Ink People’s Tuxford Gallery Offering Community Altar to Celebrate Día De Los Muertos
This is a press release from Ink People Center for the Arts:
The Ink People’s Tuxford Gallery will be celebrating Dia de Los Muertos by offering a space for the community to honor and remember those whom we have lost in the form of a Community Altar. Educational posters will explain the parts of the Altar, and the culture surrounding this complex and colorful holiday. During Arts Alive, people are invited to make some Day of the Dead art of their own in the MARZ room. All month long, the community is invited to bring messages on paper, photographs, or other mementos for the Altar, but not their only copy! Everything on the altar will be collected at the end of the month and burned to send the messages of love and remembrance up to the sky as smoke. Beginning at Arts Alive, Saturday November 4th, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and continuing during the Tuxford Gallery’s regular hours Tuesdays through Fridays 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturdays noon to 6:00 p.m..
The tradition of the Day of the Dead, Dia de Los Muertos is a gift from those of Mexicano, Chicano and Latino heritage to share with all people. Rather than focus on death, this is an occasion to express the sweetness of life and an appreciation of those whose lives have touched ours. Altars are a way to remember those who have been important in our lives. They are a reminder of the person to whom you are dedicating the altar. Did they have a sense of humor? Were they artistic? Outgoing and fond of sports? Did they have a favorite pet, or place to hike and fish? Was this your best friend-your soulmate? Ofrendas are offerings to the spirits. Share the foods you enjoyed together, and save a space nearby so other friends can visit and share memories. During the month of November, that space is in the Ink People Center for the Arts, 525 7th Street, Eureka.