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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

FLOR500 ARTISTS

How do I select a wildflower?

Can I select more than one wildflower?

When is the deadline for submitting artwork?

Can I apply for a flower even if I haven't completed the artwork?

Do I get to keep the original artwork?

Trouble with the online application/ Uploading image

Contact for questions or assistance

    

FLOR500 500 Public Gardens and Flower Force

Who can participate?

Do you have to be a school to participate?

How do schools participate?

When is the deadline for completing the Garden and Class Projects?

Will you provide schools with seeds?

Can we grow any kind of wildflower we want?

Does the garden have to be dedicated to someone on the list of Historic Figures?

How do I select a Historic Figure?

Trouble with the online application/ Uploading image

Contact for questions or assistance

 


 

FLOR500 ARTISTS

How do I select a wildflower?

We are asking artists to find the Region in which they live and from that Region's list of wildflowers select one they would like to interpret. For example an artist living in Region 1 would select a flower from Region 1's list.

We have divided the flowers according to Regions where they grow. These Regions are a group of neighboring counties. Our goal is to pair the natural beauty of each Region with its own artistic individuality.

  

Can I select more than one wildflower?

One flower per artist; we are highlighting 500 different Native Wildflowers and 500 different Florida Artists.

  

When is the deadline for submitting artwork?

The deadline for artwork submissions is April 1, 2013

  

Can I apply for a flower even if I haven't completed the artwork?

Yes. In fact, the sooner you let us know of your interest in a particular flower the better chance you have of being able to select it before someone else does. You may contact us directly or simply fill out the online application form at the bottom of each available flower. When you fill out the form online, you will receive an automated email reply from our site, shortly after that one of our team members will contact you to follow-up and assist you along the process.  

  

Do I get to keep the original artwork?

Absolutely, the original artwork is yours to keep. We only ask for the a high-resolution digital image of the work - 300 dpi at least 1200 x 1800 pixels / 4” x 6” print size

  

Trouble with the online application/ Uploading image

TIMEOUT = If you have trouble with our online Artist Application form it could be because of a timeout issue. The system has a safety mechanism, timing-out after 15 minutes. What we recommend is that you have your information ready ahead of time so that you may copy/paste in the information for the form. This way you can avoid a time-out issue with the website.

UPLOADING IMAGE= There is a maximum of 30MB per upload. This is the maximum for single and multiple images.

If you are still experiencing problems with our site or any other questions please contact us

 

Contact for questions or assistance

Christopher Rodriguez

FLOR500 Coordinator

Email: flor500@fiu.edu | Office: (305) 535-1459

 

 


 

FLOR500 500 Public Gardens and Flower Force

  

Who can participate?

Anyone can take part in our FLOR500 Gardens. We have two categories of gardens – 500 Public Gardens and Flower Force.

500 Historic Figures/500 Public Gardens

FLOR500 is asking 500 museums, schools and libraries to plant wildflower gardens, one for each of the project's 500 wildflowers and dedicate them to someone who was a part of Florida's history during the past 500 years. FLOR500 is working with historians to feature 500 different persons who shaped Florida's history. The gardens will be documented and mapped 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.

 

Florida Flower Force

FLOR500 is asking individuals to plant wildflower gardens in their homes and dedicate them to a Floridian that has inspired them. Participants are asked to post their photos online.

 

Do you have to be a school to participate?

For our FLOR500 Public Gardens we are inviting schools, museums and libraries to take part and plant a garden dedicated to one of the 500 Historic Figures. For school it serves as multidisciplinary teaching resource; combining art, science and history.

However as an individual you can still be a part of these FLOR500 Gardens by contacting your school or neighborhood green-space and lead the effort to involve them in FLOR500. Together you can select a Historic Figure form your Region's list and together plant a garden dedicated to them. You can also participate as a sponsor for one the gardens. This could be your way to give back to your elementary school or as way to beautify your neighborhood.

 

How do schools participate?

Our History Steering Committee has done an incredible job of selecting and placing the 500 Historic Figures according to the Regions where they lived and/or made historic contributions.

These Regions are a group of neighboring counties; our goal is to pair the Historic Figures with the Gardens planted in the schools, museums and libraries within the Regions. For example a school in Region 8 would select a Historic Figure from Region 8' list.

Teachers and their students will review the FLOR500 list of featured honorees and select a historic figure they want to honor when they plant their FLOR500 garden in their school. Teachers will also be asked to develop a class project/process (such as a collaborative work or a contest) where students create a portrait of this historic figure. A similar process should yield a 250-word essay (as to why they are honoring this person) to be read when the garden is being dedicated. Images of the seed planting and the portrait will be posted on www.FLOR500.com, along with the essay.

 
When is the deadline for completing the Garden and Class Projects?

The deadline for class projects  is March 15, 2013

  

Will you provide schools with seeds?

Each participating school will receive a native wildflower seed package. However we are exploring additional ways to assist school and interested participants in acquiring seeds. We also encourage those who wish to sponsor a garden for their school, museum, library or neighborhood green-space to feel free to take action and be a part of FLOR500.  

 

Can we grow any kind of wildflower we want?

Yes. Our only guideline is that it they be natives. One of the biggest goals of our 500 Gardens is to help our Florida biodiversity by planting and growing native plants and wildflowers. This in turn helps promote our natural beauty and support animals dependent on them; such as birds and butterflies.

 

Does the garden have to be dedicated to someone on the list of Historic Figures?

We have two kinds of Gardens: Our 500 Historic Figures / 500 Gardens are specifically dedicated to one of the 500 Historic Figures listed.

We also have our Flower Force Gardens. These are gardens that anyone can plant in their home, in a park or any green-space. Flower Force is for those who wish to dedicate a garden to a Floridian that has inspired them; mother, father, sibling, friend or even someone they never met but have inspired by.

 

How do I select a Historic Figure?

Our History Steering Committee has done an incredible job of selecting and placing the 500 Historic Figures according to the Regions where they lived and/or made historic contributions.

These Regions are a group of neighboring counties; our goal is to pair the Historic Figures with the Gardens planted in the schools, museums and libraries within the Regions. For example a school in Region 8 would select a Historic Figure from Region 8' list.

Upon deciding which Historic Figure to select, at the bottom of each figure's page, there is an online application form; the information is entered and the images of the Garden uploaded. You can submit an application and request a Historic Figure even if you haven't planted the Garden, this will help assure you can reserve that specific Historic Figure.

 

Trouble with the online application/ Uploading image

TIMEOUT = If you have trouble with our online Artist Application form it could be because of a timeout issue. The system has a safety mechanism, timing-out after 15 minutes. What we recommend is that you have your information ready ahead of time so that you may copy/paste in the information for the form. This way you can avoid a time-out issue with the website.

UPLOADING IMAGE= There is a maximum of 30MB per upload. This is the maximum for single and multiple images.

If you are still experiencing problems with our site or any other questions please contact us


 

Contact for questions or assistance

Christopher Rodriguez

FLOR500 Coordinator

Email: flor500@fiu.edu | Office: (305) 535-1459

 

FIU College of Architecture + The Arts


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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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