FLOR500, FAQ, Frequently Asked Questions, FLOR500 Gardens, Historic Figures, Viva 500, Schools,Libraries, Museums, Native Wildflowers, Seeds, Volunteer, Troubleshooting, Upload, Artists Application, Participation, Flower Force, Public Gardens FLOR500, Florida, Wildflower, Art, Nature, History, Eco-art, FIU, VIVA Florida, Garden, Artists, Engaged Creativity, Environment, participatory art,artists, artist, 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
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500 Gardens (Public Gardens):

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.

Viva Florida 500 Logo

 Viva  Florida 500

 Florida Wildflower Foundation Logo

 Florida Wildflower Foundation


 

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.


 

FLOR500 Region 3 Tiled Drawing

If you need further information please contact:


Email: coordinator@flor500.com  |  Office: (305) 535-1459



 

PHOTOS BY GLENN BEIL/Democrat

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.

Calendar

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

11/19/2014 » 2/1/2015
30 Years on the Road: ArtCenter | South Florida

11/20/2014 » 1/15/2015
Urban Arts International Art Exhibit

1/31/2015 » 4/26/2015
McMichael Canadian Art Collection: Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art, 1775 - 2012

FIU College of Architecture + The Arts


Xavier Cortada
Artist-in-Residence
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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