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Vizcaya celebrates history with free art workshops this June

Program culminates in community-created performance at the Vizcaya Village on June 17

MIAMI (June 07, 2017)

In celebration of Vizcaya's centennial, Processional Arts Workshop (PAW) returns to the museum this June with collaborative art workshops, focusing on a hidden aspect of the estate: the Vizcaya Village. The free workshops will produce a collection of illuminated objects to be featured in a culminating performance at the Vizcaya Village on June 17, creating a living storybook of the 100-year-old Village's history. 

Sheltered under large banyan trees, the Vizcaya Village is a natural extension of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. The historic Village was part of the original 1916 estate, and consisted of more than a dozen buildings with the intent of making Vizcaya virtually self-sufficient. Processional Arts Workshops is a prime example of the type of engaging programming that is possible at Vizcaya through the incorporation of the Village. 


Download Photos by David Almeida (PAW Workshops & Whirl Performance, 2016).

Led by PAW artistic directors Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles, the workshops offer the community an interactive artistic experience where participants of all ages collaborate to build illuminated objects for a site-specific performance. Each workshop can sample different tasks or techniques on any given day, so participants may sign up for multiple sessions if they please.

All workshops are free and open to the public and take place at the Vizcaya Village, located across South Miami Avenue from the Main House and gardens at 3250 South Miami Avenue, Miami FL 33129. Online registration is required. The schedule is provided below:

  • Friday, June 9, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 10, 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 10, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 10, 4:00–7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 11, noon–4:00 p.m. [Vizcaya Village Open House]
  • Monday, June 12 - Thursday, June 15, 2:00–5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, June 12 - Thursday, June 15, 5:00–8:00 p.m.

While geared toward adults and teens, children 8 years old and up who are attending and working alongside an adult are welcome. Each workshop has a maximum capacity of 25 participants.


VIDEO: Click to watch the 2016 performance.

The objects created by workshop participants will then be used in an immersive performance retelling the story of the Vizcaya Village. Titled Bloom: A Caretaker's Diary, the performance explores the transformation of the Vizcaya Village as night descends, bringing the mobile projections to life while conjuring visions of the future of the Vizcaya Village as a cultural hub for Miami.

The performance takes place inside the Vizcaya Village at dusk on Saturday, June 17, from 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for Vizcaya Members. Children under 5 years old are free. Tickets are available online.

Members of the community have the opportunity to take an active role in the Bloom performance by becoming a part of the cast. Volunteer cast members will carry the illuminated objects and walk in the processional. Although workshop participation is not required to be in the performance, all cast members must register by emailing [email protected] and attend the rehearsal on Friday, June 16.


Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is a National Historic Landmark that preserves the Miami estate of agricultural industrialist James Deering to engage our community and its visitors in learning through the arts, history and the environment. Built between 1914 and 1922, Vizcaya is one of the most intact remaining examples from this era in United States history, when the nation's most successful entrepreneurs built estates 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 currently welcomes about 275,000 visitors annually.

Located on Biscayne Bay at 3251 South Miami Avenue, Vizcaya is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except Tuesdays, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. For more information, visit, connect via social media, or call 305-250-9133.


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 Theatre, 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