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    Vizcaya and New York based Processional Arts Workshop (PAW) collaborate to design unique opportunities that serve the Miami community with hands-on, collaborative, art-making programs resulting in a community-built, one-of-a-kind art projects. People of all ages and abilities worked closely with PAW artists Sophia Michahelles and Alex Kahn to create illuminated lanterns inspired by the art and history of Vizcaya.

    2018: For information on the upcoming project, please visit the Programs page.

    2017: Bloom
    A host of illuminated puppets and mobile projections were co-created in a weeklong series of workshops and demonstrated the history of the Vizcaya Village on Saturday, June 17, 2017. These creations conjured visions of what the dynamic experiences available in the Vizcaya Village, while showcasing the history of the Village, for the 1,000 people in attendance.

    2016: Whirl
    A twilight performance on July 30, 2016, featured more than 40 over-sized creatures inspired by the works of artist Robert Winthrop Chanler and created by the community during the week of workshops that came to life throughout Vizcaya's gardens. The entire collaboration brought together more than 500 people for an experience unlike any other in the city!

    About Processional Arts Workshop (PAW)
    Processional Arts Workshop (PAW) creates site-specific works and Carnivalesque performances worldwide, always involving local volunteers in the creation of pageant puppetry, mobile architecture, and illuminated structures. They have created community-based performances for NY’s High Line, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Columbia University’s Miller Theater, Socrates Sculpture Park, Katonah Museum of Art, and as master puppeteers for New York’s Village Halloween Parade. Globally they have collaborated with communities in Kiev, Istanbul, rural Italy, and Trinidad. Their work has been recognized with a Fulbright Scholarship; grants from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and CEC Artslink; and a Witt Fellowship at University of Michigan. Learn more at