FIU College of Architecture + The Arts Artist-in-Residence Xavier Cortada will deliver a presentation to students enrolled in FIU's Artistic Expression course. The students will be invited to participate in FLOR500 and plant a garden dedicated to one of 500 people who helped shape Florida's future.
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After planting their garden, participants will upload the following to the www.FLOR500.com: a 250-word essay, a portrait of the person they have been assigned, pictures documenting
the planting of the garden, a picture of the art object or sign describing the
For this project you will be part of statewide participatory
art project that will involve researching information and images of an
"important Floridian,” planting a public garden dedicated to that person, and
then posting to a Blog about that person and the garden you have created.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR PARTICIPATING STUDENTS:
PROJECT STEP 1 –
To begin the project, find the "Important Floridian” that
you have been assigned in the FLOR500 Assignment Folder on Blackboard. Click
the link by your name to your assigned page on the FLOR500 website to find the
person you have been assigned and a small amount of information about the
Research this person to find out more about her
Either find or make an image of
the person that can be uploaded to the FLOR500 website. The image must have an
accompanying credit line with any copyright information.
PROJECT STEP 2 –
PLANT A GARDEN:
Based on your research, decide on a location to plant a
public garden in honor of the person, then using the seeds provided in class,
plant the garden! The garden should be in a location that is publicly
accessible—but make sure you get permission to plant it!
Guidelines for planting the seeds:
Bring at least 1 or 2 people to help plant and
document the planting.
Write a 250-‐word essay explaining why you are
dedicating the garden to this "Important Floridian” in this place. Share this
essay with the people who help you plant so they know about the person the garden
is dedicated to!
Post a sign, art object, link to web page you
create, or use some other method to help people who see the garden know more
about the person it is dedicated to, and the reason for the dedication as you
describe it in your essay.
PROJECT STEP 3 – POST
TO THE FLOR500 BLOG (On APRIL 22ND or before)
You will upload the following to the FLOR500 BLOG:
Your essay – use a 12 point Helvetica font so
the blog stays consistent
A portrait of the person you have been assigned
Pictures documenting the planting of the garden
A picture of the art object or sign describing
Make sure all your images are correctly oriented
and not sideways before you upload them
Your email address – this will not be posted but
helps us contact you if something goes wrong