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    Vizcaya has partnered with New York based Processional Arts Workshop (PAW) for a unique opportunity designed to serve the Miami community with hands-on, collaborative, art-making programs. Workshops were held where people of all ages and backgrounds worked closely with PAW artists Sophia Michahelles and Alex Kahn to create illuminated lanterns inspired by the work of Robert Winthrop Chanler, artist of the Vizcaya Swimming pool ceiling and the Vizcayan Bay screen.

    The Performance: Whirl
    A twilight performance on July 30, 2016, had more than 40 over-sized Chanleresque creatures created during the workshops that came to life throughout Vizcaya's gardens. The entire collaboration was a success by all accounts and the culminating performance attracted over 350 guests.

    The Performance: Bloom
    A host of illuminated puppets and mobile projections demonstrated the history of the Vizcaya Village on Saturday, June 17, 2017. These creations conjured visions of what the Vizcaya Village is destined to be.

    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 Thatre, 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