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Processional Arts Workshop - Whirl

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    Vizcaya partnered with New York based Processional Arts Workshop (PAW) from July 23 through July 30, 2016 for a unique opportunity that was designed to serve the Miami community with hands-on, collaborative, art-making programs. Over the course of six days, 12 workshops were held during which 124 adults and 56 children 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 project culminated in Whirl, a twilight performance on July 30 where more than 40 oversized Chanleresque creatures, created during the workshops, came to life throughout Vizcaya's gardens. The entire collaboration was a success by all accounts and the culminating performance attracted over 350 guests.

    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