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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.

    The Performance: Bloom
    Created in local community workshops, a host of illuminated puppets and mobile projections bring retell the history of the Vizcaya Village on Saturday, June 17, at 8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

    Explore the transformation of Vizcaya Village as night descends, bringing these creations to life while conjuring visions of what its future can be for our community.

    Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for Vizcaya Members. Children under 5 years old are free. Online tickets go on sale on May 2.

    Join the cast! Members of the community have the opportunity to take an acti ve role in the Bloom performance by becoming a part of the cast. Volunteer cast members will carry the illuminated structures and walk in the processional. All cast members are required to attend a rehearsal on Friday, June 16. To volunteer as a cast member, please email us.

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    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