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Personify In YOUnison – Interactive workshops with Arsimmer McCoy

June 10 at 6:00 pm

FREE

Join poet Arsimmer McCoy in an exploration of Vizcaya’s collection of artwork, furniture, decor, statues and other objects on display. Arsimmer will lead you in bringing these beautiful and historic objects to live through personification poems, giving Vizcaya new life through words and poetry. Participants – especially any children joining the workshop – are also invited to create their own drawings of the items to be displayed alongside the poems during our final event!

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What is In YOUnison?

Join IlluminArts, Vizcaya, and our entire community, for a month-long workshop experience culminating in a performance event that will include music, spoken word, and fashion. Free community workshops, led by writer and poet Arsimmer McCoy, arts and culture thought leader Kunya Rowley, and fashion designer and fiber artist Pangea Kali Virga, will give participants the opportunity to create and shape a communal performance. The culminating event, taking place on June 24, 2022 in the gardens of Vizcaya, will highlight what it means to feel welcome. Participants are encouraged to lend their voice and their style as we celebrate diversity, both at Vizcaya and our community, in unison.

In YOUnison is the 2023 installation of community-built and community-performed artmaking at Vizcaya (internally, we call this initiative our Participatory Public Art project). What started with artists from Processional Arts Workshop to create Whirl in 2016 all the way through WEAVE in 2019. In 2021, local artist Sebastian Duncan-Portuondo created Spectral Vizcaya in 2021 and takes its next evolution in partnership with IlluminArts to welcome the community In YOUnison.

To promote inclusion for all, Vizcaya ensures that all community programs, after-hour and weekend events for locals, feature activities that are physically accessible to all visitors. While not all areas of the estate are wheelchair accessible, community programs are purposefully located in areas without stairs or that can be accessed via a ramp.

Arsimmer McCoy
A woman of color stands in front of a red background

ARSIMMER MCCOY is from Richmond Heights, Fl. McCoy’s work covers conversations about identity, self-reflection, human connectivity, legacy, validation, and transparency. McCoy’s writings delve into her experiences of growing up in Miami; oftentimes exploring its underpinnings and community threading, through storytelling. Arsimmer has been a teaching artist for 5+ years and creates & facilitates workshops in creative writing and performance. Arsimmer’s work has been featured in RootWork Journal, Mixed Magazine, Creatures Mag, Opal Literary, and others. Her pieces have been published in Venice Magazine’s Power issue (2020) and Waterproof: Evidence of a Miami Worth Remembering, a collection of micro-elegies to Miami places.

When Arsimmer is not writing or performing, she is working on her passion project of turning her home into an exhibition space (entitled Ms. Mary’s House | The Carol City Museum) and mothering her daughter who dances like fire. Ms. McCoy holds a BA in English from the historic Florida Memorial University, in Carol City (Miami Gardens), Florida.

IlluminArts understands the community’s desire to experience traditional art forms in innovative and exciting ways. Founded in 2013 to present world-class performances of classical music to Miami’s vibrant audiences, IlluminArts collaborates with museums, galleries, and other community organizations to present curated, site-specific programs of music. Following a growing desire to highlight social justice issues in our programming, we recognize the power of the arts to inspire thought, dialogue, and action by exposing audiences to performances that not only entertain but also engage and inspire change.

Funding is provided in part by The State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, Miami-Dade County and the Anthony R. Abraham Foundation.

To promote inclusion for all, Vizcaya ensures that all community programs, after-hour and weekend events for locals, feature activities that are physically accessible to all visitors. While not all areas of the estate are wheelchair accessible, community programs are purposefully located in areas without stairs or that can be accessed via a ramp.

To promote inclusion for all, Vizcaya ensures that all community programs, after-hour and weekend events for locals, feature activities that are physically accessible to all visitors. While not all areas of the estate are wheelchair accessible, community programs are purposefully located in areas without stairs or that can be accessed via a ramp.

Details

Date:
June 10
Time:
6:00 pm
Cost:
FREE
Event Categories:
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Venue

Vizcaya Village
3250 S. Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33129 United States
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Organizer

Christopher Rodriguez
Phone:
13058608443
Email:
Chris.Rodriguez@vizcaya.org

Details

Date:
June 10
Time:
6:00 pm
Cost:
FREE
Event Categories:
,
Register

Venue

Vizcaya Village
3250 S. Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33129 United States
+ Google Map

Organizer

Christopher Rodriguez
Phone:
13058608443
Email:
Chris.Rodriguez@vizcaya.org