Broward County

A countywide climate action campaign

Artist Xavier Cortada is partnering with Broward County’s Resilient Environment Department and Cultural Division, with the support of the Community Foundation of Broward and the Cortada Foundation, to launch “The Underwater: Broward,” a countywide climate action campaign.

This initiative aims to engage Broward County residents in learning about the impacts of the climate crisis, particularly sea level rise, and motivate them to get involved in helping to protect their community. 

Through a combination of school engagements, public art, and community events, “The Underwater: Broward” is developing Community Climate Ambassadors who work together to create a thriving and resilient Broward County. 

climate art @ Broward Schools

Cortada and his Foundation’s team are leading hundreds of students across 10 Broward County Public Schools in climate art workshops that emphasize the vulnerability of Broward residents to rising seas, while sparking a process for community engagement, education, and action. The selected schools are:

  • Beachside Montessori Village
  • Driftwood Middle School
  • Silver Lakes Middle School
  • Silver Trail Middle School
  • Westpine Middle School
  • Cooper City High School
  • Nova High School
  • Sheridan Technical School 
  • South Broward High School
  • South Plantation High School

All students who participate in the workshop are given Elevation Yard Signs to place at their homes and are invited to become Community Climate Ambassadors who help raise awareness in their neighborhoods. 

Importantly, the artist is creating an original hand-painted mural in all 10 schools depicting each location’s elevation above sea level. The QR code that accompanies each 6′ x 9′ mural invites anyone to discover their home’s elevation and ultimately get involved in local resilience efforts.

Community engagement events

On March 9th and April 27th, 2024, Cortada will participate in events that engage the community in creative solutions to solving the climate crisis. Please mark your calendars and join us!

Saturday, March 9th | 9am – 3pm

Saturday, April 27th | 1pm – 3pm

art in public places

While students work with their friends and families to help advance “The Underwater: Broward,” Cortada is launching the campaign’s public art component. He is creating a metal elevation sculpture to be installed at Broward County Government Center and a ceramic tile elevation mural to be installed in Downtown Fort Lauderdale. The artist is also working to wrap one of Broward County’s new electric buses with elevation-themed art.