Community Day: El Día De Los Muertos

Saturday, October 29, 2016
11 AM–5 PM
Admission is free
Celebrate El Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at this festive family event with live performances, cultural demonstrations, and artmaking experiences for all ages. Join Mariachi Azteca for a traditional musical performance and Los Lupeños Juvenil for a participatory folklórico dance. Marja van der Loo, curatorial associate, will give a Spanish-language tour of the exhibition Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial. Decorate calaveras de azúcar (sugar skulls), design your own felt calaca, and create a nicho, or mini altar, for loved ones.

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Advanced registration will end 24 hours prior to event date, but tickets will be available at the door!

We invite you to come in your El Día de los Muertos traditional wear and participate in a competition to celebrate the spirit of this holiday. Visitors in the most authentic attire and makeup will win a prize!

Schedule of Events

11 AM – 4:30 PM
Hands-on artmaking for all ages

11 AM – 5 PM
See two hand-made, paper mache skeleton sculptures

11 AM – 5 PM
Local artist Lissa Jones will display a traditional altar, or ofrenda, in the cafe area of the Museum

11:30 AM
Spanish-language family tour of the galleries

12 – 1:30 PM
Take your photo with roaming skeleton performers

12:15 – 1:15 PM
Music by Mariachi Azteca

1 – 3:30 PM
Ofrenda demonstration by Phyllis Carrasco

1:45 PM
El Día de los Muertos festive wear competition

2 PM
Spanish-language tour of the exhibition Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial with curatorial associate, Marja van der Loo

2 – 3:30 PM
Take your photo with roaming skeleton performers

2:30 – 3:15 PM
Participatory dance performance with traditional folklórico ensemble Los Lupeños Juvenil

4 PM
Spanish-language family tour of the galleries


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