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1997 community murals & projects

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  • aidsmural1997-s.JPG (8425 bytes)World AIDS Day Mural: The Little Havana AIDS Prevention Project's WORLD AIDS DAY Mural was created by Little Havana youth and members of local non-profit groups to generate awareness about the disease and to educate those at risk of HIV-infection. Miami--December 1, 1997.


  • Little Haiti Murals: Worked with youth who live in homes provided through the Little Haiti Housing Association to create two community murals--one focusing on Haitian national identity, the other on the youth's perception of their neighborhood. The project was funded by the Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Council and co-sponsored by the Association and the University of Miami's Lowe Art Museum. Miami-- November, 1997. The Little Haiti Mural Dedication and Community Celebration was attended by over 70 adult and youth residents of Little Haiti who visited the Lowe Art Museum (on the University of Miami campus in Coral Gables Florida) on Saturday, January 10th, 1998.

  • Red Ribbon Week 1997: Worked with 14 art students from Delaware County's seven high schools to design and create a participant-driven, prevention mural in Muncie, Indiana. The Delaware County Coordinating Council-sponsored 6 foot by twelve foot mural is touring the various schools in the district. The mural, which integrated anti-drug "messages" from the District's elementary and middle schools, was unveiled during the community's Red Ribbon Week breakfast, October 1997.

  • Compartiendo con Bolivia: A special art exhibit and mural creating project sponsored by Arts America, the United States Information Service, the Unites States Embassy in La Paz, and Banco Santa Cruz. The artist opened two solo exhibits and worked with recovering drug addicts and former street children in a Santa Cruz's historical museum and La Paz's most public plaza to create three 18-foot long, community-driven murals, October 1997.

  • Join Together: facilitated a team-building art project in Hilton Head, South Carolina with Join Together's 1997 National Leadership Fellows--leaders from seven American cities working together to address substance abuse in their communities, September 1997.

  • lowe art museum/cuban-american national council: "Art as Power", a community outreach collaborative project with the University of Miami Lowe Art Museum and the Cuban American National Council's Little Havana Institute, an alternative school targeting Hispanic youth at risk of dropping-out of high school. "Art as Power" was funded by a community grant from Cultural Affairs Council of Metro-Dade County, August-October, 1997..

  • HBO murals (ft. lauderdale): HBO Faces of Addiction--Family Dialogue Day mural, Broward Convention Center, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 1997.

  • new visions, miami lighthouse for the blind, 1997: Miami Lighthouse for the Blind "New Visions Project" --bringing together clients, volunteers and neighborhood (Little Havana) residents to create murals challenging societal perceptions and biases about the visually impaired; funded by a community grant from Cultural Affairs Council of Metro Dade.

  • bodega de la familia (new york city), The artist and staff from Bodega de la Familia worked collaboratively to plan a community mobilizing art project, working with youth from Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Manhattan, New York, 1997

  • Texas Mural: Worked with Texas youth at MADD's Youth Power Camp to create a collaborative mural urging Texans to be drug-free, Texas Christian University, 1997.

  • indiana governor's drug-free commission: Governor's Commission on a Drug-Free Indiana, Community U mural, DePauw University, Indiana, 1997.

  • stand for children 1997: Stand for Children Community Mural--an art project aimed at raising awareness about child abuse, neglect and violence. Worked primarily with youth from the Little Haiti Housing Association. Miami, Florida, 1997.

  • madd in the capitol (washington, d.c.): MADD National Youth Summit--an educational mural about underage drinking and driving collaboratively created by youth from the 435 Congressional Districts and dignitaries including the U.S. Transportation Secretary, the Office the National Drug Control Policy Director ("Drug Czar"), the FCC Chairman, and former US Surgeon General Antonia Novello. After its creation, the mural was unveiled at the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., 1997.

  • addition to the voices mural: Voices-- an 8 foot x 20 foot mural created with AIDS patients, staff, and volunteers of Health Crisis Network, Miami, FL (in progress), 1997.

  • miami youth museum exhibit: Animals as Architects -- an interactive mural commissioned by the Miami Youth Museum and created with children from Centro Campesino Farm worker Center in Florida City, Florida, 1997.

    General McCaffrey, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (Drug Czar) shares some thoughts with artist Xavier Cortada after contributing his message to the participant-driven mural. The General was among more than 500 individuals who helped create the mural during the MADD National Youth Summit in Washington, D.C.

    Xavier Cortada has taken his work to four continents: showing his paintings at galleries; giving lectures in the use of art in organizing for social change; and painting murals with community groups.