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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Region 2 : North Central Florida (91-148)  
Counties for this region: Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Levy, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, Wakulla
FLOR500 Region 2 Tiled Drawing
FLOR500 Garden Planting Region 2 Tallahassee       
On March 22, 2012, Secretary of State Ken Detzner hosted Xavier Cortada and the Florida Wildflower Foundation for a native wildflower planting in Tallahassee. This was the first of the FLOR500 Gardens planted, and it featured Coreopsis lanceolata, the official state wildflower.  It was planted in front of the Museum of Florida History in Tallahassee, FL and dedicated to Florida's indigenous people.




Xavier Cortada       
Xavier Cortada's 2001 installation, "Prime: The Residual Fountain of Youth," was on display The Thomas Center Gallery, Gainesville, FL on Thursday, May 2, 2013. 
Cortada lead participants in "Agua,” a participatory ritualistic performance as part of commemorating the 500th Anniversary Ponce de Leon’s Landing in Florida.
Over 30 original art works by contemporary Florida artists   documenting the history of the Fountain story in Florida and exploring interpretations of the significance of the story in their own lives and in the life of our community were part of the exhibit held at The Thomas Center Gallery.

Cortada also delivered a presentation about FLOR500, his participatory art, nature, and history project commemorating Florida’s quincentennial in 2013 and planted a FLOR500 garden.





On August 3, 2013, Cortada is inviting participants at the Focus Gallery at University of Florida, to transform his original drawing of a Coreopsis flower on  into 100 living gardens across North Central Florida. His drawing had been cut into 100 tiled pieces; each tile had with a packet of Florida wildflower seeds attached to the back.  Participants will be asked to take the drawing and seeds home and plant a garden dedicated to one of 500 Floridians who helped shape Florida history during the past 500 years (or to a Floridian who is special in their lives).  In the process not only will they pay tribute to an important Floridian, but they will also help improve Florida’s biodiversity by growing native plants. 

Along with Cortada's Tiled Drawings, is an accompanying exhibition curated by Prof. Bethany Taylor showcasing FLOR500 artists from Region 2 - North Central Florida.

You, too, can now participate.  Simply plant wildflowers and dedicate them to one of the (Region 2) Floridians listed below.




91. Lassie Goodbread Black, Community Activist

92. Carolyn Mays Brevard, Educator, Historian

93. Richard Keith Call, Territorial Governor

94.   Dr. Alpha Omega Campbell, Physician 

95. Witt A. Campbell, Educator

96. William Thomas Cash, State Librarian 

97. Francis Castelnau, (Compte de), Naturalist, Artist 

98. Dr. Merritt Ryals Clements, Physician

99. Mary Call Darby Collins, Historic Preservationist

100. Thomas LeRoy Collins, Governor

101. Frederick Preston Cone, Governor

102. Dr. J. Broward Culpepper, Educator

103. Julius Diamond, Businessman

104. Ruby Diamond, Philanthropist

105. Dorothy Dodd, State Archivist, Photographer

106. Patricia Stephens Due, Civil Rights Activist

107. Francis Eppes, Civic Leader

108. The Florencia Family, Spanish Officials of Apalachee Province  

109. Timothy Thomas Fortune, Journalist 

110. William Patrick Foster, Band Director 

111. Millie Francis (Malee), Soldier’s Advocate

112. Francisco Galindo, Ranch Overseer 

113. Thomas Van Renssalaer Gibbs, Politician

114. John Gorrie, Physician, Inventor - Springwood Elementary School , Tallahassee

115. Dr. William J. Gunn, Physician

116. William Hardon, Businessman

117. Amos Hargrett, Public Official 

118. Alvan S. Harper, Photographer

119. Wilhelmina Jakes and Carrie Patterson, Civil Rights Activists

120. McKinley Jeffers, Educator, Community Activist

121. Captain Colin P. Kelly, Jr., World War II Pilot

122. Leander Kirksey, Band Director 

123. William Knott and Luella Pugh Knott, Government Official and Community Activist

124. Fred Douglas Lee, Policeman

125. Louise Maclay, Philanthropist

126. Nathan Kellogg McGill, Attorney, Publisher

127. Thomas McLeary, Public Official 

128. Robert Meacham, Minister, Politician 

129. Juan Mendoza and Diego Salvador, Indian Interpreters in Apalachee Province

130. Gladys Milton, Midwife

131. Catherine Murat, Historic Preservationist

132. Minnie Jones Niblack, Educator

133. "Father” James Page, Minister, Public Official 

134. Claude Pepper, Politician

135. Fray Martín Prieto, Franciscan Missionary

136. George Proctor, Builder

137. John Elias Proctor, Educator, Politician 

138. John Gilmore Riley, Educator and Businessman 

139. Ray Charles Robinson, Musician 

140. George Washington Scott, Confederate Civil War Officer, Businessman

141. Hernando de Soto, Explorer

142. Rev. Charles Kenzie "C.K.” Steele, Civil Rights Activist

143. Dr. William Spencer Stevens, Physician 

144. Sergeant Ernest "Boots” Thomas, World War II Soldier

145. Sam Wahnish, Mayor

146. George Walter Wetmore, Public official

147. John Lee Williams, Attorney 

148. C. Bette Wimbish, Politician 



This list of Historic Figures was compiled by our History Steering Committee:



          John G. Riley House and Museum
John G. Riley House and Museum
Tallahassee, FL
Museum of Florida History

Museum of Florida History
Tallahassee, FL




This participatory art project by Miami artist Xavier Cortada (http://www.cortada.com/) commemorates the 500th anniversary of Juan Ponce de Leon's landing in Florida. It is being presented through the Florida International University College of Architecture + The Arts / Office of Engaged Creativity in partnership with the Florida Higher Education Arts Network, the Museum of Florida History and VIVA FLORIDA 500.



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