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POSTPONED: “Florida is Nature: Climate Change and Sea Level Rise” Talk by scientist Dr. Steve Leatherman and artist Xavier Cortada

April 11, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am



Pinecrest Gardens
FIU School of Environment, Arts & Society
FIU College of Communications, Architecture + The Arts

FIU Libraries
FIU Digital Library of the Caribbean

cordially invite you to join us for

Climate Change and Sea Level Rise

our monthly Florida is Nature Artist Talk


Xavier Cortada

with special guest

Dr. Stephen Leatherman
Florida International University
Department of Earth & Environment



Wednesday, April 11th, 2018
10:30 am

Hibiscus Gallery
Pinecrest Gardens

11000 S.W. 57th Avenue
Pinecrest, FL 33156


Talk is free with $5 admission to the Gardens.
After the talk, walk the garden and participate in “Florida is Nature.”  


Dr. Leatherman is an internationally recognized authority on coastal storm impacts, beach erosion, and the effects of sealevel rise. He has authored or edited 13 books and over 100 journal articles and technical reports on coastal issues. Dr. Leatherman has given expert testimony ten times to U.S. Congressional Committees and was the on-screen host and co-producer of the “Vanashing Lands” documentary film that won three international awards.



“Florida Is…” by Xavier Cortada

Through Florida is Nature,”  Pinecrest Gardens artist-in-residence Xavier Cortada portrays Florida’s environment to connect viewers with our state’s natural beauty.  Come see the works on permanent display at the Hibiscus Gallery in Pinecrest Gardens.

You too can participate in “Florida is…”

Help others understand and appreciate Florida’s natural beauty.  Upload an image of your favorite animal, plant or place to www.floridaisnature.com and tell us why we should all care for it and strive to protect it.  We will share it on our website and social media.  We will also ask you to help us spread the word and get others to see that “Florida is… Nature.”

About Florida Is Nature

Conceptualized during Xavier Cortada‘s residency at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artist Residency in Captiva, Florida, “Florida is…” is an evolving body of work that depicts the natural beauty of Florida.  It asks Floridians to define their state by its actual nature, not by things we do and build to displace it.  Some “Florida is…” works hang as public art in public venues, admonishing viewers to find better ways to coexist with nature.

The project invites participants to capture and share their images and perspectives on the project’s online platform.

You can learn more about the artist by visiting www.cortada.com




The Hibiscus Gallery at Pinecrest Gardens
11000 SW 57th Avenue
Pinecrest, FL 33156 United States
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