A Sea Change (Wertheim Performing Arts Center)

 

Multidisciplinary program to raise awareness on climate change


By Ivan Lopez

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers predicts sea levels in South Florida will rise from three to seven inches by the year 2030 and from nine to 24 inches by the year 2060. A rise of that magnitude would put close to 30 percent of South Florida underwater, completely transforming our city in ways we cannot fully comprehend.

FIU’s College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts (CARTA) is bringing together dozens of faculty members and students from many different disciplines – theatre, dance, music, journalism, architecture, environmental science – to produce A Sea Change: a Multi-Disciplinary Collaboration in Response to a Global Threat. The 90 minute program will feature a lot of important research and facts presented in creative and impactful ways.

Phillip M. Church, associate professor of theatre, conceived and directed the evening. Church has spent much of his professional career creating art and theatre that speaks to important social issues.

“There is no greater threat to our survival right now than climate change,” he said.  “FIU has been researching and raising awareness about climate change and sea level rise for well over a decade. We are at a point, however, where all of that research needs to transform into tangible action. That requires all of us, not just the scientists and policy makers. A ‘sea change’ is needed in our collective thinking about this issue.”

Robert E. Gutsche Jr., assistant professor of journalism and media, produced the evening.

“My hope is that this project takes people beyond awareness, even beyond expertise of specific areas of climate change. We need to find ways to engage knowledge with action. It’s not enough for people to know about an issue. We have to decide to do something about our problems.”

Renowned environmental artist Xavier Cortada will present an immersive interactive piece; FIU Professor of Music Orlando Garcia composed music especially for the event; and Adjunct Lecturer of Dance Crystal Patient choreographed some dance numbers.

Joel Murray, chair and professor of theatre, wrote a short play titled Good that addresses the impact art can have on social change.

“If it is strong enough, art can change the way people think. The real question though is does that change transform into action. Will it make the audience participate, roll up their sleeves and demand change.”

Other FIU Theatre artists participating in the event include Associate Professor Wayne E. Robinson, Jr., alumni Evelyn Perez, Zack Myers, Caitlyn Lincoln, Pia Vicioso-Vila and current student Sigrid Corvo.

A Sea Change is part of CARTA’s larger Climate Change Initiative, which aspires through teaching, research, engagement and creative work to position the college as a global thought leader in climate change information, adaptation, mitigation and resilience.

“Preparing for climate resilience is among the critical imperatives of our times, and our college is particularly well-positioned to address it,” said Marilys Nepomechie, associate dean and professor of architecture. “Climate change is a complex, multi-faceted challenge. One that can only be addressed successfully by involving many areas of expertise. This collaboration between multiple college departments is, in fact, absolutely perfect.”

A Sea Change will be shown on both campuses. On April 4, it will be performed at the Wertheim Performing Arts Center at Modesto A. Maidique Campus and on April 7 at the Mary Anne Wolfe Theatre at Biscayne Bay Campus. Both performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

Space is limited.  To make a reservation, call 305-348-0496. You can find more information about the event at eyesontherise.org/aseachange.

Leaf Summit: Native Flags Call to Action


Growing Our Tree Canopy Through Research Driven Solutions

The premier exchange on trees in Miami-Dade County featuring best practices from green cities, highlights from the Miami-Dade Urban Tree Canopy Assessment, insights on achieving Tree City/Tree Campus USA, tips on how to get trees to thrive, cutting edge research on the value of trees in Miami, Crown Canopy Award winner and the unveiling of the County’s online tree canopy tool. Elected officials, planners, landscape architects, public works employees, city administrators, educators, arborists, advocates, community leaders and members of public are welcome!

Agenda
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration and Coffee 

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Welcome

Neat Streets Miami’s Street Tree Matching Grant Award Announcement 
Grant awards to partner communities planting native or Florida-friendly trees on Miami-Dade’s corridors and gateways.

9:15 a.m. – 12 noon  Morning Sessions

Why Not Planting Trees Could Be Killing Your Community
The impact of trees on your community’s health and economy

Making Your Community Clamor for Trees
How to market trees in your community

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Networking Break


Putting Your Tree Research To Work

Miami-Dade County Urban Tree Canopy Assessment and Action Plan

Arming your Community with Green Infrastructure
Planting trees as a sea level rise solution
Crown Canopy Leadership Award

To an individual who has dedicated their career to growing Miami-Dade’s tree canopy

Native Flags Call to Action
Xavier Cortada (www.nativeflags.org)

12 noon  – Lunch in Panther Square

1:00 p.m. – Afternoon Sessions

Getting the Most Green Out of Your New and Existing Tree Inventory 
From tree selection and planting to maintenance, biodiversity and pollinators 
Learn From Leaders Putting Trees In the Ground: You Can Do it!
Municipal/Non-Profit Best Practices Lightning Round

Interactive Activity
Developing a multi-pronged approach to tackling our lowest tree canopy 

3:00 p.m. – Summit Conclusion

30 minute Optional Biscayne Bay Campus Tours (must sign up in advance)
Discovering FIU’s tree assets and tackling invasive species

Costs
$20 Pre-Sale Tickets – Pre-registration closes March 20, 2017
$30 at the Door
$5 Student Tickets with discount code

ArtTuesdays talk: Sea Level Rise

ARTtuesday/Miami Networking & Lecture
ARTISTS RESPOND TO GROWING SEA LEVEL RISE CRISIS

 

The crisis of Global Warming and its rapidly threatening effects on Sea Level Rise is a reality that will affect everyone in South Florida (and beyond). Miami-Dade County, Florida has more people living less than 4 feet above sea level than any U.S. state.  Artists address their concerns in innovative projects that will visually engage the audience and hopefully provoke a new awareness about our water and how Sea Level Rise can considerably influence human populations in coastal and island regions and natural environments.  This month’s conversation features three artists engaged in Sea Level Rise projects:

Anita Glesta, an internationally recognized artist, will present her project, WATERSHED, to the United States Conference of Mayors on Miami Beach in June to highlight the issue of climate change through site-responsive installations.

Tina Spiro is a Jamaica-based artist with close ties to South Florida.  Her Deep See: An Art Installation for the Sea is a collaborative multi-media project that focuses on environmental consciousness.

Miami artist Xavier Cortada is a long-time environmental activist who has been working in the Earth’s poles for the past decade to create site-specific installations that generate awareness about global climate change.

Dr. Carol Damian, Professor of Art History in the Department of Art & Art History at Florida International University, and curator for the Deep See project, will moderate the conversation.

When:
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Where:
Books & Books
265 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134 7

6:00 pm to 6:45 pm Happy Hour * & Networking
6:45 pm to 7:00 pm
 Announcements
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm Panel and Q&A

All programs are open to the public and free of charge.

*Happy Hour runs from 4 to 7 pm at Books & Books on Second Tuesdays

 

ABOUT ARTtuesdays/MIAMI:

ARTtuesdays/MIAMI is a monthly series of community discussions focusing on art and culture. Free and open to the public. 6 – 7pm networking; 7 – 8pm Program + Q&A.

ARTtuesdays/MIAMI endeavors to spotlight and explore, exciting, timely and relevant developments and creative initiatives in culture, art, design, and architecture, that impact and transform South Florida and its citizens.

Presented the second Tuesday of each month, these enriching programs are introduced by articulate and savvy moderators who lead groups of knowledgeable and engaged panelists who are experts in their field.

Programs provide opportunities to network with new and good friends, engage in timely discussions while learning about cultural themes that impact our community.

ARTtuesdays/MIAMI is spearheaded by a group of volunteers who donate their time and resources to ensure that meetings are professionally organized and well attended. The program committee is comprised of Carol Damian, Lilia Garcia, Liana Pérez, Elisa Turner and Ilana Vardy.

“Now More Than Ever” Science Art Talk at Lighthouse Art Center in Tequesta, FL

Xavier Cortada, “Now More than Ever” digital art*, 2016.

FIU Artist-in-Residence Xavier Cortada will be the third-Thursday speaker at the Lighthouse Art Center in Tequesta, FL on the February 16th, 2017.  He will give his science art talk during an exhibit featuring the work of Deep-sea explorer and MacArthur Award Winner, Dr. Edie Widder.  “Now more than ever scientists and artists play a critical role: Scientists must continue to record how the climate responds to changing policies. Artists need to use art to effectuate change; to capture this moment,” said Cortada.

ILLUMINATING THE DEEP: The Fine Art of Exploration

Explore.  Learn.  Act.

Deep-sea explorer and MacArthur Award Winner, Dr. Edie Widder, collaborated with artist and inventor, Dr. Steve Bernstein, to create this blockbuster exhibition filled with astonishing digitally enhanced photos of living creatures that sparkle and glow and flash with light from within.  Combined with the original artwork of Else Bostlemann, from Dr. William Beebe’s historic National Geographic bathysphere expeditions of the 1930s, this is a show of epic proportions.  Compare yourself to the life-size giant squid (first photographed by Dr. Widder) or paint with light in virtual reality, you can immerse yourself in the wonders of our planet’s last frontier. Plan your group tour now and be sure to download a copy of our featured article in Oceanography magazine written by Dr. Widder:

http://www.tos.org/oceanography/assets/docs/29-4_widder.pdf

Exhibition Dates:  December 22, 2016 – March 4, 2017

No charge for members, non-members $10

Read article Edie wrote for Oceanography magazine:

CLIMA 2016: DO NOT OPEN

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LTER : Everglades (Florida) | HJ Andrews (Oregon) | Hubbard Brook (New Hampshire)

CLIMA 2016: DO NOT OPEN
DO NOT OPEN:  Poem | Participant Instructions

Workshop with Seniors
Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 at 10 am
Milander Center for Arts & Entertainment
Hialeah Seniors

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Xavier Cortada, "Testamento," archival ink on aluminum, 2015

Xavier Cortada, “Testamento,” archival ink on aluminum, 2015

CLIMA 2016 Panel: The Art of Climate Change

clima-web-logoCLIMA Home | Main 2016 | Gallery | Statement | PressEvents | Livestream

Cortada worksDo Not Open | Climate Refugees | Hot for Hialeah | Psychoanalysis of Climate ChangeReclamation Project | Flor 500
LTER : Everglades (Florida) | HJ Andrews (Oregon) | Hubbard Brook (New Hampshire)

CLIMA Panel: The Art of Climate Change
Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 at 10 am
Milander Center for Arts & Entertainment

 

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Moderator:  Dean Brian Schriner, Dean, FIU College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts

Xavier Cortada, Artist-in-Residence, FIU College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts and School of Environment, Art and Society
Micheal Gray, MFA candidate in Visual Arts: Studio Practice, FIU College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts
Miriam Machado, Education Curator, FIU Frost Art Museum

CLIMA 2016 Panel: South Florida’s Rising Seas Impact

clima-web-logoCLIMA Home | Main 2016 | Gallery | Statement | PressEvents | Livestream

Cortada worksDo Not Open | Climate Refugees | Hot for Hialeah | Psychoanalysis of Climate ChangeReclamation Project | Flor 500
LTER : Everglades (Florida) | HJ Andrews (Oregon) | Hubbard Brook (New Hampshire)

CLIMA Panel: South Florida’s Rising Seas Impact
Monday, December 5th, 2016 at 10 am
Milander Center for Arts & Entertainment

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CLIMA 2016 | Opening Reception

clima-web-logoCLIMA Home | Main 2016 | Gallery | Statement | PressEvents | Livestream

Cortada worksDo Not Open | Climate Refugees | Hot for Hialeah | Psychoanalysis of Climate ChangeReclamation Project | Flor 500
LTER : Everglades (Florida) | HJ Andrews (Oregon) | Hubbard Brook (New Hampshire)

CLIMA OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, December 2nd, 2016 at 7pm
Milander Center for Arts & Entertainment

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CLIMA 2016 in Hialeah during Art Basel week

clima-web-logoCLIMA Home | Main 2016 | Gallery | Statement | PressEvents | Livestream

Cortada worksDo Not Open | Climate Refugees | Hot for Hialeah | Psychoanalysis of Climate ChangeReclamation Project | Flor 500
LTER : Everglades (Florida) | HJ Andrews (Oregon) | Hubbard Brook (New Hampshire)

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Xavier Cortada will return to Hialeah for CLIMA 2016 during 2016 Art Basel Week  with the opening of several of his art-science exhibits:

CLIMA presenting partner Honoring the Future brings the work of Philadelphia-based artists Peter Handler and Karen Singer (Alaskan Journey: Artists Bear Witness to Climate Change.)

CLIMA is also honored to present the work of its 2016 featured local guest artist, Michael Gray.  Gray, an MFA student at FIU, will be presenting his Phyllum Floridian exhibit and contribute works to Cortada’s project on climate refugees.

 

Xavier Cortada, "Flora (sin titulo)" archival ink on aluminum, 36" x 27", (edition 1 of 5), 2015

Xavier Cortada, “Flora (sin titulo)” archival ink on aluminum, 36″ x 27″, (edition 1 of 5), 2015


 

 


Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest:
CLIMA 2016 will feature Cortada’s “Water Paintings” and the Water Visualization created at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest:

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CLIMA 2015 featured Cortada’s “Five Actions to Stop Rising Seas”

Xavier Cortada, "Five Actions to Stop Rising Seas: FREEZE IT!," video sreen shot, 2015. In acknowledgement of the support of the Rauschenberg Residency/Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

Xavier Cortada, “Five Actions to Stop Rising Seas: FREEZE IT!,” video sreen shot, 2015. In acknowledgement of the support of the Rauschenberg Residency/Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

 

CLIMA 2015: Main | Statement | Gallery | Press | Events | Livestream

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An Emotional Lexicon for Climate Change: WONDER, DENIAL, DISAPPOINTMENT, GRIEF, and HOPE

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AN EMOTIONAL LEXICON FOR CLIMATE CHANGE

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

6:30PM 

WONDER, DENIAL, DISAPPOINTMENT, GRIEF, AND HOPE

 6:30PM – Reception, Event at 7:00PM

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens.

Reflect with local environmental humanities scholars on how arts and culture can help us understand the feelings we might have as we think about climate change.

 

A PUBLIC EVENT SERIES
BRINGING MIAMI TOGETHER TO
DISCUSS OUR FUTURE
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Organized by the Department of History of the Green School of International and Public Affairs, Florida International University in collaboration with HistoryMiami Museum, The Kampong, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, The Wolfsonian-FIU, Miami Dade County Public Schools’ Department of Social Sciences, the FIU Green Library Digital Collections Center, and Catalyst Miami

Made possible in part by a major grant from the Humanities in the Public Square Initiative of The National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence

Explore the challenges Miami faces from climate change through culture and history. Join nationally recognized scholars and local environmentalists for stories about our connections to this unique and fragile landscape. How can we come together to imagine our future and prioritize what is most valuable, just, and worthy of preservation?

For more information about the NEH-funded Ecohumanities for Cities in Crisis Event Series, please see ecohumanities.fiu.edu