"Commemorating 100 Years
of Juvenile Courts"
December 10, 1999
Miami-Dade Juvenile Court
3300 NW 27th Avenue
Xavier Cortada's Speech during the unveiling
ceremony of the "Commemorating 100 Years of Juvenile
Justice" Mural -- Miami, FL, December 10, 1999.
Article by Judge Lederman,
"Those who deserve love the least need
it the most" Children in
Miami-Dade's juvenile legal system created telling, heart-rending art as part of the
commemoration of the centennial of America's juvenile courts.
Wall power: A
guide to some of Miami's best public art, by Emma Trelles. Published
Friday, July 20, 2001, in Street Miami, Miami, FL.
find artistic voice, by Eunice Ponce, The Miami Herald, Thursday,
November 11, 1999.
Click here to see mosaic mural
RENOWNED ARTIST XAVIER
CORTADA TO UNVEIL MOSAIC
FOR JUVENILE COURTS 100TH ANNIVERSARY
CommunityActivist/Artist Collaborates with Dependent and Delinquent Children to Create
Permanent Mural at Juvenile Justice Center
MIAMI, FL -- (November 30,
1999) -- In recognition of the 100th Anniversary
of the first Juvenile Court in America and to provide a voice to those who
have walked the halls of Miami-Dades Juvenile Justice Center, acclaimed
artist Xavier Cortada will unveil his stunning acrylic and canvas mural --
Commemorating 100 Years of Juvenile Justice -- that will permanently adorn
the walls of the entrance to the Center.
COURT TURNS 100
WHAT: Building a World Safe for the Dreams of Children,
commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Juvenile Court of America.
WHY: To commemorate this centennial, Miami-Dade Countys 11th Judicial
Court is hosting a week-long series of activities at the Juvenile Justice
Center. The events will culminate in the unveiling of a striking mural by
artist Xavier Cortada, who has interpreted this mosaic through the drawings
and poems of 500 kids in the system. The mosaic will be permanently
displayed on the facade of the building.
JUVENILE COURT TO COMMEMORATE
100TH ANNIVERSARY OF AMERICAS FIRST CHILDRENS COURT
Week-long Activities Planned at Miami-Dade Countys Juvenile Justice Center--Dec.
6 - 10;
Children and Acclaimed Artist Collaborate on Permanent Glass Mosaic
MIAMI, FL -- (November 30, 1999) -- In 1899, an 11-year-old appeared
before a Chicago judge for larceny. Who would have known that the hearing
would lead to the establishment of the nations first juvenile court.
Today, more than 25,000 kids a year are passing through the doors of
Miami-Dade Countys Juvenile Justice Center.
COURTS WEEK-LONG ACTIVITIES FOCAL POINT OF 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE JUVENILE COURT
MIAMI, FL -- (November 30, 1999) -- To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Juvenile
Court in the United States, Miami-Dade Countys 11th Judicial Court -- led by
Administrative Judges Cindy Lederman, Lester Langer and Scott Bernstein -- are hosting a
week-long series of activities at the Juvenile Justice Center Dec. 6 -10. The
overall theme is Building a World Safe for the Dreams of Children. Daily
events and presentations between 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. will include:
ADMINISTRATIVE JUDGES OF
THE ELEVENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT AMONG COUNTYS MOST INSTRUMENTAL IN ACHIEVEMENTS OF
MIAMI -- (November 30, 1999) -- Instrumental in Miami Dade-Countys
struggle against juvenile crime and dedicated to proper rehabilitate of
those who are delinquent or the innocent victims of abuse and neglect are
several prominent Judges from the 11th Judicial Court -- Cindy Lederman,
Lester Langer and Scott Bernstein.
Building A World Safe For The
Dreams Of Children
1999 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Juvenile
Justice System in the United States. Our 11thJudicial Circuit is marking this
anniversary with a broad variety of events. We are planning a weeklong celebration
(December 6th through 10th, 1999) focusing on the many elements
essential to successfully rear a child. The highlight of our week will be the unveiling of
a major work of art inspired by a children's mural on the front wall of the Juvenile
More about the commemorative collaborative mural
Circuit Judge Scott Bernstein from Juvenile Court is
chairing a committee to organize a celebration commemorating the 100th
anniversary of juvenile courts in the United States. A feature of the week-long
celebration at the end of the year is the unveiling of a mural at the facade of the
Juvenile Justice Building at 3300 NW 27th Avenue. The Governor has been invited
to help unveil the mural.
In creating the collaborative piece, Miami artist Xavier
Cortada worked with children, youth and staff in some of Miami-Dade's
residential and non-residential dependency and delinquency programs. Their drawings and
images were collaged into a 18-foot long painting Cortada is created for the
Delinquency courtrooms' waiting area.
A central image from that painting will then be reproduced
by Bisazza, North America as a 24 foot long glass mosaic mural for the exterior of the
building. The collaborative mural commemorates the 100th anniverary of Juvenile Courts in
the United States of America.
For more information you may contact the artist by
phone (305-858-1323) or email (email@example.com).
© 1997 by Xavier Cortada. All rights