Community Day: El Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
Celebrate El Día de Los Muertos with a wide variety of multigenerational activities: hands-on art-making, live music, dance performances, storytelling, and an eclectic mix of artistic experiences. SJMA combines the traditional with the modern for truly intracultural festivities.
Live entertainment includes performances by Aztec dancers Calpulli Tonalehqueh, storyteller Olga Loya, and Mariachi San Jose. Cultural displays and demonstrations include traditional ofrendas;(altars) by Phyllis Carrasco and Lissa Jones, seven-foot-tall Catrina dolls by Daniel Martinez, roaming Calaca (skull) performers, and clay flute creations by Xavier Quijas Yxayotl. Hands-on art-making activities for all ages include decorating calaveras de azucar (sugar skulls) with sequins, feathers, and colorful foil. Admission is free.
11 AM: Opening ceremony performed by Calpulli Tonalehqueh
11AM – 4:30 PM: Art-making activities
12 PM: Day of the Dead storytelling by Olga Loy
12:45 PM: Traditional music and dance performance by Calpulli Tonalehqueh
1 PM: Ofrenda building demonstration by Phyllis Carrasco
2 PM: Music by Mariachi San Jose
Programs at SJMA are made possible by generous operating support from the City of San Jose's Cultural Affairs grant. Image: (Daniel Martinez) Catrina sculpures.