The arts are an important means of raising awareness of the Everglades and appreciation of its resources, ecosystems and natural beauty. The following collaborations have given us the opportunity to further broaden our community outreach.
Tropical Botanic Artists
The Tropical Botanic Artists collective was established in Miami in 2006 to celebrate the beauty of tropical plants through art. Members come from all walks of life; all share a love of the natural world reflected in their admiration of botanical subjects. They hope that their viewers will take a moment to observe the wonders of minute detail in plants and bring these new powers of observation into everyday life.
Collaborating with the FCE LTER team, Xavier Cortada developed works depicting the glass shells of diatoms preserved in sedimentary core samples that are studied by scientists to grow our understanding of sea level rise in South Florida. (From 2011 to 2018, Cortada served as visiting professor/administrator and artist-in-residence at FIU's College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts and in the College of Arts, Sciences & Education's School of Environment, Arts and Society.)
Artists in Residence in Everglades
Artists in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE) supports and enhances the arts and cultural heritage of the Everglades through an artist residency and public outreach programs. AIRIE's residency hosts visual artists, writers, choreographers and composers for a monthlong stay in the Everglades National Park so they may gain experience and insight into this fragile unique wilderness, thereby becoming ambassadors for its appreciation and preservation through their creative voices and vision. FCE LTER has collaborated with AIRIE on several of AIRIE's art and science programs in the park, and has partnered with AIRIE on a series of professional development workshops for Miami-Dade County Public Schools teachers.
"White Peacock Butterfly with Creeping Charlie" by Beverly Borland (Tropical Botanic Artists)
Christina Pettersson (AIRIE), horizontal still from "I am my own circus, I am my own legend," 2015