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Processional Arts Workshop: an artistic hands-on collaboration

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Vizcaya Village

3250 South Miami Avenue

Miami, FL 33129

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In celebration of the museum's centennial, Processional Arts Workshop (PAW) returns for the second year and you can be part of it!

Join this collaborative artistic experience by participating in workshops where locals of all ages will work together to create illuminated lanterns to be used in a site-specific performance taking place at the Vizcaya Village on June 17. These workshops sample different tasks or techniques on any given day, so participants may sign up for as few or as many sessions as they please.


Below is the workshop schedule:

  • Friday, June 9, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 10, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 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.

Workshops are free to the public and open to both children and adults. The workshops are geared towards adults and teens, though we welcome children 8 and up who are working with an adult. Each workshop has a maximum capacity, so registration is mandatory via Eventbrite.

THE PERFORMANCE: The illuminated objects created by community members during these workshops will then be used to create an immersive performance retelling the story of the Vizcaya Village, which takes place on Saturday, June 17, from 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Participation in the workshop's culminating performance is not a requirement for workshop registration.

To check out the performance that resulted from last year's workshops, see the video below:


What should I bring?

Yourself and a willingness to be hands-on! The artists will help you through creating the illuminated objects and part of the fun is about bringing the community together to execute the vision. So come ready to be a part of the process, be it working with glue guns and drills or with detail work on finishing touches. Oh. And wear something that can get messy!

Can I drop off my child?

No. This workshop is geared towards adults and teens, though we welcome children 8 and up, and is designed to adults and children to be working together in a creative space. You should plan to take advantage of this different kind of collaborative experience and build the illuminated objects with your child under the guidance of the PAW artists!

What can I expect to do during the workshops?

Each workshop is different and what you work on depends on which part of the process you join. Tasks will vary from creating giant lantern armatures, to building wire frames, to applying the final color details. One thing is certain - you can expect to be fully engaged alongside the artists and other members of the community as we work together to create one-of-a-kind pieces.

Can I only do one of the workshops?

You can do 1 workshop, 2 workshops or all workshops - we just require registration for each workshop you choose to participate in. Since each participant will work closely with the artists, space is limited to 25 participants in each workshop and each person counts, be they 17 or 87 years old, so remember to register and we'll be in touch to confirm your spot.

I'm not an artist, or artistically inclined. Is this workshop still a good fit?

As a participant, you're a part of the production team, which means you'll work alongside the artists to build the pieces that we'll use in the performance on June 17. You aren't responsible for creating a masterpiece all by yourself but rather will be a part of the blind collaboration, where you come in and add to the work that participants before you did and someone will, in turn, add to your work to create the completed pieces.

I want to be a part of the cast during the performance on June 17. How do I do that?

Great! Community members are essential to pulling off the final performance! Anyone interested in being a cast member needs to be available for rehearsal on the evening of Friday June 16th and for the performance on the 17th. Please email to express your interest in being part of the cast and someone will be in touch with details. It's going to be so fun!


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 the University of Michigan. Learn more at

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