Native Flags: 9th Annual Earth Day Celebration in every Miami-Dade County public school

On April 7th, 2010, students from Filer Middle School in Hialeah planted a sea grape (Coccoloba uvifera) and Native Flag on campus and adopted their own buttonwood and firebush trees/flags to plant at their homes. See www.nativeflags.org. 

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Celebrates Earth Day 2018

At its meeting of February 21, 2018 the School Board approved Board Item H-4 proffered by School Board Member Perla Tabares Hantman, endorsing April 22, 2018 as Earth Day in Miami-Dade County Public Schools

For the ninth year in a row, we are proud to again partner with local artist Xavier Cortada and local organizations on an Earth Day project through which all schools will be able to plant a native tree on campus, together with the symbolic posting of a land reclamation flag. Other partners in this native tree canopy enhancement project include Florida International University College of Arts, Sciences & Education (CASE)│School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS), FIU College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts (CARTA), FIU Libraries│Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC), Pinecrest Gardens, Frost Science, and the Deering Estate. In addition, students will be afforded the opportunity to interpret Earth Day by designing their own flag.

Celebrations are scheduled as follows on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at two featured public schools:

  • Gulfstream Elementary
    20900 SW 97th Avenue
    Cutler Bay, Florida  33189
    Phone: (305) 235- 6811
    Time: 9:00 am
  • Citrus Grove Elementary
    2121 NW 5th Street
    Miami, Florida 33125
    Phone: (305) 642-4141
    Time: 1:30 pm

Starting on April 19th photos of the tree planting and flag posting activities can be uploaded by the schools at: http://nativeflags.org/participant-upload/

For more information on this year’s Earth Day celebration or the land reclamation project go to www.NativeFlags.org or call 305-995-4646.

 

Xavier Cortada, “Native Flags: North Pole,” 2008.

 

 

 

 

 

Sweetwater Elementary to perform “Longitudinal Installation” during Power of Arts Museum at Sweetwater

Sweetwater Elementary to perform “Longitudinal Installation”

 

 

Xavier Cortada, The Longitudinal Installation (at the South Pole), 2007

Longitudinal Installation,” created by Cortada a decade ago as part of his NSF Antarctic Artists and Writers Program residency in Antarctica, will be performed by Sweetwater Elementary School students on May 24th at 7 pm.  The performance and activity is co-presented by the Reclamation Projects with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

Participate by following these steps:

1. Find a group of 24 people to perform the Longitudinal Installation ritual with and engage in the performance.
Click here to download instructions.

2. Document the performance with photos and video.

3. Upload photo on www.facebook.com/longitudinalinstallation

4.  Add the “25th quote.”

Xavier Cortada, The Longitudinal Installation (at the South Pole), 2007 (Listen: http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.xaviercortada.com/resource/resmgr/longitudinal_installation_no.mp3)

24 Global Voices

longitude11x17_graphicThese quotes taken from newspapers across 24 time zones that talking about the impact of climate change on that individual’s life. After Xavier Cortada completed the Longitudinal Installation at the South Pole, he walked to the 0 degree longitude, the prime meridian, and walked clockwise around the pole. He stopped at each shoe to recite each of the following quotes:

 

0°, Spain:
“There may be a move of wineries into the Pyrenees in the future.”
— Xavier Sort, technical director of Miguel Torres Wineries.

15° E, Switzerland:
“Losses to insurers from environmental events have risen exponentially over the past 30 years, and are expected to rise even more rapidly still.”
— Pamela Heck, Insurance Industry Expert.

30° E, Zimbabwe:
“We used to be able to grow everything we want but that has all changed.”
— Matsapi Nyathi, Grandmother.

45° E, Turkey:
“We are helpless. We’re trying to rescue trapped people while also trying to evacuate flood waters that have inundated hundreds of houses.”
— Muharrem Ergul, Mayor, Beykoz district of Istanbul.

60° E, Iran:
“More than 90 percent of our wetlands have completely dried up.”
— Alamdar Alamdari, environmental researcher, Fars Province.

75° E, Maldives:
“In the worst case scenario, we’ll have to move.”
— Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Shaheed.

90° E, Tibet, China:
“The Sherpas of Khumbu may not know everything, but they are suffering the consequences of the people’s greed. We mountain people should be careful and take precautions. If we don’t save Khumbu today our fresh water will dry up and the problem will be impossible to solve in the future.”
— Ngawang Tenzing Jangpo, the Abbot of Tengboche monastery.

105° E, Borneo, Indonesia:
“There’s been no rain, it’s horrible. The governor’s office has instructed schools and offices to close until further notice.”
— Hidayat, government official.

120° E, Philippines:
“The disaster covered almost every corner of this province – rampaging floods, falling trees, damaged houses. It happened very rapidly and many people did not expect this because they haven’t experienced mud flows in those areas before.”
— Fernando Gonzalez, governor of Albay province.

135° E, Japan:
“It’s no exaggeration to say that Japan faces a critical situation when describing the rapid decline of marine supply in its domestic waters that is linked to seaweed loss. Tengusa (seaweed) provides food for marine species.”
— Tomohiro Takase, head of the fisheries department at the Hachijojima municipality.

150° E, Great Barrier Reef, Australia:
“In 20 years’ time, bleaching is highly likely to be annual and that will cause shallow-water corals to be in decline. We need to start working out how we can help people who rely on it for their income. It’s really quite a stunning fact.”
— Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, director of the Centre for Marine Studies at the University of Queensland.

165° E, Micronesia:
“We have nowhere to go.”
— Ben Namakin, Environmental Educator.

180°, Tuvalu: “Tuvalu is the first victim of global warming.”
— Koloa Talake, former prime minister.

165° W , Niue: “Yesterday morning we woke up to a scene of so much devastation, it was just unbelievable. Cyclone Heta was just so fast, furious and ruthless.”
— Cecelia Talagi, Government Secretary.

150° W, Alaska, USA:
“We are at a crossroads. . . Is it practical to stand and fight our Mother Ocean? Or do we surrender and move?”
— Shishmaref Mayor Edith Vorderstrasse.

135° W, Yukon, Canada:
“The weather is really unpredictable and the ice freezes much later and breaks up earlier. There are more incidents of hunters falling through the ice.”
— Kik Shappa, Hunter, Griese Fiord, Canada.

120° W Nunavut, Canada:
“Our cultural heritage is at stake here. We are an adaptable people. We have over the millennium been able to adapt to incredible circumstances. But I think adaptability has its limits. If the ice is not forming, how else does one adapt to seasons that are not as they used to be when the whole environment is changing underneath our feet, literally?”
— Sheila Watt-Cloutier, president of the circumpolar conference.

105° W, Colorado, USA:
“In Colorado, climate change means less snow, less water, more wildfires, less biodiversity and less economic opportunity, as there is less water available for development.”
— Stephen Saunders, president, Rocky Mountain Climate Organization.

90° W, Nicaragua:
“I closed my eyes and prayed to God.”
— Mariana González, Hurricane Mitch survivor.

75° W, Peru:
“I tell my wife the day that mountain loses its snow, we will have to move out of the valley.”
— Jose Ignacio Lambarri, farmer, Urubamba Valley.

60° W, Argentina:
“The flooding has forced us to redesign routes. We thought it would be for a short period of time, but it has been almost six years.”
— Carlos Avellaneda, manager of a trucking company.

45° W, Brazil:
“I am very frightened. One thing goes wrong, and the entire system follows.”
— Jair Souto, Mayor of Manaquiri.

30° W, Greenland:
“They tell us that we must not eat mattak [whale blubber], but this is all we know. Eating Inughuit food makes us who we are, and anyway we have nothing else to eat!”
— Tekummeq, Town of Qaanaaq.

15° W, Maurtitania:
“We are only eating one meal a day. When there is not enough food, it is the young and the old that get fed first.”
— Fatimitu Mint Eletou, Bouchamo.


Native Flags: 8th Annual Earth Day Celebration in every Miami-Dade public school

 

On April 20th, 2017, MDCPS School Board Chair Larry Feldman helps Miami Sunset Senior High School students plant a live oak on their campus.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Celebrates Earth Day 2017

At its meeting of February 15, 2017 the School Board approved Board Item H-4 proffered by School Board Member Perla Tabares Hantman, endorsing April 22, 2017 as Earth Day in Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

For the eighth year in a row, we are proud to again partner with local artist Xavier Cortada and local organizations on an Earth Day project through which all schools will be able to plant a native tree on campus, together with the symbolic posting of a land reclamation flag. Other partners in this native tree canopy enhancement project include FIU College of Arts, Sciences & Education│School of Environment, Arts and Society, FIU College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts, FIU Libraries│Digital Library of the Caribbean, Pinecrest Gardens, Frost Science, and the Deering Estate. In addition, students will be afforded the opportunity to interpret Earth Day by designing their own flag.

Starting on April 22nd photos of the tree planting and flag posting activities can be uploaded by the schools at: http://nativeflags.org/participate/upload/

For more information on this year’s Earth Day celebration or the land reclamation project go to www.NativeFlags.org or call 305-995-4646.

 

Celebrations are scheduled for Thursday April 20th, 2017 as follows:

 

8:30 am Ceremony –      Joella C. Good Elementary School

                                                6350 ZNW 188th Terrace

                                                Miami, Florida 33015

                                                Phone: 305-625-2008

10:30 am Ceremony –     Miami Sunset Senior High School

                                                13125 SW 72 Street

                                                Miami, Florida 33183

                                                Phone: 305-385-4255

 

 

Xavier Cortada, “Native Flags: North Pole,” 2008.

 

 

 

Cortada will participate in CLEO Panel Discussion during the Miami-Dade STEAM Expo

FIU SEAS & CARTA artist-in-residence Xavier Cortada will participate in CLEO Panel Discussion during the Miami-Dade STEAM Expo.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools – STEAM

Our Vision

Miami-Dade County Public Schools aspires to engage and prepare all our students in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) to ensure our community has the next generation of inventors, explorers, innovators, artists and leaders..

Our Mission

The mission of Miami-Dade County Public Schools STEAM is to leverage the expertise and capital of the Department of Career and Technical Education, the Department of Mathematics and Science and the Department of Visual and Performing Arts to increase student achievement in STEAM curriculum to promote career and college readiness.

Learn more at http://stem.dadeschools.net

 

Exploring the Environment & Art: STEAM Workshop at Frost Art Museum

NATIVE FLAGS FB COVER
Division of Academics Visual and Performing Arts, Office of Academics and Transformation,
Miami-Dade County Public Schools presents

Exploring the Environment & Art: STEAM Workshop

with

Xavier Cortada,
Artist-in-Residence, Florida International University,
School of Environment, Arts and Society, College of Arts & Sciences/
College of Architecture + The Arts

Location and Sponsor: Frost Art Museum , FIU, 10975 SW 17th Street, Miami, Fl. 33199
Parking: metered parking across the museum, Blue Garage ($8.00 flat fee)

Contact: Miriam Machado, Curator of Education, mmachado@fiu.edu
305.348.1808

SESSION FULL
(No more attendees, please)

 

 

AGENDA

8:30 am – 9:15 am       Sign in/Registration/Introductions/Light breakfast

9:15 am – 10:15 am     Xavier Cortada- An Art-Science Practice

10:30 am – 11:30 am   STEAM Panel Discussion| FIU Arts and Science Faculty
Steam Panel Discussion/ FIU Arts and Science Faculty (moderated by Xavier Cortada)

  • David Rifkind, FIU School of Architecture & Associate Dean of College of Arch + The Arts
  • Tiffany Troxler, Ph.D., FIU Department of Biology & Director, Sea Level Solutions Center
  • Kalai Mathee, M.D. , FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
  • Pete Markowitz, Ph.D., FIU Department of Physics

Special Message from Nicholas J. Oehm, Jr., Education and Outreach Coordinator, Florida Coastal Everglades LTER.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm     Lunch (lunch is on your own)

12:30 pm – 3:30 pm Native Flags: Make a flag, make a statement, make a difference (co-led by Kim Yantis-Strycharski who will explain the Native Flags curriculum/program at Deering Estate. (Documented by FIU Library’s Miguel Asencio). See www.nativeflags.org

 

 

MDCPS Arts logo 

REFERENCES

www.cortada.com

Art in the Anthropocene, by Alan C. Braddock and Renée Ater. Source: American Art, Vol. 28, No. 3 (Fall 2014), p. cover2. Published by: The University of Chicago Press on behalf of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Native Flags/Deering Curriculum

FIU SEAS/ Coastal Everglades/ FIU CARTA

Division of Academics Visual and Performing Arts, Office of Academics and Transformation, Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Miami-Dade County Public Schools-STEAM- Office of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics

CPALMS is an online toolbox of resources and the State of Florida’s official source for standards.

Native Flags: Earth Day Reforestation in Miami-Dade County Schools


NATIVE FLAGS FB COVER

 

The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science (Museum Volunteers for the Environment), Deering Estates and the FIU College of Architecture + The Artswill once again join their other community partners in implementing Native Flags, Xavier Cortada’s participatory eco-art project, in Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

For six-years, every single public school in Miami-Dade has received a green flag and native tree sapling for students to plant in their schools to commemorate Earth Day.

Cortada created this project to engage people globally to help slow the polar thaw: Participants plant a native tree next to a green flag at home and ask their neighbors to do the same.

On April 22nd, 2015,  special ceremonies will take place in two schools where Xavier Cortada will lead students in planting a tree and flag at their school.  Students will also be provided with saplings and flags for them to plant at home

nativeflags-dot-org-600px-72dpi-390x26110:00 am
Fulford Elemantary School 
16140 NE 18 Avenue
North Miami Beach, Florida 33162
Phone: 305-949-3425

See MIAMI HERALD article: Click here

2:00 pm
Miami Springs Middle School
150 South Royal Poinciana Blvd.
Miami Springs, Florida 33166
Phone: 305-888-6457


earthday 2015 announce
Resources:

Earth Day 2015 Announcement 4-1-2015
Deering Estates brochure
Native Flags PDF
Native Flags Palm Card