IlluminArts and Vizcaya present:
June 24, 2022 - 7PM
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
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 YOUnison.
Join poet Arsimmer McCoy for a silent sound walk through the gardens to listen to all of the sounds that make up the aural beauty of Vizcaya. Following the walk, participants will learn to write “Postcards with love from Vizcaya” in the form of Cinquain poems. Poems will be displayed throughout the grounds of Vizcaya during the final performance on June 24th!
Fashion Designer and Fiber Artist Pangea Kali Virga will help you embellish your own clothes, or pieces that are provided. Create something that truly expresses who you are from your personality, to your culture, to your identity. Wear your new pieces to the final performance on June 24th!
Join Vizcaya and IlluminArts for this collaborative workshop where you will meet two of our wonderful lead artists: Poet Arsimmer McCoy and Fashion Designer and Fiber Artist Pangea Kali Virga. Arsimmer will lead participants in writing ballad poems based on defining who we are as individuals and Pangea will help workshop participants write poetry on pieces of fabric that will be used to create a monumental garment to be featured in the final performance event on June 24th.
Join Arsimmer McCoy and Pangea Kali Virga for a special collaborative workshop. Poet Arsimmer McCoy will lead participants in writing poems that are 'Letters to the Future,' imagining the beauty of what is possible in your own personal vision of utopia. Fashion Designer and Fiber Artist Pangea Kali Virga will help participants create a monumental garment made from pieces of fabric embellished with poetry. Participants will learn how to sew to build something beautiful together!
Fashion Designer and Fiber Artist Pangea Kali Virga will help you embellish your own clothes, or pieces that are provided. Create something that truly expresses who you are In YOUnision Vizcaya’s 2023 Participatory Public Art Project from your personality, to your culture, to your identity. Wear your new pieces to the final performance on June 24th!
Join Kunya Rowley and Pangea Kali Virga in a special collaborative workshop focusing on creating unity. Tenor Kunya Rowley will begin our exploration of sound through introducing songs for workshop participants to sing at our final performance, including Bob Marley’s anthem of unity: One Love, and the Haitian Folk Song: Wangolo. Percussion instruments will be available for workshop participants to add rhythm to their musical expression of the songs. Fashion Designer and Fiber Artist Pangea Kali Virga will lead workshop participants in writing poetry on pieces of fabric that will be used to create a second monumental garment to be featured in the final performance event on June 24th.
Join tenor Kunya Rowley in a joyful workshop of singing together! Everyone’s voice is welcome! Participants will learn three songs to be performed at the final performance on June 24th. You are also encouraged to come prepared with a folk song, anthem or other song that represents your culture, identity or personality to the workshop to share in an “open mic” portion of the workshop and recorded to be part of the final performance!
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!
Join Fashion Designer Pangea Kali Virga to create special fabric lanterns that will illuminate the final performance event on June 24th! Bring your creative spirit as we build something beautiful together!
Learn about the art of spoken word performance from poet Arsimmer McCoy. Make a masterpiece of yourself and your journey in this intimate workshop about authenticity, vulnerability and speaking in your voice when writing and performing poetry. Through demonstration and practice, you will learn how to find your own voice.
It's time to create our final performance event! Join all three of our artists as we rehearse music with Kunya, practice spoken word performances with Arsimmer, and put the finishing touches on your embellished clothing and monumental garments created during the workshops with Pangea.
Join IlluminArts, Vizcaya, and our entire community, after a month-long workshop experience culminating in this performance event that includes music, spoken word, and fashion. This culminating event, performed by our three lead artists and workshop participants, takes place in the gardens of Vizcaya, and highlights what it means to feel welcome.
Cultural & Arts Thought Leader
A South Florida native, Kunya Rowley is a community, social impact, and artistic leader in Miami, FL. He is the founder and Artistic Director of Hued Songs, a non-profit that celebrates Black culture through the arts, as well as the Director of Music Access, Arts, & Culture at The Miami Foundation, leading the Foundation’s efforts to make music education & the arts more accessible and equitable in Greater Miami. His artistic credits include performances with Magic City Opera, Slow Burn Theatre, Opera Naples, Florida Grand Opera, Orchestra Miami, Klezmer Orchestra, and M Ensemble. In 2017, Kunya was the recipient of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge grant, which propelled the founding of Hued Songs. Since its founding, Hued Songs has gone on to produce performances across South Florida, providing a platform on which Black & Brown artists can be seen, heard, and paid and working to remove community barriers to arts access. He is a member of the NAACP Miami-Dade chapter, as well as the GMCVB LGBTQ Tourism Advisory Committee. Through his work, Kunya seeks to build community through music and to be a conduit for accessible arts across a multi-cultural platform.
Pangea Kali Virga
Pangea Kali Virga is a fiber artist, educator, designer, curator, and producer with high standards and a conceptual spirit. Her aim is to build collaborative networks and moving experiences through all of her projects. Social responsibility is pivotal to her art, as she attempts to communicate urgent, difficult messages in beautiful and fun ways through events, workshops, performances, and other collaborative projects.
After receiving a degree in womenswear from FIT, Pangea has traversed the industry doing everything from heading production and design departments, to executive producing fashion shows, to styling photo shoots, to costume design, and more. Pangea's creative work has been published in over 60 publications including L'Officiel and Harpers Bazaar.
For the past three years Pangea has dedicated herself to helping transform the fashion industry to be a more sustainable and equitable one, creating art and wearables out of upcycled materials using zero waste practices, supporting her belief in the power of clothing as storyteller, cultural marker, and political catalyst. She has found great comfort and liberation through clothing and fashion, and the work she creates is made in hopes of extending those experiences to the viewer and wearer.
"My goal is to create textiles that speak for themselves, are rich in texture and detail, narrative, ornate, and painterly. I see each work as a composition, with a story of its own for people to wear and tell."
You can catch Pangea on any given day sewing commissions in her Fountainhead Studios workshop in Little River, lecturing classes on sustainable practices, and hosting workshops!
Writer and Poet
International poet, educator, cultural worker, performance & collaborative artist, Arsimmer McCoy, is from Richmond Heights, Florida. McCoy’s work is shaped through conversations about identity, human connectivity, legacy, validation, and explorations of the city’s community threading. Arsimmer has been featured in RootWork Journal, Mixed Magazine, The Lighthouse Review, Creatures Mag, and Opal Literary. 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. A commissioned piece through Bakehouse Art Complex (“Ode to Bakehouse” created with artist Chris Friday) is on view via a mural, on the building’s north-facing wall. Other commissioned work includes a poem/poetry performance in multi-disciplinary artist GeoVanna Gonzalez’s art film, How to: Look at you. The short film You can always come home, produced by Monica Sorelle & directed by Juancy Matos (for architect/artist Germane Barnes) includes a collective poem written by McCoy and Reginald O’neal, and premiered at the New Orleans Film festival in November of last year. Arsimmer was asked by the Perez Art Museum to co-curate an ekphrastic program, pairing poets with the PAMM collection to create new pieces, performed live, in the museum. McCoy creates workshops and her newest series “Make a Masterpiece of Me'', will be presented in collaboration with the Atlantic Center of the Performing Arts, (Co-curated with with creator Eve Payor, Dir. of Community programs), in New Smyrna Beach. Arsimmer is a 2022 AIRIE fellow, recipient of the 2021 Miami Foundation racial equity grant, Locust Project’s 2021 Wavemaker grant, and Oolite Arts Ellie Creator award winner. McCoy holds a BA in English from the historic Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens, and is the Director of Programming for Bookleggers Library; a nonprofit mobile book store distributing and exchanging free literature, in Miami.