Art and activism come together for this special Dia de Muertos-inspired event. The traditional Mexican holiday is dedicated to remembrance of those who have passed away, through ofrendas – or altars – that honor them.
Viviendo Separados: Ofrendas a las Familias Separadas por la Deportacion y Otras Fronteras is an experiential art exhibition featuring beautiful altares de ofrendas (altars to the departed). Each display pays tribute to loved ones who live apart due to borders, deportation or death while migrating. Artivists who handcrafted the displays will interact with visitors as they explore the ofrendas to share their personal story of family separation. Papel picado, flores de papel and piñatas hand-crafted by local members of the immigrant community and their allies will provide a setting reminiscent of the recent film Coco.
This free, interactive and family-friendly event will feature a photo booth, face painting and a DJ. Visitors are invited to bring photos of family members who live far away or across borders to place on a public altar. Tamales, authentic conchas (Mexican sweet bread) and pan de muertos (a bread traditionally associated with Dia de Muertos), and chocolate caliente (hot chocolate) will be served on a first-come, first-served basis each night.