Ecotopia is produced by Pangea Kali Virga, created in community workshops, and commissioned by Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.
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
mending and planting, as well as a Finale Town Square Festival. The workshops take place from July 8 through July 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.
a month long ecotopia swap shop
all events are free
Saturday July 8, 2023, 3-6pm: Mending Workshop and Swap Shop Opening
Sunday July 8, 2023, 11am-2pm: Tie Dye Workshop
Saturday July 15, 2023 10am-1pm: Painting Party
Sunday July 16, 2023, 11am-2pm: Planting Workshop
Saturday July 22, 2023, 11am-1:30pm: Cyanotype Workshop
Sunday July 23, 2023, 9am-2pm: Upcycled Recyclables Sculpture Workshop
Saturday July 29, 2023, 7-9pm: Open Mic
Sunday July 30, 2023, 9am-2pm: Community Picnic and Cookbook (private invite-only cooking class to follow)
Sunday August 6, 2023, 9am-2pm: Ecotopia, Utopic Town Square Festival Finale
A UTOPIAN TOWN SQUARE
Join us on August 6, 2023 at Vizcaya Village during the Vizcaya Village Farmers Market from 9am-2pm for our Ecotopia Town Square Finale Festival!
The Ecotopia Utopic Town Square will include everything from a Poetry Post Office, the Ecotopia Swap Shop, a Free Plant Shop, a Bleach Tie Dye Station, a Community Cookbook and Tea Party Station, a Community Mural Scroll, a DJ and MC, Sound Healing Hour, Family Photo Album Station, local vendors, and SO MUCH MORE!
SUSTAINABILITY GUIDE +
Pangea Kali Virga DESIGNED ECOTOPIA TO BE AS UPCYCLED AND ZERO WASTE AS POSSIBLE.
WE CAN ALL MAKE A DIFFERENCE BY CHOOSING MORE SUSTAINABLE ACTIONS AND TEAMING UP WITH LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS DOING GREAT WORK.
Pangea put together a Sustainability Guide focusing on sustainable actions both big and small we cant take as well as a directory for South Florida organizations focused on the environment, recycling, farming, and more!
In this document you will find tons of tips, links for everything from local compost stations to beach clean up calendars, and so so so much more.
.We will also be hosting a month-long Ecotopia Swap Shop and Free Store in collaboration with ReCreate Miami. All ages are welcome to come and swap and “shop” a mix of gently used clothing, accessories, books, art supplies, small home goods, and plants located inside of Vizcaya Village. The Ecotopia Swap Shop will be open and available to all during every Ecotopia event .
ECOTOPIA FAMILY PHOTO ALBUM
be part of the ecotopia family photo album
Get your photo taken at the Ecotopia backdrop to be included in the Ecotopia Family Photo Album. Take a selfie with our tripod or get your portrait done by a photographer. Use the hashtag #VizcayaEcotopia on Instagram and /or DM you image(s) to @pangeakalivirga on Instagram to be included.
ECOTOPIA COMMUNITY COOKBOOK
HAVE YOUR RECIPE INCLUDED IN OUR COMMUNITY COOKING E-BOOK
Meals and food have always been a way for people to connect and we will be exploring the ways food brings us together throughout
Join us for our community picnics on July 30 and August 6 and contribute to our fabulous Ecotopia Community Cookbook.
Please fill out this survey to have your recipe included.
ecotopia became a real life utopia because of these amazing partners!
thank you to all the artists, businesses, and community members who brought this vision to fruition!
endless gratitude to vizcaya museum and gardens for commissioning this project and for having the faith in this project and to miami-dade county for additional grant funding.
Vizcaya Museum @vizcaya_museum - Nico Hough @summerhoof - Corinne Mariposa @miamiseedshare - Ryan Swartzlander @rmslander - Karli Evans @allseeingmedia - Emily Peters @recreate.miami - Dayna Cortez @daynaco222 - Beata @colors.and.compost - Riki Bonnema @rikiwynneb - Miami Beach Botanical Garden @miamibeachgarden - Tali Finestone @masksbytali - Kayla Castellon @feelwithkayla - Stranger Cat @stranger_cat__ - Naomis Garden @naomisgarden - Urban Oasis @urban_oasis_project - Rebecca Peterson @rebecca_builds_awesome - Pebble @boogertownusa - Santiago Rubino @santiagorubino - Artisans Playhouse @artisansplayhouse -
open mic event
ecotopia OPEN MIC EVENT AT VIZCAYA MUSEUM AND GARDENS
Performances by over a dozen Miami local musicians, poets, singers, and other talented invdividuals!