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Miami River Project

The Miami River Project (MRP), a five-year collaborative art initiative will seek the hidden river, following its flow from the deep past into the future, and actively supporting its revitalization. The art's process will reveal and celebrate Miamians' shared stories and encounters with the river, engaging the perspectives and resources of those whose lives are most directly connected to it. MRP artists will involve residents, public officials, scientists and other stakeholders (such as The Miami River Commission) in marking key moments and sites important in the river's human and natural histories.

The aesthetic palette will include performance, contemporary music, film and video, and integrated systems design sculpture tapping scientific and technological advances in bioremediation. Over the project's five year process creative momentum and energy will build, emphasizing a fusion of art, education, ecology and life; and underscoring the challenges and potential the river's histories pose for the city's future.

Please join our discussion on the Miami River Project blog.

"What is your connection to the Miami River? Share your stories and encounters with the river, as well as your reflections on what it once was and should become."

The Miami River Project team is working together on developing this eco-art effort's five-year plan.  For more information about the team members, please visit their websites:

Xavier Cortada, Miami (team leader): or

Mary Jo Aagerstoun, Ph.D., West Palm Beach: 

Bill Bilowit, Miami:

Betsy Damon, New York

Juan Carlos Espinosa, Ph.D., Miami:

Carlos Prio Touzet, AIA:


Jacqueline Gonzalez-Touzet, AIA:



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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