate, determined and persuasive about the power of the arts to change lives for the better.”

Mr. Cortada’s professional art practice is focused on social engagement and the environment. He holds three degrees from the University of Miami:  Bachelor of Arts, College of Arts and Sciences; Master of Public Administration, Miami Business School; and Juris Doctor, School of Law. He also serves on national and regional arts advocacy boards including South Arts. “I look forward to working with our board and the cultural community to increase support for the arts at the local, state and national levels,” stated Mr. Cortada. “Cultural organizations and artists are change leaders and work tirelessly to make our community a great place for constructive civic dialogue and social and economic success.”

In addition, the Council elected Janá Sigars-Malina, Esq. to serve as First Vice Chairperson and Mireille Chancy-Gonzalez as Second Vice Chairperson. The Cultural Affairs Council oversees the County’s annual investment of grants to non-profit cultural organizations and artists, supports cultural education and outreach initiatives, manages County funds committed to the development of new and renovation of existing cultural facilities, advocates on behalf of cultural issues, and advises the County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners regarding cultural policy.

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