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DÍa de los Muertos Celebration

Oct. 30 and Nov. 1 & 2, 2019

Celebrated throughout the US and Mexico, Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a time to honor and celebrate deceased loved ones and keep their memory alive. This FREE community event will feature a traditional Aztec altar by Maruca Salazar, ofrendas by area school groups, free art making activities and more!

In addition to the altars created by Salazar and community schools, the exhibition Visibility and Belonging: Chicanx Art in Context will be on view. Nancy Ríos, Visiting Assistant Professor in Southwest Studies at Colorado College, worked with CC students to curate the work, which explores Chicanx culture and its influences.

Wednesday, Oct. 30

Wednesday, Oct. 30

10 a.m.
Watch artist Maruca Salazar build a traditional Aztec altar honoring the deceased (altar on view through Nov. 10)
4:30 p.m.
Ofrenda opening and Aztec Danza performance by
Grupo Folklorico Sabor Latino of Denver

Friday, Nov. 1

Friday, Nov. 1

5-7:30 p.m.
First Friday Art Party, altar and community ofrenda viewing
Free museum admission

Saturday, Nov. 2

Saturday, Nov. 2

10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Free museum admission, food, artist demonstrations, and more. Bemis School of Art instructors will guide visitors in a hands-on activity creating tissue paper marigolds, traditionally used to decorate ofrendas.
2:15-4:30 p.m.
Colorado College’s Mariachi ensemble, Mariachi Tigre, will perform Mexican popular and folk music. Local Mexican folk dance group Ballet Folklórico de la Raza will also perform.

Image: Catrina (2009) by Jerry Vigil, gift of the artist, 2011.4

Sponsors

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
John and Margot Lane Foundation
The Anschutz Foundation
Colorado Creative Industries