UM Professor of Practice Xavier Cortada developed the “Miami Corona Project” to assess and address the coronavirus pandemic in Miami. By sharing daily videos through his Cortada Projects platform, the artist will update the community on current news and honor the Miami-Dade residents who have succumbed to COVID-19.
Cortada will also create artistic interventions to capture community voices online as a real-time record of the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on Miami-Dade County. The project is presented as part of the University of Miami COVID-19 Rapid Response effort.
Plan(T) urges every resident across Miami-Dade County to plant a salt-tolerant mangrove propagule and an elevation-marked flag in their front yard. Each mangrove planted in the ground is a catalyst for climate conversation, a carbon sink, and a constant reminder of the saltwater coming up through our porous limestone.
By planting for the future, local residents can begin planning for the effects that climate change will bring to South Florida.
The Underwater Homeowners Association is an effort to turn neighbors into climate-change advocates. Residents can join by painting partially submerged numbers on repurposed yard signs that announce how many feet above sea level their properties are, and planting them in their front yards.
Community members convene every month to discuss the impending impacts of climate change and to work together to plan for an equitable transition into the future.
Cortada Projects uses the power of art to engage the community in learning about and addressing important ecological concerns including climate change, sea-level rise, and biodiversity loss. By using art’s elasticity to reach across disciplines, Cortada Projects aims to build community and transform citizens into stewards of the environment.
Help prepare Miami for rising seas by planting a salt-tolerant mangrove or joining our Underwater Homeowner’s Association! Visit us every Sunday at the Pinecrest Gardens Farmer’s Market to find out how vulnerable your home is to sea-level rise and to take home your own red mangrove propagule.
On the first Wednesday of every month, come to the Hibiscus Gallery at Pinecrest Gardens to get involved in the Underwater HOA, create your own elevation-marked yard sign, and work to create a climate-literate South Florida.
Xavier Cortada’s participatory art practice is based at Pinecrest Gardens. Through exhibitions at the Hibiscus Gallery, programming at the weekly Farmer’s Market, and installations across the gardens, Cortada Projects uses the power of art to engage the public in learning about and addressing environmental concerns.