In September 1998, Cortada was invited to attend the MADD National Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas. Cortada helped drunk driving victims from across the nation use written messages, pictures and poetry to express themselves to create the first National Drunk Driving Victims Mural. The mural dedicated at the Conference's end served:
See other MADD murals created by Xavier Cortada
MEDIA ALERT/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
HUNDREDS OF NORTH AMERICAN ANTI-DRUNK DRIVING ACTIVISTS GATHER IN METROPLEX FOR MADDS ANNUAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
Four-Day Event Focuses on Underage Drinking, Innovative DUI Sentencing, First National Drunk Driving Victims Mural and Corporate Partnerships
National Victims Mural Painting begins by Miami artist Xavier Cortada as he helps drunk driving victims use written messages, pictures and poetry to express themselves for three days to create the first national drunk driving victims mural. This collaborative project will be unveiled on Saturday, September 12, 7 p.m., in the Trinity Ballroom. Cortada has also worked with MADD youth on murals.
8 p.m. 10:30 p.m. in Trinity V-VIII
The MADD Marketplace -- MADD Marketplace is an opportunity to for media to learn more about the growing involvement of Corporate America in the fight to stop drunk driving. Nearly two dozen corporate "team players" will be on site at the Marketplace. [Shawn Kahle of KMART will deliver a presentation during Fridays luncheon at noon in Trinity I-IV on how Kmart is working with MADD on "no alcohol" messages for youth and the Kmart Kids Race Against Drugs program.] Other corporate partners at the MADD Marketplace include Allstate Insurance, Heritage Publishing Company, Penguin Products, Precision Tune Auto Care, Sierra On-Line, Snacks That Care, State Farm Insurance, Stonehenge, and Travelers Bank.
2:15 p.m. 3:45 p.m. in the Red Oak Room
Youth Helping Youth -- Involving youth is critical more than half of the nations junior and senior high school students report using alcohol monthly. Brendan Brogan, 17, of Ridgewood, New Jersey, and MADDs newly-appointed, first ever youth National Board member, will speak on "Youth Leadership Within MADD." MADDs Youth In Action program consists of eight local anti-drinking programs for and involving youth under the legal drinking age of 21. MADDs Metroplex Youth In Action team is one of the nations pilot programs. [The MADD Metroplex Youth In Action team will hold a sidewalk "chalking/news conference, Monday, September 14, 10 a.m., Highland Park High School, to raise awareness of Texas 1997 Zero Tolerance law.]
7 p.m. 9:30 p.m. in the Trinity Ballroom
Texas Criminal Judge Speaks on Innovative DUI Sentencing --Texas own felony criminal court justice, Judge Ted Poe will present the keynote address "Innovative Sentencing Benefiting Communities, Criminals AND Victims." Featured on 20/20, Dateline, and European newscasts, Poe is renowned for breaking new ground in the disposition of DUI cases. Poe has also been an instructor at the University of Houston and serves on the advisory board of MADD (Gulf Area Chapter) as well as other organizations fighting substance abuse.
Between 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Unveiling of artist Xavier Cortadas victims mural for MADD.
For a complete agenda or more information about the conference, please contact Sabrina Slater at (214) 744-6233 ext. 270 or Susie Tull at ext. 248.