Pangea Kali Virga Presents Ecotopia, a month-long series of art-making workshops focused on collaboration and sustainability for a better future
MIAMI – June 26, 2023 – Vizcaya Museum and Gardens continues the tradition of summer art-making workshops with the launch of Pangea Kali Virga’s Ecotopia, an artistic space and series of FREE workshops focused on promoting creativity, collaboration, and sustainability. This initiative emphasizes that anyone can be an artist and that we can all make a difference in caring for our community and the environment.
“It is all made possible through shared resources and shared effort– and most importantly, shared fun,” says Kali Virga, the creative mind behind the series. “Ecotopia puts art and environment at the front of the conversation on how to strengthen and build our communities. All are invited to come join us to build our cooperative Utopian Town Square.”
The program is made up of eight community art events covering different disciplines, from painting and cooking to sewing and planting, as well as a Finale Town Square Festival. The workshops take place from July 8 through Jul 30, 2023, in the historic garage at Vizcaya Village.
The series is designed to highlight sustainable practices, the unique ecology of South Florida and the act of sharing with a cumulative finale — the Utopic Town Square Festival. The finale festival event will take place at Vizcaya Village on Sunday, August 6, 2023, from 9am to 2:00pm.
Pangea Kali Virga is a fiber artist, arts educator, and sustainability advocate. Her work has been published in 60+ publications, showcased at various art institutions, and has instructed over 2,000 students in South Florida in sustainable art practices. Kali Virga is honored to present her inaugural collaborative art and sustainable event series and festival, Ecotopia, A Collaborative Vision For The Future Through Art, in partnership with Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and the Vizcaya Village Farmers Market.
For additional program details, including dates and online registration, please visit vizcaya.org/ecotopia
About Pangea Kali Virga
Pangea Kali Virga is an enthusiastic creator whose work spans many sides of the fashion and art industry. She is a fiber artist, fashion designer, arts educator, and producer with high standards and a conceptual spirit whose aim is to build collaborative networks and moving experiences through her work and process while uplifting the community and showcasing sustainable practices. Social responsibility is pivotal to her art, as she attempts to communicate urgent, difficult messages in beautiful and fun ways through narrative layered fiber art works, dramatic experiential art and performance, free and public sustainable art and skills workshops, and other collaborative projects with public and private community and arts institutions. Her work has been showcased in 60+ publications, as well as exhibited at various art institutions. She is a current artist in residence at the Deering Estate and with ProjectArt, and is an upcoming 2023 Peter Bullough Foundation artist in residence. The artist is currently living and working in Miami, Florida.
About Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is a National Historic Landmark that preserves its cultural and environmental resources to engage people in connecting with the past, understanding the present and shaping the future. Built between 1914 and 1922 as the winter home of farming manufacturer James Deering, Vizcaya is one of the most intact remaining examples from this era in the United States, when the nation’s most successful entrepreneur-built estates were inspired by the stately homes of Europe. Vizcaya features a Main House filled with a decorative art collection, 10 acres of formal gardens, a rockland hammock (native forest), mangrove shore, and a historic village that is being restored to tell Vizcaya’s full story and provide additional spaces for programs and community outreach, including those on agriculture. Vizcaya has been a community hub since it opened to the public in 1953; it welcomes 300,000 visitors annually.
Located on Biscayne Bay at 3251 South Miami Avenue, Vizcaya is open Wednesday through Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Tuesdays, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. For more information, visit www.vizcaya.org, connect via social media, or call 305-250-9133.