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FLOR500 is a participatory art, nature, and history project that marks the importance of the moment when the history of Florida changed forever and gives a glimpse of what its landscape was like 500 years ago. Developed by Xavier Cortada, director and artist-in-residence of FIU’s College of Architecture + The Arts’ Office of Engaged Creativity, the project commemorates Florida’s quincentenary in 2013.
LIST OF REGIONS AND THEIR COUNTIES
Region 1 Northwest Florida (1 -60)
Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton, Washington
Region 2 : North Central Florida (61-120)
Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Levy, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor,Union, Wakulla
Region 3 Northeast Florida (121-180)
Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns
Region 4 Central West Florida (181-240)
Citrus, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk
Region 5 Central Florida (241-300)
Lake, Marion, Orange,Seminole, Sumter
Region 6 Central East Florida (301-360)
Brevard, Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, Osceola, St. Lucie, Volusia
Region 7 Southwest Florida (361-410)
Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, Lee, Manatee, Sarasota
Region 8 Southeast Florida (411-500)
Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Palm Beach
FLOR500 invites 500 schools and libraries from across the state's 67 counties plant 500 wildflower gardens and dedicate them to one of 500 important Floridians (selected by a team of historians) featuresd on this website. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to develop skills in art, history, and nature as they participate in celebrating 500 years of Florida.
Librarians/Teachers are asked to:
Review the FLOR500 list of featured honorees in the their region and select a historic figure they want to honor when they plant their public wildflower garden. (Tips: Begin to develop a class/library project or process-- such as a collaborative work or a contest-- where students/library visitors create an original portrait of the selected historic figure. Also, they can write a 250-word essay about the honoree and/or why the school or library is honoring this person).
Upload essays and portraits online before or after planting. To learn more about planting a garden visit the Florida Wildflower Foundation and review the DOS presentation slides.
At the planting ceremony, participants will read the essay and display the portrait.
Librarians will document the dedication celebration and upload photos online.
FLOR500 Tiled Drawing & Florida Flower Force (Home Gardens):
FLOR500 invites Floridians to plant wildflower gardens at home and dedicate them to a Floridian who has inspired them (e.g., historic figure, family member, friend). Participants are asked to post their photos and dedications online.
The first garden (see photo above) featured Coreopsis lanceolata, the official state wildflower. It was planted in front of the Museum of Florida History in Tallahassee, FL on March 22, 2012 and dedicated to Florida's indigenous people.
Xavier Cortada created art installations at the North Poleand 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 Hampshire, Latvia and Taiwan. Cortada serves as artist-in-residence at the FIU College of Architecture + The Arts.