2003 calendar of events


Upcoming Exhibits & Activities

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featured exhibit

Turning Pages: Celebrating South Florida Artist-Made Books:  October 30, 2003  thru December 19, 2003 at Centre Gallery Miami-Dade College Wolfson Campus, Miami, FL.


december 2003

4 Cortadas: an exhibit of art works by Eddy Aquiles, Carlos, Pablo and Xavier Cortada on Thursday, December 11, 2003 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m at Casa Grande Cultural Center, Miami, FL


Art Basel "installation": Bisazza Glass Mosaic Mural of Xavier Cortada's Kikiriki painting to face MacArthur Causeway.  Mosaic to be installed at Parrot Jungle Island, Miami, FL during Art Basel 2003 (on December 2nd, 2003 at 11:00 a.m.)


november 2003

On November 21st, 2003, Xavier Cortada will travel to Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri to unveil and dedicate his Hispanic Culture painting.

Unveiling of the History of Disabilities Mural during the VSA arts for Florida Annual Conference at Parrot Jungle Island Rooftop Lounge on November 7, 2003.  The mural is commissioned by the University of Miami Mailman Center for Child Development as part of their History|Disability|Art project.

Xavier Cortada will serve as the official conference artist for the National Society of Hispanic MBA's 14th Annual Conference and Career Expo in Ft. Lauderdale, FL from  November 6 to 8, 2003.

Artists Speak Out: Xavier Cortada will be a panelist and create a collaborative mural during a Community Leadership Seminar organized by NCCJ on November 4, 2003 at 10:00 am at Miami-Dade College.  The workshop is part of the Coexistence Miami project.


october 2003

Turning Pages: Celebrating South Florida Artist-Made Books. group show, from October 30, 2003  thru December 19, 2003 at the Centre Gallery Miami-Dade College Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Avenue Miami, FL.

Coexistence Workshop: Xavier Cortada will faciliate the day-long  for 40 art teachers from Miami-Dade County Public Schools on October 24, 2003 at the Miami Children's Museum.

Art-Bridge, a collaborative mural project with students schools in Miami's Overtown and  Little Havana neighborhoods.  The project is presented by NCCJ and sponsored by MET LIFE.  Miami, FL

East Little Havana Community Development Corporation presents:  Recent Works by Xavier Cortada and Private Collection of Dominican Artists on display at Casa Grande Cultural Center.  Miami, FL.  Opening reception on October 8, 2003 from 6 to 8 p.m.


september 2003

On September 29 - October 1, 2003, Cortada will travel to Kearny, Nebraska  to deliver a Keynote address at the Nebraska Minority Health Conference and unveil a painting and poster which he was commissioned to create for the conference.


Murals at the Capitol

To commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month, the Honorable Jeb Bush, Governor, and the Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs present the exhibit two murals by Miami artist Xavier Cortada at the Florida Capitol. The Governor will unveil the murals in the Plaza of the Florida Capitol on September 25, 2003.




On September 13, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. at Prime Outlet Mall , join us for the unveiling of Drug-Free Youth in Town "United We Stand" mural created by Homestead and Florida City youth.



September 5, 2003.  Miami artist Xavier Cortada will lead the attendees of the Vision of Dade County Forum and  Conference celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Community Relations Board in the creation of a collaborative mural about "Our Community", Miami, FL.


august 2003

american-cancer-logo.gif (1558 bytes) Creation of  collaborative mural with participants for the American Cancer Society's Families ROCK (Reaching Out to Cancer Kids) Weekend  on August 29-31, 2003 in Orlando, Florida.


On August 20-24, 2003, Cortada will travel to San Francisco, CA  to deliver a Keynote address at the National Community Health Workers/Promotores Conference and unveil a poster which he was commissioned to create for the conference.


On August 19, 2003 at City Hall, Xavier Cortada will join City of Miami Mayor Manny Diaz and his wife, Robin Smith Diaz, in the unveiling of the The West Grove mural created collaboratively with other mentors of the Positive Partnership programs, the children they mentor, and the children's families. 


july 2003



University of Miami School of Law
Children and Youth Law Clinic
Voice Project 2003 Mural

Xavier Cortada and youth at the Jackson Memorial Hospital SIPP program created this collaborative art piece.  This mural project was funded through a community grant from the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs. 



Watch artist Xavier Cortada at work composing a mural to capture the panel discussion and audience response during the NCCJ Leadership Seminar:  From Coexistence to Community on July 1, 2003 at MDCC in Miami, FL.


Voces por la Libertad/Voices for Freedom: An evening of Solidarity with Cuba's Political Prisoners -- on June 20, 2003 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. in The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, FL.

Cortada will unveil his EarthDay 2003 mural at Citizens for a Better South Florida's  headquarters (3191 SW 21st Street) in Miami at five in the afternoon on Sunday, June 8th, 2003.  For more information please call 305-648-0000.

Cortada will travel to Chicago, Illinois on June 4 - 6, 2003 to deliver a Keynote address at the Regional Hispanic/Latino Health and Human Services Conference: "Celebrating our Past and Building our Future:  Best Practices in Addressing Hispanic/Latino Issues".  During the address Cortada will unveil a painting commissioned by the Conference and will then be signing posters of the painting for attendees.  


may 2003


During May 2003, Cortada will install a series of  art pieces in Guy Mason Park in Washington, DC to help  promote the VERB Campaign. The Miami artist was commissioned to create  8 woodouts and a 20 foot mural by the Centers for Disease Control.



On May 14, 2003 ( from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.), Xavier Cortada will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the Florida's Children First Awards ceremony at the Miami City Club (Wachovia Financial Center, 55th Floor).  Honorees include:  Hon. Bennett Brummer, Greenberg Traurig (Cesar Alvarez), Hon. Carrie Meek, Carol Marbin Miller, Sister Jeanne O' Lauglin, and the Children's Trust (David Lawrence, Jr.).  For more information, please call 1-407-275-3802.


april 2003



On April 24th, Cortada will travel to Washington D.C. to begin work a mural to become part of the World Bank's permanent collection. 

The commissioned piece, "The World Bank Mural: Dreaming of a World Free of Poverty,"  is to measure 15 ft.  by  6 ft. and is to hang in the lobby of the World Bank.

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Earth Day Mural:  Citizens for a Better South Florida and the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs present the unveiling of the "Earth Day 2003" mural at Citrus Grove Elementary School in Miami, Florida on April 22, 2003.  The piece is the creation of the students and the artist after their explorations of the Florida Everglades, Key Biscayne, Virginia Beach, and the Miami River.


On April 12, 2003, Xavier Cortada joined Robin Diaz, Lisa Ramirez and other Positive Partnership mentors in creating a mural with youth from the West Grove.  Click here tp see the mural.



march 2003


furla-invite-sw.jpg (4519 bytes)Xavier Cortada will be the featured artist during the Furla Celebrity Artists' Event on March 6, 2003 at 7:00 p.m. in the Furla Store inside the Village of Merrick Park in the city of Coral Gables, FL




february 2003


same-boat-mural-s.JPG (13249 bytes)Cortada to present mural at the CityCares National Conference on February 27, 2003 in the Miami Beach Convention Center.


its-what-you-do.jpg (3873 bytes)Xavier Cortada was commissioned by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s VERB.™ It’s what you do. campaign is PAINTING Miami with a large-scale mural.  The mural will highlight Miami’s local flavor by depicting its beautiful sunny weather, numerous ocean activities and popular bike trails.  In addition, it will portray Miami area youth sharing and performing multiple VERBs, while conveying a message of the importance of finding one’s own VERB. 


january 2003


untitled-d-s-w.jpg (7634 bytes)Artwork by Hispanic Artists, a group show curated by Lucy Keshavarz for the Rotating Art Exhibition Program at the Aventura Government Center (19200 W. Country Club Drive, Aventura, FL) from December 20th, 2002 - January 29, 2003.



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artist's opening reception
featuring the Green exhibit --as well as selected pieces from the "Ancestors: Origin of Community" installation-- on December 12, 2002 at 7 p.m. in  his studio at Casa Grande Cultural Center.

Exhibit currently on display in artist's studio in the

Casa Grande Cultural Center
104 SW 9th Street,
Ground Level
(west of/facing the Brickell Metrorail Station)
Miami, FL

Click here to see map and directions

Gallery hours are by appointment, please call (305) 858-1323. 





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american-cancer-logo.gif (1558 bytes)Creation of the "We are Family" mural during the American Cancer Association Florida Chapter's ROCK (Reaching out to Cancer Kids) Weekend, December 13-15, 2002 at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, FL.



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with-secretary-s.jpg (29776 bytes)Private reception hosted by the Honorable Mel Martinez, Secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, to unveil the collaborative mural created by Xavier Cortada during the White House Conference on Minority Homeownership.   The reception is to take place on December 3rd, 2002 at 11:00 am in the Office of the Secretary, Washington, D.C.




cortada-weeks.jpg (86769 bytes)Ancestors:  Origin of Community an installation by Marvin Weeks and Xavier Cortada (with works exhibited by Purvis Young) at the historic Lyric Theater in Miami's Overtown Community.  Opening reception on November 30th, 2002 at 7 pm, runs through December 8, 2002.


image003.jpg (9433 bytes)Xavier Cortada will serve as the Keynote Speaker for the Heartland Latino Leadership Conference in Omaha, Nebraska on November 1, 2002.  During the keynote address, Cortada will also unveil his "Familia Unida" painting, a work commissioned by the conference for its official poster.



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