Contemporary art and the creative spirit

Processional Arts Workshop

Continuing a tradition of community-built immersive art, Processional Arts Workshop (PAW) returned to Vizcaya August 10, 2019, with a lantern parade entitled WEAVE that explored the individual patterns, motifs and textures that come together to create Vizcaya.

An engaging experience

In a week-long series of workshops, PAW, the official pageant puppeteers for New York’s annual Village Halloween Parade, welcomed Miami residents to collaborate with them and each other, creating the lanterns to be used in the performance. During these workshops, PAW introduced participants to a variety of artistic techniques to transform imagery from Vizcaya’s site and collections into giant illuminated structures, performed in procession by community volunteers of all age


One hundred years ago, Vizcaya’s owner James Deering and artistic director Paul Chalfin assembled a collection of furnishings, art objects, architectural features, trees and plants to create Vizcaya’s immersive environment. WEAVE brought these patterns, motifs and textures together in a participatory procession of lanterns, sounds and projections.

Deering would have loved it

WEAVE is a part of Vizcaya’s Contemporary Arts Program (CAP), a commission program that provides artists with the creative challenge to develop original, site-specific work in response to a historic site situated in the public realm. CAP is inspired by the dynamic, creative spirit that characterized Vizcaya’s inception, and preserves James Deering’s tradition as a patron of the arts.