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City Hall Murals

"City Hall Murals"
Miami, FL

I believe that these City Hall murals will do more than imbue our seat of government with beauty and color; they will also serve to educate residents about their City’s history and its multicultural origins.  By learning about our past we can build a future filled with mutual respect and understanding.

                              -- Xavier Cortada

Xavier Cortada shares his work with Miami Mayor Manny Diaz.  

Cortada presents his mural before Commissioner Sanchez, Commissioner Gonzalez, Mayor Diaz and Commissioner Winton in Miami City Hall at noon on July 28th, 2005, the City's 109th birthday. (Scroll down to read City's press release.)


Office of the Mayor
3500 Pan American Drive
Miami, Florida 33133

Tel: 305-250-5300
Fax: 305-854-4001

For More Information:

Alejandro Miyar 
(305) 250-5311

For Immediate Distribution:

July 27, 2005

* * * Media Advisory * * *

Mayor Diaz Celebrates City of Miami’s 
109th Birthday


--Events Include Unveiling of Murals Depicting Miami’s History by Xavier Cortada --


(Miami, FL.) – Mayor Manny Diaz has planned a series of events for ThursdayJuly 28th, 2005 to mark the City of Miami’s 109th Birthday, including the unveiling at City Hall of two original murals depicting key moments in Miami’s history by artist Xavier Cortada.

Mayor Diaz and City Commissioners will join Xavier Cortada to unveil his two original works in the lobby of City Hall.  Following the ceremony, Mayor Diaz will host a luncheon for City of Miami employees and other visitors where birthday cake will be served.

In addition to the unveiling, Mayor and City Commission will honor Judge John D. Johnson, the second African American to be appointed to the Bench in the State of Florida and who, as Municipal Judge of the Segregated Court for Colored Citizens, tried approximately 50,000 cases between 1955 and 1959.  The Mayor and Commissioners will also celebratePeruvian Independence Day and will recognize students that recently participated in the Miami-Kagoshima, Japan Student Exchange Program

Also, Univision Radio’s WQBA 1140 AM will broadcast its morning news and radio programs from City Hall from 5:00 a.m. – 10:30 am. Visitors will be able to enjoy Cuban Coffee with Mayor Diaz and the Commissioners, as WQBA shares with its listeners the importance of the anniversary of Miami’s incorporation.

WHO:             Mayor Manny Diaz and City Commissioners

WHAT:           Celebrating Miami’s 109th Birthday

WHEN:           5:00 AM          WQBA Live Broadcast

9:00 AM          Mayor and Commission honor Judge John D. Johnson
Peruvian Independence Day
Recognition of Exchange Students

12:30 PM         Unveiling of Cortada Mural

1:00 PM           Birthday Lunch

WHERE:        City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami


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9/13/2014 » 11/1/2014
Cortada to celebrate 50th Birthday with "Littoral Creatures" exhibit opening on September 13th

9/27/2014 » 1/4/2015
Glenbow Museum (Calagry, Canada): Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art, 1775 - 2012

Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves' Paddle Out

Pancho's Wake & Closing reception for "Littoral Creatures"

FIU College of Architecture + The Arts

Xavier Cortada
Florida International University
College of Architecture + The Arts
420 Lincoln Road, Suite 430
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Xavier Cortada's participatory art practice is based at Florida International University.


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Xavier Cortada created art installations at the North Pole and South Pole to address environmental concerns at every point in between. He’s been commissioned to create art for the White House, the World Bank, Miami City Hall, Miami-Dade County Hall, Florida Botanical Gardens, the Miami Art Museum, Museum of Florida History, Miami Science Museum and the Frost Art Museum. Cortada has also developed numerous collaborative art projects globally, including peace murals in Cyprus and Northern Ireland, child welfare murals in Bolivia and Panama, AIDS murals in Switzerland and South Africa, and eco-art projects in Holland, Hawaii, New HampshireLatvia and Taiwan. Cortada serves as artist-in-residence at the FIU College of Architecture + The Arts.



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