2012 Dia de los Muertos Celebration

Dia de los Muertos Community Celebration

Everyone is invited to a special Dia de los Muertos celebration co-hosted by Blackwell School Alliance and the Chinati Foundation on Sunday, October 28, 2012 from 12 – 3:00 PM. The event will include traditional Mexican food, music, and folk art activities.  Guests are encouraged to participate by bringing photos and memorabilia of deceased loved ones to add to a community altar. All activities are free and take place at the Arena.

The celebration begins at noon with a community potluck meal. Mexican food contributed by Blackwell School Alliance members and friends will be served, and everyone is invited to bring a dish or drink of their choice to share.

A special hands-on workshop led by Bertha Zubiate of Presidio will begin at 1:00 PM with presentations in both Spanish and English. Participants can learn the history and symbolism of the holiday and try traditional activities and crafts including papel picado, sugar skulls, tissue paper flowers, and more. These crafts, along with candles, pan de muerto, marigolds, and photos and objects brought by participants will be used to decorate the community altar during the event.

Bertha Zubiate and Jose Grajeda, along with representatives of Chinati and Blackwell School Alliance, will discuss the event and history of the holiday with Rosario Halpern on Marfa Public Radio on Thursday, October 25. The interview will play in English at 10:30 AM during Talk at Ten and in Spanish at 3:00 PM during Música En Español.

For more information contact Chinati at 432 729 4362 or information@chinati.org.

Special thanks to Blackwell School Alliance, Betty Grajeda, Jose Grajeda, Rosario Halpern, Marfa Public Radio, and Bertha Zubiate.