Museum Volunteers for the Environment, or MUVE, is the Patricia and Phillip Frost Science Museum's volunteer based restoration project. MUVE uses social media, eco-art, and science exhibits to engage local residents to restore coastal habitats that once thrived in Miami. Since 2007, over 5,000 volunteers have restored more than 15 acres of mangroves, freshwater wetlands, dune habitat and coastal forest. These plants provide shelter for native organisms above and below the water line, stabilize our shores, protect our city from storms and sea level rise, and serve as a nursery for commercial fish. We invite you to join our efforts to bring back these habitats and the economic and ecological services they provide. Read more about MUVE on the Museum blog. See www.frostscience.org/blog/ (Seach Keyword: MUVE)
About the Eco-Art Exhibit:
The Reclamation Project is a collaborative eco-art intervention by Miami artist Xavier Cortada that explores our ability to coexist with the natural world by focusing on the importance of mangroves to our ecosystem. For a few months, mangrove seedlings collected by volunteers will be exhibited in plastic water-filled cups in the coastal community where they thrived just a few decades ago. Similar installations and educational outreach efforts will also take place inside several schools. Afterwards, volunteers plant the seedlings along Biscayne Bay. See www.reclamationproject.net
An installation of over 1,111 mangrove seedlings is currently on exhibit in the Wildlife Center at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, where the Reclamation Project is based. All visitors are welcome to experience it during regular museum hours. The museum is open all year - except Thanksgiving and Christmas - from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Reclamation Project was launched by Xavier Cortada on Earth Day 2006, during the opening of a month-long installation at the Bass Museum of Art. In its inaugural year, volunteers distributed 2,500 seedlings across South Beach.
The reforestation of the displayed seedlings will create a mangrove colony on Biscayne Bay, eventually rebuilding natural ecosystems above and below the water line. According to Cortada, "The Reclamation Project aims to remind us of what our community was like before all the concrete was poured." For more information, please visit, www.reclamationproject.net. To sign up for MUVE's volunteer activities, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Artist:
Xavier Cortada has worked with groups across the world to produce numerous large-scale collaborative art projects - including eco-art installations on Miami Beach and in the South Pole. The Miami artist has been commissioned to create art for the White House, the World Bank, the Florida Governor's Mansion, the Florida Supreme Court, Miami City Hall, Miami-Dade County Hall, the Miami Art Museum, the Museum of Florida History and the South Pole Station. For more information, please visit www.cortada.com.
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